Thoughts from the Cottage…
Going To The Birds!
Just beginning to hear the bird songs in the morning, daylight is arriving earlier and less than 22 days to spring…so who’s counting? This month starts with the ground hog and ends with leaping frogs, so I thought I would fill in with birds! Found a fun recipe to share, it will help you to care for the winter birds and have a little fun.
Groundhog Day …Spring or Winter?
…time for the birds…
Birds are more than just a pretty face in the garden, birds have jobs also! Consuming insects is an important one that first pops into my mind. So they may not discriminate, eating both beneficial and harmful insects, I am very grateful for any helpers that make a dent in the mosquito population or eats the wood-boring insects out of my trees.
They also are important for seed dispersal and play a role in the survival of native plant species. I am always happy to see a new “volunteer” popping up in our landscape thanks to the hard work of one of our feathered friends. Some birds help with pollination by offering their transportation services - fee of charge!
One way to look at it...
... kickoff February...
Did I hear 6 more weeks?
... Spring or Winter?
...6 weeks is 6 weeks!
Birds & Blooms ( a wonderful publication) has featured a recipe for making seed ornaments. This is such a fun project and idea that I wanted to share it. So on a “snow day” I sneaked in a few “bird cookie ornaments”. Felt the need to do a test run first. The trick is using a gelatin to hold everything together. Here’s the recipe, though you can definitely make it your own! So many recipes on the Internet…the possibilities are endless!
BIRD COOKIE ORNAMENTS:
1/2 cup water
3 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
3 Tablespoons corn syrup
3/4 cup flour
4 cups bird seed (your choice!)
Heat water, gelatin and corn syrup together over a low heat. No need to boil. Mix flour and seed together and then slowly add to gelatin mixture. While cooling, put out parchment paper on our counter, and choose your favorite cookie cutters. Spray those cookie cutters with cooking spray. Next, fill the cutters with the gelatin mixture, pressing in the mixture tightly. Before you remove the ornament, use a straw or toothpick to poke a hole through the ornament (for hanging). Then remove from cookie cutters and let dry for several hours. Once dry, you can attach ribbon or string and hang for the birds!
…and look what has arrived!
...Leap Year 2016!
So...why the extra day?
It was the ancient Egyptians who first figured out that the solar year and the man-made calendar year didn't always match up.
That's because it actually takes the Earth a little longer than a year to travel around the Sun — 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, to be exact.
…Do I hear a Happy Birthday?
You are know as a “leapling”
Chances of a leap year birthday are 1 in 1461
As the story goes, the tradition of women romantically pursuing men in leap years began in 5th century Ireland, when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about the fair sex having to wait for men to propose. February 29 was the day set aside allowing women the right to ask for a man's hand in marriage.