The Changing Seasons, February 2022

Happy Place, Happy Space

February has flown by with alarming speed: perhaps it is because the month is shorter anyway, or was it because we were obsessed with our Mandarin orange baking frenzy. Whatever the reason, Brian and I hope you will join us to recap the month.

We enjoyed a few art outings this month, one of the most memorable was to see Folded Stretched Pierced by Kanchana Gupta.

Not often does our little family have the opportunity to go out together; such a lively conversation ensued about the art. It was bonding & entertaining outing.

β€˜Folded Pierced Stretched’ series appropriates and re-contextualizes the imagery and information of tarpaulin, commonly seen in the urban slums of my native India as well as in the gentrified skyscrapers of the place where I live.

Kanchana Gupta

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Exchanging Mandarin oranges is a must during Chinese New Year ( 1-15 February) … β€œgiving gold”, which the luck-obsessed Chinese have used as a symbol of conferring prosperity and well wishes to the recipient.

Although we didn’t celebrate the season in a big way, we still managed to collect an impressive number of Mandarin oranges. Hence, the hunt for creative ways to use up the fruit.

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About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly project where bloggers around the world share their thoughts and feelings about the month just gone. We all approach this slightly differently β€” though generally with an emphasis on the photos we’ve taken during the month.

For many of us, looking back over these photos provides the structure and narrative of our post, so each month is different. Some focus on documenting the changes in a particular project β€” such as a garden, an art or craft project, or a photographic diary of a familiar landscape.

But in the end, it is your changing season, and you should approach it however works for you.

There are no fixed rules around post length or photo number β€” just a request that you respect your readers’ time and engagement.

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Reading your Joyful Posts brings me to my happy place. I hope having them in one place makes it easier for you to find when you need a bit of happy therapy, too.

If you would like to join in Happy Place, Happy Space, ping back to this post and I will include you next week

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This post is my contribution to

  • Square Odds hosted by Becky at Life of B (odd: to see tarp usually encountered in construction sites in as art, but in a different form)
  • Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Natalie the Explorer


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  2. My husband was talking about how citrus is a popular gift in Vietnamese culture too. We did not understand the meaning behind it and how it is suppose to represent gold. The orange bundt cake looks so good!


    1. “The words for tangerine and orange in Chinese resemble the words for luck and success, respectively. Their bright color also symbolizes gold, hence the fruits have a meaning of bringing good luck and wealth”

      So it looks like its in the name itself, plus the colour! I suspect that this holds in Vietnamese culture as well because of the Chinese influences.


  3. Ju-Lyn, your choices of mandarin sweets look tempting. I’d like to pick one up from your bakery and eat it! It looks like you had a lovely February. I hope March is going well for you as well.


    1. I wish I could send you some of our bakes – thank you for appreciating them from afar! March is going well – lots of birthday excitement for Younger Child who is determined to keep the celebrations going all month long!

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          1. My brother and our maternal grandfather had the same birthdays. Then mine was two weeks later and our paternal grandfather was a week after mine. It made it easy to remember and celebrate. What date is your Vince’s birthday?


  4. I’ve bought three 3-pound bags of mandarin oranges at once around here on a few occasions. They get gobbled up in a few days. Baking with them sounds amazing, though!
    But, oh, ick! Ju-Lyyyyyynnnnn–we’ve reached Lent again! So much for frosting! πŸ˜‰ Those orange muffins, etc, especially the one with juice oozing out. Oiy! I’m hungry! I should’ve known better than to read your post on Ash Wednesday! πŸ™‚

    Also, something very interesting and exciting arrived for me in the mail yesterday. I was puzzled for a moment as I stared at the return address. Suddenly I remembered and tore open the envelope! (But carefully, of course.) You are such a delightful, kind, generous friend! My children were oohing and awwing about the envelopes and their contents… Much like I just was over the food pics above. πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much!!!!


    1. Oh my goodness Betsy! I am so sorry for this very late response … don’t know how I’ve missed so many messages on this thread!

      So very glad to hear you received the card and its contents! Now I know the postal system still works, just in its own time!

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    1. It really is amazing to be in March already! Thank you for sharing in our family’s delights!

      I learned a great deal baking with Mandarin oranges – I am reminded that some fruit is tricky. These oranges smell so beautiful when peeling them – but once they are cooked, loose much of their smell & flavour. So we had to experiment with cooking them with lime, lemons, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, dried chilli etc. It was very exciting!


  5. Hi – so nice when the family can get together and have the conversation you mentioned πŸ˜‰
    And cheers to oranges and your fun gallery featuring organge themed items


  6. I love oranges and any baked goods with that flavor. Your photos are making me drool. I’m looking forward to it not being February, but I may have to make something orange-flavored. Muffins sound yummy. Thanks for the idea.


  7. I appreciated the exhibit! I’m fascinated to see how the bright, shiny tarps (an artist’s raw material is rarely displayed) becomes more muted when stretched, combined and mounted. I love knowing the artist’s context too: I can almost imagine an aerial view of rooftops — the beauty of the colors rubbing against the reality of a roof of tarp. And how nice your family was all together to see and discuss it!

    Love the creativity of the orange treats. Everyone ate happily, I’m sure! And thanks for the mention!


    1. Ah, this is what our animated discussion focused on – we finally found out (after watching the video screened on site, speaking with the gallery attendant who wasn’t particular forthcoming with information, reading up on the artist) that all the “tarp” displayed folded or stretched are oil paint skins, using tarp as the original “mould”.



        1. Oh good! So glad you enjoyed it!

          Couldn’t answer your question about Drop Dead Diva on an earlier post (Comments Closed), but I did want to say I enjoyed that one tremendously too … wish Netflix would pick it up so I can rewatch it!

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          1. Clif closed the comments after a short period of time because of the terrible Spam I was getting when we left them open indefinitely. Literally, hundreds with some posts. I know closed comments can be inconvenient, but it has taken care of the problem. Glad you liked “Drop Dead Diva.”


              1. Glad that you have never experienced getting blasted by Spam. Getting rid of hundreds of Spam messages is no fun at all. Unfortunately, in among the Spam are legitimate messages so I had to go over them message by message to be sure I wasn’t deleting anything that I wanted to read.


  8. Although I didn’t receive any mandarin oranges this Chinese New Year, I did receive a red envelope filled with chocolate coins (from a friend and colleague who I worked with in Beijing). Your orange-inspired baked goods look amazing!


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