Goldfinches, Snowdrops and Marmalade

29 Jan

1    Having done the RSPB Big Birdwatch at the weekend in the gales and had very few to record, today the goldfinches turned up in crowds. At one point there were ten!

Goldfinches, not the best photo but taken from indoors from about 15meters away

Goldfinches, not the best photo but taken from indoors from about 15 metres away

2   The snowdrops are just delightful and withstanding the gales as they do.

Snowdrops with raindrops

Snowdrops with raindrops

3    The house is full of the smell of the new season’s marmalade bubbling away – so lovely and, very special as every year it brings my Dad into the kitchen as it was he who always made the marmalade when we were kids. He used to make a special little pot for me without any peel!  This batch is Seville Orange with Red Grapefruit and the colour is very beautiful.


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23 responses to “Goldfinches, Snowdrops and Marmalade

  1. greenbenchramblings

    February 3, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Goldfinches look almost tropical.

  2. flowerpot

    January 30, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Ah, that takes me back – Pip always made marmalade at ths time of year xx

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 30, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Would you like me to bring you a jar?xx

  3. djdfr

    January 30, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I have often made marmalade for my husband. i put half the peel in muslin and then that is removed after cooking, set to dry and then either used for cakes, etc., or dipped in chocolate.

    My snowdrops seem to be a bit late this year.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      I like the idea of saving some peel to dry and cover in chocolate! 🙂

  4. valeriedavies

    January 30, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Lovely pics Sally – interesting, I’ve been following Natureophile and Finn’s counting over at Cambridge…No gold finches there…

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      That is interesting.Our observations showed far fewer birds this year. The weather was shocking, wind and rain but I don’t really know if that bother birds much. We certainly saw more yesterday which was wet but much calmer. 🙂

  5. Kathleen Richardson

    January 30, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Loving the snowdrops with raindrops, Sally.

  6. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    January 30, 2013 at 2:57 am

    love your marmalade memory

  7. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    January 29, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Pretty as usual…I love the goldfinches…and I think I smell “marmalade!”

  8. juditon

    January 29, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I specially like the snowdrops and their white with water drops.

  9. Shelagh

    January 29, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    My mother was the marmalade maker in our house. I used to hate peel too, but now I love thick cut, altho I don’t make my own – I let Frank Cooper do it for me!

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 30, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Frank Cooper is who we turn to should we ever run out though that happens rarely! 🙂

  10. Peri's Spice Ladle

    January 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    These snowdrops look precious:) And the birds so colorful, apparently this time of year is really difficult for birds since food is scarce…our bird-feeder shows it:)

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      We are filling the feeders pretty often at the moment too. 🙂

  11. mixedupmeme

    January 29, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Every time I visit your blog I feel I am in some sort of a fairy land.

    Waiting for the day when you say, “That’s all folks. I have no more beautiful things.” lol

    • ladysighs

      January 30, 2013 at 1:02 am

      That will never happen. I will give her some of my beautiful things to share. 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 30, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      It’s quite remarkable how they keep on turning up! 🙂


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