18 04, 2021

Vegetables in the Garden

2021-04-18T18:50:46-04:00Sunday, April 18, 2021|

Spring Planting Last year was the year of experimental vegetable gardening, not that we don't have many years of experience but very little of that in Canada. We had three excellent raised beds installed for us by Urban Seedling and stock the beds with seedling vegetables or seeds obtained from the same people. [...]

16 04, 2021

Nesting Time

2021-04-16T13:29:05-04:00Friday, April 16, 2021|

15 years later This is quite exciting - it looks as if a pair of Carolina Wrens are building a nest in an accessible (to us) site after an interval of some 15 years. We were taking our morning constitutional when we happened to observe the pair buzzing back and forth with nesting [...]

11 04, 2021

The Importance of Water

2021-04-09T11:42:02-04:00Sunday, April 11, 2021|

Opened up the waterfall (cascade) in the garden this morning and within five minutes a pair of Robins had already found it, took a splash and then proceeded to haul out wet leaves and chunks of moss which they flew off with to a neighbouring garden where, I guess, they are building [...]

25 03, 2021

Scientific Stamp Collecting

2021-03-25T20:43:11-04:00Thursday, March 25, 2021|

I am reading and enjoying a fascinating memoir at the moment. If you'd like to read it, look for "A Curious Boy: The Making of a Scientist" by Richard Fortey. The author is a contemporary of mine, just a couple of years older, and was a palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in [...]

15 03, 2021

Wilting Violets

2021-03-15T13:54:58-04:00Monday, March 15, 2021|

The world is becoming scared of its own shadow and populated by wilting violets ... Earlier today while our on the snowshoes we happened upon a rabbit's foot, some scattered fur and a little blood. Probably a coyote's dinner. I took a photo and posted it to our local nature group Facebook [...]

14 03, 2021

Minimal-Knead Sourdough Focaccia

2021-03-14T15:57:34-04:00Sunday, March 14, 2021|

This is an adaptation of a recipe culled from a baking blog (thanks Emily for the link) the URL of which I omitted to save. I have been playing around with various methods of making focaccia and I think this one comes the closest to my personal ideal of what the bread should [...]

4 03, 2021

A Year of Neighbourhood Nature

2021-03-05T12:18:00-05:00Thursday, March 4, 2021|

How time does fly — just over a year ago I was inspired by a fine naturalist from England (thanks Tom) who had set himself the challenge of identifying 1000 UK species — birds, grasses, spiders, whatever. I had a couple of exchanges with him was assured that the concept was not trademarked, [...]

25 02, 2021

Bright Winter with Tracks

2021-02-25T14:07:52-05:00Thursday, February 25, 2021|

Almost the end of February and a light snowfall overnight coated everything with a covering of snow and ice. The sun came out, the temperature was not many degrees below zero. In three or four weeks most of the snow will be gone (though more could arrive) and there will be a [...]

19 02, 2021

A little squirrely joy for a winter’s day …

2021-02-19T18:44:08-05:00Friday, February 19, 2021|

Clearing out the basement, well, truthfully, a corner of the basement a few days ago I uncovered a three hole pipe which, for those readers who are not into folk music, is the blown half of a pipe and tabor - the original "one man band". Once upon a time I learned to [...]

9 02, 2021

Focusing on Sheep

2021-02-09T17:48:59-05:00Tuesday, February 9, 2021|

Getting right to the point ... the focal point I like to do macrophotography - getting really close in on small features such as flowers and insects. But it has always had a significant limitation - depth of field. Not all of your subject is guaranteed to be in focus. I use a [...]

Go to Top