Friday, April 28, 2017

"A Little Kiss Each Morning"

Spring has definitely sprung around here. The bird feeders are emptied every day and baby squirrels are visiting.
I didn't realize I caught this until I downloaded the photos. The squirrel on the upper right was eating and the other squirrel surprised him. That is bird food flying in the air.
The Maple trees are budding up. I noticed the lilac is getting good sized flower clusters too.
The male Goldfinches are almost all yellow.
Side by side with the male the female Cardinal often gets overlooked. She is very beautiful in her own right.
Rather windy the other day. The spot where this squirrel is sitting is very popular with all critters. I have even seen Sweet Pea sitting up there.
Yesterday morning's sky. Again I didn't notice the plane trail until later.
Has anyone else tried these "chips"? They are so good! I am not a big chip eater (except at Kim's, she buys such yummy ones!) but I do like these. A serving of 15 "chips" has a little over 100 calories and just 3 grams of fat. Our local Almost Perfect store had them in last week. We bought two bags for 99 cents. A few days later I went back and purchased six more! We are not big snackers but it is nice to have a few "chips" in the afternoon to ward off the hungries until supper time.

Busy weekend coming up. Saturday we have to go to the "big city" (Belleville) to do a number of errands. Sunday we will be visiting my Mum. She has had a rough week spending most of it in hospital. She recently turned 83 and is not in the best health. She is having heart and breathing issues, 40 years of smoking is really catching up to her. I would appreciate any prayers for her. Thank you.

Have a great week-end!
Robin
XOX

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"The Long And Winding Road"


The song title for this post was a very easy one. Sunday morning Chuck and I headed out for our "Where are we going to walk today" adventure. I had been reading about a road on the edge of town with a very long history. It's called Percy Street /Road or The Old Percy Road.
When it was in full use it was 23 miles long running from Brighton north to Percy Township. It was a vital link during the first half of the 1800's between the timber cutting and farming communities in the north and the shipping port of Brighton in the south.
On a map from 1853 it already was referred to as "The Old Percy Road".
I must investigate more thoroughly but it seems to be just residential now with homes of various ages. We did see one old farmhouse but most of the homes looked to be built within the last 50 years.
Creeks run everywhere and as you walk you can here rushing water.
We met a very nice lady and her Labrador puppy Ellen. I was so taken with Ellen I didn't think to ask if she knew any of the history of the road.
This is the end of the road. This narrow track goes up the hill (called Dutchman's Hill) and disappears into the forest. Someone told us there is bits and pieces left throughout the township. I guess similar to Route 66 in the U.S.
No. I didn't go up into the forest. I wasn't sure if it is private property or not. I did think about it though!
Birds, birds everywhere now that the weather seems to have finally warmed up.
I purchased this Easter Lily two weeks ago and it still is going strong. I had it on the kitchen table but the perfume from the flowers was so strong I moved it to the dining room.

My friend Janice and her husband Keith take possession of the house two down from us on Friday. It has been six months since they purchased it so they are very anxious to start their new life in Brighton.

Looks like a rainy week here after a couple days of sunshine.
Hope you have a good one!
Robin

Saturday, April 22, 2017

"Free As A Bird"

The waning (Thanks Luna!) moon had been very visible the last few days. I took this photo a few mornings ago.
Love the miniature iris's. I have some planted too but they are a little later then these ones.
We popped up to Proctor House a few days ago and noticed 6 or 7 Turkey Vultures sitting on the roof. As we walked by they just peered down at us.
An Osprey was flying over the house the other day in big, wide circles.
Gorgeous clouds. I still stand each evening and stare at the sky for a few minutes.
Silly squirrel!
This little guy has been stopping by lately.
I found this pile of feathers in the backyard. I don't know what kind of bird (s) they are from.
Last Fall our neighbour Merv gave me a tiny plant. He had grown it from a seed from a large plant he has had for many years. His Mother sent/gave him the seeds many years ago. She lived on an island off of Africa. I can't remember what the plant is called but it has started to flower.
I do have a soft spot for red tulips. My Dad had a large patch in our backyard. Once every Spring he would cut each one of us kids a bunch we would then take to our teachers.
Finally managed a photo of the Cowbirds.
They ate side by side for a few seconds.
Everyone usually scatters when he comes to the feeder.
I was sitting in the living room reading when a gang of Seagulls came strolling down the street. They stopped at each lawn, nibbled for a minute or so and then moved on. It was interesting to watch.
Magnolia coming out! I was so happy to see this!
The new guy. He is someone's pet as most of the time he is wearing a collar. He goes through them as I notice he has different ones on. He stopped by early this morning for breakfast with a red one on. A half hour later it was gone!
Chuck and I were eating breakfast this morning and heard a commotion outside. A squirrel ran by the deck door with "the new guy" hot on his tail. I suspect is the reason for the pile of feathers in the backyard.

After a cool week it looks like we will finally be getting some Spring-like temperatures.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Robin

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Walk The Way The Wind Blows"

Last Friday being a holiday Chuck and I decided to go for a long walk. As we set out we weren't sure where we would end up but it was such a gorgeous day, who cares!
We headed for the west end of town as that is a direction we don't go too often.
We strolled along Highway 2 as it has very wide edges so we didn't feel like we were going to be mowed down any second.
We passed this beautiful house right on the edge of town.
In the Summer they have a great antique store in the barn. Recognize it Kim?
Behind a derelict house. So wanted to have a snoop around the yard but SOMEONE didn't think that would be a good idea.
Further along we came across the remains of a house and barn. The things you miss as you are whizzing by in a car.
I only had my walking shoes on or I would have gone down into the old barn.
We turned down a side road to get away from the traffic and it was lovely. So peaceful with the birds singing.
The water in the creek was so clear. I loved the patterns in the soil at the bottom of the creek.
The tracks just go on and on and on..........
Little abandoned shed in the middle of a field. The door was locked!
We passed a few cattle farms but it was mostly fields.
Someone was watching us!
The sky was gorgeous!
I found a few coltsfoots blooming. We ended up walking for two hours. Going back later with the car we found out it was another 10km walk. Someone (me!)was pooping out so we didn't go to the end of the road. That would have taken us right to Lake Ontario and added another few kms. We plan to do it on our bicycles shortly.
I came across this photo a few days ago. I must have been 7 or 8. That is Simon on my lap. He would have been 2 or 3. He lived to be 20 in pretty good health. He saw me from kindergarten to being married. I still miss him.

It is pouring rain as I type this but it is great for the lawns and gardens.

Have a good day!
Robin

"A Little Kiss Each Morning"

Spring has definitely sprung around here. The bird feeders are emptied every day and baby squirrels are visiting. I didn't realize ...