What’s Growing – in the yard and in the kitchen

The Glory-of-the-Snow has appeared. I think rather than Glory-of-the-Snow, though, it should be called “glory-of-the-leaves” – at least in our yard. So many leaves! The weather was nice enough yesterday that I was able to do some clearing of the front flower beds. But there are still plenty of leaves left. Here in New England you rake twice a year. Autumn and spring. Is it like that for you?

Other recent appearances…the peonies.

I’d almost forgotten about these. I planted them last year and put straws in the soil to remind me where they were – then promptly forgot about the straws. When these came up, it took me several days to remember what they were. They’re off to a good start!

Nearby, the daffodils have opened. Such cheerful little flowers!

These were a gift from a neighbor last year. I’ve never had daffodils before and am thoroughly enjoying them.

Across the yard, our forsythia has finally opened. It took a while because it’s more sheltered than other bushes in the neighborhood.

(The photo here is actually one of the more quick to bloom shrubs that I see when out walking the dogs.)

Cpt A took some time last week to prune our fruit trees (after carefully researching the process on-line).

And, I started lettuce seeds in a pot. They’re up, but very leggy, so I move them outside during the day so they will get more sun than they were getting in our living room.

I have to leave notes to myself so I will remember to bring them back in at the end of the day. I’m hoping to plant more seeds this week.

In the kitchen, CPT A is growing yeast. Self-isolation has brought out the baker in him, and he’s been experimenting with bread recipes and sourdough techniques.

Here, you see his starter in its early stages, balanced on the radiator to keep it warm. It has since moved to the oven where the oven light keeps it at the correct temperature while it develops.

While he waits for the starter to pick up, CPT A has been experimenting with no-knead breads. Here was his first attempt:

It tasted as good as it looked. Our baking has been temporarily suspended, however, as the heating element in our oven burned out a few days ago. We ordered another one and, hopefully, it will be here in time to bake the Easter ham.

And, how are the pets doing these days? Quite well, thank you. Here you see Mr. Wa, posed in front of the hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes that accompany us on all our grocery runs now.

Ursa (who prefers to walk with CPT A) is getting more frequent and longer walks. Here she is recovering from one of them.

And Shadow is…well, Shadow. Always there. Always lurking on the stairs. Always forcing her way into the bathroom. Always rummaging around in the cupboards.

I hope this post finds you well and that you are finding pleasant ways to occupy yourself these days. Also, I hope your weather is improving, as ours is. Hang in there.

From the dining room table, getting ready to pick up my knitting,

Mrs. Smythe

6 Comments on “What’s Growing – in the yard and in the kitchen

  1. Love to see the pets all cozy! I think hand sanitizer is now part of our new normal. Crazy!

    • It is crazy, for sure. The pets are definitely enjoying having everyone around so much. 🙂

  2. So happy to hear that spring has arrived on the east coast! Yes, many many leaves in our yard also. That bread looks amazing. I have yeast ordered from Amazon. Taking a long time….

    • Everything I’ve ordered has taken extra time recently – hope you’re able to get yeast soon! I’ll tell CPT A you thought he did a good job with the bread. 🙂

  3. What about Kipper and– OMG I have lost the name of my favorite Katahoola. My brain is failing — Jeopardy song playing in my head— Manny.

    • They’re harder to photograph because they’re always moving – but I’ll try to include them in the next post. 😉