the year is divided into four seasons: spring , summer , autumn and winter .
in spring , nature awakens from her long winter sleep . the trees a re filled with new life, the earth is warmed by the rays of the sun , and the weather gets gradually milder . the fields and meadows are covered with fresh green grass . the woods and forests ar e filled with the songs of the birds . the sky is blue and cloudless . at night , millions of stars s hine in the darkness .
when summer comes , it gets warmer still and sometimes it is very hot . it’s the farmer’s busy season . he works in the fields fning till night . the grass must be cut and the hay must be made . sometimes the sky is overcast with heavy cloud s . there are storms with thunder , lightning and hail .
autumn brings with it the harvest time, when the crops are gathered in and the fruits are picked in the orchards . days get shor ter and nights longer . the woods turn yellow . the sky is grey and very of ten it rains .
when winter comes , we are obliged to stay indoors because out of doors it is cold . we may get fog , sleet and frost . ponds , lakes , rivers and streams ar efrozen , and the roads are sometimes covered with slippery ice or deep snow .
the trees are bare . bitter north winds have st ripped them of all their leaves . but since wintees , spring won’t be far away