Submitted by a reader, Milos Smilnak, and Nancy Carson
One of our readers, Milos Smilnak,
lives in the eastern part of the Czech Republic.
Last year, his son Oliver wrote a story about Christmas
in their home for The Westcoast Reader blog.
Oliver also did an audio to accompany his story.
At one time, the family lived in Vancouver
and Oliver attended Lord Roberts Elementary.
Spring in Vancouver
One of the most beautiful trees which blooms early in Vancouver is the magnolia.
The flowers do not last long so we rushed to get pictures of it.
We sent Milos pictures of spring in our city.
The Japanese plum and cherry trees are also some of the first to bloom.
Some flowers are pale pink. Others are a deep pink.
Spring comes early
Being so close to the water and having a mild climate means
that Vancouver has an early spring.
There have been many signs of spring in Vancouver for weeks.
Late spring this year in Moravia
Milos said that winter in their country “does not want to finish”.
He continued, “Snow is back….It is unbelievable
and some people are worried about agriculture.”
So the family decided to go cross-country skiing.
Milos sent us pictures of Easter Monday in Moravia.
Skiing to a castle
The family went skiing to Bouzov Castle, one of
the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic.
They stopped to rest for a while in front of the castle.
White flowers, not snow
Easter in Vancouver looks
very different from Easter in Moravia.