Archives for winter 2018-2019

Winter Lens Friends

Categories: Birds.

The feeders have been busy at the beginning of 2019. We have had a few snow storms, the most recent yesterday leaving 20 cm more of snow. We have had bitterly cold weather and lots of ice rain so the majority of the photos have been taken through the window with my Nikon P900. I have been learning the features of this camera (even though I’ve had it for over a year) and one that I’ve really enjoyed is the transfer of photos directly from camera to iPad using the Nikon wifi. Usually I transfer all photos to the main
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The Arrival of Winter

Categories: The Garden 2019.

Even though we are just over a month into winter, the cold and snowy weather just arrived over the weekend.  The first big storm of winter saw 15+ cm of snow cover the ground.  An Arctic vortex also bought bitterly cold weather with temperatures getting down to -30 Celsius.

January 2019, winter at craftygardener.ca

Another Colorado low is moving through today bringing about +3 cm of snow.  The temperatures are rising to just about 0 Celsius and that snow will turn to rain as the day goes on.

January 2019, winter at craftygardener.ca

Since retiring we have the good fortune to stay home on days like this.  For so many years we had to drive to work regardless of the weather.  Staying home is a perk of retirement.

January 2019, winter at craftygardener.ca

Most photos were taken through the windows as it was just too darn cold to go outside.  Even though the gardens are buried in snow, remember that the roots of all plants are under the ground convincing themselves that warmer weather will come in a few months.

January 2019, winter at craftygardener.ca

This birdhouse, visible from the window is awaiting the arrival of the wrens in early spring.

January 2019, winter at craftygardener.ca

Regardless of the weather the birds still flock to the feeders.  This downy woodpecker is enjoying some peanuts.

a virus shawl at craftygardener.ca

Winter weather means lots of time for crafting.  Above is the progress on a virus shawl.  I love working this pattern.  It was a bit of a challenge at first but now the rows are automatic and the shawl is growing quickly.  

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I'm also working on some washer necklaces, another shawl, a recycled cd project and some luggage tags.  Photos are always taken of the steps along the way.  I'll share these projects at another time.

There is also lots of reading, cooking of soups and comfort food, watching favourite shows and series on tv, and plenty of cups of tea.  

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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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