Saturday, 21 January 2012


This past week has been mighty cold, mornings of -32C with a daytime high of -20C. Then when it warms up we get freezing rain. Therefore I avoid going outside as much as possible, like most sensible people who don't have to go to work do. I did enough of that white-knuckle driving during my 'going-to-work' years and I must say studded tires have a lot to recommend them.

So I've been content to stay inside and look out the windows. The spider web above said it all.

Here it is at night, caught in the flash. I hope Ms. Spider has found a warm nest.

Another kitchen window shows off my glass treasures against a backdrop of pale pink and blue. We sometimes see foxes at this time of year in the far field.

Actually here I was trying to shoot the full moon but a cloud covered it before I got the camera.

From the dining room we can see the tree of doves. They come here around noon to sunbathe, then later they invade the bird feeder. They're not very bright but they are pretty.

The small birds start to arrive during a snow squall.

Juncos and finches enjoy some niger seed.

Out by the pond...a winter sculpture. That cigar-shaped object is a pine cone caught in the fishing line attached to the glass ball. Behind the ball is a feather from a turkey vulture.

Meanwhile, back in the warmth, Sam and Bridget enjoy a good wash.

Monday, 9 January 2012


First post of the new year and about time too...I've been slacking recently because of being busy with other projects. So it's time to celebrate Capricornians, you tenacious little goat creatures.My sister, Eulalie, (not her real name) is  of the Capricorn persuasion and she fits the description just about as much as anyone fits their own zodiac profile. By that I mean I think anyone could fit anyone else's profile, that fact has been proven before. But it's fun anyway.

Capricorn is an Earth sign and is populated by hardworking achievers whose endurance and perseverance is their strongest characteristic.

You are practical and a dedicated home-maker, taking pride in your surroundings and displaying your belongings to their greatest advantage.

Because you have a tendency to fluctuate between ecstasy and melancholy you sometimes need a place where you can escape and meditate, away from your daily concerns.

Fortunately you also have a capricious side, (the word capricorn is descriptive), and once in a while you like to put on your glad-rags and just let-er-rippp!