Friday, March 17, 2017

"Soft As A Dove"

 I hope those of you that were on the receiving end of the most recent storm have dug out and have everything back to normal. We received I think around 20cm or 8 inches. Not too bad as I know some people here and in the U.S. received quite a bit more.
I love how fluffed out this Mourning Dove was sitting on the deck bench.
 The last few days have seen the return of the Purple Finches. Growing up we called them Raspberry Finches. Such a nice spot of bright colour!
 Not getting too many Starling's. I know they can be a real nuisance at the feeders.
 A little Goldfinch peeping out of the Bittersweet.
 Chuck shovelling out the first time. We shovelled three times by the time it was done.
 Since Wednesday was such a cold, blustery day I decided to bake some rolls. Do you have something that reminds you so much of home? For me it it this jam. I grew up very close to where it is made. Visiting Niagara on the Lake during the Summer was always a pleasure. The whole town would smell of whatever fruit was in season that they were making into jam. Walking through our local Sobey's grocery store last week I discovered they sell this jam. Oh happy day!
 This pan did not last long!
 I know many of you don't care for squirrels but I thought these two photos were so cute!
 Sitting on top of a neighbours clothesline pole.
 Just some interesting photos I've taken over the last few days.
 I don't know what this is!
 Wednesday evening's sky.
 Thursday morning's sky.
 Sparkling snow Thursday morning.
 We popped into Trenton on Monday to do a few errands before the snow came.
 All of our snow was gone!!!
 Old door at the Cooey Metal Plant.
Old shed in Trenton.

I'm hoping we are having a road trip today. Chuck isn't feeling the best due to a terrible migraine. In the Winter when we have a storm and then the barometric pressure rises so quickly afterwards it just kills him. Fingers crossed he is better this morning!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Take care and have a wonderful weekend!
Robin

44 comments:

  1. Hello, wonderful series on your yard birds. They are all so pretty, love the finches. Your sky shots are beautiful, love the barns too. Shoveling snow is not fun! I get those migraine from the storms too, it does feel awful. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Hi Eileen, I do love the finches too. Migraines seem to be pretty common. Luckily that is something I have never suffered from. I imagine you will be heading back to Maryland shortly. Hopefully you won't have to shovel any snow by the time you go back!
      Have a good weekend!

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  2. Wow! Look at how fluffed up that mourning dove made itself! The poor thing was probably cold.

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    1. Hi Ahab, it was very cold the morning I took that photo. She didn't seem too perturbed by it sitting there for a half hour or so.
      Enjoy your Saturday!

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  3. I love seeing the variety of birds and the squirrels. Pretty old buildings and sky pics, too. Great that you found the jam that you enjoy so much. The rolls look delicious. Hope you enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Hi Mildred, I was really worried when we moved here late last summer that I would' get the variety of birds I enjoyed in our last home. Thankfully that isn't something I have to worry about!
      The rolls and jam are delicious, so glad I found the jam.
      Take care and enjoy your weekend!

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  4. Isn't Niagra on the Lake where they have the big Shakespeare festival each year? I grew up in the country side north of Detroit, and I can remember people talking about that. Anyway, the jam looks delicious!

    I love the green barn in one of your photos. And the birds are always wonderful!

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    1. Hi Marcie, in Niagara on the Lake they have the Shaw Festival which does all sorts of plays year round. I have been a few times.
      The green barn is a landmark in Trenton. It had been there for something like 70 years. It is now on a busy corner but is still beautiful.
      Take care.

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  5. The puffed up dove is too beautiful for words. I have never seen a black squirrel before, we certainly do not have them over here in uk.
    Still no snow here but it has been known to snow in April so just keeping our fingers crossed.
    Briony
    x

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    1. Hi Briony, I do love doves and think they are so beautiful.
      I hope you don't get any snow. I know your flowers come up so much sooner than here. Would hate to see them frozen!
      Take care.

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  6. it looks like a milk weed seed pod to me :)

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    1. That is what I thought it was at first but looking closer it is a piece of twine!
      Take care.

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  7. Gorgeous photos today and I've never seen a black squirrel. Love that big green door. Hope the snow goes away soon. We are cold here in Florida at 43 and way too cold for me

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    1. Hi Sandra, I heard it was cold down your way. Strange weather! We walk by the old green door pretty well everyday and I finally remembered to take a photo of it!
      The snow is already melting so hopefully it will be gone for good soon!
      Enjoy the weekend!

