Friday, March 27, 2015

Neighbors, March is busting out all over and good eats

 "She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
   She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
   And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
   And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
   "Winter is dead."

- A.A. Milne

- That poem is called "Daffodowndilly" - it seemed to fit the photo and the mood of my city this week as it shrugs off winter - although it is supposed to drop to the freezing mark tonight.  We'll have to cover the Japonicas, as my dad used to say.  I always think of that when this kind of weather happens, although as far as I know, they didn't have any Japonica in their garden - I think that phrase might have been passed down from my grandmother.

  - The cherry trees are in full blossom this week (this photo snapped on work errand).  Photos never seem to do them justice.  There is even a cherry blossom festival in the city of my birth, Macon, Georgia, this week.  The head of a family owned real estate business in Macon, William A. Fickling, Sr., planted one Yoshino cherry tree on his farm near Macon.  He shared seedlings for others to plant, and now there are more than 250,000 cherry trees spread around our state.  

 - And I've been inspired to cook light and springy things, such as this Grape Tomato, Olive and Spinach pasta.  It was for lunch at work all week.  So good.  You can find the recipe here.  I was using up a box of Ziti pasta, but next time will use Penne, as the recipe suggests.

The funny thing about the photo at top:  I spotted the dandelion and her neighbor, the purple vine flower in front of my car as I was leaving work on Wednesday.  I was squatting down with my phone on the pavement, snapping the photo, when a coworker was leaving the building and called out, "Are you OK?"  He just shook his head when I reported "Just taking a photo of a flower."  :)  May fun and quirky things happen to you this weekend, my friends.  Have a great one!

14 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

'Mad women with cameras Unite'.
Love that spring is coming your way and had obviously lodged in your heart.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynn - yes everything is greening, yellowing and purpling up - it's wonderful to see. And I too am thinking of eating early veg and lighter food .. your pasta looks good ...

Milne's poem is delightful ... it froze here last night - just a touch .. but the dandelions will be up soon - daisies are out .. cheers Hilary

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynn - yes everything is greening, yellowing and purpling up - it's wonderful to see. And I too am thinking of eating early veg and lighter food .. your pasta looks good ...

Milne's poem is delightful ... it froze here last night - just a touch .. but the dandelions will be up soon - daisies are out .. cheers Hilary

Fireblossom said...

Everything is still brown and cold here!

Joanne said...

I'm glad to hear spring is sprung where you are! Those cherry blossoms are just gorgeous.

Mama Zen said...

I'm always getting caught taking a picture of something odd!

ladyfi said...

How lovely to have March bursting out!

Lee said...

Now that pasta does look very tempting and very tasty. I might just have to make it sometime during this coming week.

It's autumn here, and still very warm.

Have a great week, Lynn. :)

desk49 said...

Tomato, Olive, Spinach
I can see
leave out the
Grapes for me

Dandilyons I think
is what we call
the little yellow
lawn grabbers down here

Crafty Green Poet said...

Always lovely when the blossom trees come out, some of ours are out now, others are slower....

That looks a very tasty pasta dish

Sparkling Red said...

Cherry blossoms! How lovely!
We don't have any flowers out yet in Toronto, but I did see the first robin of spring yesterday. :-)

Granny Annie said...

You give the rest of us hope that Spring is definitely on the way!!

LL Cool Joe said...

Did you mention the flower was for your blog? :D

Now that pasta looks really good!

Snaggle Tooth said...

great poem, interesting saying- I have to look those up. You are so lucky to be in a warmer zone this year! Lovely plants there already. Yep, you got me hungry again!