Catkins are appearing and the leaves of the sambucusbushes are budding.... We saw one of the squirrels running around the house, too. The lakeice is looking kind of treacherous these days, with more water gathering on top of the ice a few hundred meters up ahead.
We had a freaky warm day today; at 14:00 +12 degrees centigrade on the north wall of our house and +24 degrees centrigrade (+16 in the shade) in the sun on the balcony facing south! There was not a breeze.... Man, that felt good!! Even though I love winter....
The kids and spent the better part of the afternoon on the balcony and my son took the book with birdssounds out. We tried the sounds of the most frequent visitors and within a peep or 2 we got answers! After several more we saw the birds coming closer, calling, looking where the sounds came from. Then he tried the warningcalls and the birds were silent and gone!
After a while he started "calling" again and the birds reappeared. It was great fun and we learned quit a bit, too. Now we can identify the birds by the sounds we used and we now what these sounds are/mean.
It was so lovely, that the kids had lunch on the balcony. And for the better part we just sat there, talking, reading or drawing, meanwhile soaking up that wonderfull vitamin D a.k.a. sunshine and warmth..
All around us was the sound of birds calling and water dripping away. At the warmest part of the day it sounded as if a summershower just had passed!
After lunch my daughters and I went exploring our yard, trying to identify what trees we have. We took a book on trees and we started comparing the features of the trees to the ones shown in the book. Identifying a tree, when it has leaves, flowers or fruit is easy,so this was a good lesson for us, too. My oldest daughter was so clever to kick aside the snow, when we were in doubt. She'd pick up a leave from under the snow and used it as an extra way of identification!! Damn clever!
It was a good thing for another reason that the weather played along.... We had a powercut for a few hours and this way we were not bothered by that! I noticed, because my chickensoup had stopped bubbling... First time I (!) made fresh chickensoup... with real chickens.... and vegetables....and spices..... Not some pots or packages or cubes or whatever.... Real grandma-style!
That's another area I am learning about; cooking the old way. Allready learned how to bake bread by hand, using real ingredients and kneading by hand. Had I know it was this easy I would have learned much earlier!
A night the temperatures drop however and easily reach - double digits, making going about in the morning treacherous, since the meltwater refreezes and everything is cover in ice.
Over the lake blankets of mist start to form and you can feel the cold first moving towards the lower lake and than spreading oput over the land again. It makes for images right out of a fairytale, especially with the full moon we just had!
And as a bonus I get 2 packages in the mail this week;
One was the very long awaited pair of army shoes for skiing in the right size and the other was a very old, sheepskin armyhat, which will replace the modern one I have. The latter, although warm, is driving me nuts with itching!!
At least i will be prepared when winter comes the next time!!!
Next winter I'l be looking like a fricking museumpiece!!!
I don't care, as long as I'm comfy and warm and let's be honest.... You don't find stuff made out of natural materials, that lasts this long AND is affordable.... If anyone does know where, please do let me know!
So the springbug has bitten us..... That means I know what is coming.... I already felt the change....