Friday, August 4, 2017

"Houses In Motion"

Goodness, where does the time go? I looked at my blog this morning and realized it has been over two weeks since I last posted.
The days seem to fly by so quickly.
August already and it seems the Summer just begun.
We have been "enjoying" hot, humid weather for the last couple weeks. Today a cold front is to move in and cool us off for the next couple weeks.
Last Sunday at 6:00 am this home was moved from one lot to another across town. The owners are building a new house on the old lot and donated the house to Habitat For Humanity. A lot was donated so a family will shortly be living in this lovely home.
The birds are as busy as ever at the feeders.
Taken earlier the same morning as the house moving photo.
Storm over Lake Ontario.
Tanner, our local paint store cat. He had a hemo-something or other on his ear and was a pretty miserable cat for a time. It is now cured and he is such a snuggle bug.
Janice and I paid a visit to Ste. Anne's Spa last Monday. Janice and her daughter had stayed there 20 years ago and Janice remembered they have a delicious bakery on site.
The Spa has changed quite a bit in 20 years! It is a very large complex with extensive gardens. After wandering around for 10 minutes or so (after a ten minute drive up a long and winding gravel road) we finally found the reception building.
We were warmly welcomed and told that the bakery is now situated in a separate house off site. Then we were invited to tour the grounds and encouraged to visit the various buildings.
The gardens are beautiful and wonderfully kept.
No idea what this plant is!
We spent a pleasant 45 minutes or so enjoying everything and looked up and noticed this storm had blown in. We quickly headed back to the car and found the bakery. Janice purchased some gluten free five grain bread ($9.95 a loaf!!!) and we headed home.
It rained heavily for 20 minutes or so but by the time we got to my favourite farm stand Rutherford's it had stopped. A quick visit with the llama's before we headed inside to purchase some fruit and veggies.
Smokey (in the back) seems to be feeling more comfortable around us now. Cortes still pays flying visits every once in awhile. I saw Punkin from a distance a couple days ago. I haven't seen Sweet Pea in a couple months and Snowball in about a month.
So many chickadees visit daily. Love to hear their twittering!
I think I took this a few days ago!
We don't get many planes this low over the house too often.
Wouldn't be a post of mine without a squirrel shot!

I hope you all are well and enjoying the Summer or Winter depending on where you are.

Take care!
Robin

36 comments:

  1. Nice to see a post, Robin! As always, I love the pics, especially the first sky shot and the stormy one with the field.

    How generous, to donate the house to Habitat for Humanity, that's wonderful. It's great to hear (read) about something good -- heaven knows we don't get much of that in the media.

    The spa looks wonderful, the gardens are gorgeous. Of course you were invited to look around! Potential bu$ine$$. Ha. I hope that loaf of bread was the best Janice has eaten in her entire life, for that price. :-)

    Both llamas out was nice, you stopped at the right time.

    See you guys in a couple of days. I'm SO looking forward to the break in this humidity!

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    1. Hi Kim, re: the first photo-I kept forgetting to bring my camera when I noticed it was a bit foggy. The fog seems to settle on the field by the goose pond down the road. I think I only took one photo and hoped for the best!
      Nice to see you on Sunday!

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  2. welcome back, loved all the critters and that is wonderful they donated the house and a lot for someone to have a home. no wonder you have been away, you have been busy all summer.

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    1. Hi Sandra, glad you enjoyed the photos! The summer days just seem to fly by.
      Take care!

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  3. That was a lovely thing, for those new home builders, to do!!!

    Gorgeous photos.

    Yes, Gluten Free Bread can be expensive, but worth it. To do it "right," takes much investigation into proper measurements of this and that... I have never been able to do it, at home. Tooo many necessary ingredients, for a loaf... Or for a dessert.

    But I'm sure, she will say, it was worth the money. :-)))))))

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    1. Hi Luna, Janice said the bread is very tasty but she only has it once a week or so.
      Hope all is well with you!

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  4. Tanner is super cute! I love that lake photo. I wish I had a lake.

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    1. Hi Pom Pom, Tanner is a sweetie and just loves everyone.
      I really feel blessed that I have lived my whole life near water. Just something so relaxing about it.
      Have a good day!

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  5. Your mystery plant is a Sea Holly. They are originally from the Mediterranean, but over the last while they've become more popular as they attract butterflies. I put one in my garden this year, but it hasn't bloomed yet.

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    1. Hi Valerie, thanks so much for identifying the plant for me. There was great swaths of it and come to think of it quite a few butterflies.
      Hope yours blooms soon!

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  6. Robin, I am so glad to see your post! What amazing photos! Beautiful scenes and animals! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Hi Linda, so glad you enjoyed the photos. I do love taking them!
      Take care.

