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2405, 2020

Socially Distant Gardening – update 24 May

Sunday, May 24, 2020|Categories: 1000 Species, Baie-D'Urfe, Garden|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

There is a famous phrase from a chidrens’ poem written in the 1760s by Isaac Watts that asks: “How doth the little busy bee improve each shining hour?” ... and the answer in our case is by industrious labouring in our Socially Distant Garden. What, you will be wondering, loyal reader, has happened since we last posted [...]

1705, 2020

Migration Wave

Sunday, May 17, 2020|Categories: Birding, birds, Garden, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

After  over a week of unseasonably cold northerly winds that held spring bird migration back things changed overnight and we are in a south-westerly air flow that's a bit warmer. Quite a change and we have spent half the day glued to the windows watching the garden, especially the waterfall, as bird after bird dropped by for [...]

1005, 2020

Common Experience 2020

Sunday, May 10, 2020|Categories: commentary|Tags: |0 Comments

Common Experience 2020 A couple of days ago, a friend in England posted this short piece on her Facebook page. She got it from a friend who had it from a friend and we have no idea who composed it. But it is so clever, and so apposite, I felt it was worthy of sharing here in [...]

305, 2020

May-Day Bird Day

Sunday, May 3, 2020|Categories: Birding, birds, Garden|Tags: , , |0 Comments

May-Day turned out to be a very birdy day in the (locked-down) garden starting with ten or a dozen White-throated Sparrows who stuck around all day and were busy singing to the accompaniment of more of their kind in gardens up and down the road. You can never have too many Sparrows. And then we had Cedar [...]

2604, 2020

Hermit Thrush (video)

Sunday, April 26, 2020|Categories: baie d'urfe, birds, Garden|1 Comment

A Hermit Thrush briefly showed this morning and posed nicely for these photographs as he went about his business looking for food on the rough grass. I managed to grab a short video as well - there were ten seconds of camera shake in the middle where the camera lens caught the glass of the window- I [...]

2104, 2020

Not a Bluebell Wood

Tuesday, April 21, 2020|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, flowers|Tags: , |0 Comments

In the town where I live there is a small wooded copse adjacent to the Fritz Farm Community Centre that for most of the year is nothing very special but just now is carpeted by a rather glorious collection of blue flowers. A few days ago, seeking interesting mosses (I do stuff like that - I know, nerd) [...]

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