Hi everyone


a warm welcome to

It’s time to list 5 of our favourite things, big or small,

the things that made us smile,

blessed us,

and made us thankful.

I didn’t have too much trouble coming up with 5 – in spite of a nasty case of bursitis. Thanks for all your sweet well-wishes! I had a cortizone shot and it worked well last time. So here’s hoping it takes again.

While I’m waiting for it to work, I’ve been thankful for:

1. This week’s weather forecast. We haven’t had a stormy winter, or even much snowfall on the Island this year, but it has been so overcast and grey. And that can get gloomy.

So I am particularly cheered by the week’s bright forecast.

Yay for sunshine!

2. Ruby is basking in the sunlight too. She’s has dibs on the sunny spots in the kitchen. Sophie makes way every time.

3. With all this sunshine and relatively warm March weather, could we be getting an early spring?

An Islander’s idea of spring may be quite different than most, especially my south of the border blogging friends.

But instead of writing about it, I’ll show you.

Here’s a picture off Pt Prim on April 10, last year.

April, mind you, a month later than today

The trees on the bank give you an idea of the iceberg’s size.

 Here’s another picture of Point Prim taken yesterday, March 11.

An ice-floe with a seagull on top – to give you an idea of scale.

That was the biggest chunk of ice around.

The Strait is mainly open water with some ice near the shore. It won’t last much longer in this kind of weather.

On a calm spring day, you can find my kayaking buddy and me paddling around those bergs.

But I’m afraid this year, we’ll  be paddling around  floes rather than  bergs.

I’m a little disappointed but, oh well, daffodils blooming in April will help compensate πŸ™‚

4. Until they do bloom, I’m enjoying indoor blossoms – I’ve had this  geranium all year and it just decided to perform.

and I’m still relishing last week’s tulips.

This shot was taken in the evening light.

So lovely!

5. My final favourite for our 78th Friday’s Fave Five is a bit of a cooking coup.

I’ve been making homemade chicken soup for years, but my stock has never been that flavourful.

I’ve always added chicken bouillon just to beef it up um? chicken it up ?

Whatever! just to make it taste better.

But I secretly felt that adding bouillon was a bit of cooking cop out. A wimpy way round. Almost cheating.

So I did some research online and found this recipe.

oh. my. goodness! Full of flavour!

It has a surprising ingredient.

you’ll never guess . . .


I’ll never love bouillon again. (is that a song ? πŸ™‚

I made Ann V’s Granny’s tea biscuits to accompany the  chicken soup.


Then I packed the soup up, tucked the biscuits in a basket, and set out on a mercy mission.

My kayaking buddy has the flu.

And she must get better before those ice-floes disappear all together!

Rinda ~ April, 09 off Point PrimThat’s it for my favourite list this week.

Thanks so much for coming! Hope you enjoyed your time here.

For more Friday Favourites, visit our lovely hostess, Suzanne, @ Living To Tell The Story.

Happy weekend!

with love,

21 thoughts on “Friday’s Faves ~ Springtime Bright!

  1. Willow says:

    Someday, I’ll learn to kayak! Learning to canoe is on my bucket list. Thank you for posting a photo of the kitty. Gotta have my kitty cat fix πŸ™‚ Hoping your kayaking buddy gets well quickly! How could she not with that wonderful care?


  2. marg says:

    Some great shots…I love the tulip. That’s amazing. And then a some home-made soup…and biscuits.What else can we say?I was thinking that soon you will be kayaking.


  3. Kim says:

    Kathie, beautiful pictures! Wow. I’m really impressed with the kayaker and the floe – I don’t think I’m brave enough for that! But what a wonderful excursion!I love your pics from last year compared to this. What a difference. Yippee!And YUM, I said while looking at your food pics!


  4. Tracie says:

    I think I’ll have to add your header to my list of beautiful delights this week! Thanks for clarifying the weather – I did think you were right around zero and thinking it was warm. I was thoroughly impressed! πŸ™‚ So about your question – are Canadian lions different than ours? (just kidding. I was talking about all the blustery wind, mostly; and we did get 6-8" of rain locally in 24 hours – since this is normally our bone-dry season, it was extra impressive).


  5. Just LOVED the pictures of last year/this year — the seal! How neat! And your indoor blossoms are beautiful — a bit of spring in the house.I’m on my way over to check out that chicken soup, for the hubby with a cold.So happy for your sunshine.Happy weekend.


