I know we have turned a corner because...
1 there are now eggs in the nest box most days (as well as some being laid elsewhere I suspect, by Patsy, who prefers to do her own thing and leads everyone a merry dance trying to locate her latest nest site. Under the quince bush is a favourite or among the tangled roots of the climbing hydrangea.)
2 the bees in the hive we host are busily beginning to sally forth in sorties and coming back with their legs weighed down with deep, orange pollen from I know not where. Possibly, looking at my photo, from the purple crocuses. Crocus honey... sounds wonderful!
3 the rhubarb is emerging in slender, crimson stalks with bright, curly new leaves in the vegetable patch
4 the first delicate, pale pink blossom is out in the cherry tree
I made lemon curd today as a statement that I feel it is now officially Spring. I use Delia Smith's recipe - it's very good and absolute childs-play, although you have to be patient for it to thicken properly. It means Spring to me because it needs quite a lot of eggs and the tang of fresh lemons is somehow so evocative of everything good about Spring. When H was very small he used to love to stir the mixture over the simmering water even though he had to stand on a chair and reach up to be the correct height to wield the wooden spoon. Nowadays he has the opposite problem and has to stoop!
I am not the only one to head for lemons this week - Anne posted a great recipe for a lemon meringue pudding on her blog here. Have a look - it's delicious!
Here is my late afternoon's alchemy!
And if you are wondering,
"How is she going to get the lid on the large jar without spilling any?",
I am wondering that too!
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