Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Canada Day Parade

Canada Day in my small town of Alexandria, Ontario.
It stated off pouring but just as the parade swung into action, it was a mere drizzle.

 Three smart kids staying dry at our local restaurant.


 Lots of red and white.

 More red and white!
  A float of tires!

 More red and white...this time balloons!

 These folks had a room with a view!

 The kids school's float.


 Farm equipment, so large it was wider than the road...just about.

 Horses and dogs and kids, oh my!

 Sweet dog with two horses.

 A pint-sized caber for a pint-sized tosser!

 Our veterans.

Our town council throwing candy.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Polyphemus moth

 I saw this moth this afternoon on the ground right near my house. At first I thought it was a cecropia moth.


Later, I realized that cecropias don't have those blue and yellow eyes, which revealed themselves when I placed my finger under the moth so he could walk on my hand.


I was very gentle with him, this lovely creature. He flew away not long after I took this shot. Later I read he was a polyphemus moth and like the luna moth, only lives for a week after mating and laying eggs. Kind of sad. Such beauty and so fleeting.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I love chipmunks!

 I love chipmunks! There have been a few babies running around lately and voila! I discovered their den.

A pair of young ones chasing each other around is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Or something like that.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Summer solstice

Summer soltice. The longest day of the year also delivered the summer triangle: the moon, Jupiter and Venus. This is a hand-held shot-- the moon was not full -- but you get the idea.

 Our friends had a barbecue followed by a bonfire. De rigueur for these sorts of occasions where you are asked to burn items that you want to remove from your life. Hydro bills anyone?

Behind us the shed door was open, casting light into the night. Wish I had a tripod, this pic wouldn't have been so shaky. Nonetheless, it's very paintable!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Poppies popping up

 About five or six years ago I planted an Oriental poppy perennial.

 Instead of the usual red, I chose a salmon pink one.

For the past few years its just gone gangbusters. This one has 12 blooms on it. And all in that gorgeous pinky-orange colour. Love it!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Go Hawks go!

In 2010, Richard and I were in Chicago to celebrate the Blackhawks win of the Stanley Cup. They won it again last night, after an amazing series. Wish we were there again this year to welcome the champions home.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Thomas the Tank Engine cake

A friend asked me to make a cake for her grandson Kain who was turning four. Apparently the little guy is made for trains and especially Thomas the Tank Engine. Here's my version.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Lupines, lupines everywhere!



 About 10 years ago I planted two packets of lupines.

 And year after year...

 ...they doubled...

 ...and tripled...

 ...and quadrupled.

They smell fabulous and the bees just love them. So do I!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

King of the Hill

Here's Matzo Man in May 2013, after having spent the winter of 2012-13 outside in my barn. He was so shy that it took four months to be able to pick him up and pet him.

Ahh, the life. Now he's king of the hill, has other kitty friends, eats and sleeps where ever he likes. Life is good.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Lilacs, butterflies and lupins, oh my!

 This lovely Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly was flitting around my lilacs yesterday.

 Upon closer inspection, it must've had a dust-up with another critter. One of its swallowtails is missing.

 Also buzzing around the lilacs was a hummingbird moth, also called a hawk moth. They do actually look like teeny tiny hummingbirds.

And like clockwork, the lupins start to bloom. This is one of many in my lupin patch that are getting ready to shine.

Monday, May 25, 2015

White-crowned sparrow

 This sweet little fellow sat outside my window the other day so I could get a good look at him.

Luckily, he didn't move for a good five minutes, so I managed to grab a few good shots of him.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Blooming gorgeous!

 Our little vacation took us to Jim Thorpe, PA where everything was in bloom.

 A blue train and pink crab-apple blossoms paired well together.

 This exquisite tree had hanging pink flowers. Anyone have any idea what sort of tree it is?

Our early May holiday featured mid-July temperatures. Even the rhododendrons were in bloom!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Beaver emoticon cake

My friend Scott emailed me this beaver emoticon and asked me to make a cake based on it. You see, he and his girlfriend Ailen text message a lot and Ailen, who is originally from the Philippines, really gets a kick out of it. She's never seen a beaver before.



So here's my cake based on the beaver emoticon. Kinda fun, eh? It's even sporting flags in each hand: one from Canada and the other from the Philippines.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Goodbye big, beautiful barn

 My big old barn has to be torn down.

 It's bowing out at one and and leaning on my house!

 I've had several people come in to look at it and it's unfixable...

 The roof is in great shape and has kept our cord wood, which we've stored here, completely dry.

 But it's starting to lean badly and lifting off the ground on one side.

 And it's built very close to the house. Actually, the house was built very close to the barn!

 Lovely wood has aged well.

 Here's where it's lifting off the ground.

 All the metal hinges were made my hand by the blacksmith who originally owned the property.

 Love the hanging baler twine. It's been here 50+ years.


Just one of the wheelbarrow loads pulled out of the barn. I hope to build a small woodshed and hang some of the metal bits on its walls as a memory of the dear old barn.

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