Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Easter Cactus
     The first long weekend of Spring and it was beautiful weather!  After the snow and frost and cold earlier this week, it was a welcome respite.  Good Friday (in France, it's Holy Friday, in Romania, Great Friday, in parts of Mexico, Friday of Sorrows, etc.), was overcast and was a perfect day to sleep in and have a lazy day doing not much to recuperate from the week and get rested for the remaining weekend's craziness.

Crocus. Where's Waldo the fly?
     I had a quick visit into Toronto on Saturday to see the fam-damily, and then spent Saturday night making dessert for Sunday lunch with CC's family.

Spring Offering

Hellebore aka Christmas Rose or Lenten Rose

Table Setting for lunch
     There were ten of us for lunch.  CC bought a Quiche Lorraine (named after the Lorraine region of France) and we served it with oven roasted asparagus, mustard beans, an olive and bacon aperitif cake and a big green salad.  For afters, we had chocolate Creme Brûlée.   Mmmmmm!

Aperitif Cake
Oven-roasted Asparagus
Chocolate Creme Brûlée
Freesia Arrangement
     CC bought lots of flowers and did some quite beautiful arrangements.  The lunch was a big success - everyone enjoyed the food and there was lots of laughter.  Back to work tomorrow.  Ugh.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


or, if you're Daffy Duck, "firthtth"!  Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck.

It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day and lots of folks were out in t-shirts and shorts avec doggies and/or prams getting a good dose of vitamin D after a long, cold and bitter winter.  My latest jdpegs are, I hope, just the beginning of what's to come...

First Magnolia blossom
First Christmas Cactus bloom
First variegated Crocus 
First non-fly pollinator

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The first signs of Spring!

At Last!


Aconites emerging from "the white stuff"

Clivea basking in the sun