Saturday 19 April 2014

Saturday mornings posting

 As I am not an "early bird" my contribution 
to the amount of sunrise photos is sparse. 
Sometimes I think about driving out to the light house 
before dawn and take some great shots. 
But when the descicion has to be made whether or not 
to get up in time, there I fail.
I see the merit in all you being "fulltimers". 
The ability to park your RV where you can see the sunrise 
and just open the blinds.....:)))
Today I shot one - through a layer of two old-fashioned window panes. Laugh! 
It looked good and I thought there would be a chance of a sunny day - alas no. Half an hour later it looked rather bleak.
I am running thin of patience for warm spring weather 
and cannot even imagine what all the others must feel, 
the ones who stayed here all winter long!
Friday was actually not too bad until late afternoon.
I baked some chocolate cookies to go with the afternoon cup of coffee. 
We had some sunshine, but a biting cold wind from the north-east 
kept us huddled up for a while... a warm corner by the kitchen entrance.

Molly was more interested to stalk a squirrel that was
sitting under the bird feeder. 
  Restrained on a long leash she was unable to reach it.
When the sun disappeared behind a cloudy sky
Gracie and I retreat into the warmth of the house. 
Molly returned to her new favourite spot watching 
and waiting for things to happen.

Sorry, I forgot to check the "comments awaiting moderation". 
Therefore it took a while, but now they should be visible under the last posting.

Maybe my crocus know more than we do?

Do crocus grow in that warm climate? And yes, the frozen puddle reminded me of a spider web too.

HA, maybe my variety of crocus are special hardy Canadian ones! :)
They don't bother with the cold. Like the Islanders. I observe they already walking around in tank tops
and capri trousers, while I am still wearing long johns, fur hat and mittens!  :))

I planted daffodils as well, but I guess they will not be out until late May in this kind of
cold weather. But you never know, the squirrels might have eaten the bulbs.

UGH! That sounds not good. "Snow around for another week". I remember that kind of long winters from the time we used to live in Cold Lake, Alberta.
Spring would first arrive in the end of June! But then with great force, within a week we had summer!
I hope you don't have to wait that long!

Thursday 17 April 2014

Amazing, they are on time!

Luckily I walked the dog first thing in the morning while the streets still were kind of dry. By nine it started with ice pellets, going over to snow. Lots of it.
It looked more like November than the middle of April. 
Snowing heavily
in the morning of April 16
By the middle of afternoon the sun was out again and the whole thing seemed 
like a bad dream, all snow disappeared. 
Would it not have been for the bitter cold wind the walk could have been downright nice. 
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Today the sun was shining, but it was freezing cold. 
The temperature didn't come up more than 3°C (37F) and 
with the windchill it was even lower. 
While walking the girls I saw this frozen puddle.
Isn't it amazing how pretty it looks? The art of nature.
Walking by the old apple tree - couldn't believe it!

Despite the cold weather, look who is on time! 
April 17, 2014
The harsh winter didn't slow them down at all - here they are!My crocus!
Just a few days ago I checked when I had taken a photo of them last time,

 it was on April 18 last year.
I said jokingly: "They have to hurry up,

there are only a few more days left to reach that goal"!
And - today it is the April 17.

They made it!

Happy Easter to all of you!
If you don't celebrate:
Have a very nice week-end!
April 18, 2013
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Apropos, since I don't have a "reply" possibility on my comment pages:
I'll try to do it this way.
I have used plastic spoons as marker for 3 years now. It is cheap and works pretty well. The only thing is you need a very good permanent marker, otherwise the writing is gone after the winter and you have to guess what was planted. Wooden spoons would work too, would look maybe better. I have to scour the flea markets or look on garage sales.
Nan Tally:
And - yes, the fit took about three minutes here too! :)) But she doesn't do it when Molly is around. Maybe she thinks acting funny then makes her loose "face"? It is certainly funny to watch our furry friends.

Tuesday 15 April 2014

News from Peter and a Gracie's funny antics

Hubby called from Calgary. 
He was upset because he has run into several problems. 
A rental truck that was to dangerous to tow with, 
another one that could not tow, 
and a new phone that was hard to get to work. 

Be patient, I guess he will write a long posting as soon as he is able to.

I have to bore you with more photos of our guest. 
Gracie is so sweet.
First I took her for a walk, this time in her pink dress. A nasty, cold wind was blowing and I thought it prudent to keep her warm. 
There is so little fur on her!
Back at home, out of the cold, she suddenly was hit by a fit. 
She started to race around like mad for few minutes. 
I had to laugh, it was so very funny! 
Our Molly is never playful, always the "lady". 
While Gracie had her playful moment Molly was outside in the yard, oblivious to the world, watching the squirrels.
Later when I closed up the garage for the night both ladies were watching me through the screen door. 

Monday 14 April 2014

Still not much sign of spring

Sunday and Monday I awoke to rain and fog. It was 8°C (46F) and pretty damp.
The garden has stopped it's attempt to produce leafs and flowers.
A fellow church member experienced when she tried to put a trowel
into the ground the other day that the tool broke - the soil is
still pretty much frozen. UGH!

Our visitor seems to be saying: "You are kidding! 
Who wants to go for a walk in that kind of weather?"

Consequently, dog-walking was cut in two portions, 
because Gracie decided she didn't like the weather. 
She was just out on the lawn and back into the house in a jiffy. 
Even though she has a cute coat to cover her.
Now they are both asleep while I am writing my posting.
I rather show you how it looked like on Saturday.
That was more to our liking, sunny and mild.
We walked down to the summer ferry landing to see 
wether the winter storms had done any mayor damage. 
Besides of an old barn, that
is sagging more and more with every year,
the mess was more in the normal range.
I like to look over the water towards Eastport, ME.
 I found a convenient fence post for the camera
to take a "selfie" with the dogs.
After the walk we enjoyed the sunshine in 
a corner by the house.