Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Day 321 - 21st November 2017 - Red Breasted Nuthatch, Ferns and Flowers

We had snow flurries off and on yesterday, cold wind - feels like winter has arrived. The Starlings on the waterfront were flying sideways, picked up by the wind and tossed around. Not a day to be a bird! Today should be a bit warmer but it's still windy out there.  The lake has come up a little but not a lot, starting to get some water in the swamps too. Good day at work, came home to leftover stew - always better the second day and did a few things around the house. Up way too early this morning, will be a long day and we have trivia tonight.
 Red Breasted Nuthatch
I wonder if these little asters have anything left this morning.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Day 320 - 20th November 2017 - Squirrel, Flower and Chickadee

Monday and the work week begins again.  Sunday was a wet and windy day. Didn't get out for a walk at all, Larry tried but got caught in a shower so turned around and came back. I spent a few hours at the Fire Hall in the morning then came home and got a stew underway - nothing like  a big one pot meal simmering on the back of the stove. Nothing interesting on a Sunday afternoon - just a little housework and sorted through my recipe books to find the ones I needed for Christmas baking. Trying to keep that down to a dull roar, with some easy tried and true ones, but I still like to add a few new things in. Won't have as much time this year, hopefully I'll still manage to get most of a week set aside to do it all.
 Those cheeky squirrels are cute in the woods - this one even posed for me. Just wish they'd stay away from the house and feeders.
 Still interesting texture
The faithful Chickadee

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Day 319 - 19th November 2017 - Chickadee, Flowers and a Tree

Raining hard this morning -we need it. An Owl is nearby, probably in one of the big pine trees at the edge of the yard. The cranberry ditch was still dry yesterday when I went for my walk, but I did notice a few puddles at the edge of the swamp.  Some snow for tomorrow they are forecasting, no great amount but not quite ready for it. We took a drive down to the Industrial Park Saturday morning between doing some errands in town - pretty quiet. Crows, Chickadees, a Yellow Rumped Warbler and a few Golden Crown Kinglets.  This morning I'm off to the Fire Hall to help get ready for a funeral reception. Been a hard year in our community. I think a stew simmering on the back burner will be good this afternoon - it's the time of year to begin cooking those warm, comfort foods.


Trees are bare now, waiting for the cold season to arrive

Spent flowers wave in the wind.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Day 318 - 18th November 2017 - Fungus, Red Berries and Yellow Flowers

Bit windy this morning but nothing like yesterday and it should die out some later. Looks like a fairly decent day in the forecast except the temperature will be a little cool. Well it's mid November so I guess that's what we can expect. Must check the water  levels on my walk this morning and see if the rain improved the situation. More to come tomorrow. We headed off to Yarmouth Friday to start some shopping. Gone are the days when I had the stamina and perseverance to do 14 hour days in stores. Now I'm lucky to push myself after the first store and manage 3 hours. Anyway I got a few things plus some baking items and will have to return a few more times. The big issue is not knowing what I want. Perhaps I'll get some ideas in the next week. Larry did great on his first long drive, spent his time between the stores and the car.  Not all that different since he's not interested in all the places I need to go. Made it to Friday night club in the evening and finally beat Larry's team in Aggravation. Going to indulge in another cup of coffee and then finish getting this book I've been working on forever (finally have everything I need) and hopefully track down the printing guy today and turn it over to him.
 Fungus pops up through a leaf.
 Still a few red berries around but the Robins are making them disappear quickly.
And  a pop of color along the road.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Day 317 - 17th November 2017 - Cattails, Golden Crowned Kinglet and Chickadee

Wild and Windy morning out there - rain has stopped but not sure for how long.  Looking at a container on the deck, we got some during the night but since it's still early and dark, hard to tell how much. The lake and swamps still need more so I guess we better take what Mother Nature offers. Might be over for now, just a small chance of showers for today. Think we will head off to Yarmouth - time to pick up my Christmas baking supplies and start some shopping. Hopefully I'll get some inspiration when I get there as of right now I have now idea what to get anyone.
 Cattails from another day.
 I watched this little Golden Crowned Kinglet flit around with the Chickadees.

