Weekend Reading: an eclectic mix.

We are such an eclectic mixture of peoples all of us. You and I.  Such a wonderful bunch. Some of us are photographers, readers, writers, observers, cooks, chefs, Mamas, Papas, some of you are lovers OF photographers, or writers, cooks,  chefs, words, living, sharing, old trucks.   We are  farmers, gardeners, roamers, travellers, craftspeople, poets, beautiful.  Well  – obviously beautiful!

Eclectic. Awesome word. I can tell you the day I learnt that word too.  But I won’t.  There was a man involved (years ago) and he told me that my collections of art and books were an eclectic mix.  I was thrilled. Because you see I just picked up and hung up whatever I wanted to, I never even meant it to be a collection.  Eclectic forgave me! Enough about that day.

My Saturday introduction pages are a favourite day for me because I can just lazily collect an eclectic mix and share my favourites with you.   And I can use this time to check up on all of you, make sure you have all been behaving this week. We can all take a wee step back from the intense weekdays and raise our heads for a look around.  Below are a few suggestions for Saturday wanderings. Hopefully you will find a page that interests you.   It is a short list today. And we all know why! Next week may be quieter.  And I will have more time to visit you all. 

It appears, much to my dismay, that I have become a photographer of roosters (sigh). But like cats, they always look beautiful. 

The Lonely Walkers. Two young women from two different countries.  Both photographers. They take photographs of their respective countries and then post the results together. Their work is good, very good. In fact they were recently freshly pressed but I won’t hold that against them. They write too. They have discovered a wonderful collaboration across the oceans.  Much as we have. 

Some drunk writer fell off his perch!

At Down Under. Vivianne moved from Paris to New Zealand a while back and makes beautiful food. Also she makes beautiful photographs.  There is an elegance to her creations that belies the accessibility and simplicity of her ingredients.  I do recommend that you visit if you have the time this weekend.  Lets sneak her across into our world.

It is possible that this is quite weird, but I weave discarded crockery into the forsythia hedge.  The plant grows through the handles after a few years and holds it tight. Little surprises for the birds! Finding a sugar bowl in a bush!! 

The Witches Kitchen. Linda Woodrow is a cook, writer  and gardener with a conscience. She is terribly lucky to be able to live in an area where she can grow vegetables all year round. And she works very hard at living and sustaining herself off her plot of land.  I suspect she is a bit of a toughie. She is very sure of her views and her 100 mile radius of grazing.  I really admire her resolve. She is more than happy to take on any passing windmill.

The Complete Cookbook. As I have said before (and will probably say again)  – Mandy is a fabulous, linear cook.  One of my favourite pages.  By linear I mean that her instructions, unlike mine, are direct and ordered.  Her posts are consise and straight to the point. Some of her recipes are now staples in my kitchen and will be passed down to my children.  There are three reasons why I love Mandy and her pages. 1) She loves trees.  2) She makes complicated processes seem simple. 3) She has an ingredient  conversion page! And as we all know, when we are working with recipes written from wonderfully different countries sometimes guessing will not do it.  We need to do the math. Or let Mandy do it for us.

My early morning check promised another day of happy animals. I feel gently confident in looking forward to a quiet day. Cross fingers . Touch wood.  Everyone Touch Wood-Quick!  I am planting onion beds today and John (after rattling about with his hammer for a bit) will start to prepare the New Fields. There are three acres,  (newly rented out of corn production), they will be divided, one fenced into smaller areas in the usual mixture or clovers and grasses and delicious weeds, one field in organic alfalfa for hay and bees.

Today has dawned clear. The faceless weather people are forecasting wind (downy face) and warm sun (smiley face). No-one told Daisy that is was a quiet Saturday, and she is bellowing – so off I go!

Good morning.


PS Oh and Yes TonTon and I got to sit for a while in The Old Codgers quiet room. He has a way of putting things in perspective with the experience of  his long long life.  As we walked down the corridor to his room I said to TonTon “See Dale”  The dog’s ears went up and his tail went up and he proceeded to hurry, looking, looking.  Left and right until he found The Old Codger in his wheelchair and zeroed in on him. The delight on that old mans face.  They just beamed at each other. Lovely. Now I must get moving!  c

55 Comments on “Weekend Reading: an eclectic mix.

  1. Yes, the sugar bowl in the hedge is odd…but fun!
    I should put one in the rosebush – maybe the wrens will nest in it, instead of in my garden supplies.
    Great list – as usual. Here’s hoping for a less-hectic week-to-come…

    • One would look great in a rose bush Marie, especially if it has roses On it!! Mine fiull with water into he rains and are like secret water baths.. c

  2. “Eclectic”. I’m partial to that word. Lucy, you see, is an Eclectus parrot and yesterday was her 10th birthday. Avian birthdays aside, this is an eclectic group of blogs you’ve gathered this week, Celi, and I’m looking forward to checking them out a little later. After all, any group that includes Mandy has to be good. Have a great day!

    • I read that some parrots are as clever as 5 year olds. They can learn and respond, I guess like Lucy has learnt the smell of pasta being prepared and starts her hopping..plus many other things I am sure.. 10 years old.. wow, She must have learnt a lot in that time.. c

  3. Good morning C! I am off to read your list and have become addicted already to last week’s folk especially Gretchen..I did get her from you did I not? Anyway you all have a wonderful day! The day is bright and la little cool here. Yesterday We had heavy snowstorms with radio word warningsbot stay off the roads by 8 am, bright sun that promptly melted the snow by 9 -a cycle that repeated for most of the day!

