Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Day 52 - 21st February 2012 - Shrove Tuesday and Chickadees

Another nippy morning, temperature is -8.3. It as warmed up considerably and is now +5.7, wind is minimal and the sun feels so warm. Today is Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Tuesday. I knew it had something to do with Lent, so thought I'd google and see exactly what it was all about, found this on Wikipedia:
Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Shrove Tuesday is observed mainly in English speaking countries, especially Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States but is also observed in the Philippines and Germany. Shrove Tuesday is linked to Easter, so its date changes on an annual basis.In most traditions the day is known for the eating of pancakes before the start of Lent. Pancakes are eaten as they are made out of the main foods available, sugar, fat, flour and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.
The birds have been singing their hearts out this morning like it was spring. I'm sure they have some secret insight into the weather.
Larry has finished the walls and is now cleaning up some stuff around the yard. For me it's been office stuff, laundry and working on my report. I'm sure that just excites the daylights out of everyone, but most days I'm not a terribly fascinating individual! Caught up with my cousin Jim on all the news yesterday afternoon, he's been doing some more research into one of our elusive ancestors, some day we will knock down that brick wall.

The robin has almost cleaned all the seeds from this Sumac.

I love the little chickadees, they dart around and move so fast and are hard to capture. I have a lot of photos of a birdfeeder with nothing feeding. I did manager to get a few though.

This time he's hiding in Lois' Wisteria. Maybe he's finding some seeds there to nibble on or just taking a break, enjoying the sun.

This time he's tucked away in the big feeder, munching away.

This is Lois' guard squirrel. He's like a sentry and protects the deck from prowling creatures who may hurt the kitties.

Well back to work for me, still have lots to do this afternoon. Enjoy your afternoon. Are you eating pancakes tonight?

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely love Lois's guard squirrel!! lol I can't say I am overly fond of squirrels have had them in the house before and they can cause a lot of trouble. Just a glorified rat with a tail lol. I am not having pancakes tonight but will have a beverage in your honour :) Thanks for posting my blog .......