Friday, March 01, 2024

Friday Favourites

 


On the sunniest day of the week we went for a little hike. The trail to McKenzie Bight is not long and it's easy going down, but one has to remember that going back it's uphill all the way. We were glad for our jackets and hats. A sharp wind took away much of the sun's warmth. Buffleheads and Surf Scoters bobbed in the water and took off in a hurry when a seal appeared. Gulls soared on the air currents.


Sunlit filtering through the trees is so lovely. And I think my husband is a fine sight, too. He likes to carry his pack even on short hikes, for practice. He's taken to carrying a extra pounds - of water in a jug -  just for the exercise. 


We found a shelf to sit on, slightly sheltered from the wind, and admired the wind ruffling the waves while we drank our tea. That's a very old thermos - he's had it since high school. The cup that comes along with it cracked and split so we bring along other drinking vessels. 


On another day, a friend came for coffee. I made orange scones that disappeared quickly. To a regular scone recipe I added about 2 teaspoons of grated orange rind, and then made a thin glaze with orange juice and icing sugar. 


I couldn't resist this bouquet of white tulips and blue hyacinths. They were tightly closed a few days ago, and now the tulips are almost done while the hyacinths emit their sweet fragrance. The hyacinths in my garden are barely visible, but soon they too will bloom. It's March and spring can't be far away in spite weather that ranges from hail to rain to snow and sun. 

Have a beautiful weekend!

25 comments:

  1. March has definitely come in like a lion this year. The wind and rain make being outdoors very unpleasant.
    Your orange scones look delicious. Scones are a big favourite around here.

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  2. Your husband is definitely a fine sight: tall, thin, and perfectly dressed for the hike.

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  3. Your hike looks lovely and being able to sit sheltered from the wind and enjoy a hot drink is downright wonderful. Your orange scones look tasty - I have never made scones myself. I'm not a particularly good baker, but maybe if I would bake more I might become much better. The tulips and hyacinths are just gorgeous. Our first day of March is pretty cold and stormy with lots of rain. In like a lion, I guess (let's hope for out like a lamb). Despite the weather I hope you'll have a lovely weekend - Carola

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  4. Beautiful post. The water is so clear and lovely, the hike looked amazing . . . so wonderful to be out in the fresh air and beauty of the forest. Those scones looked might good, too :)

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  5. What a beautiful post. It gets us out into nature. But the flowers inside the house are also beautiful! Thank you. Have a beautiful March and a Peaceful Weekend!

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  6. I'm going to try your scone recipe, so simple but so good.

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  7. Lovely walk on what looks like a beautiful day - we had a shock overnight - snow fell, but not too much. The daffodil heads are now all touching the ground. Hopefully they will soon be standing straight again and ready to face whatever weather is thrown at them.

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  8. What a lovely hike. I can imagine you two in such a pretty setting, sipping your tea!

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  9. Lovely photos to enjoy on the first Saturday in March. Now if I could only reach in and grab one of those scones to go with my cuppa!

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  10. A simple way to jazz up a batch of scones - yum. Your photos are inviting. Especially love the blue and white combo of tulip and hyacinth. It's snowing and grey here today so your post was a breath of spring - thank you, Lorrie!

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  11. What a lovely day to spend hiking in your beautiful countryside. Orange scones sound delicious. Have a good weekend. B x

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  12. Orange scones look and sound delicious. One day I must try this... Your island is just so beautiful, and your hike looks invigorating but lovely. How fit you must both be!

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  13. You have the original Stanley!

    The newer Stanleys are all the rage these days.

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  14. A beautiful bouquet -- grape hyacinths were always the first thing up in our garden in Eugene. Your tulips are much earlier ! That was a lovely walk, special when you can get out during weather breaks this time of year. That thermos looks familiar -- Bill packed a lunch bucket for a few years before he finished college.

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  15. Barbara W.9:19 AM

    So enjoy your posts, though I comment infrequently. You had me at orange scones & hyacinths, but then I noticed your 2024 books read list & went down the rabbit hole at my library. I've selected Murder at Mallowan Hall & Letters from the Country, vol 1. Have a lovely week.

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  16. It amazes me that you see seals on your hikes. That would be such a treat.
    It also amazes me that Tim's high school thermos is still in service.
    Your orange scones sound so fresh. Perfect for this time of year.
    A lovely spring bouquet!

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  17. Love your Friday round-up! I would like an orange scone right about now. Your well-used Stanley thermos is a collectable these days!

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  18. marilyn m.6:16 PM

    The orange scones looks sooooo good. And what a beautiful place to hike. What a treat to have that place and so many other gorgeous places in your part of the world.

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  19. It must be lovely to hike in such wonderful areas. The spring bouquet is beautiful too.
    But the best part of this post are your orange scones. The recipe looks rather simple but the look and the taste surely make everyone happy.

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  20. Your hike sounds invigorating, Lorrie.
    Those tulips and hyacinths are beautiful.
    And your orange scones look divine! 😋

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  21. This was a nice hike with a nice scenery. I will try your scones they must be very good. I have daffodils bunch in the house this week from the field behind the house.

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  22. Hoi Lorrie,

    Today is Wednesday. A foggy Wednesday in the Netherlands, and I enjoyed your blog. I especially love the thermos flask. It's so charming that your husband carries it along. You know how great it is! And it's delightful that it's such an old one. I have one with tigers on it, but the pattern has completely faded. Despite having bought new thermos flasks, this is the only one in which my coffee (for me always coffee, of course) stays really warm. Oh, and compliments on the bouquet. It's lovely with the white tulips and blue hyacinths. A beautiful combination.

    Thank you so much for visiting my Frozen Moments blog.
    Have a nice Wednesday.
    Aritha

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  23. I love that you consider your husband "a fine sight!" That is a great photo too! And what a sweet bouquet, bringing cheer and color while you await Spring's arrival.

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  24. I love hearing about your hike and the photo of your husband. I always carry a day pack. Lots of things in there that might be needed! And I keep it ready to go so I just have to add my phone and bottle of water and I'm set! Enjoy your weekend!

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  25. Beautiful photographs.
    Your orange scones look very tasty.

    Enjoy your March days.

    All the best Jan

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