  6. Sue says:

    What a beautiful photo of sweet Ruby! I love your new header, and the lupines at the bottom make me sigh!


  7. nikkipolani says:

    I’m amazed by those photos of all that ice… but it can’t resist the warming sunshine coming your way πŸ™‚


  8. Islandsparrow says:

    HI everyone – I thought I should clarify for my American friends that those temperatures are in Celcius – so our high is 42 F – which is pretty warm for here in March. I saw a few people out in shirt sleeves and shorts today – but I think we are a hardy breed πŸ™‚


  9. Susanne says:

    The pictures of you guys kayaking around those ice floes/bergs are always absolutely breathtaking!I think we may be tasting a tad bit of spring here too. Although next weekend snow is predicted. I’ve been trying to get out in the sun as much as possible.You know I love the pic of the tulip! :v)


  10. Brenda says:

    What a beautiful post! I don’t care much for the cold, but your pics almost make me want to go and visit. I love the pictures of the kitten, so sweet.


  11. e-Mom says:

    Fabulous photos… especially the tulip. Stunning! I love your last pic of the ice floe… looks like a floating tea biscuit, yes??? Ginger in stock… now that’s a keeper.Happy FFF. :~D


  12. Those temps look frightful to me, but the sun is more than welcome! Your flowers are so gorgeous. I’m always amazed at how beautiful and colorful plants can bloom.


  13. Jerri says:

    Your kayaking buddy should get well soon with that soup and the lovely tea biscuits. I saw Ann’s post about the biscuits and thought they looked good but never got around to making them. I will now! It’s funny you should mention Ann, I posted about her today myself.I love the pic of Ruby in the sunlight!


  14. Where to start oh WHERE to start?!?!I have no idea.The iceflows/icebergs. WOW! That is absolutely fantastically incredible. I think that’s an awesome way to follow up on your "sunny weather’ announcement at the top where the temperatures are hovering right over 0. How do you breathe when you walk outdoors? Let alone kayak! ;D The magic of the Island, I guess.Ginger in the stock. That’s an AWESOME idea! Thanks for pointing that tip out. (I’ve been of the bouillon club as well.)I hope you enjoy your sunny, springish week and that your kayaking buddy gets well soon (with those biscuits – I would!) so that y’all can get out there on the water!


  15. Beth says:

    great photos..WOW to the icebergs! And your soup looks yummmy! Enjoy


  16. Oh, I think I’ll try the chicken soup myself. We’ve got sore throats here and the soup sounds like it would hit the spot. Of course, the tea biscuits would HAVE to accompany the soup, right? Hope your bursitis calms down quickly. That can be a real bear. Have to get you out on that kayak so we can enjoy some lovely pictures that I’m sure you will take while paddling.


  17. kari says:

    Oh I’m happy for you that you have good weather ahead for you.I love your photo’s – they speak so much. Thanks for sharing them.


  18. ellen b says:

    So glad you found that chicken stock recipe! Look at those fabulous biscuits to go with it. It’s always great to see those photos of the ice…something I never see here. Hope you and your friend can Kayak soon. Now that I’m back in Washington I might zip over to my Kayaking friends house on the Peninsula and see about trying it out with her…Hope that cortisone kicks in and you get some good relief. Have a great weekend…


  19. Jientje says:

    There’s nothing like chicken stock and biscuits to beat the flu! Those biscuits look delicious! I loved all your photos, especially the tulip and the sunbathing kitty ! Have a lovely sunshiny week!


  20. Niki says:

    I too am jealous of kayaking in such a spot…even though I have never kayaked! On the chicken soup front, I am known for my chicken soup, and I tend to use a homemade stock (which I store in the freezer so it’s handy) but every so often, it is not chickeny enough and I, too, resort to using a dollop of Bovril….which I agree, is cheating….so I have linked to that recipe and will try it next time..the ginger would be an added benefit when serving this to someone sick with cold/flu. And, enjoy your lovely weather, here in eastern ontario we had had pure sunshine for about ten days (along with a very early maple syrup season) we are now heading into a couple of days of on and off rain, but that’s ok.Have a wonderful weekend, my friend,Blessings,Niki


  21. hip chick says:

    what a lovely post. I am so jealous of your kayaking next to that giant ice thingy!! That is awesome! I kayak also but mostly in the summer time. I hope you wear a wetsuit~


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