Friday

~February~

I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.
~Henry David Thoreau~
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The photo above, taken this morning, shows our concrete bench beside a sycamore tree, next to the wet weather creek.

As predicted, the latest snowfall began yesterday morning, just before noon. It snowed throughout the day and most of the night. We don't know the accumulation. It's a dry snow and has drifted. We accept whatever the amount, joyfully. Missouri needs moisture!

The following photos are from late yesterday afternoon.





Notice the Finch taking off from the feeder and the snow spray from the updraft.





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Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire; it is the time for home.
~Edith Sitwell~
Yesterday, I made soup from yellow eye beans we bought, in December, at a farmers market outside Asheville North Carolina. I served the soup with cornbread, made in an iron skillet.
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Away in a meadow all covered with snow
The little groundhog looks for his shadow
The clouds in the sky determine our fate
If winter will leave us all early or late.
~Don Halley~
My thanks to all, who dropped by the Back Porch during January. Just over a month from now, I'll celebrate my one year anniversary in the land of blog. It seems as though the year flew by!

34 comments:

Suzanne said...

Gorgeous photos again Pat! Snow and soup just seem to go together....we are having lots of soup these days too. Yours looks yummy! Stay warm today!

Rosie's Whimsy said...

I love your Birdie pictures. We appear to have the same fellows at our feeders here in PA. I just am not the photographer you are! You are amazing :-)

Sandi McBride said...

What a wonderful post, Pat...I love the birds myself and thought I had invented the use of shepherd hooks for birdfeeder hangers, lol...lovely...and Henry David Thoreau was the perfect touch...I love his work
hugs
Sandi

Deb said...

Beautiful snowy pics Pat. We were also hit with another storm - it began around midnight and has continued all through today. My husband & son have been out shovelling once (but you'd never know it. Soup sounds like the perfect meal ;-}
Stay Warm and have a wonderful weekend.

BittersweetPunkin said...

Love the photos of the birds! I feel like I am standing right next to them....all our snow is gone but thats okay...I've accepted the fact that here in WA we don't get the snowfall that we got in CO.
Have a great weekend!
Robin

Linda said...

Just beautiful pictures! Mother Nature in all her glory.
When I saw your amazing bird pictures I just smiled. I love birds and what great feathered visitors you have. I especially love the Cardinals. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Linda

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Beautiful pictures!
Are you wearing red today?

Terri and Bob said...

MMMM. Your bird photos are so fun. I love watching birds! I need a bowl of your soup right about now!

Rose said...

Wonderful bird and snow pictures, Pat. They'll bring you fond memories when the heat of summer bears down on you and the humidity makes you want to wring out your skin. It won't be long now you know ;)

Rosalie

Valentine Hearts said...

Hi Pat,

Your pictures are beautiful..I am so jealous, we never ger snow like that in England!

Mary said...

Hi Pat - been a busy week here so am just catching up. So glad they did such a great job on the bed - the bedrooms look beautiful - but of course they always did!

The bird pics are gorgeous - the colors are always so bright with a snowy background.

Like the sound of the bean soup - I bought ingredients today and will be making a couple of soups over the weekend.

Enjoy each day. Hugs - Mary

P.S. I hope to start painting the furniture tomorrow - a bit nervous as they are major pieces - guess I can always drag them to the body shop if they look really bad!!!

yellowfarmhouse said...

Thank you for the beautiful pictures of the snow and birds - lovely. That soup sounded yummers also. Have a great weekend.

Hugs - karen

Cottage Contessa said...

Stunning photo's Pat! You really do live in a beautiful place. Have a wonderful weekend sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Rosemary said...

Beautiful photos Pat!!
I love those birds!!
Your soup looks great.
Have a cozy weekend,
Rosemary

ginny said...

Love your photos of the bird feeder and visitors. Bird feeders are so endlessly entertaining, aren't they?

Rose Mary said...

Hi Pat. Your snow is just beautiful~as are the birds! Your meal sounds delicious. Soup is the best meal on a cold winter evening. I always cook my cornbread in an iron skillet, too. Mine was a wedding gift from my grandmother. She had used it for years herself and it was used when she bought it. It is square shaped and I love to cook in it! I've always wondered just how old it really is and how many other women have made their own cornbread in it.

auntpittypat said...

