The “Promises Office”

Post-Election Pondering Now the dust has settled for almost a week ... This is a rare deviation from the usual gardens and wildlife topics, but I hope I can interest you during this post-election period in a couple of non-partisan observations on how the process of electing governments might be improved next time around. [...]

2019-10-25T11:37:25-04:00Sunday, October 27, 2019|

Walking around the Town

I realised today, walking around our town (Baie-D'Urfé) that we really have come a long way from the northern council housing estate in England that I left for college about 49 years ago ... for those who have not yet visited us (do come) here are some fairly typical views of the town about an hour [...]

2015-11-03T15:52:00-05:00Tuesday, November 3, 2015|

A Grand Day Out

The sun shone today and we decided to have a cultural day downtown and visit the Montreal Musée des Beaux Arts (https://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/)to see the wonderful exhibition currently showing there under the title of "Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism: From Spain to Morocco, Benjamin-Constant in His Time" ... and well worth the effort it was too. Click here [...]

2015-04-30T17:22:47-04:00Thursday, April 30, 2015|

Christmas Eve

After a really nasty weather-weekend, we are just thankful that the worst of the storm passed to the south of us and we don't live anywhere near electricity-free Toronto this Christmas. Today, Christmas Eve it is a beautiful, bright, sunny -15C and the garden looks gorgeous. All's well with the world ... Sunrise [...]

2013-12-24T11:10:05-05:00Tuesday, December 24, 2013|

Inauguration of the AKR

A couple of years ago, Bird Protection Quebec (whose president is guess who?) contributed $300,000 to help the Nature Conservancy of Canada acquire a vast tract of land in the hills north of Montreal between Piedmont and Prévost. Today, the government finally signed off on the designation of this land as a recognised nature reserve [...]

2013-01-31T17:58:00-05:00Thursday, January 31, 2013|

Waddle like a Penguin

Well, gosh, who’d have thought it?  Ice is slippery – a no brainer you would think but the last 24 hours have seen cars in ditches all over the place, closed highways from spin-outs and general grumpiness all around.  Yesterday’s freezing rain has set hard over everything.  This morning I took the recycling bin to [...]

2011-12-22T17:41:15-05:00Thursday, December 22, 2011|

The CBC

No - not the Canadian Broadcasting Company but the Christmas Bird Count at Hudson which we were involved with today.  CBCs are a tradition for birders and have been running for 107 years now so the data is building up ... the Hudson one isn't that venerable but it has a good few decades behind it. Unusually [...]

2011-01-02T14:46:11-05:00Sunday, January 2, 2011|
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