"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

Comments

  1. Such wonderful critter pics, Robin, I don't think I could pick a favourite. But slugs are icky, IMO. I hate it when the cats bring them inside on their fur. Gross.

    And the development... :-( It's so depressing to see, and it's everywhere.

    Beautiful fall decorations. I remember your dad's toolbox. It's perfect for the mini-pumpkins and gourds.

    Have a great day, stay cool.

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  2. Hi Kim, Chuck and I have noticed when we walk a little later in the morning you can see the slug trails all over the sidewalks. They do get around!
    It is so sad to see this development going in. For days we heard the chainsaws cutting down the old trees.
    Have a good day and see you soon!

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  3. all of your photos are gorgeous. I LOVE the PAW and I love the dove. that dove is amazing... you are right, it will not be the same when they are done with their bulldozers and building. we have watched for 28 years the building here that has changed everything and not for the good

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    1. Hi Sandra, the dove was being very cooperative and posing for a full minute so I could get a photo!
      When we first moved to this area 31 years ago Brighton was just a sleepy farming town. In the last ten years it has been "discovered" by retirees in the larger cities. The housing prices WERE cheaper here then anywhere else. Not any longer! I heard the houses in this new development are in the mid $400,00.00 range. For here that is crazy!
      Have a good day!

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  4. We get little teeny tiny snails on our deck, and I feed them kibble! It's fun to watch the round kibble spin as the snail works on the edges. Bet when I walk away, Patty O'Malley eats those kibble; he's that way. Miss Kitty has lovely jelly beans.

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    1. I can't say I have ever seen snails on our back deck. Here all the stray cats would eat the kibble that is for sure!
      Miss Kitty DOES have lovely jelly beans but they are definitely off limits.
      Take care.

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  5. Soooo sad!

    Another bit of nature, an apple orchard, gone... To build more houses. Houses which are probably way too big, for the people who will live in them.... with lots of grass around them, which has to be cut, using way too much energy, for 'nothing.'

    All this instead of nature going on her way.

    -sigh-

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    1. Hi Luna, we are saddened by the loss of the apple orchard and the wilderness around it. At the moment there is a pond there where a geese family comes every Spring. I don't know if that will be staying.
      The houses here will probably be on smallish lots so they can cram as many in as possible.
      Have a great day!

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  6. What a shame about the development! Makes me so cross.
    You have such an abundance of nature over by you. those birds are so exotic, I wouldn't mind finding a couple of those wonderfully blue tail feathers to adorn my hats! xxx

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    1. Hi Vix, it makes me cross too!
      We are blessed to live in a very rural town. Only so many more places to build housing developments within town so a few farms are being sold to make room for more. It is sad. I know farming is a risky operation now and younger generations don't necessarily want to farm.
      The Blue jays are exotic looking but pretty common around here. The feathers would look great in one of your hats!
      Take care!

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  7. Beautiful critter photos, Robin, and I love Miss Kitty's brown paw pads! I love the snail, too, for some reason I have long been fascinated with these creatures. :)

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    1. Hi Linda, thank you for your kind words. Miss Kitty's feet are pretty adorable!
      I find snails interesting too. Love their shells!
      Have a good day!

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  8. Robin; it is sad when houses replace woods; fields etc. and what a great idea
    for the tool box !!! that display is awesome....da tabbies send ther best ta miss kitty
    N say.... we like de flowerz fotoz.....but......

    ☺☺☺♥♥♥♥

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    1. Hi Laura, It is sad when houses replace nature. I know many neighbours like us enjoyed walking up there.
      I only bring the tool box out in the Fall as I think it is just perfect for gourds.
      Tabbies: I knew you wouldn't care for the burd fotoz!
      Take care all!

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  9. Oh don't you just hate it. I had much rather have the apple orchard. That picture of the dove is so sweet. As usual, all of your pictures are amazing.

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    1. Hi Henny, I WOULD much rather have the apple orchard but it is not to be. They have already delayed building for a year now.
      Glad you enjoyed the photos!
      Have a good Thursday!

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  10. Great post again. We have the same thing happening over here with housing estates being built on wild ground, such a shame. The last photo is wonderful, love the foot. Same here about the touching, out of bounds, lol
    Briony
    x

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    1. Hi Briony, So building is going on in your Brighton too! We are still blessed with lots of farms around but this one is only a couple blocks away so was lovely to visit.
      I don't think Miss Kitty was too impressed with me taking a photo of her foot!
      Have a wonderful day!

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  11. I love the way you've used the apple basket filled with Autumn-ish things. I think I will steal that idea for next year because 3 of the flower arrangements I bought earlier in the season came in exactly that kind of basket. And your dad's old toolbox filled with gourds.

    Applefest sounds like a lot of fun. I should check the local paper when it comes out tomorrow and see if we have anything of that nature going on.
    I'll bet you'll have a great weekend!

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    1. Hi Granny Marigold, I was lucky and found a couple of these baskets in the garbage when they were tearing down our local farm store (for more houses!!!) a few months ago. I grabbed them and stored them in the garage. I have a bigger bushel basket with a mum in it outside. My Dad loved anything about Fall so I think he would be happy to know I am using his toolbox for this.
      Applefest is always a blast. It is hard scheduling everything in!
      Take care!

