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500 … and a change of pace

500 days ago I set myself the daily challenge of identifying and then sharing at least one different species of bird, insect, plant etc that I could find locally. Yesterday the number reached the 500 mark. My intention is to double that and reach at least 1000 species but no longer will I [...]

2021-07-18T11:09:17-04:00Sunday, July 18, 2021|

Chez Nous

We have a much loved etching by the English artist Graham Clarke hanging in our dining room ... admire it every day. This is another of his works that pretty well sums up life for us these days - apart from the thatched roof. No complaints.

2021-07-14T12:42:08-04:00Wednesday, July 14, 2021|

Take a Walk Around the Garden

An afternoon in July The experiment with "no-mow" gardening continues and now we are in the first half of July and three years along the road to creating a "mead" where once there were boring, monoculture grasses. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words so here is a small [...]

2021-07-11T12:34:08-04:00Wednesday, July 7, 2021|

“Wot, no Oranges?”

Baltimore Oriole As most people know, to attract a Baltimore Oriole to your garden you are supposed to put out fresh fruit - a half orange being a classic meal for them or maybe some grapes. This immature male arrived and obviously had not yet reached that page in the How to [...]

2021-07-04T17:16:53-04:00Sunday, July 4, 2021|

Skipping Among the Orchids

We observed a delightful butterfly in the garden this morning which turns out to be a foreign immigrant (like us) … Thymelicus lineola, known here as the European Skipper and in the UK as the Essex Skipper. Needless to say this is an introduced species, though there are plenty of native Skippers [...]

2021-06-26T13:43:57-04:00Friday, June 25, 2021|

Sunshine Garden

Today is the Fête nationale in Quebec, St-Jean Baptiste, and the sun is shining. Not many words to go with this, just a sunny corner of the garden to share with anyone who likes gardens. So much greenery here with fat flower buds starting to form ... it won't be long now until [...]

2021-06-24T17:24:26-04:00Thursday, June 24, 2021|

Three-toed Sloth Poop

I have just experienced one of those biological “well I never” moments that makes biology such a fascinating pursuit. This I have to share with you. In a book I am reading (details at the end) I found the following. Quote: "Another example … is the unusual bathroom behaviour of sloths. Three-toed sloths [...]

2021-06-18T22:18:26-04:00Friday, June 18, 2021|

Electric Future

Saving the planet, one electron at a time About six weeks ago now, we got rid of our very low mileage (kilometrage?) Honda Civic with only 16,500km on the clock after four years driving in exchange for a spiffy all-electric cross-over Hyundai Kona. We get 460km out of a battery full of electrons [...]

2021-06-16T18:29:54-04:00Tuesday, June 15, 2021|

Teenagers …

It's that time of the year again when the young birds leave the nest and the berries on the trees begin to ripen. This morning a recently fledged American Robin (note spotty breast) was flopping about in an Amelanchier canadensis tree in the garden and learning to take fruit without falling out [...]

2021-06-13T10:50:10-04:00Sunday, June 13, 2021|
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