Wednesday, November 8, 2017

"The Thrill Is In The Chase"

Hi all! I have been away from the blog for a time because Chuck wiped my computer clean and installed a new operating system. It is a bit different then the old one but I quite like it.
We have been blessed with THREE sunny days in a row. I am taking advantage of the great weather and cleaning out the gardens. I always have kitty company and Monday was a busy one. Ralph hung around for most of the afternoon with Miss Kitty and Snowball putting in appearances from time to time. Ralph had spotted a squirrel in the neighbours yard and was stalking it. The squirrel knew he was there and was watching. What Ralph didn't know was Miss Kitty was right behind him.
Here you can see Ralph on the left side watching the squirrel shoot up the tree. Miss Kitty is stretched right out running at Ralph.
Totally blurry because I was laughing and trying to take a photo! Miss Kitty treats Ralph like an annoying little brother. Nothing vicious in their fighting, Miss Kitty could really clean Ralph's clock if she wanted too.
Snowball stayed out of the horsing around and looked handsome on the front steps.
A few minutes later they were back!
You know me and skies!
We had a torrential rainstorm on Sunday. Over the course of the week we received 6 inches of rain. Just like the Spring!
A few nights ago.
A trip on Saturday to the landfill to take bags of leaves for composting. Such a lovely drive through the country.
I bought a few bags of Hemp Heart Bites. I thought the squirrels might enjoy them too.
They sure did!
Along with the usual peanuts.
He was trying to hang on to a few at once!
This poor squirrel showed up on Monday. He walked very slowly to the feeders. I dashed out with some peanuts and he didn't even move away. I was able to put them right in front of him. He ate for 10 minutes or so and then seemed to perk up. He doesn't look too healthy.
The leaves are putting on a beautiful show a little late this year.
Burning Bush????? In our front yard.
Love the veining.

We are supposed to get a mix of weather over the next few days. S--w is in the forecast! Too soon for me.

Take care!
Robin


Friday, October 27, 2017

"All God's Critters"

Hope everyone is having a good week. I was just getting my lunch ready today when I saw a flash of blue out by the feeders.  A Bluejay! With the return of cooler weather more birds are coming back to eat. I saw my first Junco this morning. Anyway, my new camera was upstairs and knowing how flitty a Bluejay can be I grabbed my old camera (always in the kitchen) and dashed to the window.
I had sprinkled out pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries about a half hour before. Well, it paid off! Many critters were out there enjoying them and the sunflower seeds I had put out in the feeders yesterday.
The Bluejay posed nicely for quite a few photos. It was watching the squirrel down below snacking on pumpkin seeds.
I see the chipmunks cheeks are full of sunflower seeds.
Perched on the edge of the small birdbath.
He (she?) kept a close eye on the squirrel.
It finally managed to grab a pumpkin seed and flew up into a tree to enjoy it. I snapped a number of photos and looked at the clock. Thirty minutes had gone by!
This was last night's sunset. I was getting in the wash and turned to look over my shoulder. I couldn't believe my eyes. I flung the wash in the baskets and raced upstairs to look out my computer room window. Luckily that is where I usually keep my new camera so out it came. I haven't adjusted  the colour, this is what it  looked like.
It was fading quickly and only lasted for a few minutes. So glad I went out to get the wash in!
Our maple trees are starting to turn. This one is always the last one.
I am participating in a black and white challenge on Instagram. For seven days you post a black and white photo. I think this was Day Two.
This was Day Three's photo. I do like how this one turned out.

Rainy, rainy weekend is coming up. We had a road trip planned but decided to wait for better weather.

Have a good one!
Robin
XOX

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

"Quiet Time"

Sunrise yesterday morning.
A slow week this past week. Chuck went back to work Monday after our short vacation. We enjoyed Niagara on the Lake so much we have rented a cottage for a week in May. Can't wait to go back!
Not the best photo. I took this after supper one evening. Miss Kitty and Smokey had both just eaten their supper too.
I hadn't downloaded photos from my old camera in a few weeks.
Such gorgeous sunsets and sunrises the past week.
Poor old Punkin. He looks little worse for wear but much improved from a few months ago. He is back to coming every day and enjoys a cuddle along with a meal.
Miss Kitty does not look amused.
Still figuring out the new camera. We have two light standards around the house so it doesn't make for the best night time photography.
A little more bird activity around the feeders the last two days.
Ralph kept me company one day as I was gardening. He is very silly!
Sunset a few nights ago.
Cortes popped by for a very quick visit. I haven't seen him in a few months. It took me a second to recognize him.
Our wonderful neighbour Merv left me these hydrangeas on the weekend. We came home to find them tucked in behind a pumpkin.

We visited Mum on Sunday. So wonderful to see her. This Thursday would have been my parent's 60th wedding anniversary. We brought Mum a bouquet of flowers. My brother and sister NEVER remember their anniversary even when my Dad was alive. That does really bother me so I try to make up for it. Mum is getting a little more forgetful but loves to chat about current events and the latest  family news.