Like acrobats, the Chickadees are upside down swinging from branches.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Day 316 - 16th November 2017 - Red Winged Blackbird, Dried Flowers and Red Breasted Nuthatch

Another morning I'm up way too early, my brain was just pumping out questions and things to do. But on the other hand it's nice out, stars fill the sky and I can hear a Duck and the Owl near by. Technically today is my Friday,nice break to have a short week or  long weekend every week. Actually I only have another couple of weeks, then I'll finish up the project in the new year. Tonight I'm hoping to finish off the book project I've been working on seemingly forever. It's had some complications so my end of it keeps getting stalled. So probably no exercise class for me. Larry says he puttered around outside some yesterday - planted his garlic, pulled the rest of the beets and cleaned out the tomato cages. I have to take his word that he's no overdoing himself.
 Female Red Winged Blackbird
 I'm not a fan of dried flowers inside but I do like them in a natural setting.
High in  a tree, a Red Breasted Nuthatch gathers food.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Day 315 - 15th November 2017 - Farm and Ducks

Gentle breeze is blowing this morning, although probably later it will be much stronger and colder. Tuesday after finishing the blog there was an Owl hooting right in the backyard, I've heard him once or twice that close but never get to see him. The Deer were back last evening after dark, roaming under an old apple tree in the yard. Apparently they have little fear of dogs or people. Yesterday went well at work and Larry is getting out and around more, walking in the house less with the cane and doing better.  Sometimes I forget that he's had surgery and is recovering as he's doing so well. Still needs to build up more strength in the leg though but it's coming.
 Up on the farm

The Mallards were down in the river the other day feeding.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Day 314 - 14th November 2017 - Grasses, Sheep and a Sugar Shack

A few rain drops this morning and very quiet. No sounds from the Owls or Ducks. Good day at work, making headway on my project and a few other things.  Sometimes I get side tracked when I find really interesting documents/photos but after a brief ponder I move on. The headache arrived around lunch time brought on by my early morning and hung all afternoon and evening. Thankfully this morning I've stayed in bed til my normal time. Larry is doing well, I'm especially happy to have someone cook supper every night. He's roaming around the house some without his cane.
Grasses have turned brown but still have some interesting texture.
 Some of Danny's sheep.
The smoke stack from the  old Sugar Shack. Maybe it will be a good spring for Maple Syrup.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Day 313 - 13th November 2017 - The Lake and Reflections

An Owl is hooting nearby this morning, the crescent moon is hanging in an old apple tree. I can see the sparkle of frost on the grass near the back deck. No wind, just a chill in the air.  Being Monday and the start of the work week means I'm up at 4am... thankfully it seems to improve as the days go by, but today I'll be tired and cranky by mid afternoon. Probably a good thing I'm working by myself. Another weekend has flown by and I've not accomplished a lot - did get some needle felting done last evening and went to a housewarming yesterday afternoon. Nice have Larry more mobile and able, now if he could only do my fall cleaning/purging done. But now I'm thinking of Christmas baking - time to start the list of some traditional and new things and get some ingredients.
It was a perfect morning for our walk
 Not much color, just a few bushes but perfect morning for reflections in the lake.
And there he goes, running ahead of me.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Day 312 - 12th November 2017 - Red Winged Blackbird, Old Fences and a Blue Jay

The seasons have changed, summer is officially gone and we've jumped into late fall. I don't think winter is suppose to come til the 21st of December or somewhere around there. Beautiful morning out there, hard frost on the grass, the sun is coming up over the lake. The feeder birds - Blue Jays, Chickadees, Mourning Doves and Nuthatches are arriving for breakfast. I can hear a flock of Goldfinches high in a tree. They've not been here since last spring. We had a lazy start to Saturday and then the day seem to stay that way. We had intentions of doing some birding but ending up visiting and having lunch at Tim's. A little work at home in the afternoon, then the girls and I went to Trivia at the Curling Club last evening.
 Female Red Winged Blackbird found her way to the yard. Usually they are spring and fall visitors.
 I love old fencing.
 A Blue Jay gives me the stare down.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Day 311 - 11th November 2017 - Red Breasted Nuthatch, Grackle and Downy Woodpecker

Remembrance Day - A Day to remember all those brave men and women who served and sacrificed for our Country. So if you aren't going to a local service, please take a few minutes this morning to give thanks and remember.
We had a good day on Friday although I didn't really accomplish much considering I was off, but sometimes that's the way it goes. Since Larry was excited with having some freedom, we made a trip to town in the morning to do some errands and pick up groceries. It was good for him to get out and see a chance of scenery and some new faces. Margie and I had lunch in Clyde River - it was a Lobster Poutine day - yum- very tasty. With some help Larry got a hand rail on the basement stairs, so now he's free to put wood in the furnace. Last evening it was off to Friday Night Club full of laughter, friendly insults and cake to celebrate! It's cold this morning and feels like the weather forecast for a "chance of flurries" may happen.  No idea what's on the agenda but I should get a few things done around here.
 Red Breasted Nuthatch
Male Downy Woodpecker

Enjoy your day!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Day 310 - 10th November 2017 - Morning Light, Grasses and Pileated Woodpecker

