The Week’s End

Yesterday evening Katherine had the “back to school tomorrow blues” and I was sitting around, twitching because of a scheduled meeting. After a little wallowing, I decided that there was no way that such a wonderful weekend was going to end on such a low note and dragged the family off to Greyman’s Beard. Greyman’s…

Oh so snowy

Update: General consensus among my bird-watching friends who have reviewed the pictures and assessed the plumage is that this owl is probably a “she” and not a “he” as was originally written. I concur and add that this owl was larger than I was expecting, having seen other male snow owls, which adds credence to…

Today is beautiful.

Rowan thought so, too. There were icebergs and a wonderful hike along the Sugar loaf Path of the East Coast Trail. We had spotted lots of pack ice last night and knew that the wind had gone around from the east to more like the southwest in the night, so the pack ice was bound…

Roads go ever on and on…

Roads go ever ever on, Over rock and under tree, By caves where never sun has shone, By streams that never find the sea; Over snow by winter sown, And through the merry flowers of June, Over grass and over stone, And under mountains in the moon. – J.R.R. Tolkien* One of my favourite sorts…

Critters

When I went a-wandering the other day, I took my new 55-200mm lens with me, hoping to see some nice birds. Like eagles. Or hawks. Or even acrobatic seagulls. I had not counted on the way in which the lens would let me take perfectly ordinary photos without having to stand up to my knees…

In with the new….

A boil up at Quartz Video Cache on New Year’s Eve! Yesterday John, Katherine and I started what we hope will be a New Year’s Day/New Year’s Eve tradition, a hike and a boil-up with a geocache and a view. We have had woodsy boil-ups before (of course) and geocaches on New Year’s Eve (a…

Chugging along

Life is proceeding pretty much apace here.  Thanks to some help from Mom & Dad over the Thanksgiving Weekend, the shed now has rafters and some sheathing: I finished off a hat and sweater set for my sister’s baby: And Rowan and I got out for a wee hike yesterday, during which we found an…

If we had some ham….

Caroline (our car, so-named by Katherine during her Thomas the Tank Engine phase) is in the shop today getting her spring servicing. She’s a great little car, very obliging, and I don’t in the least begrudge her a day at the auto-spa. Of course, as always happens at such times, I realized that I needed…

Add to your medicine cabinet…

… Second Skin. Yesterday, while I was taking bread out of the bread machine, I chanced to rest my forearm against one of the metal portions of the unit. The resulting burn took off several layers of skin in a 1.5″ x 3/4″ strip. Not pleasant. After cooling it in water for some time, I…

Back on my feet again

In recent years, I’ve developed seasonal allergies. When I was around twenty, I got a horrendous rash after kneeling in what looked to me to be ordinary, countryside turf. In subsequent years, my feet and lower legs have been made to suffer during late July and early August because of some unknown substance.At first I…

Bouncing off walls – a trip to Grates Cove, NL

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have this mental list of places within driving range that I’ve always wanted to see but haven’t yet gotten to. Gradually, I hope to work my way through them as the fates (Money, Capricious Child and Time) allow. One such was Grates Cove. Now Grates Cove is…

Temptations abound

This is the time of year at which I find it hardest to force myself to work. There are so many other things that I'd rather be doing; gardening, hiking, photographing….. Often I partially yield and find ways of justifying my delinquency. Photographing is…. honing my artistic eye and gathering images that can be used…