No movement in the garden on this Saturday morning. No noise either. I have stopped giving seeds to the birds for three or four days – I was told that that disaccustomed them from looking their food, that it is necessary to feed them only when there is snow on the ground…
It will be sunny today. But no sunshine in the garden for the time being. 1°C (33°F) now, half past eleven. Frimousse’s Mistress is away skiing. She’ll have a beautiful day.
Is the winter finished? Daffodils and tulips are growing!
We still have the Christmas tree. It does not shed many needles. Then, why not keeping it inside? It has been a long time since Frimousse’s Mistress’s Yule log was eaten. But, the day before Christmas, it was not possible not to think of them…
We are in a cold winter as is all those who live in our latitude. It is hard not to think of those we have lost during the holidays but better to think of the joy had in the past with them.
Purrs dear friend
Timmy, Dad and Family
I don’t remember where you live?
This morning 0°C (32°F) here. Frimousse’s Mistress has just left to go skiing – Nordic skiing today.
Best love to Tommy, his Dad and family.
We are alternating between extreme cold (below 0 F two weeks ago) and Springlike (near 60 F last week.) I feed the birds all year – when they have other food available they just ignore what I put out. I feed suet blocks and only sunflower seeds – the seed mixes sold here have a lot of millet that ends up on the ground and draws varmints. Experts say everything – just do what works for your flock>
French television shows us pictures of the weather in North America. Below 0°F is really quite cold! We don’t have that sort of temperature here, except at the top of high mountains – such as the upper terminals of ski lifts of ski resorts.
There is an exception: the village of Mouthe in the Jura mountains, near Switzerland. Only about 1,000 m (3,000 ft) above sea level, it is known for having the coldest recorded temperature in France.
In 1956 I used to live in Lyons. The temperature stayed at a level of about minus 13 Fahrenheit (-25°C) for about 3 weeks. Rivers looked like Canadian rivers!
Here, altitude 800m (2,600 ft), we rarely get temperatures below -8°C (17°F). One night, about 5 years ago, -17°C (1.4°F).
As far as birds are concerned, I can but agree with you. I give them suet blocks and sunflower seeds.
I’ve stopped giving them mixtures since I read a book written by a former trader working for international food companies. He says one must avoid buying products containing a mixture of hard to identify products. This is valid of course for most mix spices, ground nuts, ground pepper, coriander, curcumin, etc. He suggests we should use only original genuine ingredients and organic, since controls are more severe.
I’ve posted an article about that on my (modest) blog about food (in French, I’m afraid…)
Have a nice day, by the fire…