Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"The Observations Of The Crow"

With the mild weather we have been enjoying for the last few days the birds have been very active. There are numerous large pine trees in our neighbourhood and when I look up at the top of them a crow always seems to be perched there. I took this photo in our backyard.
It does make me a little nervous all this mild weather. Are we in for a doosy of a March??
Bonus shot here. I thought I was just getting a shot of the Cardinal and didn't notice the Goldfinch until I downloaded the photos.
Making headway into the suet.
You were right Granny Marigold! When I posted a photo of this birdhouse a week or so ago you mentioned about the squirrels chewing it. This one was busily at it a few days ago.
Another gorgeous sunrise on Sunday.
The mourning Doves are an everyday visitor now. So glad!
Monday morning we headed out on our loooong walk (9km or around 6 miles) as it was so beautiful out. We stopped off at a small park and I saw swans way out on the ice. I wasn't venturing out there so I zoomed in the best I could.
The beavers are gnawing the trees. This one was too far gone and needed to be cut down.
The park people are attempting to save this one.
Looks like some more squirrel gnawing at one of several bird houses in the park.
There was a large flock of Canada Geese at the small pond in the  "Active Lifestyle Community" we have here in Brighton. I didn't want to startle them so again just zoomed in with my little point and shoot. There must have been about 30 of them.

We hope to be heading out on a road trip on Thursday. It all depends on the weather. If we do I hope to have many great photos!

Take care.
Robin

Saturday, February 18, 2017

"Mother Like Mine"

Busy, busy the last couple days. Chuck worked just Tuesday and Wednesday this week as we had a bunch of errands to do and places we wanted to go.
First up Thursday was renewing our passports. This meant getting a passport photo. Oh joy!
Luckily our local grocery store as a photo lab where you can get this done for a reasonable price. We then ended up sitting in the passport office for only an hour or so as we were there very early. We spent the rest of the morning running errands and I MAY have found a beautiful dress at Old Navy!
Friday morning we FINALLY made the trip to see my Mum. Three times we have made plans to go but twice she was sick and once the weather was terrible. Gorgeous sunny day but a tad cold.
I had a large bag full of books I had picked up over the last couple months for Mum. Of course I forgot it! Luckily there is a great thrift store halfway to Mum's so we nipped in there and I picked her up another bag full.
My brother and his wife (who Mum lives with) are away this week. Mum no longer wants to leave her little apartment and go to my sister's or come to our house while my brother is away. So she has a Personal Support Worker (PSW) come in twice a day to make sure she is alright and to have some company. We arrived just as one of the PSW's named Alice was leaving.
Very loving, caring ladies my Mum is blessed to have. Alice is only about 10 years younger than my Mum but still loves her work.
As I walked towards my Mum I could see she had a large mark on her forehead that extended around her eye. WHAT!!!!
She fell as she was getting out of bed last week (when my brother and SIL were still home) and bonked her head on her night-table.
"Why didn't you tell me???" I shrieked at the poor woman. " I didn't want you to worry" was her answer. Why do parent's do that?
She had her regular twice a week PSW look at it when she came that day and everything was o.k. It looks like she was in a heck of a fight.
My Mum has a cane and walker she uses in her apartment and my brother has moved stuff around so my Mum can get around easy. I am just very thankful it was nothing worse. I am also thankful my brother has a job that he can do from home so Mum has someone there most days.
We spent a few hours with Mum and had a lovely visit. Mentally she is pretty crisp, it is physically she is failing.
She loves to chat about politics and books, she likes to hear what renovations we are doing on the house and she likes to know what is up with all of our extended family via Facebook.
We plan to visit next month again as it is her birthday. This time I will remember the bag of books!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend. It is sunny and very mild here.

Take care!
Robin

Thursday, February 16, 2017

"Find Your Wings"

Around our yard we have I think four shrubs/bushes that have berries in the Winter. The Robin's have been raiding them over the last few days. Right underneath our living room window we have two Holly bushes which the Robin's seem to favour. Inevitably a Robin or two crash into the window. Monday just before supper I heard that distinctive sound. Chuck and I ran over to the window and a female Robin was lying on the snow below the bush. The male stayed right beside her while she lay there. I checked twenty minutes later and she was still there. I looked after supper and they both were gone. The next morning I went outside to walk downtown to do a few errands and I saw this in the snow.
I guess she made a few attempts to fly before she finally was airborne.  Her wings made a beautiful pattern in the snow. Hopefully no more birds will crash into the window!
On the way home from my errands the sun peeked through the clouds.
I took this later in the afternoon.
You know who enjoying his peanuts!
This was a first. A small flock of starlings descended on the feeders.
The Robin was drinking the water in the eavestrough.
These two were far off in a neighbour's tree.
The sun came out yesterday morning and melted some of the snow. This weekend we are to be quite warm. It is a long weekend here (along with Saskatchewan, Alberta and the U.S.) so hopefully you can get out and enjoy it!

Take care.
Robin

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me"

What a welcome sight on our walk yesterday after the snowstorm we received on Sunday. Both sides of the driveway had flowers spray painted on the snowbanks. Definitely made me smile!
A couple more photos from the bonanza on Friday. I find nuthatch's so hard to  photograph, with my camera, as they move so quickly.
The top photo is a white breasted one while the bottom is a red breasted one.
Lovely moon the other night before the storm.
A few houses on our walk. This one appears to be mostly original. The old windows with the wavy glass, a few stained glass windows and what appear to be original eavestrough (gutters) in the back. They do have new cupola's on both the house and the garage.
Another very simple but well maintained home. The garden's in the Summer are beautiful.
This house has a bit of history. It was a rental for many years and wasn't maintained. The current owners purchased it and pretty well gutted it to the outer walls. A friend of ours was an electrical inspector and viewed the house before it was renovated. The gaps between the floorboards was so wide you could see down to the dirt floored basement.It was pretty well all original from when it was built 100 years ago.
A Mourning Dove finally visited the feeders on Sunday. Hopefully more will follow!
Digging for peanuts.
So strange to see Robin's in a snowstorm.
Our neighbour's across the street getting their driveway blown out.
The Cedar Waxwings spent some time in the yard yesterday. I love the mask around their eyes.
This is two of our feeders. I took this from my computer room window upstairs.
The sun was out for quite awhile yesterday melting and clearing the driveway. I am very thankful to have a south facing driveway after many years of north facing ones.
The sunrise this morning was beautiful and very brief.
I wanted to share this calendar photo with you. So sweet!
From our home to your's I wish you Happy Valentine's Day!

Take care.
Robin