Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Can spring finally be here?

It’s starting to feel a bit warmer, it’s raining more often than it snows – yes, I think it’s here!

Every morning, Jezebel comes to the door to watch Iain leaving for work. I don’t know if she just wants to escape outside now that it’s spring, or if she is missing having his lap to curl up on every day (as she did for the last year when he was out of work).
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Our adorable girl.
This was a sight for sore eyes last weekend. So good to get back to the lake. It’s where we really want to be, all of the time. We’re fond of saying that if we had high-speed internet there, we’d probably just live there.
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The snow is going!
The main road is bare, but the sideroads by the lake are still snow-packed.
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At least now you don't fall through the crust every second step.
We saw what looked like racoon tracks. We aren’t really woodsmen, however, so we might be wrong.
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Raccoon? Skunk?
The ice is just beginning to recede near the shore where the water is flowing.
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It never really freezes solid here - too much water action.
Most of the lake is quite solid as yet, though slushy on top.
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I'm hoping it will look at bit different next time we are there.
Moose and deer tracks on the road across the field.
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We don't often see moose around the lake.
And we saw a gull! I believe this is the earliest I have seen one on the lake, as yet.
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So wish I'd had my telephoto lens handy!

Monday, 24 March 2014

Still waiting for spring

One more wintry weekend at the cottage.
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They may sound like a squeaky hinge, but Blue Jays are beautiful!
This was a lazy weekend: puzzles, books, games, and good food!
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The required puzzle being done.
The weather was rather dull, unfortunately. The bright winter sunshine through the windows is always hoped for. Still, the days and nights weren’t terribly cold. No snowmobiling this time: Jo wasn't feeling very well. We took a short walk down the road, and that was pretty much all the exercise we got. We also had a nice visit with the Remus family, up for the weekend. Little Kenadee couldn't be cuter.
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The view: cloudy.
We put seed into the feeder and were rewarded by visits from Blue Jays like the one above, plus Chickadees, a Red-Breasted Nuthatch, and several Red Squirrels.

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I'm glad Iain built this feeder; it attracts lots of birds and animals.
There is still lots of snow.
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A chickadee having a snack.
Of course, the squirrels fought over the feeder, as they always do.
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This guy was enjoying the peanuts.
We DID get to try out our new (to us) barbeque (courtesy of Brian, who gave it to us when he moved). Thank you Brian!! First steaks of the year, and they were SO GOOD yummmmmm. I'm looking forward to more barbeques, as it worked perfectly.

Hopefully our next visit will be warmer, and we’ll be able to see the grass a bit!

Monday, 3 March 2014

Enjoying February

This is, admittedly, not my favourite month, but one must make do with what one has. In my case, this means I stay inside most of the time. We made a trip to the cottage last month, and that’s mostly what I did, but it was fun anyway!
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Dodie hard at work.
No cottage trip is complete without the pre-requisite jigsaw puzzle. This was a rather hard one, and I wasn’t sorry to see the end of it.

It was a bird-count weekend but we saw so few birds it wasn’t worth submitting.
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Despite our best efforts - as you can see, by the amount of seed and peanuts here - we saw few birds.
Friday was a very dull day indeed, weather-wise. Perhaps that kept the birds away.
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A Chickadee!
I never tire of our view. In this case, I was happy to see the sun setting slightly further to the north. Spring is coming: very, very slowly.
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Sunset.
The moon setting very early on the Sunday morning. Beautiful.
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Moonset.
Having a cracked window brings about one good thing: a lovely frost pattern!
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It kind of looks like big bug...
Iain took a walk in the snow before we got ready to go home.
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The snow was quite deep. With the cold weather, I doubt it will have melted at all before we are back again.

Monday, 10 February 2014

An Hiatus

It's almost a month since I last blogged, and I have no excuse except that my life has been quiet...too quiet.  Just kidding, I don't mind it being quiet. It's nice, really.

The first two weeks of my absence were spent waiting for Iain to start his new job. And the last two weeks have been spent getting used to our new circumstances.

First off, getting used to a 5:00 a.m. alarm wasn't bad. One of the results of aging, for me as for many people, is an inability to sleep for eight hours most nights; so we have adapted to it pretty quickly. By the end of the work-week, though, I'm falling asleep on the couch during the evening.

Secondly, Iain has had to adapt to a longer commute. He's on the road for a good three hour tour, every day. It would be worse if he weren't getting away early, though.

There are a lot of good things about this extra morning time, not the least of which is that I cannot continue to avoid exercise as I have for the last year. Someday very soon, I'll be starting to work out again (yay me) (go Deb go).

Other than that, well, days have been short and cold, cats are snuggly and well (Jezebel had dental work done, but she's recovering), and every morning I look out at the snow and wish I could just stay inside. A typical winter.

Maybe next week I'll have something more interesting to report on. Patience....patience.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Cold, but beautiful.

It’s January, and as the current mild spell draws to a close (colder temperatures are on the way next week, according to the weather network), I’m thinking about those very cold days we spent at the lake, at the start of this new year.
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Even the daytime high was pretty, well, LOW. I stayed inside most of the time. Fortunately, we had a warm cottage, comfy chairs, jigsaw puzzles, good company, and lots (and I mean LOTS) of food and drink.
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Iain got a set of whites for Christmas from his clever brother Kyle! And he put them to use when he made us some chocolate souffles.
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This was the first time I remember seeing a Tree Sparrow; there were several at the feeder.
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There were several Red Breasted Nuthatches, but no White ones.
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We did have a visit from a couple of Flying Squirrels, at night of course.
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Of course, we had lots of Bluejays.
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The only day I went out for any length of time was Saturday, when I wandered down the lake and turned to shoot this distant picture of some of my cottage-mates playing on the ice.
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I had to take quite a few shots before I finally got one that came close to catching the gorgeous colour of the sunset on Friday. It still doesn’t quite do justice to the beauty of that evening.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours!

Everyone is undergoing the necessary evil of Christmas pictures, just for your enjoyment.  All the best from me and Iain, and all of the kitties on Deb Island!
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Snaps
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Jezebel
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Onyx
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Stitches

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Not the best day for a bake sale

I knew it was going to snow a bit, but we were surprised by just how much snow we got! It did put a bit of a damper on our sale, though we still did very well and sold a lot of goodies. I apologise for the poor quality of these photos; I had to use my phone camera, which is less than mediocre.
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By the time these photos were taken, we’d already had a lot of people through, and things were beginning to lull.
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Dodie had a few Christmas decor items available, and they did get picked up.
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The firemen across the way were showing off their new platform truck. You can see the amount of snow that had fallen before noon.
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People came in by dribs and drabs, and we sold a lot more goodies before we closed up.
I fell in love with this ornament Lisette brought to decorate the table. Shiny shiny shiny!
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These were available from Avon in 2003. I would like to pick one up someday.