It’s Friday and time for the Fave Five – the  blog event when we look over our week and remember the things that have blessed us. Our hostess is the lovely Suzanne of Living To Tell The Story. Drop over there to join the fun.

1. Well, it’s been a busy week, inside and out, here on our Island home.

We have a long springtime to do list! Indoors we’re painting the kitchen, computer/library room and the hallway. Outdoors we’re raking and cleaning up the yard and garden.

Our house is surrounded on three sides by a tall spruce grove. I love to stand there and listen to the rush of wind through the trees – it sounds like the ocean. The birds nest among the branches and wake us every morning with their songs.  And of course the evergreen boughs are a welcome infusion of colour during our white winters.

but where there are spruce trees, there are spruce cones


Thankfully, Roger and I enjoy being outdoors in the fresh spring air – even raking.

Indoor painting? That’s another story! Let’s just say we’ll enjoy when it’s finished!

2. While we rake and clean up the yard, we’re enjoying the sunny daffodils. They’re blooming  –  a month ahead of time!

2. Another task on the springtime list? Getting the garden ready. We’ve already planted our potatoes  – on the earliest date ever recorded in this household 🙂

4. Harvesting the  garden . . .

(Really and truly! but it’s last year’s crop. 🙂

We planted parsnips last year for the very first time and they weathered the mild winter perfectly. Roger dug them up this week and they were delicious. They even smelled garden fresh!

They’re perfect in our favourite roasted veggie mix.

5. Speaking of delicious, I tried a new to me bran muffin recipe this week. So good! Thanks Joanne for posting it 🙂

I met Joanne a few years when she made the trip from Ontario to Prince Edward Island with her family.

I was delighted to learn that she’s started her own blog- Seasonal Hearth – drop over and say hi! Maybe we can persuade her to join the Friday Fave Five party!

Thanks so much for coming by this week. Hope you enjoyed your visit.

Happy weekend!

with love,

24 thoughts on “Friday Favourites – Springtime checklist

  1. Joanne says:

    Dear Readers of Kathie’s blog,Kathie was so kind to give me such a warm welcome and to share the muffin recipe on my blog, but I did make a huge typo error! The salt measurement was supposed to say 1/2 tsp. and it is now corrected. I hope no-one in their enthusiasm made them with too much salt! Thanks to a reader from Australia, the recipe is adjusted!Joanne….very sheepish in Ontario


  2. jill says:

    Hey…I just saw the PEI will be getting the Icelandic volcanic ash in a day or two. I’ve always heard that the sunrises/sets are especially gorgeous with the ash in the upper atmosphere. Perhaps we can expect some great pictures? (Just trying to remain positive about the volcanic situation. Your island is so pretty I have a hard time imagining it with ash coating the wildflowers this spring.)


  3. Jody says:

    Isn’t it wonderful to have an early dose of spring? My daffies are blooming now and I’m just thrilled. No spuds planted here yet. Love the delicious food pictures.Jody


  4. faith says:

    I LOVE your spruce grove….and my daughters would find many uses for those cones!A great FFFF list….and as always, great pics! The roasted veggies look yummy!! God bless you and have a wonderful weekend


  5. Debbie says:

    I love your photos and description of your home. It sounds just lovely!


  6. I love your spruce grove. Standing there amid tall trees can really put life in perspective. Your daffodil picture is amazing. Have fun gardening!


  7. nikkipolani says:

    Oh, I don’t think I realized you had the living-in-the-forest feel with those spruces. I love the sound of wind through trees, too.


  8. Laura says:

    A rush of wind through the trees sounds lovely!I’ve never had parsnips and they still looked great. What fun to harvest secret winter treasures. And the daffodils are beautiful!Happy weekend.


  9. Willow says:

    I agree that being outside in the spring, even doing the chores, is delightful and invigorating. Thanks for sharing the bran muffin recipe. I just found one I want to try and now I think I’ll add some apricots to it. Your comments about the wind in the trees reminded me of Christina Rossetti’s poem "Who Has Seen the Wind?" Have a great weekend!


  10. Brenda says:

    Your daffodils look almost edible. That yellow color is so attractive.I like bran muffins now and then as well, but its been a long time since I have made them.


  11. Anneliese says:

    You take the most amazing photos!


  12. Jientje says:

    Spring looks lovely where you are! Lately I have discovered parsnips and I think they’re delicious. I enjoyed this post and all your lovely photographs Kathie. Have a great weekend!


  13. Joanne says:

    Hi Kathie,I arrived home from work, put the coffee on and popped over to enjoy your blog.I was startled to see my name….me, a blog? Who would have thought!I was hesitant at first but am gaining more confidence and am finding my self thinking"blog" when I capture scenes with my camera.You are one of the bloggers who has inspired me and I have passed your blog along to so many people whom I know are faithful readers!Thank you for the sincere and warm welcome! I feel honoured!And so glad that you enjoyed the muffins!Great soil for the potatoes! Spring has been so early here too! I am loving it!Enjoy your newly painted home and the wonders of Spring!Joanne


  14. Jerri says:

    No … it’s not fun to paint, but it’s so rewarding when it is finished!Love the picture of the daffodils – I guess that is one of my favorite flowers. I love the cheery yellow color.


  15. Lovely! I can almost smell those roasted veggies. We had a grove of fir trees on our farm growing up and I used to stand under them and listen to the prairie wind blowing in their branches. I called them my "Heidi" trees. I’d pretend I was living in the Swiss Alps. Such good memories.


  16. Barbara H. says:

    We have pine trees that help keep some color in our winters — only ours are gray rather than white.Sounds like it was a lovely week for working outside!I don’t think I have ever had a parsnip…Those bran muffins look good!


  17. marg says:

    Isn’t it exciting to see the garden. I have to smile…because I planted my potatoes also and your rows look exactly the way I had intended…meanwhile my husband raked the bed absolutely flat, not to my pleasure, but I will show him your rows…I’m just smiling and so will he…Those muffins look fantastic…I’m out to try that recipe.


  18. Those roasted veggies and muffins look DELICIOUS! Sounds like you got a lot accomplished this week! I’m impressed. Painting is not really very much fun so – glad you were able to get that done at any rate!Hope you have an awesome weekend!


  19. Susanne says:

    I’m very much enjoying your spring pictures. As you know I posted pictures of snow. LOL.What a great find in your garden. I love parsnips.


  20. sweetbay says:

    I love your description of your spruce cove. The roasted vegetables and bran muffins look delicious.


  21. ellen b says:

    We’re on the same vein this week Kathie! Inside and outside chores. I bet those trees really do sound great with the wind blowing through them. We have two trees on our little parcel that shed cones. It ‘s always exciting when I hit one with the lawnmower!! Those Parsnips look amazing! I bet they were good. I’ll have to hop over to Joannes and say hi and check out her recipe. Blessings on your weekend and I hope that painting project gets done…soon…


  22. Niki says:

    How wonderful to be digging fresh veg out of the garden now! Our spring is quite a bit ahead as well, which I am thoroughly enjoying!


  23. beth says:

    Yum, Kathie. I want to eat dinner at your house!


  24. Laura says:

    A rush of wind through the trees sounds lovely!I’ve never had parsnips and they still looked great. What fun to harvest secret winter treasures. And the daffodils are beautiful!Happy weekend.


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