Sunday, February 28, 2010

cupcakes and omission


























































a special dinner,
even with the best
planning and attention to
detail
i managed to omit some
key ingredients to the salad
and veggies,
this was brought to my attention
by the discerning dinner guests.
the cupcakes however
were most successful.

petals
















tulip petals still
hanging
on.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

sky












































while i was clearing
snow
it amazed me
how quickly
the clouds
disappeared
to reveal
the moon.

Friday, February 26, 2010

snowing






























the garden lion
and miss m
on a
snowy morning.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

warm chili on a cold night
















keeping warm on a winter
night
with a vegetarian chili,
i can't recall where i found the
recipe
but i like the ingredients for
the colour, red onions, garlic, red and
jalapeno peppers, sweet potato, zucchini,
white and black beans,
corn and all types of chili spices.
a comforting dinner
after a busy work day.
food is becoming
a theme here these days.

snowy day tea
















snowy day,
a welcome
tea break with
good company
and
linzer cookies.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

tulip love

















tulips are my favourite flower,
a bunch always finds its way home
with me.

that was dinner


























































exploring the what's for dinner feature in
martha stewart living continues. the march issue
vegetarian menu appealed to me:
lentil and bulgur soup, cucumber and mint salad
with toasted pitas, roasted carrots with feta and
parsley, walnut shortbread.
the salad had green beans and boston
lettuce, my diners found the combination odd.
the lentil soup was wholesome. the roasted carrots
a good dish, but a bit repetitive since there were carrots
in the soup.
thankfully the walnut shortbread met with everyone's
approval.
preparing the menu even with the guidelines seemed
too much work for the result. oh well, that was dinner.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

culling books

















thoughts on culling books...
bookshelves are full to overflowing,
decisions need to be made,
paperbacks do not last as long
as hardcover
books,
will i want to read these again?
someone else should enjoy the
books before they fall apart,
too many books,
they seem to follow me home,
many more books to consider...

Monday, February 22, 2010

shop windows






























the arrangement seems to never change,
the second shop seems have undergone
a refurbishment since the last visit here.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

a brilliant day


























































blue sky,
ducks dashing for crumbs
thrown by children,
beavers at work again,
the water a pleasing murky green,
brilliant.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

an evening out












































getting ready for an evening out,
ragged ruffles mine,
shiny buttons and kilt his,
stray dog hairs miss m's.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

overcast












































a february day in the city

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

hyacinth and seven things
















forgotten amongst some pots in the basement was
this flower shop hyacinth, i noticed a green sprout,
out it came, placed by a window and watered.
now it is in bloom scenting the room with spring.
nature's little miracle.

last week i was tagged by elisabelle to tell seven
things about me:
i prefer to be outdoors.
none of my friends have visited my blog.
i was a hair model for a stylist competition, and
experienced what it is like to be an extreme redhead
for a few days.
it was by an unhappy accident that i found out that i
am allergic to crabmeat. now i ask what is in the dip.
i like klezmer music and am listening to this cd a lot.
i have difficulty in parting with flowers after they have
finished flowering.















when miss m came into my life quite suddenly
i was not looking to get a dog. i love her.




















i would like to tag the following: sohvi, lotta,
novi, julie, kukka-maaria and anyone else
so inclined. too many i's in this post.

Monday, February 15, 2010

behind glass












































fashion captives
behind glass

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

lunch
















after walking in the cold,
a colourful and zesty lunch
is a good way to meet mid-day.
pita with mashed avocado and ajvar,
blood oranges, and a flavourful
chickpea salad with a tangy lemon cumin
vinaigrette, inspired by this recipe.
i omitted the walnuts, feta and lettuce,
the vinaigrette is a perfect winter flavour
boost and the fresh mint is essential.
now time for tea, and back to work.

duck dance












































evidence
of vigorous
duck activity.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

river






























swiftly the river flows

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

woods in winter






























lost in the woods...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

river ice












































river ice
patterns
and impurities.