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  8. Poor Chuck, migraines are awful. Love the mourning dove, it looks cuddly xx

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    1. Hi Cheryl, Chuck has suffered from migraines since he was a kid. They run in his family. Winter is the worst time for him. Such swings in the barometric pressure.
      The Mourning Dove does look very cuddly. Growing up a neighbour kept doves and I loved being able to hold them.
      Take care and have a nice weekend!

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  9. Beautiful photos!!!

    I think that "unknown" pic, is of a con trail, which is breaking up.

    I've never seen all back squirrels. He is quite handsome.

    I feel for your husband, with how the pressure change can cause headaches. Best wishes to him.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

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    1. Hi Luna, I am surprised how many people never see black squirrels. They are so commonplace here.
      Chuck headache was pretty well gone this morning so we were good to go?
      Enjoy the day!

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  10. Love all the shots, Robin, especially the finches and the squirrels. The mourning dove looks very puffy indeed. LOL. That one shot looks like a bit of fine twine come all unravelled. Not sure if that's the case, though.

    I hope Chuck is feeling better and you get your road trip. You could always leave him to sleep and go anyway. :-D

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    1. Hi Kim, you are right, it was a piece of twine stuck up in the tree. In the wind the other day it got caught I guess.
      I do love the finches. When you see them (the males) from the back you can see a little slit of red that runs down it's back. Very pretty!
      The road trip was great! I offered to go alone but Chuck really doesn't like me driving on the highway this time of year alone.
      Talk soon!

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  11. I hope your husband is feeling better soon.

    I ALWAYS enjoy your photos. That poor little dove ........she looks so chilled!

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    1. Hi Dee, Chuck felt much better this morning so the road trip was a go!
      It was pretty cold the day I took the photo of the dove. She sat there for a half hour or so.
      Take care!

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  12. guys....ewe wood bee correct...we due knot troo lee care for squirrel....they iz on de grazz
    all de time givin uz de biznezz...ore in treez throwin stuff down ~~~~~~~~ faaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    happee week oh end &
    lá sona st patrick le sláinte do gach ♣♣♣


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    1. I know of your dislike of squirrels from Nicki and Derry's blog. They have a few that taunt them from the top of their fence.
      Have a great weekend!

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  13. Great photos! The black fur on that squirrel just shimmers in the sunlight! I like squirrels; you cannot fault them for doing their best to survive, and they have a cute little jump-run that I can sit and watch for hours. Happy St. Patrick's!

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    1. His fur should shimmer from all the sunflower seeds he eats! I do like squirrels too, love to watch their antics. They sit on the deck and wait for me to come out with snacks for them.
      Have a great weekend!

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  14. Here in Montreal the big snow removal trucks are still out there cleaning up after our two day blizzard (Tuesday and Wednesday). We got a huge amount of snow, so it will probably take them about a week to clean it up. I went out yesterday and in many places there are no sidewalks. Mountains of snow cover the sidewalks. The snow removal crews have for the most part cleared the roads and some of the sidewalks, but because we got such a huge amount, they have their work cut out for them.

    Your photos are just gorgeous! And I have only seen a black squirrel here in Montreal a few times, mostly gray squirrels. And I have never seen a red squirrel here. The birds are so beautiful, and the jams look delicious! I have never seen that brand here, I will look and see if I can find it. Thank you so much for your lovely posts and stunning photos, you always make my day with your posts. :) Happy St. Patrick's Day, and I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Hi Linda, if you remember Chuck was born and raised in Montreal and remembers getting huge blizzards there this time of you. His bicycle was stored in their garage which he says he couldn't get to until the beginning of April usually because of the snow.
      I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. I often wonder if I am boring everyone with my posts. Nothing special happens but I know I enjoy reading about people's everyday life.
      Take care Linda and enjoy your weekend!

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  15. So nice to see all your beautiful photos. The mourning dove is really puffed out.
    The rolls look heavenly and I can almost smell them.

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    1. Hi Karen, thanks for your kind words! It was so cold those few days, but the birds don't seem to mind.
      The rolls are delicious and really simple to make. They did make the house smell heavenly while they were baking!
      Take care!

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  16. Adorable bird photos. Hope Chuck is on the meant,nothing worse than a migraine. We went for a short drive to Wooler today to visit The Birdhouse store, such a lovely place. Have you been? The sun is out and some of the snow is melting, hope it all goes soon.

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    1. Hi Linda, glad you enjoyed the bird photos. Luckily Chuck recovered and we were able to go on our trip.
      We have never visited The Birdhouse Store. I keep meaning to go there!
      Wasn't it gorgeous yesterday? Melt, melt darn snow!
      Have a good day!

