17 11, 2018

“Berries – Red Berries!”

2018-11-17T12:46:57+00:00Saturday, November 17, 2018|

Snack time The red berries on the Viburnum bushes are being eaten early this winter ... with some of the outside staff putting in excess energy to reach them. EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 [...]

10 11, 2018

Feederwatch stars …

2018-11-10T14:01:45+00:00Saturday, November 10, 2018|

Rare visitors Today is the first day of this winter's Feederwatch ... after a pleasant morning with not much unusual, just the regular residents (Chickadees, both Nuthatches, Cardinals, Jays, Juncos etc etc) a gust of cold wind from the north deposited a Carolina Wren and Gray Catbird. Amazing. The Wren was using the seed [...]

9 11, 2018

Close Encounters

2018-11-09T16:41:18+00:00Friday, November 9, 2018|

The Third Man ... ? This is Place Jacques-Cartier in Montreal with the town hall at the top of the hill. It was strangely calm and quiet after the alien mothership had beamed up all the tourists and buskers. There were only two people in the whole square, sitting on that bench to the [...]

1 11, 2018

Early Winter Flowers

2018-11-01T16:55:21+00:00Thursday, November 1, 2018|

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 [...]

30 10, 2018

Going a bit “Middle Earthish”

2018-11-06T14:31:59+00:00Tuesday, October 30, 2018|

Elves or Gnomes? Looking south from the path beside the "Bobolink Field" in the arboretum. Always a bird-rich and interesting part of the trail system. EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA) License … which [...]

30 10, 2018

Late Autumn Colour in the Arboretum

2018-10-30T13:23:58+00:00Tuesday, October 30, 2018|

Still some wonderful colour Spent a couple of hours in the arboretum this morning, just poking around on the trails. I had deliberately not taken a camera with me as to be honest I expected the best of the colour would now be behind us and I wanted to concentrate on the birds.  Well, [...]

24 10, 2018

Homes for Gnomes

2018-10-24T14:58:41+00:00Wednesday, October 24, 2018|

Fly Agaric Fungi + Wild Parsnip Found these two species (I would have said 'two plants' but these days, and for good reasons, fungi are no longer plants but a separate 'kingdom' altogether  - see note below) in close association at the arboretum about a week ago. The tall green plant is wild parsnip [...]

23 10, 2018

The Victorian Internet

2018-10-23T13:06:07+00:00Tuesday, October 23, 2018|

Steampunk iPad For a couple of years now I have been making occasional use of this Victorian photographer's studio portrait but it was only today that I noticed that he has what can only be a prototype steam-powered iPad propped against the feet of his tripod. Who knew our ancestors were so advanced? [...]

21 10, 2018

Tree glows in the dark

2018-10-21T18:02:51+00:00Sunday, October 21, 2018|

Katsura tree The garden Katsura tree always seems to glow in low light at this time of year once the leaves turn to golden yellow. This evening I tried to capture some of the effect. EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative [...]

21 10, 2018

Cranbuck Bread – version 2

2018-10-21T12:15:19+00:00Sunday, October 21, 2018|

Really good fruit bread Time for another bread recipe. Some while back I shared a recipe for sourdough Cranbuck Bread ... but it's now got even better after some modifications to the recipe. This bread was created to minimise the FODMAP content of the loaf for people with a wheat intolerance. It's not gluten [...]