Perhaps a little earlier this morninng as I really caught the sun as it was just rising on the horizon. Yesterday was sunny but no longer so warm.I was at home all day and really had no wish to go anywhere. I planned to bake a cake in the afternoon which almost id not happen. No. 2 son and family are arriving today and the kids like a chocolate cake. I was preparing everything and horror, I had no baking powder. It is a great disadvantage in Switzrland as the Swiss have never discovered how to make self-raising flour: the flour that needs no baking powder because it is already incorporated in the mixture. I grew up in Great Britain and self-raisin flour was a normal ingredient. If you were making pastry then you used plain flour, but cakes were made with self-raising flour. And so I had visions of no cake, but No. 1 son to the rescue, although his time table did not suit my baking as I knew he would only appear in the late afternoon after going into town. However, being a logistic expert, I quickly did a rethink, had a pleasant afternoon, prepared the evening meal and No. 1 son arrived with my baking powder. A Cake mixture does not take so long really, and I had it in the oven baking whilst we were eating the evening meal.
Anyhow the result does not look too bad.
Otherwise I had the usual birdy visitors yesterday, including one crow who was perhaps just a little disappointed as I had not yet spread out the peanuts. Perhaps you can see on the right of the photo the plants that are growing and the leaves are taking colour, the stalks being taller.They are my peony roses which accoding to the German language name of “Whit roses” should be flowering by whitsun, which they usually do.
I also had a visit from the bullfinch which is the most colourful bird I have at the moment. He always likes to stay in the long grass away from the open spaces.
A green finch also appeared, at least that is what I think it is. They all have their own feather designs.
And of course the blue tit was again hovering around. He loves to feed from the hanging food.
And now I should leave you all. I want to begin my cooking spree. It is not a lot of work, but would like to get started that it can cook slowly until lunch. We will be seven people at the table, so that needs a little organisation to fit everything in. However, I now have enough time for everything.
Have a good Easter Sunday everyone and make the most of the easter eggs and chocolate etc. etc.