The Long Dark Winter Is Finished!

The colorless, soul-destroying days of winter are behind us at last! No more bone-chilling temperatures that bring aching joints, colds, and foul dispositions. The sun climbs into his domain, bringing warmth and encouraging the trees, flowers, and weeds to clothe themselves in their most glorious and vivid habiliments. I find myself humming that old Beatles tune, Here Comes the Sun as I greet the sunrise with my broadest grin and highest hopes. Give it a listen as you enjoy the pictures and see if it brings a smile to your face!

The green hills of Umm Qais

The green hills of Umm Qais

Last weekend we ventured up north, past the rich, blood-red fields of wheat and onions surrounding Irbid and paid another visit to Umm Qais. The greenery was spine-tingling! Poppies with their brilliant red hats rivaled any bonnet you might see at Ascot. Others too, whose names escape me (if I ever knew them at all), competed for attention as they spread throughout the ruined city and spilled over the ancient streets. Sure, it was a wonderful day to be outside and I’m counting the hours to another adventure at the upcoming weekend.



As long as you’re here, why not pay a visit to some of my favorite blogging friends?

Jay Squires’ Septuagenarian Journey

Seumas Gallacher

Middle East Moments

Quite Alone

And, don’t forget; if you haven’t added New Yesterdays to your bookshelf, that means your bookshelf isn’t complete!


Get your e-book here or your paperback here . Order it today. It makes a great gift for birthdays, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day, too!



About Ol' Big Jim

Ol' Big Jim, has been a storekeeper, an embalmer, a hospital orderly, a medical biller, and through it all, a teller of tall tales. Many of his stories, like his first book, New Yesterdays, are set in his hometown of Piedmont, Alabama. For seven years, he lived in the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Amman, Jordan where he spends his time trying to visit each one of the thousands of Ammani coffee shops and scribbling in his ever-present notebook. These days, you can find him back stateside, still filling notebooks.
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8 Responses to The Long Dark Winter Is Finished!

  1. You live in a magnificent part of the world. So much history is almost frightening.


    • Ol' Big Jim says:

      It’s the most stimulating place I’ve ever lived and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything on earth. Thanks a hundred thousand times for stopping by and commenting!


  2. Thanks for the shout out Jim! Good to hear that you are enjoying the best of Spring. Any trip down South on the cards?


    • Ol' Big Jim says:

      As always, it’s good to have you visiting! I hope to make it down that way very soon. I’d like to spend an evening watching the meteor showers. As soon as I firm up my plans, I’ll be in contact.


  3. Thanks Jim, I needed this message of hope. Here in Ocean Grove, NJ, the sun is a luxury, “here today, gone tomorrow.” Today started off sunny, hopefully that keeps up. Yesterday as most of our days lately, was deep grey and raining. Thanks for this optimism. Kharis Macey


  4. …ah, that man… to be back in the Beatles era … *sigh*…


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