Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Late Eastern Bluebird

We don't usually have Bluebirds , especially in October!  but there is a Bluebird hanging around our yard which gives us tantalizing glimpses of its beauty now and then.  Like, on Sunday, we got a fleeting glimpse of it on the clothesline and earlier last week it was perched on a feeder hook in Bird Alley in clear sight! right in front of me!  These are unusual sightings for me at any time of the year.
Yesterday I spied bird movement in our Choke Cherry tree , which still has a few lingering berries on it.  I tried to take some pictures of the activity in the tree and I got some not so great pictures, of a Robin and a Cedar Waxwing and also of the two Bluebirds shown postedbelow.  I love them!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

N is for Nutured among Nature for abcWednesday

I saw these two beautiful fawns yesterday with an adult White-tailed deer ,which I assume is their mother. This mother deer has nourished and nurtured her  young ones within their surroundings of nature.  The forest is their home. Their surroundings are often fraught with danger, and a big upcoming danger every autumn   is hunting season.  I don't think anyone would shoot the fawns at this time of year, however their adult mother might be at risk.  I shall hope that these young deer will reamin safe within their nurturing forest environment.  I am linking
 today to abc Wednesday, which can be found at:found at

Above, the nurturing environment of the forest.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Early morning Fog on the River

It is a lovely mild morning with a hint of warmth in the air.  Watching from an observation deck on a hillside above the river I am looking for movement which might indicate a bird or white-tailed deer nearby.  But the only movement I can see is the gentle rise of fog slowly drifting above the river however it has a beauty which attracts my eye.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

M is for Moose for ABC Wednesday round #21

Earlier , one day this summer past we made our weekly trip through a wooded , forested section  of a  familiar highway to go grocery shopping in a nearby town. I always have my camera with me ready if by chance we see a bird of hawk worthy of photographing.  This week my husband surprised me when he said, "Did you see that moose ?" I responded," huh? " What moose? Where?" He responded, "Back there in the ditch, you can see it in the mirror"  And sure enough I could see a moose by  looking out the rear window of our truck as I struggled with my seat belt while
 trying to line up a picture of the huge animal feeding in the ditch that my husband had seen as we drove past it! The animal looked huge and I waited until It had raised its head to get a better picture.
Yes, sure enough , it was a moose, thankfully we did not encounter it on the highway!.  My husband started backing up the truck so we could get a closer look, when I suddenly saw a second moose emerge from the woods directly opposite from the moose in the ditch. 

This second moose was tall, big and black. We stopped  backing up and watched.
We stayed put ,parked on the shoulder of the highway and watched and I took pictures of the two moose ,both now in the ditch.
The smaller moose did not appear to be a baby of this year due to its size and indepentdent feeding initially... Was it a yearling? and was the larger moose its mother, still being attentive to its last year baby?  Whatever the case, the larger adult did not stay with the
smaller moose for long but it walked across the highway back to where it had came from.

During all of this time , fortunately there hadn't been any passing or oncoming traffic to worry about , but just as we were leaving we saw an approaching car. It is an extremely dangerous situation to collide with a moose while in a moving vehicle!   We slowed as it approached and waved and made all sorts of pointing gestures to indicate a warning that something was on the road ... and somehow the approaching car perceived our warnings as it slowed down and pulled over  and stopped before passing the moose, thus averting a possible collision with a moose.  All's well that ended well and I was happy with my moose photo opportunity.
I am linking  with which  today is featuring the letter M. My appreciate thanks to those hosting this weekly meme.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

J is for Jay for abc Wednesday round 21

A frequent  visitor and a loud squawky bird that often visits our bird feeder area is a Blue Jay.  This Jay is a rather handsome bird and I have captured its picture in flight in the two pictures I am posting here today!
While I was watching this Jay it suddenly swooped towards me as I clicked my camera shutter
In the photo above I have applied a zig zag filter to enhance its flight.
My appreciative thanks to Melody for her hosting of this weekly meme.
ABCWednesday Round 21 can be found at:

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Golden Glow for Remberances on Thursday's Challenge

I have always loved this old tall perennial which is  topped with golden yellow orbs.  It used to be called "the outhouse flower" as in the era of outhouses it was often planted beside the outhouse and was used to  camouflage the presence of that little , old necessary building out among the outbuildings of one's home property. However that is just interesting trivia, not the cause of my remembrances.  My grandmother, Clara Ceclia had a clump of Goldenglow at the base of the  outdoor staircase which led up to her home. In late August, often just before school started up again, after the summer holidays I would delight in their beautiful golden blooms, and before long the tall stems would be bending with the late summer breezes as they nodded a welcome  to me as I climbed the stairs to visit my grandmother.
These memories are refreshed in my mind every late August as the Goldenglo we have planted in our yard comes into bloom.  I had transplanted this flower from a find at an old deserted homestead many years ago and it' s  yearly blooming is an event which warms my heart every summer as it once more comes into bloom.
 I am linking today with Thursday's Challenge which today hosts the theme Rememberances. This meme can be found at :
 My appreciative thanks to the host of this fun weekly challenge.
Have a wonderful day everyone.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

H is for Horse Haul for abc wednesday

On the weekend we attended a horse pull or the term I am most familiar with is a' horse haul' The contestants; teams of work horses. were required to pull heavy loads a designated distance.

