Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The snow has finally all disappeared.  The weather has been mostly rainy but we've had a few decent days.  I managed to re-cover the greenhouse with plastic.   A job that needs a day without wind which is hard to find here at times.   Anyway, the day finally presented itself and I got the job done.   It's an easy job but time consuming.   Hauling off all the slats that keep the plastic down, measuring areas, then measuring plastic then nailing the slats down again.  The bottom of the door has rotted so I've taken that off and will try to bang something together to replace it. 

Yesterday we had sun so I did mostly yard work.   I finished weeding one bed and got a start on another.   I felt at the end of the day that I had accomplished something.   I thought to myself, if I had a couple of people here for a few days I'd get it all done.   We got a notice that clean up week starts next Wednesday so I'll have to spend part of the coming weekend clearing out the shed and getting rid of stuff.  

This weekend is a long one, Monday being a holiday.   I expect we'll see an influx of people coming to open their summer houses and cabins.  And so it begins.  Traffic and strange faces up until Labour Day weekend in September. 

New birds have been at the suet feeders for days now.   Yellow Rumped Warblers.   They are so pretty.   Small birds as well. 

The White Throated Sparrows have arrived as well.

And, much to my surprise, what I thought at first was a large nest very high up in a Birch Tree, was a Grouse.  Not a good picture as the dawn was just breaking to the East. 

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Mostly Cats.

Finally the snow has disappeared.  There are still a few patches of the stuff in the woods and frost still in the ground here and there.   The bay is filled with ice right up to the shore and that's bringing cold winds.   Still, it's a great feeling to see signs of spring once again.   The next few days I'll be outside doing the stuff that needs to be done at this time of year.  

A few pictures I've taken lately.  

More cats,  Freya and Malachi.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Blizzard nearly all day yesterday and in fact this morning it's still snowing.

I thought I'd go out and do a bit of shoveling while waiting for light to appear over the horizon and take the garbage down to the road for pick up.  I got the sled and put the bags of garbage on that to pull it down.  The snow was very deep.  As much as I dislike the snow, on my way I stopped and looked around me and the scene in the bit of light coming from the back porch was enchanting.   It was bewitching.   Took my breath away.   Trees all laden down with snow and snow over my knees on the pathway and deeper on most of the garden. 

There doesn't seem to be a storm going on by the look of this picture.   There was a very high wind whipping snow all around but this was a bit sheltered at the time.  I love the old wooden storm door that my father made for me many years ago.  It serves it's purpose well.

 Windows in the storm.

And now it's time to start clearing it away.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Sunday in March.

It's been an uneventful couple of weeks.   I'm glad to see the end of February.   Now that March has arrived, spring is much closer.  The sun is higher in the sky and you can feel much more warmth from it.    I've planted some Sweet Grass seeds inside but can't say that I hold out much hope of them coming to anything.   From all I've read, the plant is very difficult to start from seed.   I'll soon have to start my list of what I have to do outside come spring.

So, on to a few pictures I've taken lately.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Almost like Spring.

Two spiders have set up residence in the bathroom.   Gives me a spring feeling.   The sun is higher in the sky these days and I can feel the warmth as it comes through the windows. 

My old shed on a sunny day.  It's going to have to come down at some point this year.   It's seen it's day.  It's served me well for about thirty five years.

Squirrel in a bit of a blizzard.

Some of the birds around this week.

The Rosemary Focaccia I made yesterday.   It tasted so good I nearly swooned.

That's it, I'm off to check on the fire and bring in wood.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Re: Chimney Cleaning.

I haven't fallen off the roof........although it was quite funny.   After throwing the chimney brush up on the roof, I proceeded to climb the ladder.   Once I stepped on the roof, I had to hang on to the ladder as the gusts of wind were very strong and close together.   I stood there debating, should I try to make it to the chimney with the brush which is about twelve feet long, or should I use common sense and crawl back down the ladder.  Thought about it for a few minutes then figured if I took off at a run between the gusts I should make it okay.   Waited for a moment of calm, grabbed up the chimney brush and took off.   Made it!!! Just in time to grab the chimney and saw young Tommy, who had followed me up, being blown halfway across the roof then he wisely decided to head for the ladder and make his way down.   So, I had to now take the cap on the chimney off.   Got that off and had to hold it between my legs so that wouldn't blow away.   Got the brush down the chimney, had to let go and hang onto the chimney a couple of times but finally got the job done.   Put the cap back on and proceeded back to the ladder the same way, waiting to run between gusts.  I just love these little adventures.

So, today they are calling for a blizzard here.  The wind has come up and some snow is falling but nothing too bad as yet.   I have all the bird feeders filled, a good bit of wood in, my wind up radios and flashlights at hand, because we usually lose power during a bad storm, plenty of candles and I've made salads.  Cats are all in and asleep.  Oh, and a bottle of wine at the ready.  Wine and cheese in candlelight doesn't sound too bad, rather delightful really.   So I say, "Bring it on".

A couple of pictures I took recently.

This was the moonlight coming through a sun catcher.


Through the window.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Blowin A Gale.

It's a wickedly windy morning.  Very strong gusts of wind.   As usual I'm up before daybreak and heard what sounded like a terribly loud crash like something hit the roof.  The chimney cap blowing off maybe??  I have to clean the chimney when daylight arrives as it's a milder day, the ice has melted from the roof and in the next couple of days the temperatures are going to plummet to -18, -20 degrees so it's a job that must be done.   Hopefully the wind will have died down so I won't go sailing off over the edge.  I have my cell phone charging so if I end up on the ground and am conscious,   I can call for help.  Ah, it's not amusing I know but I tend to picture things like that as cartoons and get quite a chuckle out of it.   

So, here we are,  part way through February already.   The needles for my old Singer arrived.  I haven't tried the machine yet but before getting the needles I hauled out an old electric machine my mother gave me, that belonged to my grandmother and made myself a Bohemian Shower Curtain.   I tend to pick up bits of material that interest me when I'm at second hand shops.  I had some pieces that I wanted to use up so that's what I decided to do with them.   My bathroom is small so couldn't get a picture of the full curtain so here it is in pieces.   I know it's not to everyone's taste but I love it.

Time to go.....I'll leave you with this.....