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Magnolia avancé

Trying to hasten the spring ... The squirrels did some late winter pruning and nipped off the tip off a branch on our front garden Magnolia tree ... carefully trimmed and posed in a vase on the kitchen window we hoped, but didn't really expect, that it would flower. It came indoors as a [...]

2018-04-07T18:03:50+00:00 Saturday, April 7, 2018|

April Showers

April Showers ... Not so much showers as a day of blatter mixed, early in the morning, with slushy snow. The garden soil has exceeded its carrying capacity for water and small lakes abound. Eventually the sun came out, but not enough to make these just arrived crocuses open their petals - which is [...]

2018-04-05T14:14:19+00:00 Wednesday, April 4, 2018|

Galanthophilia, crocuses, birds … and some other signs of spring

There have been "signs" of hopefully approaching spring for a couple of weeks but now as March ends there are genuine signs which nobody can ignore. For a start, there is considerable melting of the snow and free water in the garden pond, the sun has genuine warmth in it even if the air [...]

2018-04-01T07:26:28+00:00 Saturday, March 31, 2018|

“Cranbuck” Bread … Modified

A quite delicious “new” bread for eating with cheese and toasted for breakfast with honey and fruit jams. Also excellent with plenty of butter for tea. A couple of months ago I posted some notes on an excellent bread recipe I had worked out that tastes very nice and complex, is easy to make [...]

2018-03-29T15:26:39+00:00 Thursday, March 29, 2018|

Spring … sort of

Spring arrived this week around 12:30pm on the 20th, to be exact. The vernal equinox. It was also -8C that day and plenty of snow, albeit thinning snow, on the ground. The current weather forecast predicts several centimetres more snow in a week or so and a generally cold April to come. On the [...]

2018-03-25T11:13:48+00:00 Saturday, March 24, 2018|

Spring Bunny

Spring arrived with the vernal equinox just a few days ago and the Spring Bunny has been in evidence ... practicing for his annual obligatory Easter appearance no doubt. This year, thank goodness, he does not appear to ring-barked any of our choicer trees like he did last winter. [...]

2018-03-24T14:58:40+00:00 Saturday, March 24, 2018|