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2012, 2020

Winter Music

Sunday, December 20, 2020|Categories: music, winter|Tags: , |0 Comments

This winter, instead of sorting through the CDs deciding what seasonal music to listen to while putting up the winter tree I opted to spend a happy afternoon creating a seasonally specific Spotify playlist - and sharing it. We do Christmas, of course we do, but we really enjoy the Winter Solstice a few days before so [...]

412, 2020

Winter Duties Start Again (Birds)

Friday, December 4, 2020|Categories: Birding, birds, conservation, Montreal, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Best time of the year Well - almost 🙂 Faithful followers of this journal will recall that we spend three to four months each winter visiting and walking around the nearby bird observatory in the snow and deep cold to top up the feeders and to take a census of what birds are to be seen. We [...]

112, 2020

A Challenge Accepted

Tuesday, December 1, 2020|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds, Garden|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Garden Birds - November 2020. During this "lockdown and go nowhere" year Bird Protection Quebec have replaced their weekly guided birding field trips with a series of interesting virtual alternatives. Basically, they have been saying, here’s a challenge, go and do it and then tell us all about what you found. For the month of November the challenge [...]

211, 2020

Recipe – Stuffed Focaccia

Monday, November 2, 2020|Categories: bread, Recipe|Tags: , |2 Comments

I have to give 100% credit to my friend Emily, the “Baking Queen” for this idea. Recently she posted about stuffed focaccia and her rolled creations looked so appealing I had to try. Especially I had to try as half the inhabitants here have to avoid gluten and my GF regular focaccia is the outstanding winner of [...]

2510, 2020

Early winter community jollity

Sunday, October 25, 2020|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe|Tags: , |1 Comment

Looking to the future - When I was a kid over a half century ago Hallowe’en (it had an apostrophe in it back then) was an indoor party with "exciting" games such as apple bobbing. Nobody actually had these parties but we read about them in children’s story books, probably written pre-war. Sometime during the eighties before we [...]

2510, 2020

On the Street Where You Live – an Idea

Sunday, October 25, 2020|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, Landscape, photography, streets|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

A Project Perhaps? We were walking near home recently, as we do every day to keep things working as they should be, and went along a short stretch of a road separated from the Autoroute 20 (that's the very busy and noisy road to Toronto) by a dense but narrow stretch of trees on undeveloped land. It's the [...]

2310, 2020

Forest Walking

Friday, October 23, 2020|Categories: arboretum|Tags: , |0 Comments

The End of Autumn We had thought that our last visit to the forest a couple of weeks ago would be the high spot of the tree colour this year but somehow the leaves have hung on and this morning's exercise found us walking under some more glorious golden trees. That and we saw the Red-bellied Woodpecker. [...]

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