Friday, April 30, 2010

Need Bird ID.







This bird was at the feeders this morning and I can't seem to find out what it is. It looks like an American Goldfinch but they aren't suppose to be here. He seems to like the sunflower seeds best if that's any help.



Sunday, April 25, 2010

Grey Sky Day.





















It's been a busy weekend with the parents here. They arrived on Friday and went back home today. The weather wasn't condusive to doing anything outside like sitting on the deck soaking up the sun, oh no, in fact Saturday morning we had flurries. Temperatures at zero when we got up this morning but it has warmed up slightly. My mother had brought out a bunch of hard cover books to donate to the library so we went over there Saturday afternoon. Saturday evening we were invited to a friends for dinner. It was lovely.

Saturday morning himself phoned from Spain and when I happened to mention that it was snowing, he said he wasn't coming back, lol. I've done hardly anything in the garden and am hoping for some sun and warmer temperatures soon. So much to do and time is marching on.

The birds have been quite active. The purple finches are still around and coming to the feeders each day. The squirrel is back and forth at the sunflower feeder. I'm assuming it's the same little one. I just can't resist that face and take far too many shots.





Woodie trying to get to the suet but Mr. squirrel is not having any of it.


Chickens finding treats.


This one figures she can find better stuff up in the compost heap.


The perinnials are coming up and the chives as always are one of the first things to shoot up.

This was the first winter for the Faux Cypress and it seems like it came through with flying colours.


This piece of wood is getting pretty weathered. I don't expect it will last a lot longer. I've had it a good many years now and must say the it's one of my favorite things.


And so, that's about it for now. I have a lot of catching up to do now that my company has gone.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Rain, rain and more rain.

I'm at the point of saying "Will I ever see the sun again!' It's been raining for days. I heard the stream on the property rushing so got the camera and walked over. The stream was possitively singing.
video

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Winters Return.

















Much to my chagrin, this is what I woke up to yesterday morning...


Shocking really when you think that only a few days earlier I was out raking leaves and moving plants. But then, that's more or less typical for April here.

I had small pots of clematis seedlings put outside and forgot to bring them in at night. I haven't checked to see if they have survived. I have to put that on my "to do" list for today. I should never have started them. I get over anxious to see things grow and plant seeds in flats far too early.

Laurie has been here since Sunday and is returning home later today. I've enjoyed my time with her. The parents are coming out for a few days near the end of the month.

I hear lots of bird song early in the morning these days. Lots of activity going on all around me it seems. The squirrel is back and forth every day.


Lots of Finches around.



The woodpeckers are always here.



The Grosbeaks are still here.

Friday, April 09, 2010

City visit...part two

























I arrived at Laurie's last Thursday and she had some friends coming for dinner that night. It was a lovely evening. The next day we were invited to another friends house for a Good Friday brunch. The man of the house was making crepes with a variety of food to stuff them with laid out on the table. There was a nice crowd there, lots of conversation. Then Saturday I went to the parents for the next two days, but first......

A couple of Laurie's four cats.
Sagwa.


Skipper, the sweet little one eyed cat who was homeless until she took him in a few years ago.



Skipper and Sagwa.


The pigeons wait on her roof for breakfast each morning.



After visiting the park on Sunday morning we decided to go to Signal Hill. You can get some great views from there.

Cabot Tower.





City and Harbour.


My brother and parents enjoying a before dinner drink. My father informs me that he wants to have his 90th. birthday at my house in July. So, big party in the making...whoo hooo!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Garden visitors











Just a quick post today. I've been so busy this past few days, both inside and out. I'm taking a break right now so thought I'd put up a few pictures I took today of.......

The First Robin in the Garden this Spring. I don't often see them in my garden so I had to take the opportunity to get a photo.




I hadn't seen a squirrel for a long time, at least not up close. I do hear them over in the woods around me though. So this little cutie was in the tree right by the deck.


And, right beside him was a Chick a Dee breaking open a sunflower seed.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The City....part one.



































I got back from my short holiday on Monday. It was great to see my brother once again and we had a good lot of laughs as usual. It was great to have Easter dinner with Laurie, my mom and dad and my brother. Easter Sunday my father wanted to take myself and my brother to Bowring Park as per usual so off we went. It was a lovely day but the wind was bitterly cold.

Ducks in the park.



These two were acting as if they were a couple.









Young woman feeding swan.




My father.

Brother.