Monthly Archives February 2018

H for the Herons

Categories: Down by the Bay.

H for herons – great blue herons, green herons and night herons, some of my favourite birds to photograph. Here is the green heron we saw quite close to home on a pond by the local dairy.  You can see the greenish tinge at the top of their wings. This black crowned night heron caught himself a tasty fish in the turtle pond down by the bay. These are smaller herons with a thicker and shorter neck than the great blue heron.  They have a black crown on their head and the colour sometimes extends down their back.  The photo
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Kids Fingerless Mitts

Categories: Knitting.

I recently knit 2 pair of fingerless mitts for the grandkids out west.  They saw Granny wearing hers each day we were there and wanted some for themselves.  I wrote up a pattern that was scaled down from the adult size mitts.  I had also knitted leg warmers for our granddaughter and made the fingerless mitts similar in pattern that part was done in stocking stitch and the remainder in ribbing. The Grape Fizz purple yarn was used for the leg warmers and mitts and a Blue Rainbow was used for the other. Both used 3.25 or 3.5 mm needles
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G for Goldfinches

Categories: Birds.

The American or Eastern goldfinch, Carduelis tristis, belongs to the finch family. These cheeky little birds frequent the garden in all seasons.  They flock to the feeders, especially before a storm, and will also flit from flower to flower in the garden looking for seeds.  Here they are in their winter plumage.   The markings on their wing and tail feathers is lovely and seems a lot darker when the birds are in their summer plumage.  You can pick out the finches as they fly through the garden as they move in an undulating or up and down flight path. They
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In the Flicker of an Eye

Categories: Birds.

The Northern flickers are ground feeding woodpeckers that usually come in April through October as they pass through.  They mainly eat ants and beetles but will eat fruit and seeds. I am always thrilled to see this bird especially just a few days after my cataract surgery in 2015 and recognized it right away, without even having my glasses on.  Just a week before the surgery I would of had to been wearing my glasses and then zoom in with the camera to make the positive identification. The flicker has a long curved beak to peck into the ground.  As
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Valentine Cup Cozy

Categories: Crochet.

~ Valentine’s Day – is it a day created by card, chocolate and flower companies to guilt trip you into buying something for someone in your life?  I think it is, but that is me.   It’s a day I’ve never really celebrated, except when I was working at school and the kids loved to exchange cards.  But it can be a fun day to brighten up the winter months. While I had the scraps of felt out making some little felt birds and critters I was inspired to make a Valentine cup cozy, or cup sweater as one of
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Shoulder Snuggle

Categories: Crochet.

~ Winter is the time to keep cozy and warm and there is nothing better than wrapping a shawl around your shoulders and sitting by the fire and reading.  And don’t forget a lovely cup of tea.  Awhile ago I made this shoulder snuggle pattern from Lion Brand.  It made up very quickly and once the pattern was figured out (in the first couple of rows after the collar) I didn’t need to look at the pattern any more. I really like the way it turned out but as usual I tweaked the pattern a bit to suit myself and
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D for Doves

Categories: Birds.

There is always an abundance of mourning doves in and around the garden.  They are year round visitors and it is lovely to hear their wooing or cooing call in the spring and summer months. In winter they settle down into the fresh snow on the deck railings and soak up the sun.  Sometimes there is a whole line of them. Their head always seems to be on the small size for its body.  They are a softish brown to a buff coloured tan with black spots on their wings. They are fluffy and content … I’m not sure I
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