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In the Bleak Midwinter.

Hello. So tell me, how are we doing with surviving January? Almost there you say? Right. God I hate January. And February. These are the hardest months around here and I get aggressive whenever I see fields of snow drops on all the Insta feeds. WE WON´T HAVE SNOWDROPS UNTIL MARCH BECAUSE I ALMOST MAYBE TECHNICALLY LIVE IN SIBERIA. GO AWAY.

Anyway! Yesterday felt a little spring-ish after a cold spell (there´s another cold spell around the corner, lest you thought otherwise) so the boys and I inspected the garden a bit. I have big garden plans this year since we can´t afford to travel so that means more time for the garden. We finally had quite a bit of rain in the past few weeks; I hope 2019 will be an easier year to grow things. 

We have a sparrow colony (please tell me these are sparrows, I am hopeless with birds! Why don´t we learn such things at school instead of f**ing algebra) living in the big climbing rose which is very charming. They are there because of the chicken food in the nearby run of course and they eat quite a bit but I don´t mind. Sparrows! Or maybe not sparrows! Definitely birds! Cute!

Today is Bruno´s gotcha-day, one year ago exactly he came to live with us. I feel like I should have a profound thing to say but I don´t really. It hasn´t been an easy year for sure. We´ve been through a lot with him, to make him happy and healthy. But it was worth it! I love him so much, and he actually loves me back (unlike other dogs in my home, looking at you Ludwig). Would I get a rescue again? Absolutely. My darling Bruno bear, trouble maker extraordinaire, lover of food, pillows and toys, snuggliest dog I´ve ever known. Onwards and upwards! 

January is good for one thing, and that is baking! I tried my hands at pretzels (Breze in German, NEVER Brezel) and did another trial of sourdough croissants (I forgot to take a picture with my real camera of the latter so this iPhone picture will have to do). Also I decided to teach sourdough courses at my home! That´s only relevant for locals though I´m afraid. 
Kay. Good talk. By the way I hope you got the Peaky Blinders reference in the title, if not I recommend you go and watch it, it´s one of the most brilliant series ever and also something that is totally doable in January. 

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Happy Bruno anniversary. So good to find a snuggly dog. Some are and some aren't. My current dog who is rambunctious and exuberant (read need to keep tight rein on when walking) is also a snuggle-bun. Phew. Those would be sparrows in New Zealand so I guess they are German name for sparrows there. I'm looking forward to seeing your garden plans. To be a Pollyanna, at least with all the bareness of winter you can clearly see the structure of your garden. I adore your Strawberry Thief paper and the croissants look very professional. I wish I was nearby to attend the classes. I won't say anything about snowdrops. Or indeed our summer . . . Keep warm in your lovely nest.

January 28, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSally

I too absolutely struggle with January and February. If it makes you feel any better, we won't see snowdrops until April here! I always refer to our area as the Lower Arctic Circle, when in fact we are 3 hours by car south of Toronto. But, baby, it gets cold. And stays cold for a long time. Hence no snowdrops till April. :(

Gorgeous photo of Bruno posing on the kitchen floor. So glad he loves you back. Everything you've done for him warms my heart. Such a treat to see him looking so handsome.

I have never liked pretzels but now I've read your posts about them I assume it's just because I've never had a proper one. Yours look absolutely delicious. Ditto for the croissants.

-- RC

January 29, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCatbird Farm

Ich musste erst mal nachschlagen, was Sparrow auf Deutsch heißt und ja, es sind Spatzen.
Die Fotos sind mal wieder sehr schön und ich möchte sofort alles essen, was du so bäckst!
Bin mir sicher, dass Ludwig dich auch liebt, er zeigt es nur etwas anders ;)
Mit den ersten Monaten des Jahres habe ich zum Glück kein Problem, man macht in der Zeit halt eben Dinge, die dazu passen (auf dem Sofa lungern, Backen, Schmorgerichte zurbereiten, sowas halt).

January 29, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPixelpu

I also hate this time of year. We are buried in snow right now, and I used to think it looked beautiful. Now I struggle to remind myself that the ground needs the water and that this is part of Nature's Kreislauf here. I also abhor the muddy dirty weeks at the end of winter. It mostly makes me depressed and sleepy and cold.

You have sparrows, and I see at least one finch - the one with the black bib on the chest, I think it is a Kohlmeise (one of the first birds on the left of your photo). We have them here, too, they live all over Europe and Asia. They swarm the bird feeders my son fills in our garden, and provide constant entertainment for our cats, who sit on the warm, dry side of the kitchen windowsill and chatter at the birds.

January 29, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

We are covered in snow. Whau! Lots of birds! It's nice to see green grass and a dog running around. Beautiful breads!

February 20, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterangela

OK, ist eine Weile her, dass Du diesen Post schriebst, und andere haben es bestätigt, dass es Spatzen sind. Hausspatzen, es gibt auch Feldspatzen :-) - ich bin auch kein Januar/Februarfan, aber seit wir mit Vögelbeobachten anfing, geht es viel besser, weil die Vögel schon dann anfangen zu singen, es läuft Vogelmässig sehr viel in den Monaten, und so komme ich über die Monate hinweg. So schön, dass Bruno sich so gut bei Euch eingelebt hat - und dass er Dich liebt. Sauerteig Croissant machen zu können finde ich eine tolle Sache.

April 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterHelle

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