Drinks Research … Suggestions for Grown-ups

Being a selfless sort of chap who strives to make the world a better place for my chums - and also ever more aware of the inability of the metabolism past 70 to handle more than a bit of alcohol I/we have been seeking out some non-alcoholic drinks for ourselves and our [...]

2022-08-22T19:35:17-04:00Monday, August 22, 2022|climate, Drinks, wine|

Calling a spade a spade

A short notice was published a couple of days ago in The Guardian newspaper entitled "Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment". You can read it here:  In essence, they say they will talk about "global heating" rather than global warming and refer to “climate emergency, crisis [...]

2019-05-17T13:49:10-04:00Sunday, May 19, 2019|climate, conservation|

Pondering on Spring Tasks

Spring approaches To Ponder ... "to consider or examine attentively or deliberately. Ponder implies a careful weighing of a problem or, often, prolonged inconclusive thinking about a matter." Mr. Badger here. At last we are into March, next weekend the clocks go forward and soon my customary winter hibernation will be broken by warmer [...]

2019-03-04T13:02:23-05:00Sunday, March 3, 2019|climate, Pondering, spring|

Cardinal Carnival

What a difference … although it's due to cool down a bit next week, this week has seen temperatures soaring (13C on the day this is being written) to levels so far above normal for the date that it is clear “something is going on”. Well, we know what, climate change and an excess [...]

2017-02-25T11:46:55-05:00Friday, February 24, 2017|climate, flowers, Garden, spring|

They’ll regret it

Almost too warm (15C above seasonal norm) and muggy. Found the first small bunch of dwarf iris flowers mingling with the crocus ... but they are going to regret it as the forecast for tomorrow reads thus: "Cloudy. Rain beginning in the morning. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Wind south 20 km/h becoming west 30 [...]

2014-04-14T15:03:35-04:00Monday, April 14, 2014|climate, flowers, Garden|

The benefits of a stumpery

Those who have sat through one of my several presentations about designing a garden to attract birds will have head me speak of “scruffy corners” and “stumperies” and I know that this is a the feature that I have had the most questions about afterwards from the most people. A stumpery was a victorian invention [...]

2013-12-01T13:28:25-05:00Sunday, December 1, 2013|birds, climate, Garden, greenbirding|

Unusual pairing

Here’s something notable … a couple of days ago (see an earlier posting) we had a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on one of the garden feeders, a visitor who should have left for the south some time ago. Turns out that late Sapsuckers are being reported in small and scattered numbers in Quebec this year, but it [...]

2013-11-24T09:31:09-05:00Sunday, November 24, 2013|Birding, birds, climate, Garden|

Climate change is a bit too obvious

Something is seriously amiss with our climate - it is the middle of October, this is Quebec and gardening at this time of year "should" consist of starting frost protection but yesterday we were  sitting on the deck in hot sunshine after lunch (taken outdoors - unheard of) while admiring the still flowering canna lilies [...]

2013-10-14T16:55:19-04:00Monday, October 14, 2013|climate, flowers|
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