I have jelly in my lupins!

  This post is written in haste because I have just been able to repeat a discovery I made a couple of weeks ago. Water turns to jelly! My step-daughter and I discovered this together when we poked the water in the bird-bath early one morning, and it was gelatinous.  The surface tension was stronger,…

A Winter Walk

This morning Stevie suggested we go for a walk over the snowy fields before it all melts away. We tracked animal footprints, spotting lots of different-sized birds, rabbits, foxes, possibly a badger, possibly a deer. We admired the partly-frozen river and the undulating snowdrifts along its banks. There were gnarly oaks:. And blue blue sky….

Turn your mardy-bums into lardy-bums!

I am becoming bird-obsessed. I’ve noticed our regular visitors getting a little bit fractious in the extreme arctic conditions.  There have been minor skirmishes through to full-on dive-bomb explosions. Feathers have flown. The blackbirds have been downright peevish, at times sitting on the fat-balls to stop anyone else getting a look-in.  The goldfinches seem to…

SNOW!!! IT’S SNOWING!!!

We were VERY excited to wake up to snow this morning.  School was cancelled and it looked like it was going to be difficult to get a car out.  These are a few pics from our walk down the lane.  It was so quiet!  The only sounds were the crump of snow as we walked,…

Crocus Bunny

Here’s a selection of the crocuses in my garden, and a few in egg-cups.  Egg-cups or espresso cups seem the only thing tiny enough for a crocus.  Whilst snowdrops have long enough stems for a little jar or a tea-cup, crocuses have very stumpy legs.  I even have to bung a bit of tin-foil in the bottom…

Marmalade

There’s not much to do in the way of gardening, but Stephen’s making sourdough and our year’s supply of marmalade. Unlike jam, where all you have to do is weigh your fruit, add an equal weight of sugar, and maybe a strip of lemon peel, marmalade is a two-day process. Yesterday he peeled off the…