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Back for Winter?

A Carolina Wren Although we see them every year now, the Carolina Wrens are still uncommon, not to say rare, around here. Last winter we had two (at least?) on our feeders almost daily and in the spring a pair nested in a flower pot on our front porch and fledged a [...]

2021-10-19T17:54:45-04:00Tuesday, October 19, 2021|

Golden Colours

One year ago we had planned to spend a weekend away to celebrate our 50th anniversary but covid meant it all had to be cancelled at the last minute - quite a disappointment. A couple of golden oldies Good things come to he/she who waits however and we have just celebrated [...]

2021-10-15T18:57:29-04:00Monday, October 11, 2021|

Personal Thoughts on Social Media

Is it as bad as all that? Recent revelations about the sins of social media and especially the Facebook/WhatsApp/Instagram empire have caused me to pause and think. I wonder if you agree with me? Undoubtedly, there is a lot of scope in a profit-driven organization like FB for misuse, even if due to [...]

2021-10-06T16:48:39-04:00Wednesday, October 6, 2021|

Where the Wild Things Are

Around the edge of the garden is a quite dense thicket of bushes and trees where the outdoor staff, the "Wild Things". do whatever it is they do. Just every now and again I venture in there to see what's happening and to collect the rent. [...]

2021-10-04T14:41:49-04:00Monday, October 4, 2021|

“Vegging Out” – season number eight

At the end of September we successfully completed the eighth season in a row at the Garden at Fritz where, as faithful followers will know, our community grows free and fresh and organic produce for local food banks (click the link to know more) The numbers have to be tallied but a rough [...]

2021-09-27T14:36:00-04:00Monday, September 27, 2021|

Oat and Seed Toast/Sandwich Bread

Oat and Seed Loaf The search for the perfect daily bread recipe continues and this is the latest iteration worthy of sharing with the bread-making chums of my acquaintance. This loaf is one I make regularly for toast and sandwiches … slicing bread in other words. The recipe also makes excellent rolls for [...]

2021-09-22T16:15:12-04:00Wednesday, September 22, 2021|

23 Fall Garden Birds

Since the start of the Covid restrictions far away in early 2020, Bird Protection Quebec have had to replace the regular weekly, guided field trips at weekends with a series of innovative and interesting “virtual” field trips. This weekend past participant birders were invited to do a Big Sit. In a Big [...]

2021-09-14T08:13:50-04:00Monday, September 13, 2021|

Warbler Soup!

Warbler Soup! The waterfall earned its keep today with six species of migrating warblers plus a warbling vireo. Shortly after luncheon there was a terrific commotion on the header pool of the waterfall with between 15 and 20 small birds frantically competing for the chance to splash in the water. They splashed around [...]

2021-09-14T13:39:58-04:00Saturday, September 11, 2021|
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