Love your snow/bird pictures. You almost make me still enjoy snow. I am getting a bit tired of the snow and cold we are having.

I'll need to get some soup made this weekend.

You two have a good one!

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Adrienne said...

What wonderful pictures of the snow and the birds. I miss having bird feeders in my yard. We had to take down the only tree in our backyard two years ago. A BIG fir tree that was not well. I have nowhere to put my bird feeders so have to be creative and find a way to use them where my kitty can't get near. Until we have trees planted again. I love the little red bird who adds such color to a winter day. Thank the Lord for the moisture in whatever form it comes. Our nearby mountains have nearly 200 inches of snow this year. Much more than the usual. ~Adrienne~

Anonymous said...

The birds must be apreciating all their "comfort" food that you kindly provide in these hard weather conditions. We haven't had any snow yet this year and although the North of Britain is under snow at the moment it looks as though we are going to escape it.
Carolyn
http://willowhouse.typepad.com

Nunnie's Attic said...

The photos are gorgeous. And because I love you so much...any more snow we get, I'll send it your way.

Love,
Julie

Inspired Tokens said...

Beautiful post...I love the photos of the cardinal! Your winter wonderland looks amazing.

Cote de Texas said...

Pat: Beautiful beautiful photos, as usual!! I love the cardinal picture. We had one the other day on our fountain and I though, wow - I need to grab my camera, but he flew away before I had a chance.

Pat - thank you for your kind comments - it means the world to me.
Joni

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Love the snow pics, Pat! I think we've seen all the snow we will see this year & it wasn't much. The pics sure are pretty though, just glad not to live in snow country.

Those birds pics are just beautiful. I know you really enjoy watching them come and feed.

Stay warm & cozy!
Rhoda

P.S. Those pics of Molly & the horse cracked me up. Too cute!

violetlady said...

I love your sweet photos of the birds at the feeder. That backdraft of snow from the finch is amazing!

Nan said...

Hi there! Just checking in. I have not had much time to blog this week and I have missed it so much. Hope all is well with you and I will check back later to catch up.
Hugs,
Nan

Debbie Egizio said...

Aren't you so sweet to provide shelter and food to the beautiful birds in your neighborhood. The images are fabulous. Soup is perfect for days like these. Yours makes me want to go home and curl up on the couch with a nice steaming bowl of soup and crackers. Your posts always warm my soul.

Andi said...

You always have the most beautiful photos of nature to share with us Pat. I love the birds on the feeder.

This year is flying by just as last year did. Here it is February already...where does the time go???

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos of the birds.... they look so pretty....... enjoy the soup and stay warm!!

teachermomof2 said...

I love your photos Pat! The soup looks yummy, too!

Stay warm!

Lisa

Robyn said...

so pretty! Love the cardinal! I think those are my favs next to Robins!

Southern Heart said...

Pat, those photos are stunning! You are really doing well with that new camera! :) I'm having to enjoy your snow photos, as we have gotten *no snow* so far this year. It has been all around us, though.

Thank you for stopping by my blog...I'm trying to decide what is the best use of my time right now. We've been spending a lot of time with my daddy, and also my sister's family, and I think that is as it should be. I will have much more free time sometime in the future. It just leaves me very little computer time, and that makes it so hard. The photo-blogging is a bit quicker, requiring a lot less time. I wish I had time for *everything* that I love---it is sometimes so hard to balance everything!

Q said...

Dear Pat,
Looks as if you and the birds are enjoying good food!
Wonderful seeing the White Breasted Nuthatch! I am so smitttem with these darlings. The Red Breasted Nuthatch also has won my heart.
Happy February.
Be full of care when you get out.
Freezing mist at my house.
Sherry

Pamela said...

is that a white breasted nuthatch? It's colors seem so vibrant!! They are only occasionally seen here. I've only seen one once - and not with camera in hand.

I'd love to come watch your birds. (ps. no cardinals or blue jays here)