Wild Garden Record

We get a number of requests from interested gardeners wishing to see our developing "Lo-Mow" ex-lawn. Accordingly this year, as visiting and seeing in person is still not wise under present circumstances, we are creating a page on this website devoted to seasonal changes. In essence, every week or two we will add [...]

2021-05-06T17:22:26-04:00Thursday, May 6, 2021|

Scientific Stamp Collecting

I am reading and enjoying a fascinating memoir at the moment. If you'd like to read it, look for "A Curious Boy: The Making of a Scientist" by Richard Fortey. The author is a contemporary of mine, just a couple of years older, and was a palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in [...]

2021-03-25T20:43:11-04:00Thursday, March 25, 2021|

Winter Duties Start Again (Birds)

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 [...]

2020-12-04T15:10:55-05:00Friday, December 4, 2020|

Communicating the Value of Things

I’m just getting into a collection of essays ("Vesper Flights" - Helen Macdonald) by a Historian of Science at Cambridge. I was struck by this paragraph from her introduction. "What science does is what I would like more literature to do too: show us that we are living in an exquisitely complicated [...]

2020-10-08T15:21:53-04:00Monday, October 5, 2020|

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl on the Winter Solstice We spent all of a very cold (-14C) and breezy Winter Solstice doing "our" route as part of the annual Christmas Bird Count. There were not as many birds as we usually expect - the absence of Snow Buntings was particularly badly felt as they are favourites [...]

2019-12-21T17:15:58-05:00Sunday, December 22, 2019|

A Non-abundance of Birds

The uncomfortable silence of 2.9-billion missing birds ** I usually confine my political or controversial comments to Facebook and face-to-face but this editorial from the 5th October Globe & Mail newspaper says it equally as well, if not better, than I could ... so here are my thoughts written by someone else. The last couple [...]

2019-10-05T15:55:04-04:00Sunday, October 6, 2019|

Planting an Orchard

This has been a busy couple of weeks, culminating today with the planting of a new community orchard in our little town of Baie-D'Urfé. This is NOT me ... Those of you who knew our garden in England 21+ years ago will remember that we had lots of fruit trees, bees [...]

2019-09-29T08:19:16-04:00Sunday, September 29, 2019|

Summer Flowers … and a Minor Change of Emphasis

It's early July and during this week of unbearably hot weather (many days of >35C with humidex in the low to mid forties) there are some magnificent flowers are blooming at the moment - native and horticultural varieties. The first of this year's lilies are showing well. Pictures further down. As you can see [...]

2018-07-08T11:12:11-04:00Thursday, July 5, 2018|

Earth Day in Baie-D’Urfé

I got myself involved in organising the town's Earth Day events this year ... and it has gone very successfully. We based ourselves in the Red barn near the lakeshore, the sun shone, free trees given away by the town for gardens got people out (lines were forming shortly after 8:30am to claim the best) in droves. [...]

2016-04-23T12:00:08-04:00Saturday, April 23, 2016|

Saturnalia

Note to self … this reanimated web-journal is supposed to serve two purposes.  As an aide-memoire for our declining years and to provide photographs and comment on matters of interest in a manner that  may keep our small, but loyal, readership coming back for more. So – “Don’t be boring”. That could be tricky :) [...]

2011-12-19T13:05:40-05:00Monday, December 19, 2011|
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