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Closing out November

Categories: Birds, The Garden 2018, and What's Been Happening?.

~ It is lovely and sunny today but the wind is very strong and cold.  We had some snow this morning and at times it was like being in a snow globe.  The wind was blowing the snow around and around.  It’s the perfect day to stay inside.  November is coming to an end and winter is still making an appearance even though there is a month to go before it officially starts. I recently made another batch of the all season suet I use.  This time I used cardboard tubes cut about 6 cm or 2.5 inches high and
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Winter is Knocking

Categories: The Garden 2018 and What's Been Happening?.

~ Winter is knocking at the door.  We had a couple of brief snow showers a few days ago but that only lasted a few hours.  Last night a huge system moved into southern Ontario and left a thick coating of snow.  Thank goodness for the Canadian flag and the blue bottle tree else there would be no colour at all. Here are both bottle trees coated in snow.  Did I mention it is only mid November and technically it is still Fall. Yesterday we had the red bellied woodpecker visiting the peanut feeder.  I’m sure he knew more than
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‘Tea’riffic Mail

Categories: What's Been Happening?.

Last Friday was a ‘tea’riffic mail day as the mailman left a package in the mailbox that I wasn’t expecting till next week.  I’m so glad it fit into the mailbox as usually a card is left and we have to go into town to pick it up. Margie, of Tea in the Valley, recently had a give away for her third blogaversary and I was the lucky winner.  Wow, was I spoiled with all the gifts … from mug, to napkins, to infuser, to tea, to notecards, and calendars.  What fun I had opening the box and looking at
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January 2018

Categories: The Garden 2018 and What's Been Happening?.

January has been a mixture of weather so far … mild, rain, ice rain, snow, frigid temperatures, a thaw and there is still half a month to go. We arrived home from British Columbia on a mild day, which got even milder the next day with temperatures of 11 Celsius.  There was snow everywhere and we got the paths dug out around the garden to the various bird feeders.  But on Thursday night and Friday morning the temperatures rose more and just about all of the snow melted away.  It was a really foggy day and as the day went
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British Columbia Trip 2017-2018

Categories: British Columbia and What's Been Happening?.

I’ve been absent from my website for just about 5 weeks while we were visiting our daughter and family in British Columbia.  Luckily for us we missed all the frigid temperatures that Ontario had at the end of December and the beginning of January.  We left on a mild, damp day to the beginning of December and got home on a mild January 9. We did arrive home to snow piled up on both sides of the driveway but thanks to a wonderful friend and neighbour it was clear.  The house was fine while we were away.  There was just
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First Snow on the Stumpy Family

Categories: The Garden 2017 and What's Been Happening?.

~ A little bit of snow arrived overnight.  First snow is always special, so it was grab the camera and take some photos through the windows and open doors about 6:30 am this morning.  This snow won’t stay around long, in fact it is already melting away. The Stumpys stay outside all winter as I love to take photos of them and they add lots of winter interest to the gardens. The Stumpys were made with tree stumps, mostly collected from the yard waste landfill and faces from various dollar stores.  I always add a hat, usually a flower pot
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Beauty at Season End

Categories: What's Been Happening?.

~ On October 23 in the morning we woke up to a red sky.  Take warning says the old weather saying.  We knew that rain was heading our way in the next day or so. The leaves are coming down quickly and just over the weekend we raked and bagged several large bags of them and took them to the landfill. The temperatures were still close to 20 Celsius, absolutely glorious for this time of the year.  I’ve been cutting greenery from the garden, the back fields and the landfill.   I always take the garden cutters when we go
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Getting More Seasonal

Categories: Birds, The Garden 2017, and What's Been Happening?.

~ The weather is getting more seasonal as we move into October.  The Fall colours haven’t been as spectacular this year and the past few days have been rainy and windy causing the leaves to flutter to the ground. We have a few different ways to check on the weather, besides just looking or standing outside.  One of them is a Fitzroy storm glass.  For just about all of the summer this barometer didn’t register anything and I was beginning to think it wasn’t working and needed resetting.  But in the past couple of weeks the crystal formations have been
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A Busy August

Categories: The Garden 2017 and What's Been Happening?.

  On a really humid and muggy day when we are having thunder storms and heavy rain pass through I’m taking some time to share some August activities.  It’s been a busy month of day trips, reading, crochet and some gardening.  I’ve been neglecting my garden journal so it is a good day to catch up. We went to visit the grandkids at the trailer and did lots of dipping for sunfish off the dock.  We’ve also been out on some lovely backroads drives especially into The County.  We visited Mount Pelion, Cherry Valley, Picton and The Unconventional Moose in
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