Saturday, January 15, 2011

A bag of sunshine on a windy day

Up in the field just now at hen-shutting-in-time, with the job done (that's pop - 'oles shut and all potential sleepers on nests shifted unceremoniously) I switch off the torch and stand a while.

With my back towards the lights of the house and under a starless sky the darkness is broken only by distant lights far across the valley. The wind roars through the conifers of Badnage wood - furious gusts which I know are battering the trees this way and that. It's a pretty wild night although this wind from the west, fresh and clean against my face, is not a cold one.

The Glam. Ass. tells me that heavy rain is forecast for tomorrow - and indeed it is. I checked. I noticed at the same time that light snow is on the cards for Wednesday and temperatures down below zero again. Sigh. I knew it was too soon to be lulled into thoughts of spring.

Never mind. In the kitchen, in my best 'Bet Lynch style', leopard-skin shopping bag I have 4k of Spanish sunshine - Seville oranges. The marmalade season has come round again. Tomorrow I shall squeeze, pare and bubble up these fragrant fruits - the kitchen will smell of sugary orange heaven. Bliss.

Aren't those colours truly gorgeous? I really think they much reach the part of the brain which craves bright sunlight. Just what needed in these dark days.

11 comments:

Twiglet said...

Yes - just what we need to brighten a dark January day. I wish my family liked marmalade!

Wipso said...

How lovely and the second blog I've read today that's making marmalade. Yum yum.
A x

Frances said...

Your marmalade ingredients make a pretty picture on the eve of their transformation!

It's cold over here, too. I'll soon be starting up the first beef stew I've made since last winter. And tomorrow, another day off (!) I plan on baking.

And inbetween the kitchen projects, I am going to get my sketchbook open again.

January has many possibilities.

Kirsty.a said...

I don't like marmalade, but that bag of fruit looks so summery

Pondside said...

Those oranges and lemons look wonderful. I've never made marmalade, but I love it. Perhaps I should get my act in gear and cook up a batch of that bottled sunshine.
I loved your description of your moments outside the hen house.

Pam said...

A bubbling pot of marmalade on the stove,in a warm kitchen, when its cold and snowy sounds very homey and comforting. Breakfast would be lovely at your home - marmalade on toast,or freshly-laid egg and crunchy toast - yum!

Sallys Chateau said...

That is a lovely vibrant picture, sadly we are running out of marmelade, its impossible to get seville oranges here which is bizarre really !

Nikki-ann said...

Snow is on it's way again? Urgh... I hate driving to 'Pool in it.

Those oranges & lemons certainly do look to brighten up this dreary weekend.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I think I'm going to make some marmalade next weekend just for the way it makes the kitchen smell ! Husband will enjoy eating it ( well actually ,he enjoys everything edible ) and I can pretend I have more than the basic grasp of housewifely skills ..... all supposing it sets .

rachel said...

I'm getting the same cheering-up effect from the daffodils that a friend brought me yesterday....

How's the Glam Ass's hand these days?

hand-knitted muesli said...

Just love the 'Bet Lynch' bag - where did you get it from?