The Publishing Process – 1001 Species

This an advance notification ... some months ago I mentioned that I am working on a project to write and publish a book currently with the title of   “1001 Species” – an illustrated natural history of a small town" It's coming along quite nicely and I hope to have it out in [...]

2022-01-31T17:33:39-05:00Monday, January 31, 2022|1000 Species, animals, baie d'urfe, Birding, photography|

Hermit Thrush (video)

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 [...]

2020-04-26T11:38:29-04:00Sunday, April 26, 2020|baie d'urfe, birds, Garden|

September Garden Images

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.

2019-09-07T16:06:08-04:00Sunday, September 8, 2019|baie d'urfe, Garden|

Is it Poisonous?

Another error of common naming A common tree/shrub in North America is the Sumac, around here mostly the Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina), athough there are several other species in the genus. A good row of them grow along the boundary of the Garden at Fritz where I volunteer every summer and shelter [...]

2019-07-28T06:04:26-04:00Sunday, July 28, 2019|baie d'urfe, plants|

The Mead – Reinventing a Lawn

Lawn Care - The "LoMow" Way, a taster. Regular followers of this journal will have heard earlier this year that we have pretty well let our lawn loose to do whatever it wants to do this summer - just a couple of mown paths through it so that we can reach the corners [...]

2019-07-14T07:21:43-04:00Sunday, July 14, 2019|baie d'urfe, Garden|

Something Cute for the Weekend

Eastern Chipmunk - Tamias striatus Although every other creature in Quebec other than Coyotes has visited our garden in the 21 years we have been here we have never seen a Chipmunk before, so we were really happy to see this young fellow scurry across the deck after a major wind and rain [...]

2019-06-28T16:19:13-04:00Sunday, June 30, 2019|animals, baie d'urfe, mammals, squirrels|

Peonies at Evening

Text here Evening Peonies I happened upon these flowers as I was wandering the garden looking at early roses - attended by vampire mosquitoes. The light was gorgeous.

2019-06-25T17:55:19-04:00Sunday, June 30, 2019|baie d'urfe, flowers, Garden|

Not Cutting the Grass

A better sort of lawn A corner of the garden, with cherry and Amelanchier blossom, in the warm evening light. You will observe that the "lawn" is not a striped green sward cut to within an inch its life but has been left to do what it wants to do. It is [...]

2019-05-26T21:17:27-04:00Sunday, May 26, 2019|baie d'urfe, Garden, Gardening|

Early Winter Flowers

November 1 - what's still in flower? Long ago (long, long ago) we used to walk around our various gardens back in England making a note of the flowers in bloom on Christmas Day. Not a lot of point in doing that in Montreal but we did go for 1st November walk today and [...]

2018-11-01T16:55:21-04:00Thursday, November 1, 2018|baie d'urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening|
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