    • Morning Chris and Yes gretchen was from last week and isn’t she a gem, I love those pages.. so different! c

  4. Even though I do not like roosters, because of negative childhood memories, I certainly enjoy your colorful images of them. But most of all, I liked reading today about TonTon and The Old Codger. The Old Folks get so lonely and you two are bringing them such happiness.

    Now, off to hang laundry on the line. Expected temps of 65 degrees here today. In Minnesota. In March. Unbelievable.

  5. You mention three acres, how big is your farm altogether and what is the average farm size in your area? I am always interested in what different country will support. What do people around you run on their farms?

    • Around here is is ALL corn, soybeans and a little wheat, all GM. Most people crop hundreds of acres, most cropping is done by someone other than the family who own it. Our tiny oasis is altogether 7 acres! hence the smallness to the sustainable.. so at this time of year we are surrounded in literally nothing, just bare earth.. c

      • I have an image of a flower in a carpark. (Your farm is the flower). I wonder if you get lonely trying to blossom and set seed out there.

  6. I love yard art, as we call it down here, and we have lots of it, an “eclectic” mix you might say of found objects, some handmade…just love your sugar bowl! Am excited to check out today’s reading list. So glad all is well and quieter at the farmy today. Now I’m off to give some love to my poor little neglected raised bed garden…time for some compost and seeding. Good morning!

    • Gardening day for Betsy!! It is afternoon here now and I have tidied half a border, well the border is pretty big but i am going to happily trundle on my knees down it getting everything ready for the spring. The flowers beds are all about the bees! I am happy just to be in the garden for a change.. c

  7. I’m glad you give “eclectic” a soft lens. I’ve surely been connected to that word my entire life, but it is sometimes linked very closely to the less favorable “unfocused.” Blogging friends are indeed of the same persuasion with interests spread far and wide–I always feel at home. I enjoy your Saturday offerings a an opportunity to make new friendly connections. I’m glad to hear the Old Codger had a good visit! 🙂 Debra

    • Morning debra, I hope you have a good weekend off.. I know what you mean about unfocused but how about many things that we focus On.. c

  8. Morning Celi, love the crockery in the hedge and I love that you follow Mandy’s blog too, it’s wicked! Been away again for work so am now slowly catching up on everyone’s post too. Have a nice weekend 🙂

  9. I love your discarded crockery in the forsythia!! An outstanding artsy solution to a miniature birdbath ❤ <3!! So glad your codger is doing well.. nothing a good old dog can't cure:) Thanks for the new sites to visit!! I'm already a steadfast fan of Mandy's and look forward to checking out the others!! xoxoxo Good morning!! or is it Good day already for you!!

    • Afternoon now, i have been in the garden and this day is whizzing past! i had better get back out there! c

  10. I touched wood for you Celi – but subtly so my other half wouldn’t think me too odd! It is so wonderful to visit your blog, I honestly don’t know how you do it, but you make us all feel so welcomed and connected.

    • well i love it when you visit and when you leave a comment I get to know you a little better, and by the way when i don’t have wood handy i knock on my head, Maybe you had better not let your other half see you doing that either!! c

  11. I like the crockery idea, but does it not fill with water? Or is it there for watering? Or nesting?

    • It really is for filling with water, so they can have private baths!!! When i water with the hose i fill them all up! Maybe the birds don’t even use them but i like to offer!! c

      • What a great idea! When I saw it, it reminded me of the Carolina wren bent on building its nest at the top of the downspout for the rain gutter. I think it finally gave up.

  12. Lovely post C. The sugar bowl in the hedge brought back lots of memories for me. When I was a child we kept a small tea pot (similar to the one you left on the stove!) in the hedge for the Jenny Wren to come and nest in. Fab photos as always.
    Regards Florence x

  13. Good morning from Oz!
    I love hearing about TonTon and the Old Codger’s time together.
    Roosters always look good, don’t they!
    Going to check out some of your new links today; thanks for putting me on to Gretchen, I’m loving that blog, it’s so different – and very interesting!

  14. I’ve been away and off line. Nice to catch up and I hope Mia is thriving on the yoghurt and that some new little lambs will soon be leaping around your fields.

  15. I love the photo of your rooster! Isn’t he pretty! I’ll look forward to hopping over to the sites you’ve recommended. xx

  16. The world through your eyes is always so beautiful and exciting. I also love that pic of your rooster! He is indeed splendid.

  17. A wonderful eclectic mix of recommended blogs (thanks for these!), ingredients of your day and spring sunshine. Enjoy it all!

  18. I love your pictures of the roosters…they fill the page with colour. I’m off to an afternoon symphony, but cannot wait to see what curious corner I shall turn with your latest links. Many thanks…and happy Sunday ~

  19. Now I understand the random sugar bowl lids! I read your posts out of order! I adore that you do that with sugar bowls. We have a piece of rope “Growing” out of a tree in the back…which is very cool and I ought to photograph it…but I wasn’t the one who left it there. Putting a sugar bowl in a bush…that’s just simply marvelous. Why the heck haven’t I done that? The next antique shop I go to I’m buying a hideously ugly sugar bowl…the lid goes in my bird bath and the bowl goes in my lilac bush. 🙂

    • a ilac would be perfect, they grow fast, you need a bush that grows quickly around it and holds it in.. c

  20. Thank you so much for mentioning The Lonely Walkers, Cecilia. It’s been a happy and pleasant surprise reading your lovely words about the project. 🙂
    Hope you had a great and quite day in the end. Oh, and we love your rooster pic!
    Wish you all the best,
    Emma and Marta

  21. I love your sugar bowl in a bush. I have a teapot and teacups converted to toad homes. I think a sugar bowl in a bush would make a lovely addition. 😀

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