Friday, March 07, 2008

Inspirations of spring...

With thoughts of spring dancing around our heads, we are planning on getting some of the living fence planted up at Cranberry Cottage over the weekend. I am researching which plants I would like to look for at the garden nursery online today. It is rather damp weather which gives the new plants a great chance to take hold. Even if we do get a little frost, the living fence is in an area with many trees and they will be okay there. They say we are a month earlier in the seasonal calender this year so we have to think it is like April now instead of March. These are some of the Tete~a~tete's from our garden at the cottage. To spite our storm last weekend, they were poking their heads out.

Jos is busy working from home today so I made us a loaf of Irish Soda bread for lunch. There is nothing like eating this fresh and warm from the oven with a cup of English breakfast tea with milk. I have not been baking anymore and realized this morning how much I miss it. I just don't make time for myself enough each week to be able to bake.

As I pack up our bags for the weekend, I pack these magazines to take along for some fun spring inspiration. I now have a subscription to both Victoria and Romantic Homes both of which arrived this week. I purchase the German Wohnen & Garten from a newsagent in a city we sometimes visit up north on the weekends. We love to go to the vegetable market held in the city on Saturdays.

What are you planning for your weekend? Are you having spring weather or is winter still sharing its white glow with you? Whatever you do this weekend, make it a great one!

"in time of daffodils(who know
the goal of living is to grow)
forgetting why,remember how"

~~ E.E. Cummings ~~


Espresso Girlie said...

I am longing for spring! I too love Romantic Homes and Victoria magazines. I do not have the new Victoria, but I will be going out to purchase it today. Enjoy your weekend and that beautiful soda bread.

Nancy said...

I would love to think Spring, but the only thing spring here is the clocks springing ahead on the weekend. We are supposed to get up to 10 inches of snow today, and it has already started. Your soda bread looks yummy and I know it is, I have made it and eaten yours.
Have fun at the cottage and give Jos a couple breaks from work.
Love you, Mom

BittersweetPunkin said...

Hi Heidi...No preoblem on the sugar shaker..I will leave a comment on Nancy's blog as well...I will email you a total with shipping later on in the day!!

Peaceful Valley said...

Heidi - I always love to read of your daily doings! Baking soothes the soul, doesn't it? Spring is fastly approaching us and I LOVE it! Susan in SC

Rhondi said...

Hi Heidi
It seems I haven't stopped for awhile! Your Easter decorations are really lovely and how special to have a card from whenyou were a child.
I hope you can get your living fence planted. That is the first time I've heard that term.
This weekend I am going to be doing some sewing. I have to finish sewing the binding on a quilt to enter into our quilt show and the drop off day is Friday. Also I am going to a quilting workshop and I have to get a bunch of blocks made befroe I go. So most of my weekend I'll be sewing. Also we will take advantage of the spring weather and go for a couple of walks in the woods. Hope you have a great weekend enjoying your magazines.
Rhondi xo

Wild Rose said...

Well, we're in for more snow this weekend! I can't believe that winter is ever going to end this year. It has already started and we are expecting in excess of 20-25cm!

Not much chance of enjoying any spring flowers unless they are the indoor variety. Oh well, I suppose that in a few weeks we will be complaining that it is too hot!

Enjoy your weekend at the cottage Heidi.

Marie x

Ragged Roses said...

Hope you have a wonderful weekend Heidi! It sounds like fun for you. My oldest daughter is off to Ypres first thing in the morning to learn more about World War 1, so we've all got to get up very early!! Take care

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Heidi,

That bread with tea sounds just absolutely delicious! It is very Springish here -- we hit 80 degrees today and you can smell Summer in the breeze. In Southern California it comes earlier and I won't complain one tiny bit!


Ginny said...

I bought that issue of Victoria on Wednesday, but haven't had much time to look at it. Just looking at the lovely flowers on the front cover made me feel calm and happy.

We're in the midst of a snowstorm that will last through at least Sunday morning, so thoughts of spring are just longings at this point. I plan to spend the weekend cross stitching and maybe doing some sewing.

I've never made soda bread; it sure looks good!


Hi Heidi, the german magazine looks interesting...we should do a swap. Any american mags you like? it would be so much fun! You are so lucky to have your spring flowers popping thru! thanks for sharing...

carolr said...

I love reading your blog. I am like you. I pack for the weekend as we head to our mountain home. I love Victoria magazine; my husband gave me a subscription to it for Christmas.

Mary said...

I love the Tete-a-tete narcissus, I love all narcissi, daffodils, jonquils whatever.......yellow, cream, orange, white - they are a sure sign that Spring is coming, and soon!!! And I adore blue hyacinths.......and tulips, well you already know they are my real favorites!

That looks like a fabulous soda bread Heidi - will you share your recipe please!! Would be perfect to bake for St. Patrick's Day - I have to do something Irish for Bob - we are Sullivans you know - his grandfather dropped the O'.

I tagged you for the 6 word memoir - and you can have a giggle at mine. Can you believe we used to look like that - I actually looked thin in '68, what happened! Goodness only knows why I wore those ridiculous sunglasses in '68, they are like goggles - must have been the style!!

Hope you've had a great weekend at your adorable cottage - with time to read those great mags., my favorites. Chilly, very windy, but sunny here over the weekend. We are about to light the fire and enjoy an evening watching "The English Patient".
Hugs dear friend - Mary.

P.S. I'll post tomorrow about my lucky find - well actually it found me!

Regina said...

Dear Heidi
Loveley magazine.Sometimes I get in
Frankfurt that beautiful Victoria
magazine,that German magazine I buy me each month,but Romantic Homes get
I here not.Your soda bread looks very
delicious.I hope you had a wonderful