Taking Stock


I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again but I’ve really come to adore the beautiful flowers of the Stock.

Taking Stock of the Buds

And don’t even get me started on their perfume. It’s so gloriously subtle that neither my allergies nor aversion to strong smells are incited.

As to when I’ll have another bunch however… “mum, how much longer?”

Sunlight in the Mist


Shafts of light directed onto the earth from the heavens above when the rest of the sky appears dark and gloomy, I always find wondrous.

Sunlight in the Mist

The leaves, albeit briefly, incandescent in the afternoon light absolutely breath-taking.

To look away for even a moment can have you missing something astonishing and leave you asking about the next time and… “mum, how much longer?”

Pumpkin Bread


This was one of those recipes that had even Master Thirteen coming back for more; no longer afraid that by eating Pumpkin Bread he’d be turned into some sort of vegetable freak!

Pumpkin Bread

  • Servings: 24
  • Time: 1½ hours
  • Difficulty: medium
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Pumpkin Bread with Spread and Cheese

3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2/3 cup water
2 cups pumpkin puree
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder

1 cup (moderately) crushed pecans
2 tbls white sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease two 9×5 inch loaf pans.

Combine sugar, oil and eggs – beat until smooth. Add water, beating until well blended.

Stir in pumpkin, ginger, allspice, cinnamon and cloves.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, soda, salt and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and blend just until all ingredients are mixed. Divide batter between prepared pans.

Sprinkle crushed pecans on top of bread batters, gently pushing them into the batter ensuring they are secure. Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake in oven until skewer comes out clean; approximately 1 hour.

Eat as is, warm with butter or I highly recommend for something a little special, try some Chipotle Peach Spread with gooey Gorgonzola cheese. Tasty!

This is one of those delights that has you asking… “mum, how much longer?”

Backlit Boyz!


When we first arrived in Kitimat, the Stella Jays initially enthralled us with their vibrant colors. That lasted a week, maybe two. They squawk. They scare away the other birds. They’re messy eaters!

Then they disappeared, phew (which we had NOTHING to do with I assure youthought itbut didn’t DO it!). Now they’re back…

Backlit Bird, grrrr...


Oddly they only like to pose for the camera in the morning but with the light behind them they turn into a bat-like image. For this capture I added some back-light, then some more. Brings out it’s inner-evil quite well I think!

If only it was this easy to silence them. Or better yet, move them to another back deck so my little Chickadees can once again feast in peace but… “mum, how much longer?”