Thursday, January 28, 2021

Wolf Moon

The first full moon of 2021 — the "Wolf Moon" — shines bright in the sky tonight.


 
 
Brightly the moon like a jewel is beaming,
White in the east, o'er a lone landscape gleaming,
Over the meadows and over the snow,
Glimmering, shimmering, silvery glow.

Low in the east, when the gloaming is ending,
Slowly this white winter moon is ascending,
Looming so large and appearing so nigh,
Satellite framed by a star-spangled sky.

High in the sky, with soft radiance teeming,
Nigh to the time when men, women, are dreaming,
Weird is her splendor on valley and hill,
Cold is her gleam upon river and rill.

Brightly the moon like a jewel is shining,
White in the west she is slowly declining,
Beautiful Moon ! Which beams gorgeous and grand
Over the homes of our own Native Land.
 

~Charles Nevers Holmes. 1926

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Nesting

 



"Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside; candles at four o’clock, warm hearthrugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies to the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without."

 ~ Thomas De Quincey 1796 

 
 
Brambly Hedge : Illustrated by Jill Barklem

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Winter Days

Our days have been filled with glorious sunshine.
The daffodils are shooting up from the ground, offering the promise of spring.
I tidied around the porches and fiddled in the potting shed yesterday, it's hard to stay cooped up when the sun is shining.
After a welcomed, warm and sunshiny day, today it's back to rain, dark and dreary.
A cozy day to enjoy inside.
Wishing you peace, in whatever little corner of the world, you call home.....
    

Monday, January 18, 2021

Little Things That Make Me Smile

  "As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful."


                                                            ~ Laura Ingalis Wilder
 
 



  






Friday, January 15, 2021

Hobbit Days

As with much of the nation we are experiencing a blast of cold winter weather.
It's predicted for much of the coming week, so hearty soups are the go-to meal of the day.



 
 
I've made a fifteen bean soup today, chocked full of country ham, celery, onions, tomatoes, carrots, garlic, and chili spice.
Served with a slice of buttermilk cornbread, it's the ideal comfort food, on a blustery cold day.
Come join us for a bowl.
 
 
 
 
We'll leave the light on for you ! 
 
 

 
 
If you feel like making your own pot, here's the original recipe.

  • 1 lb. smoked sausage, ground sausage (browned in pan), ham hocks or diced ham. Our favorite is to use a leftover hambone with some meat on it.
    1 lg. onion, diced
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 tsp chili powder (optional)
    1 can diced tomatoes (15 oz.)
    Juice from 1 lemon
    Bay Leaf


  • I also add:  

    Two stalks of celery
    Three cubed potatoes 
    Two sliced carrots
  • Optional: Hot sauce or crushed red pepper to taste



 Original 15 Bean Soup® recipe Hurst Beans

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Snow-Flakes

Under a cold spell for the past few days, the resident deer have been showing up at the water trough.
A group of eight does, mamas and their babies.
All fat and healthy, they have quite a variety to choose from in the nearby pasture and woods.
My arborvitaes  however, seem to be their favorites.
 
 

 

 Out of the bosom of the air,
Out of the cloud-folds of her garment shaken,
Over the woodlands, brown and bare
 Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
Silent, and soft, and slow
Descends the snow.


~~  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.~~

Sunday, January 10, 2021

All Creatures Great and Small: Official Trailer



Masterpiece Theatre's 50th celebration kicks off with the new beloved James Herriot series All Creatures Great And Small,  based on the books by James Alfred Wright.
As Wright wrote the All Creatures series as an autobiographical account, to protect his identity, he created the name James Herriot as a pseudonym.
Treat yourself to a nice pot of tea, finish off those left-over Mince Pies, and settle in for a delightful evening of entertainment. Sunday 8pm.
Check your local listings for times.
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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Tea-Sipping Day



There are whispers of the "s" word in the forecast, just when the sunshine has returned, and green shoots are popping up all over the garden.
I hope the weather-forecasters have missed the mark on this one.

The Christmas decorations were returned to their boxes this morning, another year done and dusted.
We've been spending our days binge -watching Poldark *swoon* on Public Broadcasting Service, my annual donation affords a "Passport" status, allowing unlimited streaming  episodes of Masterpiece Theatre throughout the year.
A little respite in an otherwise chaotic world.


Sunday, January 3, 2021

Nesting

  

 
We have had the strangest warm weather these past few days.
Here it is, the middle of winter, and the temperatures have reached a balmy 73 degrees yesterday, folks were running around town, in shorts and flip-flops !
My Iris shoots are popping up out of the ground, twelve inches tall already.
Next week we are in for a true taste of winter, temperatures down in the teens, so out come the scarves and gloves once again.
A good excuse to stay home,  indulge in a nice pot of tea and biscuits, and some rather lovely reading material.
 
 
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