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Joyeux Fêtes

Happy Holidays, everyone.  I guess I'm posting too late to legitmately wish you all a Merry Christmas, so general holiday greetings it is.

In this season, I gifted myself with grace.

Instead of making sure that supper was ready exactly on time, I took a moment to admire this chaffinch  bullfinch (thanks nipernaadiagain) at sunset:

and walk to the top of the pasture to photograph this cloud that was doing its best to make a local volcano look like the scientists are wrong in saying it is extinct:

Instead of worrying about mess, I let the kids do their own thing and prepare Sprout's created recipe for "rollashines."*

Instead of baking another batch of cookies, I took a walk with the family in the Christmas Eve fog:

I hope you are all being gracious and kind to yourselves this holiday season.  See you next year, if not sooner.

* Sprout invented rollashines (kind of a stovetop cookies with wildly variable ingredients and amounts, or shall we say "highly personalizable) when she was two or three. I still have the paper where she drew the many shapes a rollashine can be take, even what she calls "Chinese rollashines" for some reason. :P Junebug, now to be known as Farmer Boy, at his request, loves making them, too.


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Dec. 27th, 2017 06:24 am (UTC)
Happy to hear and see about your holidays!

I have seen the bullfinches only once in the Nõmme suburb and it was when the temperature was -20 C, so I assume they do not come to town in warm weather.

For me the bullfinches are mostly the favorites of art teachers in school - ideal to give touch of color to winter scenes students were made to paint traditionally.
Dec. 27th, 2017 06:35 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, you are right! That is a bullfinch, not a chaffinch. I'll edit the entry.

Chaffinches are so common here, that I just assumed it was one looking especially rosy in the sunset. :P But no, the markings are much more striking on a bullfinch; not to mention the breast is rosier and the color covers more of the bird's front. Now I'm excited to add bullfinch to birds spotted around here. Someday I will get a passing photo of a European Goldfinch to share.
Dec. 29th, 2017 02:45 pm (UTC)
Bullfinches are also bigger. ;)

And... not to be a smart-arse, but if you're confusing bullfinches with chaffinches, then you might have bramblings without realizing it. They look quite similar to chaffinches as well - it took me a while to tell the difference at first, although now I can't imagine why. :p
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Dec. 29th, 2017 02:46 pm (UTC)
Love that little chef with his chef's hat. ;)

I should have taken a photo of my Christmas cookies, but alas they're all eaten.
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