Monthly Archives August 2017

Sightings Down by the Bay

Categories: Down by the Bay and Lens Friends.

  The bird sightings continue on our walks down by the bay.  Last week we spotted the lesser yellowlegs.  Here is another photo of one of them stretching its wing and balancing on one leg. A couple of days later we spotted some least sandpipers.  At first I thought they might be young lesser yellowlegs as they were certainly smaller but and birding expert in our area, Terry Sprague, helped me with the identification and I learned that lesser yellowlegs don’t nest in our area. There was also a killdeer in the same area with the sandpipers. The swans are
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Down by the Bay

Categories: Down by the Bay and Lens Friends.

  While walking down by the bay we spotted a pair of lesser yellowlegs shorebirds.  These were most likely migrant birds passing through.  We had seen the greater yellowlegs while in British Columbia last year. These were feeding in a muddy patch and some shallow water left over from the high waters in the lake where it flooded a few areas on the waterfront trail. I was lucky to capture the great blue heron just as it took off in its hunt for more food. It has a huge wingspan. It has been foggy overnight and when we arrived there
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National Granny Square Day

Categories: Crochet.

  August 15 is national granny square day.  This is the very first pattern I learned to crochet and I’ve used it in many, many oatterns. In honour of granny square day I’m sharing some of my favourite items.  Here is my very first blanket.  I’ve improved a lot since then.   My favourite granny square purse. And another. Granny square lapghans.   Big granny squares. Small granny squares. Have you got a favourite granny square to share for National granny square day? Connect: Bloglovin’ /  Contact form / Instagram /Subscribe by Email
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Drink Cozies

Categories: Crochet.

    When working I used these cozies all the time for my water containers.  I used to partially freeze the water in the container and then top with cold water.  As the day went on the frozen part melted and kept the water cold.  The cozy absorbed the condensation on the container. I switched from plastic bottles to stainless steel containers to eliminate recycling all the plastic bottles. Since retiring the cozies only come out when the water containers are used.   But recently I’ve found a new use for these bottle cozies … I use them to put on
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Keep Track of Your Keys

Categories: Plastic Canvas.

  Don’t lose those keys! This is an idea that I have come up with to stop your keys from getting lost in the bottom of your purse or bag. I’ve had an empty key ring on my work bag for several years now and I always clip my keys onto it so I have quick access to them at the end of a busy day.  All you have to do is attach a clasp to your keyring. So I thought that I would make some that were a bit fancier for gifts for Christmas this year. They are made
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