Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Middle of the week


Well here we are at Wednesday already and I haven't posted once this week. Shame on me! I have a good excuse though. This upcoming weekend is our daughter's yearly birthday barbecue. So I have been shopping and cleaning in preparation for the big day. I am not sure if it will be a back yard affair as in previous years as mother nature isn't really co-operating. Rainy cooler weather will be here by the weekend so we may have to move the whole thing indoors. Oh well wherever it is we will still have a lot of really good fun.My mother-in-law came for a visit on Sunday afternoon. Even though it was a bit rainy we ventured out for a walk at our favorite nature preserve. These little baby swallows were being fed constantly by there mother. I couldn't help feeling sorry for her as she had four of the little ones to feed. We watched her fly back and forth feeding each one in turn. I bet she will be very glad to see them all on their own.
This year the Great Horned Owls only had one baby and we found him sitting on a tree branch. We think he is pretty much reared and on his own now. Although I do think that his parents are still nearby watching. He still has some of his downy feathers but he is looking more like an adult owl everyday.We were all a bit damp, tired and hungry on returning home so coffee, tea and cake helped to make us feel a bit better. This was a Raspberry Bakewell cake and it was delicious and so very easy to make. I think you could make it with whatever fruit is in season. It's definitely a keeper and the recipe is here if you would like to try it.

Well that's it for me for this week. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week and your weekend.

See you soon!

9 comments:

annemarie said...

Another lovely post - love the owl and bird pictures. I hope your daughter has a wonderful birthday weekend. That cake looks so yummy - after looking at the recipe, I know I need to brush up on my metric skills. I am curious, when you make this recipe do you think metric or do automatically convert everything to U.S. measurements.

Handmade in Israel said...

Oh, that owl! Oh, that cake!

Louise said...

I've made the cake using the very same recipe. It's delicious, and I shall be making it again when the raspberries put in an appearance in my garden. Aah, those swallows, and that baby owl, just the cutest. Enjoy the barbecue and happy birthday wishes to your daughter too. x

jojo-caramel said...

My goodness! Your photos are fantastic! Look at me this owl!!!! just incredible!!!!!! the photo of Mum and baby swallows is fantastic as well!!! You should make a movie!!!! It is very exceptionnal to see photos like these ones...
I love raspberries :-P
Have a good weekend!

Sue said...

Don't you love watching birds feed their babies? I sit at the window and never get tired of seeing them.

That cake looks delicious. Raspberries and almonds together sound wonderful and they're a couple of our favorites. We can't get fresh raspberries here, but I have a package of frozen ones that should work. I think I'll try it this weekend.

Esther said...

I love those little birds - and I know how the mother swallow feels having those mouths to feed, although I just have the one! The cake loos yummy, will have to try out that recipe for my fundraiser xx

gMarie said...

I hope you daughter has a lovely birthday BBQ - looks like we're having nice weather for on!

enjoy the birds and the cake. g

hetty said...

I made that cake this weekend for my husband's birthday. I had to figure out the ingredients because they were written in metric, using grams instead of cups. But I did it and it turned out fantastic. I used blackberries and blue berries in mine. It's a keeper alright!

periwinkle said...

I would so love to see an owl in the wild - you are so lucky , so much nature on your doorstep