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1901, 2020

Beautiful Natural Playground

Sunday, January 19, 2020|Categories: birds, winter|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Walking in the Snow with Birds There was some gentle snow overnight on Wednesday and so we had to go out and make the most of it Thursday morning. The temperatures were not too cold (they will be exceptionally cold by the weekend) and we had a good tramp. This wooded and shrubby area is no more [...]

1901, 2020

… and Juncoes

Sunday, January 19, 2020|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, birds|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The garden bird interest continues - after yesterday's unbeatable visit of a group of Eastern Bluebirds. Dark-eyed Juncoes. hardly uncommon at this time of year, we see them daily. However small, dark birds silhouetted against bright white snow are far from the easiest things to get decent photographs of. Well, no longer. I just like small birds, [...]

1701, 2020

January Bluebirds

Friday, January 17, 2020|Categories: birds, Garden, wildlife, winter|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Bluebirds in Mid-Winter !!! It's the 17 January, the sun is shining from a clear blue sky, temperatures are -16C (with windchill -27C) and there we are, sitting in the warm reading the papers when a small bird lands in the viburnum bush just outside. A quick glance, not expecting anything other than the regulars for mid-winter [...]

1201, 2020

Sherlockian Omnibus #1

Sunday, January 12, 2020|Categories: Books|Tags: |0 Comments

Ten Days with Sherlock Holmes You will recall that 2020 is going to be enlivened by a daily Sherlockian quotation shared with the world via the medium of Facebook. But, as we know, not everyone is on GB or is not connected to the author of this journal so there will be occasional omnibus editions, about every [...]

1201, 2020

Basic Bread – Updated

Sunday, January 12, 2020|Categories: bread, Recipe|Tags: , |0 Comments

Several weeks ago I shared a recipe for making tasty basic sourdough bread. Over Christmas and the New Year I have been experimenting and have amended the recipe with a few minor tweaks and suggestions. The revised method can be found at the following link: https://sparroworks.ca/sourdough-bread-basics/

501, 2020

Hawks and Wolves

Sunday, January 5, 2020|Categories: animals, Birding, birds|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Feed the Birds Every Thursday in Winter we start a morning's birding by visiting the nearby MBO bird banding station and filling the bid feeders followed by taking a census of the birds to be seen in the cold snow. This is quite a special thing for us - the station is firmly off limits to the [...]

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