Don’t get excited, it isn’t spring yet but on Friday we and a couple of friends independently heard male Northern Cardinals singing their territorial early morning song and that is surely a sign that the birds reckon spring is coming … even if it is minus 17 outside as I type.  Add to that evident signs of new and brighter feathers on the Goldfinches and there is reason to be hopeful.

Meanwhile the daft cat has been posing for his portrait and the Hippeastrum, posted here a couple of weeks back has now thrown out a fourth huge flower.  Very colourful and impressive.


Edward poses in front of the new hall mirror

Big eyes, nothing behind them

First, three blooms

... and then four