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12 01, 2020

Basic Bread – Updated

2020-01-12T11:13:35-05:00Sunday, January 12, 2020|

Several weeks ago I shared a recipe for making tasty basic sourdough bread. Over Christmas and the New Year I have been experimenting and have amended the recipe with a few minor tweaks and suggestions. The revised method can be found at the following link: https://sparroworks.ca/sourdough-bread-basics/

5 01, 2020

Hawks and Wolves

2020-01-03T17:51:08-05:00Sunday, January 5, 2020|

Feed the Birds Every Thursday in Winter we start a morning's birding by visiting the nearby MBO bird banding station and filling the bid feeders followed by taking a census of the birds to be seen in the cold snow. This is quite a special thing for us - the station is [...]

5 01, 2020

New Photograph Albums

2020-01-03T17:52:43-05:00Sunday, January 5, 2020|

As you know, this Journal has a parallel website devoted to just photographs and nothing else. You can visit it at https://www.greenbirding.ca/ That site, as well as showcasing individual photographs one at a time, has been augmented over the Christmas period with the addition of a collection of carefully chosen photographs in [...]

1 01, 2020

Garden Birds 2019 (illustrated)

2020-01-05T12:40:01-05:00Wednesday, January 1, 2020|

We no longer keep detailed birding "lists" just for the sake of keeping lists, but we do keep records to track what happens where and when through the seasons and year by year. Today is New Year's Day 2020 - and time to record how many birds were seen in our garden during the [...]

29 12, 2019

A Daily Sherlockian Quotation

2019-12-27T18:34:02-05:00Sunday, December 29, 2019|

Over the Christmas period, as chance would have it, I came into possession of a collection of Sherlock Holmes quotations appropriate to each day of the year. What better, than to share them on a daily basis with my chums throughout the new year on Facebook, commencing on New Year's Day. I will [...]

29 12, 2019

 Life is but an empty dream!

2019-12-29T10:52:06-05:00Sunday, December 29, 2019|

So that's where it came from! J brought to my attention the following short poem by Longfellow. It is quite striking just how many clichés and common sayings we all know he managed to pack into these few lines. I have highlighted a few examples in bold. Actually, it's good stuff. read on. [...]

22 12, 2019

Snowy Owl

2019-12-21T17:15:58-05:00Sunday, December 22, 2019|

Snowy Owl on the Winter Solstice We spent all of a very cold (-14C) and breezy Winter Solstice doing "our" route as part of the annual Christmas Bird Count. There were not as many birds as we usually expect - the absence of Snow Buntings was particularly badly felt as they are favourites [...]

20 12, 2019

Hard to Believe

2019-12-20T14:19:27-05:00Friday, December 20, 2019|

Today we had a pair of electricians working in the house installing a new bit of wiring. Making a hole in the wall of the downstairs hall they found, and removed, "insulation" from between the joists. Insulation from the original date of the house building in fact that was comprised of old newspapers. Yes, [...]

8 12, 2019

Baking basic sourdough bread

2019-12-08T09:18:51-05:00Sunday, December 8, 2019|

Friends have asked and I have been working hard on the methodology as well as doing a course at a pro-bakery. As a result I have revised some old material about making basic and tasty sourdough bread at home. If a simple way to make tasty sourdough breads interests you then you can find [...]

1 12, 2019

Winter Sparrows

2019-11-28T14:18:00-05:00Sunday, December 1, 2019|

Sparrows are perhaps my/our favourite birds. From the point of view of nostalgia I would say especially the House Sparrows that I grew up with but otherwise one of the great things about living in Canada is the number of other sparrow species (most of them more strictly Buntings, but we won't go [...]