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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Tension In The Landscape!

The river is gradually becoming obscured by the foliage.

A Horse Chestnut Tree bud.
This is my rhubarb just starting to grow and turn red!

My artist friend, Clive, (watercolours)
describes this time of early spring as a time when there is "tension in the landscape", with everything waiting to burst forth. This is such an apt expression and today's pictures matched with perfect timing.

I love the way this spring is gently unfolding! It's just like the springs I remember when I was a kid. We had time to savour hopcotch, skipping, biking and ball games before the heat of the summer got a grip on us.



Blogger meno said...

Now i want some rhubarb to make a pie with. Mmmmm.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Blogger Barbara said...

There is a certain tension to any "birthing". That's exactly what the coming of spring is! For us it's just a little delayed in unfolding.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Blogger Lynn said...

I know what you mean because I am really enjoying the spring now.
5 days ago I was thinking nothing would bloom, then POOF!
Junk bursting out all over!

Your rhubarb is already looking succulent.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Blogger GEWELS said...

Everyone around here is whining that it seems too cold and when will the warm weather get here. But I think this is what Spring truly is- a slow warming up with new surprises every day- a little cold rain one day, very warm the next, cooler and gusty the next, heat and bright sun the next. Keeps me from geting bored, at least.
We want to rush EVERYTHING, instead of enjoying each moment as it is.
(Climbing down from my soapbox now)
Love the horse chestnut bud!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Blogger gr said...

Same thing with our river--exactly the same. I am glad to have the leaves again, but we can't see it and the ducks again until October!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Anonymous colleen said...

Here's the quote this post reminded me of that was just on the front page of our Musletter: And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom. Anais Nin

The sap is rising and sometimes my tempature does too!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Blogger twilite said...

Hi MOI! Mmmm...I'd like a rhubarb pie. It's been a long while since I had one as rhubarb in this part of the world is not only expensive but doesn't taste as good, unlike the home-grown ones though.

What a wonderful time is spring...filled with beautiful tension in landscape!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Blogger GrizzBabe said...

You know, I've never had rhubarb before but I am anxious to try it. I've never worked with it before so I would be a little hesitant about cooking something myself. I would need to eat something someone else fixed to decide if I like it.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Meno: I love it...wish I had put in more! Makes great rhubard custard pie and strawberry rhubarb pie!

Barbara: Never compared it to a birthing, having never hatched kids, but I guess it's the same as well as other birthings in life.of ideas etc.

Lynn: Do you have any rhubarb? I usd to eat it raw dipped in sugar! ( it's splenda!)

Gewels: But you're exactly right! Spring is all about variety and enjoying the tension before the onslaught of hot humid days when we complain about the heat.

Horse chestnut buds look weird but I love the 5 lobed leaves.

Gr: Yeah, our weather is almost in synch with yours only you got hit with more snow! Upper State new York is gorgeous in Fall!

Colleen: Cool quote..thanks! I'd love to do a time lapse camera thing on some of these buds and blooms.

Twilite: Have you ever tasted a pie from Our rhubarb here? Ours is the best! Have you always lived where you do?

Grizz: What? Never? Ya gotta! Start with it raw and dipped in a bowl of sugar like we did as kids on the back porch steps. Then you can just stew it with water and sugar and eat it plus put it over ice cream! You can make it like apple crisp (or apple betty) with the oatmeal topping, and then graduate to pie! It's great mixed with cooked strawberries in pies and crisps. Just follow the recipe book, if you don't like it, they'll be plenty of people who do!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Blogger Richard said...

It has been a long time since I had rhubarb. My parents grew it when we lived in Montreal. Yep, we used to peel it and dip it in sugar.

Also had it boiled up to make a drink, or as part of a pie or crumble, as you suggest to grizzbabe (grizzbabe, please note that rhubarb is a bit on the tart side).

It was a gorgeous weekend and we spent a fair bit of time outside.

Many friends who came from other, non-temperate, countries have remarked that Canada is extremely beautiful in the Spring - more beautiful than anyplace they have ever seen.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Richard: Ah, someone else who knows the dip in sugar routine! It is tart and I'll never understand how we loved it as kids...we probably put ton of sugar on it!

This spring has been beautiful..nice sunny days just the right temp, but cool at night. No black flies or mosquitoes yet! Oerfect. I hope there are no black flies at our fishing camp in Quebec (across from Rolphton near Deep River) as my husband's going fishing there this weekend.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Blogger Maggie said...

rhubarb is so cool! Mmm homemade strawberry rhubarb pie. Or, just dip the stalks in a little sugar and munch away. I love that description of spring, it is so spot on.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Magggie: Jam ain't bad either!

Isn't that a great term? So like an atist to think of it!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Blogger Elaine said...

Lovely pictures of spring emerging in its own time and way ...

Yes, you probably remember me as India the Hippie Chick! :) I've gone back to my real name now. For the time being.

Thanks for coming to visit my poor neglected blog!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Elaine: Yes! India the Hippie Chick! Thanks for the return visit and I hope you get back into it.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Blogger steve said...

mommas little baby loves Rhuababrb OPie!
Be-bop-a Rhubarb- Rhubarb Pie!
When we lived in Detriot I used to steal the neibors little hans would be sticky with it, i'd have a sugar shaker in mt pocket and sugar all over the corners of my mouth and I'd stand there and say "No, no, it wasn't me, but I saw some colored kids walkin' down the block awhileago..."

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Blogger Bobealia... said...

Isn't the Spring glorious??
I wish I wasn't allergic to it.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Steve: You're so funny! I can just picture some pic sometime when you were a little guy! Hands off MY little patch of rhubarb!

Bobealia: Ah, bummer!

Thursday, May 10, 2007


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