Spring flowers

Spring is here, at long last. I see birds carrying little bits for their nest building activities; twigs, fluff, scraps of fabric.

The garden is coming to life. A few weeks ago I dead-headed the large and numerous hydrangeas… that is such a chore but they pay me back when they come into bloom in a riot of cheer-leader pom-poms later in the summer. Before they burst onto the scene, lots of little things are poking their heads above ground and saying hello to the world.

Bluebells, daises and bright yellow poppies are popping up around the garden…

Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch?!

Two of them chomping away on my pink-thingummy potted plants! I left them to it. I have a soft spot for snails.

Forget-me-Nots are everywhere! They make for bright blue splashes of colour and brighten things up beautifully. Things are coming along nicely.

There was time to bake some lemon cupcakes with lemon butter cream icing:

These were flavoured with real lemon (juice and zest). I give them a sprinkle of edible glitter. A bit of sparkle is fun any day of the week, as far as I am concerned.

Words

I still have a passion for collecting words. Kummerspeck is a German word which means grief bacon: it is the word that describes excess weight gained from emotion-related overeating.

Drachenfutter – literally translated as dragon fodder – are the peace offerings made by guilty husbands to their wives.

Then there’s ‘die beleidigte Leberwurst spielen’ – meaning to pout in a proper sulk and translated means to play the insulted liver sausage.

My favourite is Backpfeifengesicht – a face that just screams out for a slap or a fist in it.

Brilliant words.

A couple more, this time from the Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities:

Twankle – to play idly on a musical instrument

Scurryfunge – to hastily tidy a house  – like when you just get a call to say somebody’s just popping round

Panshite – a state of panic, confusion or uproar

Thrimble – to grudgingly repay a debt

Twarvlement – circuitous, long-winded speech

A bit hard to casually drop into a conversation but still useful to know. 🙂