Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bread and Honey

          Last Fall Mom inspired me to start baking bread again. It's been wonderful to have the smell of fresh-baked bread in the house over this long, frosty winter. One of my favourite recipes calls for  buttermilk and honey, yum! Jeff loves thick slices of my bread with peanut butter and honey for lunch. (He says it's a great sandwich to eat at his desk or on the run because he can hold it in one hand!) Buying liquid honey to put in the bread and creamed honey to put on it reminds me of how much I loved honey when I was a kid. Every summer for a week or so, I had the pleasure of staying with my cousins on their dairy farm. A neighbour kept bees in the forest at the back of the farm, and as payment for allowing this, every year my aunt and uncle were given a few pails of creamed honey.

It may have been because I was with my cousins in a place I loved to be, or because it was summer, or because we didn't have honey at home, but whatever the reason, that honey still stands out in my mind as the best ever. I loved it for breakfast on toast with butter, so delicious! A while ago, I mentioned this to my cousin's wife (she and my cousin and their family now run the dairy farm), and the next time I saw her, she very sweetly gave me one of the original honey tins.

 Isn't it great? Imagine having four pounds of honey on the breakfast table! I keep the tin on display in my studio, and looking at it makes me feel warm, and a little bit hungry for homemade toast slathered with butter and honey.

Have a sweet day,

Judy Ann

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Glanworth Library Update

I made a quick trip to our little library a couple of days ago and
 the new part now has walls and a roof, yay!

The extra cold, snowy weather has been quite a challenge for the workers. 
They will, however, get the job done as soon as possible. So far, so good!

All the best,

Judy Ann

Monday, February 3, 2014

Beautiful Snow

I know I should be sick and tired of winter by now, but I just can't help it: I love the beauty of newly-fallen snow! We often go for walks around a pond at the end of our street, and that's where most of these photos were taken.

There are beautiful colours even in the mostly-white of winter.

 The way snow settled on this chain-link fence almost looks like a quilt pattern.

 I like how snow stuck to the curly ends of the branches on this shrub.

 We have a tray (a wedding shower gift from many years ago!) that has a sweet saying on it, 
"All around us everyday, nature's art is on display." It might be a little corny, but it is also true.

We puzzled over this footprint for a few minutes, then realized it is made by a wild turkey with big feet!

Snowy owls are another fairly common sight in our area this winter. Talk about winter beauty!

During this extra-cold winter we are having, it is difficult to imagine that we have ever been able to sit on the verandah in shorts and sandals. The time will come again!

Enjoy this day,

Judy Ann