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SPARROWORKS – an Illustrated journal

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1201, 2020

Basic Bread – Updated

Sunday, January 12, 2020|Categories: bread, Recipe|Tags: , |0 Comments

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/

501, 2020

Hawks and Wolves

Sunday, January 5, 2020|Categories: animals, Birding, birds|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

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 firmly off limits to the [...]

501, 2020

New Photograph Albums

Sunday, January 5, 2020|Categories: photography|Tags: |0 Comments

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 small albums built around themes [...]

101, 2020

Garden Birds 2019 (illustrated)

Wednesday, January 1, 2020|Categories: Birding, birds, Garden, wildlife|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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 course of 2019 ** A [...]

2912, 2019

A Daily Sherlockian Quotation

Sunday, December 29, 2019|Categories: sherlock_holmes|Tags: |1 Comment

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 post occasional of the choicer [...]

2912, 2019

 Life is but an empty dream!

Sunday, December 29, 2019|Categories: commentary|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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. A Psalm of Life What [...]

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