Hard tack. Survival food.
Historically, very significant for sailors, soldiers, pioneers and explorers. You can be sure that hard tack found its way into the pockets of many, from John Franklin to Ernest Shackleton and countless more besides.
The difference between life and death for many.
Flour, salt and water are the ingredients of traditional hard tack. Essentially, unleavened bread that is dry as dust.
Its low water activity makes it very unappealing to microbes; it can survive a very, very, very long time in the hull of a ship, or in your backpack, or in your cupboard.
Hope springs eternal!
Alexander Pope's proverbial expression is what always comes to my mind in the spring when I see a crocus poking its delicate petals through the desolate ground here in Newfoundland and Labrador. We all know, only to well, that it will be well into summer before the local flora experience anything that resembles hospitable. But don't tell the crocuses that...what they don't know can't hurt them!
The junco is back in my tree!
The snow is starting to retreat!
We came through this winter in one piece, body and soul still intact it would appear. Cause to celebrate.
We celebrated with a hike around Signal Hill National Historic Site this past weekend. The first one since last fall. As usual, it was breathtaking in every sense of the word.
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