Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Samhain.

Dawn had just come up and I was outside putting food out for the birds. There was a wonderful October wind and the autumn smells were intense. No signs of life yet as it was too early for most creatures. I simply had to stop and look around. The moon was still showing sharply in the sky and the wind was blowing some of the leaves off the trees. Not a sound except for the wind. What a sense of oneness with the world around me. When I have these moments I feel truly blessed. The crows have just flown in for breakfast so all is right with my world.

And so a wish to all my friends.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Just Birds.

It looks like my trip to the city, planned for this weekend, is put on hold. My hip and lower back, which I injured years ago is in a state again. I daresay I triggered it off by spending a morning lugging heavy pots filled with soil half way across the property. I never seem to learn! I can't sit for long, in fact we drove up to the store earlier today and by the time we got back I had to get help to get out of the car. So frustrating!! I've been going to bed very early as well, and taking pain killers, only when I can't stand it anymore. So, that's my lot for the next while. Nothing to do for it by rest and do as little as possible.

So, just before supper last night I did manage to shuffle out side and take some pictures of a few birds that were around.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Busy Days.

I'm finally getting around to blogging once again. I've painted the guest bedroom, a pretty pink, and am quite pleased. It's brightened the room considerably. I've put away all the garden ornaments and emptied all the plant containers and stored them until spring. I did get some of the perennials cut back but I'm afraid I'm not going to get the rest done as I've simply left it all too late this year. It's going to be a busy spring for sure. I've put new plastic on the chickens green house area, a job I dread doing but one that must be done.

I have no complaints about this fall at all. It's been marvelous. The trees have turned colour and lots of leaves on the ground. I did rake up a large bag full, it's a start at least. I'm hoping to get to the city this coming weekend as I'd like to do a bit of Xmas shopping. I know, it's early, but I do have family living away and have to mail packages.

Himself has a friend from boarding school days coming next month for a few days. They have been friends since they were both teenagers and every year since they have spent a few days together. Amazing really after all these years.

So, on to a few pictures.

Early evening.

A little something I bought last week.

One of the last wild flower to bloom.

Lots of Jays around.

And, of course, can't forget little nutty.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Nearly Thanksgiving.

It's almost Thanksgiving here. This weekend in fact, so I'm off to the shop to pick up things needed for our Thanksgiving dinner. There's not much to report except that the weather has been absolutely marvelous. I still haven't done much in the garden and I have a gallon of paint sitting on the floor, unopened, to paint the guest room and just can't seem to get at it.

There were lots of bees and even butterflies in the garden last week and even earlier this week until the temperatures dropped a bit. I managed to get a few pictures.

The impish squirrel.

Sun on broom in kitchen.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Signs of Autumn

The weather was unusually warm yesterday. Temperatures about 23 C with a delightfully warm wind. As you came through the gate and past the Phlox, a wonderful perfume nearly addled ones senses. On up to the house one was hit with that wonderful sweet autumn smell of decaying leaves and the good earth. The bees were out in great numbers taking advantage of the Sedum that's in full bloom now.

As I was waiting for my daughter to arrive from the city, I decided to take some pictures around the garden.