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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|


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|

England in brief …

Now we have some photographs to illustrate the message posted here from a hotel room a couple of days ago. Spring is sprung over there with a glorious display of what is probably my favourite flowering tree - the Blackthorn.  Given that you get these fabulous drifts of white flowers at this time of the [...]

2009-04-18T15:45:06-04:00Saturday, April 18, 2009|

State of the Birds Video

You can view the wonderful video I referred to in yesterday's posting at this link ... take time to view it please.  This link is a little more direct than the earlier one.

2009-03-21T11:55:26-04:00Saturday, March 21, 2009|

The State of Birds in America

Cornell in conjunction with the US Fish and Wildlife Service have produced a major report on thye state of birds in the US today ... as they say "Birds are a priceless part of America’s heritage. They are beautiful, they are economically important—and they reflect the health of our environment. This State of the Birds [...]

2009-03-20T16:29:22-04:00Friday, March 20, 2009|
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