The Fall colours here this year are very subdued. With our wacky weather the past six months it doesn't surprise me.

I hope you have a wonderful week!
Take care.
Robin

Sunday, October 15, 2017

"Peaceful, Easy Feeling"

The last photos from Kim's visit last week. We drove along the Trent River and found this lovely spot. The water was shallow in here so we were able to walk out a bit.
There were many Yellow legs (thanks Linda!) but it was rather hard to see them as the sun was bright although it sure doesn't look it in this photo!
Such a beautiful place and we had it all to ourselves.
It was shortly getting time for Kim to leave so we headed back to town. We popped into one of our farm stands. They always have a wonderful Fall display.
A quick jaunt down a side road and we came upon three lovely horses.  Two came right over for a scratch and cuddle. The mare especially seem to appreciate the attention!
Most photos taken with old camera except butterfly pics.
On to the next adventure! Chuck and I had a short vacation in Niagara-on-the- Lake this past week. As we were driving to our Inn we came across a great Halloween display. There were a few old ( 1920's to 1930's) cars for sale and the seller had skeletons in them.
When my Dad passed away 8 years ago my Mum gave each (my brother, sister and I) of us a small container of his ashes. I thought it was time to let them go so Chuck and I went down to the beach at the end of my parent's old street. Dad and I loved to walk there. We were bending down to sprinkle the ashes on the sand when a GIANT wave soaked us. My Dad loved to joke around and would squirt you if he had a hose in his hand. So Dad had the last laugh and we were laughing as we watched his ashes drift out into the Lake.
Did you see the movie "Dead Zone"? Much of it was shot in Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL). Some scenes were shot here in this park. A gazebo was specially built by the movie crew and afterwards was left up as a thank you to the town. But over time it deteriorated and recently an exact replica was built in it's place.
In one scene an actor is standing in the same spot as Chuck is.
You can't visit NOTL without stopping at Greaves Jam. I have eaten this jam my whole life. We purchased a few jars and got some gifts for Janice who was looking after the house and kitties.
Early each morning we went out for a walk and  I snapped a few photos of interesting homes.
It was garbage day in NOTL. I spotted a table, chair and an interesting garden sculpture. But with our tiny car and all our luggage there was no way we could fit anything in the car. I was sad!
It is street after street of beautiful homes.
The Niagara Apothecary. It ran as a business from 1820 until 1964. Since then it has been a museum. It had just closed for the season a few days before we came.
Prince of Wales Hotel. What can I say? Absolutely beautiful.
This home was for lease. Looking online we saw there are quite a few for lease. Chuck and I are seriously thinking of leasing a cottage for a week next Spring.
There were a couple things I really wanted to do and visiting The Butterfly Conservatory was one of them. After watching a short film you head into the conservatory. I had my new camera out and the second we walked in a butterfly landed right on the lens.
It was lovely and warm in there and as it was early not too crowded.
A Blue Morph. Both sides of it's wings are beautiful.
Here is one with it's wings open. So hard to get as they flit around rather quickly.
Feeding stations were all around the conservatory.
According to the video butterflies only live two or three weeks.
The conservatory receives 100's of butterflies a week.
A couple landed on us. This one hung on to Chuck for a few minutes.
As you leave an employee checks you over to make sure no butterflies are leaving with you!
The Fall colours are just starting. This was just down the way a bit on the Niagara Parkway.
In a week or so this would be even more beautiful.
We went for long walks a couple times a day.
Spotted in a cottage garden!
For three days we really didn't listen to the news, just enjoyed where we were.
In a garden.
This home was looking over the Lake.
The Charles Inn! Overlooking the Lake and wonderfully fixed up. I remember this house from when I was a kid.
The famous clock tower.
Did you see the movie "Trapped In Paradise" with Nicholas Cage? Shot here in NOTL this building was used as a bank.
In the process of being fixed up.
Loved the cottages too.
I am assuming very old.
This was where we stayed for a few days, The Post House. Situated on a back street it was built in 1835 and operated as a post office until I think the 1850's. It was wonderful. Lovely room, incredible hosts who kept us well fed and couldn't do enough for us. Unfortunately the interior burnt sometime in the 1990's and only the outer shell was left. But the inside was rebuilt with all period items from all over the world.

I hope you are enjoying some wonderful Fall weather. As I type this it is pouring rain but we are to have a sunny, mild week.

Take care!
Robin

UPDATE---- I put up posters with Snowballs photo on and I heard from a lady this morning. He (we thought it was a she!!! Hard to tell with all the fluff) is owned and just likes to wander. IMO I think it is crazy to let him out! Just glad to know Snowball has an owner.

"The Thrill Is In The Chase"

Hi all! I have been away from the blog for a time because Chuck wiped my computer clean and installed a new operating system. It is a bit ...