Searching for a Theme

What will I write about today? Well rain was forecast but so far all we’ve had are blustery winds and fast changing clouds. So I went over to my house and garden and continued my efforts of yesterday, picking up leaves and emptying pots filled with rainwater. Slow contemplative work. (Even so I was a bit stiff from yesterday’s bending etc.). Today was colder and eventually I retreated inside to continue my bird watching. The birds were being blown about this way and that. And the sea gulls and crows just seemed to glide with the air flows. I was fascinated by the large number of small brown birds at this time of year. They did seem to be rounder or more puffed out. Was this nature’s defense system against the wind and the rain and the cold.? There were one or two brown birds with a degree of red on their chests. No Stellar’s Jay today to caw at me. Yesterday I was hoping to see a Northern Flicker in company with the Jay. Needless to say I just enjoy being outside and seeing the birds. My neighbor is doing an excellent job of putting out food for the birds. And the squirrels are having a field day.

Peter’s squirrel
My garden and one of my neighbors in a warmer season


Thinking of the days when my husband made delicious mince pies.

Cooking Filipino in the UK

mincemeat in jars

Last year we finished our last jar of mincemeat.  These last few weeks were then spent hunting for organic oranges to make the candied peel.  When all the ingredients were ready–lo and behold!  Three jars of mincemeat turned up from the bottom of the cupboard, labeled “February 2021”.  Make more mincemeat or not?  Why not? 🙂

Here’s the recipe that we follow.  Waking up to the scent of mincemeat soaking for the last 12 hours tells you that Christmas is really in the air.

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