Sunday, April 04, 2021
The calendar says "spring" but the weather says cold cold cold!! Another sprinkle of snow this morning and pretty fierce winds roaring from the north and ruffling up the white caps. It's time to up my game with duck and geese identification as the migrating flocks return.
We do have a pair of crows building their nest in a tall black spruce overlooking the water. Flying in to their "front porch" landing branch with pretty hefty sticks in their beaks: the actual nest appears to be under construction closer to the centre of the tree. Presumably there will be some softer lining installed before their eggs are laid and due to hatch!
Yesterday we explored a local Farmers' Market: lots of interesting items on sale! Turnips and carrots and potatoes, maple syrup and frozen blueberries, hot waffles or sausage rolls for people seeking breakfast: but also knit and crocheted items, leather ware, birdhouses . . . a big range of highly individual and quirky offerings. We're trying a bottle of local dry rose and another of gamay noir. DH also bought six cans of local beer . . . he had one with supper last night (Atlantic salmon with imported asparagus and my own dauphinoise potatoes!).
And I've been watching YouTube clips on the Island way of preparing lobster, oysters, mussels . . . I would be very happy eating fish every day, and there are lots of delicious PEI recipes on line! Need to find some nutcrackers/picks which apparently are useful with hard shell lobsters -- a pretty messy business which looks like lots of fun. Frozen shelled lobster meat and mussel meat is also readily available and it's quite highly recommended . . . so I will be thinking about expanding my soup repertoire too.
And I've been exploring a local seed company's catalogue . . . they've been in business here for about 150 years so probably the best source for climate-friendly flowers. I'm wanting to create a little naturalized carpet of lupins at the road side (like the neighbour's property to the north) . . . Lupins generally don't bloom until their second year but I'll get started this spring anyhow. And of course there will be lots of nasturtiums, those fat round seeds which I've been planting every spring as far back as I can remember as a tiny child, and which will grow reliably just about anywhere -- blooming even more prolifically in less rich soil.
Just about finished reading the first Anne of Green Gables book which is every bit as delightful as I recall from my own childhood: LM Montgomery was Victorian in outlook certainly and so the novel is quite different from the Anne with an E Netflix series with its updated themes (which I also loved). But the original Anne was an absolutely irrepressible character and her love of nature resonates with me still, six decades later.