Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Big Footin"




And so it begins! The construction of houses has started in the old apple orchard a couple streets over from us. I will really miss walking there in the early mornings. I know we can when the streets are put in but it WON'T be the same.
So many lovely wild flowers bloom there.
When the wind blows these flowers (asters?) look so pretty.
I have no idea what this is but it was very soft.
Chuck spent most of the weekend at work so I headed out early Saturday morning for my walk.
Lots of lovely flowers and it was so peaceful.
The Blue Jays and chickadees are back at the feeders. As I type this I can hear a Blue Jay calling.
We have been having very hot and humid weather this last week. It is supposed to stick around for another week. This Mourning Dove was cooling off under the feeders yesterday.
Mr./Mrs Chipmunk was up on the deck looking for peanuts.
I succumbed and started my Fall decorating. Very hard to do when it is so hot out. This is what you see when you come in our front door.
Boo, who is 30+ years old. My sister and I both bought one and we both still have him! He glows in the dark. I thought he didn't anymore but we noticed the other night he does.
My Dad's old tool box from the 1950's. I love using this at this time of year as Fall was my Dad's favourite season too.
The sunsets this last week have been incredible.
Last night's sunset.
Here's the big foot! Miss Kitty was snoozing on the couch a few days ago and showing me her jellybeans. Don't touch them or you will get a whap!

One more day of Chuck being on 24 hour call and we are done for a couple months. I am so glad it was this past weekend as this coming weekend is Applefest! So many great things to do and they all are within walking distance from our home.

Have a wonderful week!
Robin

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"I Need Sunflowers!"

I love sunflowers! We are fortunate to have a wonderful local flower grower at Dahlia May Flower Farm.  Please visit the link, it is a feast for the eyes! Last week Melaine, the owner, posted on Facebook a message that she was running a special on sunflowers.  I hopped in the car first thing Thursday morning and toodled to Stockdale. Their farmstand is gorgeous and the drive there was beautiful.  Sherry, the farm manager, came out to talk and showed me around the farmstand. I have purchased flowers from Melanie the last couple years at the Trenton Farmer's market but had never been to her home/farmstand. I will be back!
During a rainstorm last week Chuck called me upstairs and said bring your camera. The moon was out during the storm.
Gorgeous clouds late one afternoon.
It hasn't been very busy at the bird feeders but with the cooler weather a few more are coming.
As gorgeous as ever!
My brother spent last week in Zambia for work. He will try anything once as this photo proves. He is snacking on fried crickets. He stated he thinks it is an acquired taste!
We have been enjoying lots of sunny weather.
The chipmunk put in an appearance.
Isn't there an old wive's tale about lots of pine cones means a bad Winter???
The morning of the full moon.
So many bees around. I am fascinated by them.
Love their wings.
Could have used a wagon again on our walk yesterday morning. A house was doing a clean out and I snapped up this. It was pretty filthy but a five minute scrub and it was clean. I am thinking Fall decor on the front steps! A few pumpkins and some gourds...... We had a similar one growing up.

Looks like a warm humid week here. Chuck is on duty for the next seven days. Not fun as calls in the middle of the night are common.

Have a good day!
Robin

I made a mistake! My brother is eating fried CATERPILLARS!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

"September Morn"

 During the week Chuck and I are up at 5:00 a.m. to be out the door by 5:30 a.m. to get a walk in before Chuck goes to work. We do this mid -April to usually mid- October. I don't like walking in the heat and by the time Chuck gets home at 4:00 p.m. it can be quite warm.
 On the weekends we TRY to sleep until 6:00 a.m. and go for a walk then. This time of year it is dark at 5:30 a.m. so we really enjoy walking in the daylight on the weekends.
 I love hitting the road early in the morning too. Not as much traffic and places are not too busy yet.
 Smokey is at the deck door waiting for his breakfast most mornings at 5:00 a.m.
 Great little farm (and farmstand!) with a gravel pit in the background.
 Clouds over Lake Ontario.
 The clouds left over from the hurricane made their way up here along with a storm. Boy oh boy did we get rain! One and a half inches of much needed rain (never thought I would say that this year after our very wet Spring!) and quite a thunder and lightening storm.
 Janice and I were chatting early one morning and Miss Kitty joined us. Janice took this with her phone.
 The Magnolias are set to bloom.
 We are fortunate to have great views of the sky in our little town. I think our tallest building is three stories high.
This gladiola is from a beautiful garden at one of the Bed and Breakfast's in town. The house is over 100 years old and lovely too. I must get a photo to show you.

I am really enjoying this cooler weather. I find I have so much more energy. I know some of you are still having stifling heat. I hope you get some relief soon!

Enjoy the rest of your week!
Robin

Sunday, September 3, 2017

"Signs"

There are signs of Fall creeping in.
The flowers are past their prime.
Bees everywhere.
We picked up a couple foxglove plants last week.
Great deals on at the nursery's  now.
The hydrangeas under our living room windows are late bloomers. They smell heavenly every time you walk up to the front door.
The Tamarac is starting to change colour.
As I was taking these photos Miss Kitty was following me around the yard. Finally she gave up and rested on the deck and watched me.
Merv's tree is starting to drop leaves.
We must have 10 sedums around the yards. I don't quite know how that happened! The bees sure love them.
I think this moth was on the Brown Eyed Susan's.
I have one clump of portulaca that is blooming beautifully.
Love hydrangeas!
Merv did tell me the name of this sedum, I can't remember!
Are you finally done???? Yes, Miss kitty, that is it!
The rising sun Thursday as we were driving to work. No, I wasn't driving!
Snowball looking through a living room window.
The moon has been incredible all week.
I stood out each evening and took photos.
There is a very old pear tree on our walk. I hope in a few weeks the pears will be edible.
New store opened up in town. I love the window decorating!
Great antique store. Kim and I pop in here when she comes for a visit. The chia latte is great according to Kim!
An old house on our walk. It sold back in the Spring and the new owners have slowly been fixing it up. It was covered in white aluminum siding which you can see is being ripped off. I love the soft yellow colour of the original wood. Some of the more recent additions are being ripped off too. You can see the line of the original porch on the right.

Rainy day here today so a good day to catch up on inside jobs that have been neglected. I want to spend every sunny day outside!

Have a wonderful week!
Robin

"Big Footin"

And so it begins! The construction of houses has started in the old apple orchard a couple streets over from us. I will really mi...