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  7. I was getting worried about you and wondered if anything was wrong so it's great to have you post again!
    That house that the Spa is in is so darn adorable. I like everything about it. Those wonderful Coneflowers, were they on those grounds or in your garden? I struggle to grow them. I have exactly 3 plants and those are not where I put them so birds must have dropped seeds. I find the volunteers much more apt to thrive.
    Nice picture of the storm brewing over the field.
    Have an enjoyable long weekend!!

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    1. Hi Granny Marigold, I appreciate your concern, so kind.
      The red and purple coneflower photo I took at a neighbours, the second was at the Spa. I do have a few coneflower plants in our gardens too.
      Hope you had a lovely long weekend.
      Stay cool!

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  8. what a totally awesome gesture; donating the house to habitat; blessings to those folks ~~~~~~~ great group of photos today robin; love the lake view and da tabbies say ~~~~~~~ waves two everee one, { knot de burds } hope yur week oh end iz awesum.....♥♥.... !!

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    1. Hi Laura, donating the house was incredibly generous. Otherwise it would be filling up the landfill!
      Glad you enjoyed the photos
      I took the lake view photo standing out on a pier. The storm was rapidly approaching but I wanted to get a few shots!
      Snuggle all the tabbies for me please!

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  9. Nice to hear about the good that so many people do. Donating a house, so generous.
    Love the shot of the Robin getting his worm.
    I've never seen RED cone flowers, they are gorgeous.

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    1. Hi Karen, I was watching the robin for a couple minutes and she kept trying to cram more and more worms into her mouth.
      I hadn't seen red coneflowers either until I noticed them at a neighbours. They are lovely.
      Take care!

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  10. I've been neglecting my site too, between medical appointments, day trips, time with family, days out with friends I'm always running out of time. Love your photos. Enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Hi Linda, the summer does seem to be zipping right by. I am enjoying your garden photos on Instagram.
      Hope you had a good long weekend!

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  11. It is so good to see your post...they are always fun to look at. I love that sunrise photo...and oh, the one with storm moving in makes me long to have been there. I would love to visit that bakery just to see the flowers...

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    1. Hi Rose, so glad you enjoy my posts. Love the wonderful photos on yours!
      The gardens were pretty spectacular at the Spa. I would love to go back on a nicer day and spend more time there.
      Be well!

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  12. Wow, such good pictures. The bird pictures are just amazing. Well done. What a fun trip that must have been. You all have a fantastic day.

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    1. Hi Marg, glad you enjoyed the photos. It was a wonderful day with a good friend.
      Have a good day too!

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  13. Hello, I love all the beautiful flowers. The spa sounds awesome. Pretty birds and a cute kitty. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Hi Eileen, the Spa gardens were so beautiful. Janice is NOT a gardener so wasn't too interested in them. I would love to see them again!
      Take care!

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  14. So many beautiful photos. How amazing to donate a house, I love to hear of stories like that, heartwarming xx

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    1. Hi Cheryl, it was pretty amazing the house being donated. It is a lovely house and will make a great home for someone.
      Have a good day!

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  15. Thankyou for a lovely post, beautiful photo's. What a price for that loaf......
    Briony
    x

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    1. Hi Briony, glad you enjoyed the photos!
      I never have paid almost $10.00 for a loaf of bread! But Janice is enjoying it so that is the main thing.
      Take care!

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  16. It is unbelievable how the days fly by. I kept thinking that I was missing your posts. That Robin with the worm is amazing. All of your pictures are amazing.

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    1. Hi Henny, the days are flying by so quickly. I am starting to see the geese flying over in formation already. It's too soon!
      Glad you enjoyed the photos!

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  17. I love your photo of the storm over Lake Ontario. The light's soft gleam on the water ♥
    So glad that Tanner is feeling better. :)
    Always wanted to go to St Anne's Spa but could never justify the cost! It's beautiful, though! That loaf of bread must taste amazing.

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    1. Hi Maggie, the storm over Lake Ontario photo was one of about 20 I took. It was actually raining a bit. Janice was in the car while I stood out on the pier. It started thundering and lightening shortly after I took it. People were still swimming in the water as it was lightening!
      Ste. Anne's Spa is fabulous. We were given a price list of the services. They start at $75.00 for a half hour. Yikes!
      Have a good day!

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  18. When I was in my teens, I wanted a house in the style of Ste. Anne's Spa. Not anymore, but I still love that look. And, as usual, your photos are beautiful!

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    1. Hi Mitchell, it is interesting how our taste in homes changes. I always wanted a High Ranch home. When we lived in Nova Scotia that was what we had. Never again, too many stairs!
      Thanks for your kind words about my photos!

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