Monthly Archives November 2012

Warm Feet

Categories: Knitting.

I’ve finished a couple of pairs of socks in the past couple of weeks.  These were knit on 4 dpns.  I choose to knit my socks as tube socks so that they will feet any size foot.  I call the first ones my bedtime socks as I put them on when getting changed for bed.  They are very comfy to wear and keep the toes toasty warm. These were knit on 3.25 mm needles using Bernat Sox yarn.  There is no need to worry about patterns using sock yarn as it does all the striping for you as you knit.
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Hoe Hoe Hoe

Categories: Christmas and Whimsy.

It is that time of year to get out some seasonal whimsy. Does the time I spent doing this count as gardening? I guess that could be stretching it a bit. I get some crazy ideas, some inspired by others, some just pop into my head at strange times of the day and night. I love word play .. the using of words in different spellings … like my 2sDay posts, ‘purse’onality, ‘soup’er Sunday and my favourite ‘purr’enials. When I saw a play on words Ho, Ho, Ho I knew I had to have it for my garden. So in the summer
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Snickerdoodles

Categories: Recipes.

It was time to do some baking for a craft and bake sale at our granddaughter’s preschool.   I chose to make some snickerdoodles as it is a plain and simple recipe and most of the ingredients are basic ones that will be found in the cupboard.     These cookies don’t have anything that people might be allergic too, like nuts or peanut butter, and best of all – no chocolate calories. Enjoy.  Ingredients: 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter 1 egg, 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp cream of tartar 1/4 tsp
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A Downy or a Hairy

Categories: Birds.

Of the various species of woodpeckers that visit the feeders in the garden, two of them are very similar.  The downy woodpecker and the hairy woodpecker are different sizes.  They both have vertical stripes on their body and the males have the red patch on their head.  I’ve added 2 photos of the birds at the same feeder so that you can see the size difference.  There bills are different as well. The hairy has a longer, sharper bill. . Here is the downy on the peanut feeder.  I compare them by how much of the peanut feeder is covered
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The Bay Bridge

Categories: Around Quinte, Down by the Bay, and Out and About.

Connecting Belleville to Prince Edward County is the Bay Bridge, or more formally the Norris Whitney Bridge.  When we moved to this area in 1981 there was the old swing bridge but by 1982 a new structure was built.  That meant no more waiting for the bridge to swing open to allow boats through and it also meant a gorgeous view from the top of the bridge.  There is a walking path across the bridge for those that want to cross by foot. This view was taken from the van windows as we approached the bridge to cross over from Belleville
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Inside Snowflakes

Categories: Christmas and Plastic Canvas.

Snow is pretty when it covers the trees and shrubs but it is prettier when it is inside decorating some red dogwood branches.  I’m sharing a simple pattern made with plastic canvas (clear or white) and some white yarn (plain or sparkle). These simple snowflakes are nice to decorate the Christmas tree, hang in the window, or use as part of your winter decorations. You need 2 of the above pattern pieces.  Plastic canvas is sold by the sheet and comes in 7 count and 14 count.  These snowflakes are made from 7 count plastic canvas.  You can buy it
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Feeding Time at the River

Categories: Down by the Bay.

It was another glorious sunny day for mid November and we had been out for a drive in the county and then stopped at a section of the waterfront trail that we rarely walk along.  As we came over the bridge from the county we could see the huge flocks of Canada Geese and noticed some swans nearby too. The water in the river was so still, just perfect for photographing reflections in the water.  Here are some of the swans as they head into the harbour looking for good places for lunch. Pushing their long, graceful necks into the
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Walking by the Bay

Categories: Around Quinte, Down by the Bay, and Out and About.

Last week on Monday we went for a walk down by the bay.  This is the Bay of Quinte in Lake Ontario.  This is one of our favourite walks and usually in the warmer weather we view lots of geese, swans, ducks, turtles, herons, cormorants and osprey.  At this time of the year the wildlife is limited as many of the birds have moved to somewhere a bit warmer.  There were still lots of mallard ducks in the chilly water. One thing we really noticed was how low the water was.  The bay is suffering from the extremely hot and
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