FOTD 9th April 2021: Blanda Anemone

I really do not know where they came from. I did not plant them. They first appeared about 5 years ago in my flower bed, just one or two. Now they are everywhere, but they only stay for a few weeks in April and then disappear for the rest of the year, like the other Spring flowers. They have taken over from the crocus that have now disappeared. When nature makes a decision she thinks it through.

FOTD 9th April 2021: Blanda Anemone

RDP Saturday: Operation

I just performed an operation on a chicken – vegetarians read no further. It was not a difficult process. I trimmed her a little and filled her with some fresh herbs from my garden: rosemary, thyme and sage. She is now in the oven and baking slowly for the next hour with a coating of mustard, spices and a layer of paprika.

RDP Saturday: Operation

Good Morning

It is raining, long time no see. We have had cold weather, a little bit of freak snow, but since at least a month no real rain. It must have begun some time in the early morning and now everything is a little damp outside. I do not mind. I am not going anywhere over the week-end, but living the life of a lady at leisure, at least that is my intention.

Things are getting a little crowded at my bird house. It is the main feeding place at the moment. Our stores have now stopped their supplies of food for the birds and I can no longer order online, so my feathered friends will now have to deal with what nature supplies. They will not starve as there is a supply of food if they like to search for it. They will now have to become carnivores for a while and help to keep the insect population under control.

I found half a bag of rolled oats in the cupboard which may not be No. 1 on the hit parade of bird food, but it did encourage a few sparrows. Mr. Swiss had appeared in the kitchen in the meanwhile for his wake up cup of coffee and suddenly remarked that there was a magpie in the garden. I was immediately in action, telling him to move to one side to get a photo of the visitor. Magpies are fans of walnuts and peanuts and I discovered that rolled oats also form part of their favourites.

A crow also took a walk yesterday through the grass surrounding our garden, but it was more a sighseeing tour, perhaps to see if there was anything on offer.

I listen to radio during the day as background music and also keep up on the latest news. My favourite programme is Classic FM which is a selection of mainly classical music – perhaps the classical hit parade. Yesterday the programme was interrupted by the announcement that the Duke of Edinburgh had passed away, the husband of the British Queen. I am not really a royalist, but the royal family were part of my life from the beginning and I must admit the Duke was my favourite. He added some spice to the establishment. I now realise how much the background of the British Royal family played in my life. I am now a golden oldie, they are even more golden and old and slowly they will pass, the Duke was 99 years old and the Queen now 94 years old. An era is disappearing, my life’s background. The death of the Duke of Edinburgh has affected me more than I would have thought.

I was back with yet another Harry Potter film yesterday evening. I had a quick check and discovered that I had not read the last two books of the series, so will be catching up. I remember how I got to know Harry Potter, and it was a strange coincidence. I was then living my middle aged life as mother and working lady in Switzerland and Mr. Swiss brought the first Harry Potter book home. A Swiss colleague gave it to him to read saying how good it was, although to that time it was classified as a children’s book. It was in German, but I picked it up and began reading and was captured by it. Although reading German was no problem for me, I decided to order the original in English and that was how it begun. Over the years I read every new book, but somehow missed out on the last two books. It has been many years, but I am now determined to catch up on them.

Today is Saturday, so the beginning of the week-end, although for golden oldies week-ends have lost a little of their meaning, every day almost being a week-end. Friday used to be the day of the big week-end shopping and Saturday the day when went into town to get what I had forgotten. It is now a very sober list of requirements ordered online. Today it will be some lamb chops, green beans and pasta and in the evening a chicken. Tomorrow probably steak and french fries , although I can easily change my choice according to the freezer contents. I also discovered that I have a few remainders of fresh veg in my fridge: one courgette, one fennel, and half a red cabbage which I should really cook some time this week. I also have half a packet of brussel sprouts which would be enough for Mr. Swiss and I for tomorrow lunch. No. 1 son does not eat them (probably because they are green) so I will cook one of my other veg for him.

And now to depart to a few household chores. I also saw I have a few things for the iron, but not many, just a few minutes work and it is done. Have a good week-end everyone and make the most of it. Wrap up warm, there might be a nip in the air. Keep safe