old friends meet and greet
crowds gather around the field
to watch the horse pull

pulling together
feat of strength and endurance
 thousand of pounds

huge hooves biting dirt
both resolved to do their best
heavy loads are pulled
harnessed workhorses
patiently await their turn
hitched to the post fence

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

D is for Dance on ABC Wednesday

My D  Daughter  was a highland Dancer and now my grandDaughter dances competively. Thus we spent many summer weekends attending highland games and festivals in our area. I love the music of the pipes and the beautiful swirling colours of the Dancer's kilts. And most exciting of all are the awards ceremonies  at the end of the day's competition when the Dancers receive recognition for their Dancing skills in the form of medals and/ or trophies  for the highest scoring  dancers who receive a high aggregate trophy.
above Dancing the Reel
shown above and below, the Sword Dance.  A Dancer must NOT touch the sword during their performance

shown above and below, the Highland Fling

                                                     It was a successful Day of Dancing

I am linking today to  ABC Wednesday round 21, the link to this very interesting meme of a different  alphabet letter being represented each week, can be found at:
My appreciate thanks to those hosting this meme.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

B is for Birchbark for ABC Wednesday

These photos today for B are old items made from birchbark that I have.  They were primarily made for toys or to sell to tourists
This first item is a picture frame sold in or made in Cacouna, Quebec as a tourist sale item. Above, the back of the frame where the grain of the birch can be seen. Below, the front of the frame with the words cacouna Quebec at the bottom of the frame.
Below I have two toy birchbark wigwams to include., Shown below. you can see a portion of the white birch bark in the interior of the wigwam.
This one above was decorated with an imaginative flair  including a black bear on one side, also within are sticks piled ready for a fire.

  On its opposite side there are two paddles being handy and ready for use.

My last item is very old and small, being about two inches long.  It is a birch bark cradleboard complete with a baby.
I am linking today to ABC Wednesday Round 21 which can be found at.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A is for arrowheads for A B C Wednesday

A is for aboriginal artifacts as that is what these arrowheads are.   Several years ago I bought a box of miscellaneous items at an auction. When browsing before the auction it was difficult to view all of the items in the box, but I had bought the box  based upon what I could see.  Much to my delight upon receiving the box I found It also contained these two arrowheads! If these arrowheads were used for hunting, then they would have to be delivered with much force for them to do any damage as their sharpness and ability to pierce is questionable in my opinion.
Today I linking to  the beginning of a Round 21 of ABC Wednesday.  This is a fun weekly meme which highlights a new letter each week.  Next week the B will be featured. Thank you  Melody for presenting this new round which can be found at http://

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Red Geraniums for Ruby Tuesday Too

I connect red geraniums in a pot with memories of my grandmother. She always had geraniums on her kitchen windowsill and she often would talk about taking slips from the plant. Winters are easier to  cope with when we have a pot of Red Geraniums in our  bay windows. This summer we have pots hanging outdoors  at our front entrance and also at the entrance gate into Bird Alley.  In the fall these pots will come inside  our house to winter in our bay windows. Today I have included pictures of the red blossoms and of some of the leaves that have turned red.
Above , a beautiful red blossom  in the pot hanging at our garden gate.

Above , a geranium leaf that has reddened and below many red leaves can be seen in the pot hanging at our front door.
I am linking today to Ruby TuesdayToo which can be found at:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Mill Stones for Thursday's Challenge

My choice to represent this week's challenge of hard are two old mill stones.

These two  stones serve as a monument of sorts for the founding of our village.  The original land grantee, Mr.. Hartt, had established a grist mill which operated   somewhat from the time of the original land grant in 1804 until the grist mill was sold  in 1902 by its then owner "Buckwheat" Smith. 'Miller' Smith ground wheat and buckwheat into flour for the local populace and crushed peas and oats for livestock feed. These stones are still intact today  testifying to their hardiness and endurance from years of use in the grist mill.  At close inspection they appear to have a granite base.

I am linking today to Thursday's Challenge and the theme of hard. This meme can be found at:

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Shadows for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Finding Shadows within your home is always a fun challenge.  We have an older home with a very beautiful Bannister enclosing our staircase which leads to our second floor.
  Above light coming is from a French door on our second floor creates shadows from our bannister against the wall.
Above light from a window on the west side of our house  creates shadows of the bannister  as they go upstairs.
I am linking today to Shadow Shot Sunday 2 which can be found at

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer for Thursday's Challenge

Today I am linking to Thursdays Challenge which is hosting the theme of summer. 
I have included three themes which relates to  our summer
1. At the lake
2. Highland Games
and 3. Family

At the Lake
Above representing leisure times and contentment at the lake.

The  following pictures also include family which is a theme throughout our summer activities. These two pictures below are of our grandson's first experience of kayaking

My second theme today is of highland games. Over the years my family has participated in highland dancing and pipe bands and parades.
The excitement and fun runs high at summer

Pipe Bands above  preparing for competition and the massed band event and shown  below  are some of the highland dancing events.

And once again the pictures above highlight the family theme as the talented highland dancer is our granddaughter.
MY link today is Thursdays Challenge  which can be found at