Tuesday, April 21, 2009

small wonders









Yesterday the kids and I delighted in the discoveries that we made in the yard. As we worked outside, we discovered several birds nests. One was a cardinal's nest and Vivi peered on my shoulders to spy little bitty chicks. We quickly backed off to give the parents peace of mind, but Vivi was tickled to have peeked at such tiny wonderments as these. As I trimmed some bushes in front of our porch, I saw a little brown bird flutter away. This one cradled little blue and brown spotted eggs. It seems that it is the nest of a common house sparrow, most likely.





We also recently collected some wild violets from the garden. I candied them by making a simple syrup of boiled sugar and water, with a splash of rosewater. Then I dipped them in by their stem, set them on parchment paper and then carefully sprinkled sugar and let them dry. They turned out lovely and very delicious, sweet with a delicate floral note. I love finding new ways to appreciate the plentitude of spring. The kids have also had fun discovering the earthworms in the garden as we dig. They gently tuck them back under the earth, after holding them in their hands and admiring them for a bit.




What sweet little wonders have you found lately?



6 comments:

Linda said...

Those eggs are wonderful and your Violets look delicious!

Erin said...

Such beautiful pictures of these sweet small wonders.
Peace.

Colleen said...

my daughter came running over to me today in the yard to tell me that we had some pretty purple flowers -- violets. so pretty.

Mama Randa May Apple said...

What a beautiful violet photo! I was wanting to candy wild violets also but hadn't gotten around to it yet-- thanks for the extra push to just do it already!

icybooh said...

These nature treasures are pure magic! Your kids must be in heaven. It's so great to see your appreciation for such simple and lovely spring gifts.

Leanne said...

What delights you found in the garden....so exciting to be able to watch baby birds hopefully alighting from the nests you have discovered!!