Thursday was a great day! Larry had a good check up - he's allowed to drive again and do a whole lot of things "as he feels up to them". So the hard work with exercises and walking is paying off for his recovery. Sometime over the weekend he'll get some help and install a handrail on the basement stairs and will be able to manage the furnace while I'm at work. That's a little thing that saves the neighbours from stopping in to do it during the day. We've been so lucky with family and friends who have really gone the extra mile in these last 6 weeks to help us out. One of the many reasons that small towns and communities are so good. Today's plan - we'll go grocery shopping this morning, then it's Thelma and Louise lunch for me. And Friday Night Club will be returning to Margie's. Now if the weather would co-operate I might even get out for some photos or a little birding over the weekend - who knows!
 Morning light trickles through the trees.
 Grasses gathering rain drops.

The berry eating Pileated Woodpecker from a week or so ago.

Enjoy your day

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Day 309 - 9th November 2017 - Sunlight, White Breasted Nuthatch and Junco

Very quiet this morning - not a peep outside, sky is dark - not a star in the sky unless they are hiding behind clouds. Doesn't feel quite as cold either. Well, today is the day - Larry's 6 week check up with the Doctor in Kentville.  Mom is going to drive him.  Fingers crossed his progress is what it should be and she gives him the ok to drive again. That would make him very happy and give him a little more freedom. Short and sweet this morning, time for me to grab another quick cup of coffee, get the fire going, breakfast etc. so he can be ready to go!
  A glimpse of the sun coming through the trees and fog
 Lots of White Breasted Nuthatches in the woods and feeders now
Nice to see the Juncoes again too

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Day 308 - 8th November 2017 - White Breasted Nuthatch, the Lake and a Grackle

Tuesday was a cooler day but the sun was nice and warmed you up.  And it's chilly this morning. The sun has started it's decline by the time I get home from work these days, have I mentioned I really dislike the time change!  We had a win at Trivia last night - lots of fun and laughter from our table with two new additions, Tammy and Darren. It's a fast two hours that's for sure.  Looking forward to work today, the Curator, Allison and I are heading to the attic storage space. A new adventure - yeah I know,doesn't take much to entertain me. It's my early day so need to get cracking.

White Breasted Nuthatch
 Mostly browns and a few golds left now
I still have a couple of Grackles hanging out.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Day 307 - 7th November 2017 - Lake, Pine Tree and Squirrel

Brrr..... a chilly morning, not used to that after wearing shorts and flip flops less then a week ago. Who knows another day or two and it could be warm again.  Or maybe we just get ready for the changes of season, the mild fall has been lovely. Good day at work, the rain cleared in the morning, but a bit more fell overnight. Getting up too early left me with a headache most of the day so skipped exercise class last evening. Better this morning and not quite as early rising. Takes me a while to adjust to the time change. Trivia tonight, hopefully we have our smart caps on.
 Not much color left - a few spots of red bushes and the Oak trees are holding a little gold/brown.
 The Pine on the end reminds me of a Bonsai, looking lonely right now.
If they would only stay in the woods and out of my feeders they might just be cute.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Day 306 - 6th November 2017 - Red Door, Fungi and a Hatchet

Mild this morning, rain on the way, or  chance of it. By the look of the long range weather we are now moving in to our October - rainy season. Means winter will come sooner or later. Up again early this  morning but not really surprised. Monday and back to work, I'm enjoying this project, love to get my hands into old photos and documents, organize and see what story they tell. Larry and I walked a little further on Sunday, but stopped so he could have a quick rest at a cottage in the hood. He didn't fall to sleep the minute we got back, so he's building stamina. I puttered around, got a few things done and worked on some needle felting creations in the evening. The woods are mostly quiet - lots of Nuthatches, Blue Jays and Robins around.
 A little punch of color on our walk.
 Very small but bright fungi - maybe orange peel.
A nice little hatchet for splitting kindling.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Day 305 - 5th November 2017 - Berries, Fungi and a Robin

Chill in the breeze this morning, but other than that, looks like a pretty  good day in the making. This time change is not my friend. Set the clock back last night and got up at 4am, which of course in my mind is my normal 5am. I'll be months getting used to this and then it will be time to change it forward. Saturday was a great day, Larry and I did our walk and then of course he comes home and falls asleep. Amazing what a month of inactivity can do to a person, another few days and he'll have his stamina back again. I puttered around, didn't do half of the things I was going to do. Did up homemade pizza for supper - so good and worked on some needle felting in the evening. Trying to get a few things done for the upcoming Christmas Crawl.
 Playing around - sometimes one red berry says it all.
 An old stump covered in fungi.

A Robin tries to hide in the berry bush.