This year, our local bird observatory are hosting the first annual Victoria Bird Week! We're looking forward to filling out our Bird Bingo card over the feather-ful days ahead and attending some of the fascinating talks. Meanwhile, here are some charming migratory birds we've been noticing on the hill today:
Chipping sparrow (short-distance migrant) preening after a bath
Violet-green swallow (medium- to long-distance migrant) spotted house-hunting through one of ourfeather friendlywindows
Back when I lived in Halifax, my neighbours had a tradition of inviting friends over every Easter to eat snacks and make pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter-eggs. It was always such a lovely time, creating designs by candlelight with friends.
After moving to BC, I missed it so much that I bought myself a kit at the cute Ukrainian Canadian Cultural Centre gift shop and taught Seán & his mom how to make them, to try to recreate those warm feelings and have fun playing with dyes and wax.
We're excited to be collaborating once again on an illustration for Metchosin Art Pod's Bird Cards, co-presented by the Rocky Point Bird Observatory. Keep an eye out in late May for the full reveal and more details!
While making a large batch of granola last night, I thought it might be nice to share this simple recipe which has become a staple for me over the past couple of years. Kate originally introduced me to making homemade granola, and once I learned how easy and versatile it is, there was no turning back. It’s also something that can easily be made in large batches and keeps well in the pantry for a couple of weeks (at least! But it doesn’t usually survive being eaten longer than that in our household, so I can’t vouch for beyond that). Apparently you can also refrigerate or freeze it, but I’ve yet to try that.
Confession: I’m much more of an intuitive cook/baker who’s more comfortable experimenting with food than writing out recipes, but here goes: