Friday, October 17, 2014

Farewell to Sigi

Today we lost our beloved female Norwegian Elkhound. A sudden lameness and possibly a tumour in her leg made it very hard for her to get around.

Sigi was a fabulous dog and we enjoyed sharing our lives together for nearly thirteen years.
Farewell old girl!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Autumn friends and a new trail


 This would be the brash Blue Jay. We normally have around nine at the feeder these days. They generally fight each other for the prime position on the feeder. The losers are left to feed off the ground. Not a bad situation, really.

 And this is the Camp Robber! A gray jay, formerly known as the Canada Jay; but my favourite name for it is the Whiskyjack, after my preferred beverage. It's called the Camp Robber because this gregarious, friendly bird will easily come to feed from your hand or snatch things from inside your tent or cabin. A robber disguised as a sweet little thing! We seem to have three of them mooching around the place right now.

And because I can't resist a little environmental destruction, yesterday I created a new trail in the bush. The autumn leaves are still falling and making for lovely scenes on Turtle Bay. The new trail meanders along the shoreline. In the spring parts of the trail will surely be underwater.

The environmental destruction is minimal. I clear only enough for a person to walk through and particularly I remove any branches that would poke out our eyes. I do not remove fallen logs because I want to witness the taking back that the forest does, once a tree falls. Mushrooms, moss, lichens, small critters, they all use the logs. In the spring the hollow logs boom with the sound of ruffed grouse showing off.

And the glory shot. This is Turtle Bay. I named it that, after the many painted turtles that make their home here. We have snapping turtles in the lake and swamps around here, but we don't see them much at our place; a place shared by humans, turtles and quite a few others.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Early Fall is Exhilarating!

Hello Dear Friends! I find this time of year so refreshing and creative. I love the cooler weather and the way the land is revealed to me, as the leaves come down.
First I want to brag about what my better half has been up to.
We had a great day recently with all types of weather coming to visit. That's the day we installed the big wooden frame to the south side of the brand new shed. It can hold 4 panels just as it is, although for now we are installing just two. As you can see from the first shot, the panels are up.

Here is the wider view. of course the scaffolding and ladders are now removed. As I post this news, Mr is wiring up the innards of the system and I hope today we have blinking lights all over the equipment!

And on to things I know more about.....KNITTING.

When a dear friend said she was moving in to a new home, I wanted to celebrate the event with a little housewarming gift. She thought about it for awhile and suggested cushions in light blue. She also indicated that some other d├ęcor items would have a dutch theme, so I ran with it.  Shamelessly. I could not resist the lace design of the windmill. It is just so pretty.

Then I found a stich pattern called Dutch Tiles.

I always think of tulips when I think of the Dutch. They send thousands of tulip bulbs to Canada each year, for decoration of Parliament Hill. It is a thank you for Canadian military efforts in WWII in freeing their land.

And for a smaller bolster pillow I put together two little lacy windmill motifs. I can't wait to see how my friend winds up using these cushions in her new home.

Enough for now. Bye! Enjoy autumn!