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  12. I'd rather have the apple orchard too but maybe someone who will move into one of the houses will become a very good friend. : )
    Love your dads tool box decorated for fall.

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    1. Hi Karen, I never thought of it that way. Yes, someone could move in and become a good friend. Thanks for reminding me of that!
      Have a wonderful day!

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  13. I'm sorry to hear about the apple orchard. Your photos show that it is a beautiful spot. (A few years ago, a lovely old tree was cut down in a nearby park....I still miss it.)
    This summery weather is crazy. I'm yearning for cool, crisp days and frosty mornings. Love the autumn decorations, though! What a great idea with the tool box. Once I start my staycation I need to find some tiny pumpkins =)
    I think your Miss Kitty is being unreasonable! How can you NOT want to touch those toes?!
    Purrs to all.

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    1. Hi Maggie, I am being a bit of a hypocrite as the house we live in right now was built 16 years ago in the middle of what once was a forest. I hate to think of all those beautiful apple trees being destroyed!
      You have got a lovely long staycation to look forward to!
      I think next Wednesday it is supposed to cool off here. I hope so as Kim is coming the following week for her visit.
      I made the mistake of touching Miss Kitty's toes once. I never will again!
      Have a wonderful time off!

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  14. Such a shame to see fields, once productive, being turned into developments all in the name of progress. This weather has been amazing.

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    1. Hi Linda, it is hard to watch all this building going on. I know it is good for Brighton but phoo, I loved walking up there!
      I am not particularly enjoying this hot, humid weather. The gardens have been amazing but I would like it a little cooler now please!
      Have a good day!

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  15. Beautiful sunset pics! And love Big Foot, it is hard to see some things change,

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    1. Hi Rose, nice to hear from you.
      So glad you enjoyed the photos. Sometime if I could get Snowball to sit still for ten seconds I would get a photo of her feet. Now she has HUGE feet!
      Hope you and Roger are well!

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  16. I want to go to Apple Fest!
    I love your fall decorating.

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    1. Hi Pom Pom, we would love you to come up for Applefest! it is a wonderful time, the biggest festival here in Brighton.
      Thank you for your kind words about my Fall decorating. My Mum was a big decorator too this time of year.
      Take care!

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  17. Fall is my favorite season too. NEXT year ...........I'll be where there IS really a fall season!!! YAY!

    I love your decorating ..........it whets my appetite for what I'll be able to do next year.

    Awwwwwwww...kitty beans are just the best. Giroux has multi-color "beans". I guess it matches his multi-color body.

    Have a wonderful week and enjoy that apple fest!

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    1. Hi Dee, I know you must be so anxious to get into your new home! It would be hard for me to live somewhere where there really is no difference in the seasons. Well, I might not be too upset in the middle of January when we get 10 inches of snow and it is -20.
      Thanks for your kind words! I look forward to seeing your Fall decorating next year.
      Giroux is such a sweetie!
      Have a great day!

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  18. Oh, your wonderful photos! I love how you use your dad's tool box. It's a work of art. My father's tool boxes were beat up black metal, with hinged tops, and lots of smells inside from tools with rotting rubber handles. Not so charming.

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    1. Hi Mitchell, welcome back or home......
      Dad grew up on a farm so not a lot of extra money for toolboxes. He went out into one of the barns and hammered this together in a few minutes. I treasure it! He laughed and wanted to know why I wanted "that old thing" when I asked him for it a dozen years or so ago. I knew someday when he was gone I would regret if I hadn't taken it.
      Take care!

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  19. Hello! It's always a little sad when a peaceful place to walk is disturbed to build a neighborhood. Such lovely wildflowers and birds. Your dad's toolbox is perfect with the touches of fall decor - that is a real treasure. Applefest sounds like so much fun. It is still hot here in GA also. We are beginning to see the leaves change color. Have a nice evening. xoxo Mildred

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    1. Hi Mildred, lovely to see your name pop up!
      I am very saddened to see this lovely orchard disappear. It has been hard to listen to the chainsaws for the last couple weeks.
      I do love that old toolbox! It sat down in our furnace room for probably 50 years until Chuck and I were doing a clean out one day when we were visiting my parents. He laughed when I said I would like it.
      The leaves are changing colour and some falling here too.
      Take care!

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  20. Miss Kitty is so adorable. Mr. Cheddar sends his best paw kisses.😽🐱

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    1. Hi Geraldine, Miss Kitty is rather pretty isn't she? And she knows it! I will let her know Mr. Cheddar sends kisses
      Take care.

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  21. Hello, I can not imagine why all these new homes need to be built. I would much rather see farm land stay farms and fields. I love all the pretty flowers and birds. Your kitty is adorable. Gorgeous sky capture. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Hi Eileen, our little town has become quite a retirement town for people from the surrounding large cities. I will certainly miss this beautiful apple orchard!
      Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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  22. Dad and I love all of these pictures! Fall is such an awesome time as there are so many things to do in the clean, crisp air. Yeah, it's too bad that land can't just be kept as is for our nature enjoyment. Beautiful "jellybeans", a reference I've never heard before! Happy Sunday, y'all.

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    1. Hi Cleo, so glad you and your Dad enjoyed the photos! Our Fall has been anything but cool and crisp. We are having July weather now. I would much prefer it cooler.
      Hope you have a great week and thanks for dropping by!

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