20 10, 2019

Artistic endeavours

2019-10-14T18:03:07-04:00Sunday, October 20, 2019|

As luck would have it ... This Thanksgiving Monday it was cool and showery looking out of the window, as one does, I was struck by the combination of birch tree trunks and golden birch leaves forming a backdrop to a berry-rich rowan tree that has begun to lose it's leaves and thereby [...]

13 10, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

2019-10-13T18:25:55-04:00Sunday, October 13, 2019|

Thanksgiving Sunday 2019 A lot of summer is too hot while winters, delightfully cold as they are, are too long (they'd be fine if we could just skip the month of March). Meanwhile this part of the world is famed for its glorious autumn/fall colours which are just beginning to reach their peak [...]

6 10, 2019

A Non-abundance of Birds

2019-10-05T15:55:04-04:00Sunday, October 6, 2019|

The uncomfortable silence of 2.9-billion missing birds ** I usually confine my political or controversial comments to Facebook and face-to-face but this editorial from the 5th October Globe & Mail newspaper says it equally as well, if not better, than I could ... so here are my thoughts written by someone else. The last couple [...]

2 10, 2019

The Minnie Project

2019-10-02T15:44:17-04:00Wednesday, October 2, 2019|

A Tale of an Errant Cat This has been a rather exciting two and a half weeks at the Sparroworks - but entertaining too. Around mid September a neighbour just around the corner posted on the town Facebook group that a cat she was looking after for a relative had nipped out of [...]

29 09, 2019

Planting an Orchard

2019-09-29T08:19:16-04:00Sunday, September 29, 2019|

This has been a busy couple of weeks, culminating today with the planting of a new community orchard in our little town of Baie-D'Urfé. This is NOT me ... Those of you who knew our garden in England 21+ years ago will remember that we had lots of fruit trees, bees [...]

22 09, 2019

Coffee Cake/Bread

2019-09-22T18:14:20-04:00Sunday, September 22, 2019|

Recipe Recipes are not the usual focus (dare I say bread and butter?) of this journal, and when they do appear they are almost always something to do with breads. This is a new one that is so successful I thought others might like to try it. The basic recipe came from the [...]

17 09, 2019

The Crepuscular Garden

2019-09-17T12:32:03-04:00Tuesday, September 17, 2019|

Glowing at Twilight One of the pleasures of a garden like ours is that, especially at this time year when summer is sliding into autumn/fall, is sitting with a restorative drink and watching the seasonal flowers begin to positively "glow" as twilight takes over. It would be an unwanted cliché to suggest this [...]

15 09, 2019

Not Much to Report

2019-09-14T18:47:13-04:00Sunday, September 15, 2019|

Nothing to report this week, too weary to comment on politics, though I surely will once we know (around 11pm on 31 October) where Brexit is going. On the other hand I am now successfully the other side of another birthday and still fit and firing on all guns. So I will simply [...]

8 09, 2019

September Garden Images

2019-09-07T16:06:08-04:00Sunday, September 8, 2019|

About a week into September, days are a little cooler and the colours are moving towards warm yellows and reds ... some pictures for you to enjoy as text is in short supply this week.

8 09, 2019

Vintage Pictures

2019-09-08T12:05:49-04:00Sunday, September 8, 2019|

Pictures From a Different Age For reasons I won't bore you with I have been evaluating a couple of software packages for "digitally developing" RAW format photos from my cameras.  One of the test pictures I have been working with was taken in May of this year in England when, with friends, we [...]