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  17. The old door at the metal plant and the shed in Trenton make for very interesting pictures.
    Nice that Chuck's migraine went away so he felt up to going on your road trip. My GD suffers from migraines and misses a fair amount of school because of them. Fortunately she's a straight A student so her marks are not affected. ( Her bd is today. Hard to believe she's 14 already).

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    1. Hi Granny Marigold, I really enjoy looking at the old Cooley Metal plant. I so want to have a good snoop around inside!
      That's too bad about your GD suffering from migraines too. Chuck is very stoic and keeps on doing whatever he has to do. He has had them for around 45 years now. Winter is the worst time for him.
      Have a good weekend!

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  18. What an exceptional collection of photos. I love squirrels, especially your squirrels. I grew to like them again when we lived in Connecticut and discovered squirrel baffles that actually worked to keep them off the bird feeders. They would instead feast on what fell to the ground, which was fine with us. Blueberry Jam! We once canned our own Blueberry-Lime Jam and entered it in the Guilford Agricultural Fair, winning ourselves a blue ribbon and a purple rosette for best in show!

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    1. Hi Mitchell, glad you enjoyed the photos. I don't know how thrilled the neighbours are with the influx of squirrels due to my feeding the birds. No one has said anything and all the neighbours are very nice to me so I assume no one is ticked off!
      Congrats on winning a blue ribbon and purple rosette for your jam! In my late teens and early 20's I made jam and pickles all the time. Then I moved away from family and kinda lost my nerve canning. I would love to do it again but not many people around here seem to can.
      Oh well, I just will enjoy the jam I can get.
      Have a good weekend.

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  19. Thank you for your comment on this post of mine.... I left a reply comment, in my comments. I never do this, because I don't expect people to return again, to re-read my comments, to find one, to them... So I will copy and paste it, below.
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    DEAR CAT LOVER;
    "Can you imagine 20 years ago having a blog and being in contact with people all over the world?"

    20 years ago, was 1997. And I was in touch with people, all over the world. Via what we then called Mailing Lists. I was on, more than one International Mailing List. On it, I knew people world-wide.

    A young man in Dublin, Ireland, started me on my first blog. Way back then, to get a blog, you had to be invited, by someone who already had a blog. He gave me an invite, to Live Journal. Where my first blog was. :-)

    And elsewhere, I net-met and corresponded with a young man in Paris. When we went to Paris, in 1999, he met with us 3 times. And showed us "the real Paris," which he knew, I wanted to see.

    And those 2, are just the "tip of the iceberg", of all the people, from all over, whose acquaintance I have made.

    I know, 20 years ago, sounds like a long time. But I have lived it. And it has been an AMAZING ride!!!!!!! :-) And continues to be so!!!

    Gentle hugs,
    Luna Crone

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    1. So interesting Luna! Thanks for sharing.

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  20. What a yummy post!
    I love snow. I am ready for spring, though.

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    1. Hi Jenn, I am more than ready for Spring too! Sounds like you are enjoying your week with your grandkids very much.
      Take care!

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  21. The little goldfinch in the bittersweet looks like a painting. I love squirrels, but my husband hates them. They like to tear up his deer feeding equipment. I think he should just stop hunting. :) The dove is so soft and fluffy looking. Just doesn't seem possible that there is a dove season here when men go out to see how many doves they can kill. We need to outlaw hunting, period! :) Your pictures are always beautiful.

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    1. Hi Henny, i do love the goldfinch in the bittersweet just peeking out. I can understand Poppy's dislike of squirrels. They can be very destructive!
      Being a vegetarian I am saddened to read that their is such a thing as a dove season. That being said most of our family and friends are not vegetarian and some are hunters. I am glad they take responsibility for acquiring some of their food. A good friend of ours hunts deer every Fall but he is putting food on his families table.
      I ALWAYS love your posts Henny, so many wonderful critter photos!
      Have a good day!

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  22. Wow, I have really enjoyed your post...I love squirrels, and know some people don't. You can read about our Mama Squirrel HERE and if you keep scrolling you will see some pics.

    I love your barn pics...and that old green door...you should link to the barn collective...if you ever do memes....

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    1. Hi Rose, glad you enjoyed the post. Not everyone likes squirrels as you say but I do enjoy them. I will pop by and read about your squirrel.
      I keep meaning to link to the barn collective. Thanks for reminding me.
      Take care.

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