Thursday, 11 February 2016

Georgette, the cat, and her haircut!

Poor Georgette. She was thrown out of a car in rural Ontario. Taken in by kind people, her neck seems wobbly, if not broken. She spent her first year living in their barn. Now, she's moved into the house, sans the other barn cats. She seems unable to groom herself, and doesn't like being brushed. The knots on her back were terrible. I offered to help out.

The first time, I used the hair clippers. I realized it was a two-person job and waited for her Mommy! After a half hour, she'd had enough and we stopped for the day.

I went back the next day and used my sharp hair scissors. The poor girl has a bit of a mohawk-style haircut, but she looks more comfortable!

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Wetland walkies were tough!

I really didn't go far, but I was ducking tree branches, and getting smacked in the face.
I started following the coyote tracks (looked like two of them), searching for deer sheds, then I realized that they wouldn't leave me an antler!

Witch's nest! (Likely caused by fungus or something!)

On the lee side of the wetland, there is still running water. I was very careful!

Back I went the next day, this time on another part of the wetland. (Mon., Feb. 8th). The same tracks: fox, 2 coyotes, squirrels. I liked the sight of the dead leaves, all flattened by rain and snow. The water is very high in the wetland. My bridge is covered in water.

This tree is amazing. Lots of pileated woodpecker holes, but still standing. They say they get the bugs for the tree!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Lake Effect Snow Squalls

I miss my Long Lake, Bala, even on days like this. I like wetland walkies, too. It's quieter, and warmer!

Daisy goes spelunking & 4 cats!

I love the rich greens of the moss. 'Tis more like an April photo shoot! It's been terribly warm this February. Daisy and I were exploring, shed hunting. Last February we had a foot of snow on the ground. Our grass is green, the deer well-fed, and the males are far away in their winter yard. I am afraid I won't find any shed antlers this year.

We were watching our DVDs one afternoon (Vegas), they were due back at the video store! It occurred to me that there were 4 cats in the living room.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Dangerous snowmobile incidents continue in 2016

Deadly Statistics

French R., ONT

Two dead in snowmobile crash

Feb. 7th, French R. ONT –OPP reports that a 42-year-old man struck a 29-year-old woman near ice fishing huts near Alban, on the Murdock R. south of Sudbury. A toddler was also sent to hospital.

Snowmobiler who died trying to save others on Georgian Bay identified

Powerful and dangerous 'toys'
Friday, Feb. 6, 6:42p.m. – OPP have identified the snowmobiler who died trying to help others on
Georgian Bay as 48-year-old Brent David Fisher of Innisfil, Ontario. OPP have charged one of the other snowmachine operator with driving while impaired.
There were four men on two machines, and one went through the ice.

UPDATE: Feb. 1st
One man dead

The body of a snowmobiler was recovered Saturday morning after the machine he was on went through the ice Friday night on Dark Lake in Highlands East Township.OPP say four people were travelling on two machines when they broke through the ice shortly after 11:30 p.m. Firefighters from the the Highlands East Fire Department were called and managed to locate three of the four sledders. Members of the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit located the body of Thomas Rivers, 53, of Highlands East, around 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The investigation into this incident continues.

Pickering man dead after snowmobile crash that also claimed life of cousin

Jeff Dunlop and James Bates were sledding on Go Home Lake

Jeff Dunlop, 22, of Pickering, and his cousin James Bates, 25, known as Greer, from Erin, Ontario, were airlifted to a Parry Sound hospital and pronounced dead after a snowmobile accident on Go Home Lake on Saturday around 1 a.m. 
The lake is in the Township of Georgian Bay, west of Hwy. 400. A Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter was used for the search and rescue as the snowmobile collision occurred in an isolated location and the lake ice was unstable.

Speed a factor in Machar Township man’s snowmobile death

A Machar Township man is dead following a snowmobile collision in Joly Township. Almaguin Highlands OPP investigated after the collision occurred on the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trail C105D near River Road in Joly. 55-year-old Brian Bradley, speed was a factor. Again.

Jan. 27

Tiny Township man dies after snowmobile crash

Fellow sledder slams emergency personnel for response

TINY TOWNSHIP – Wayne Mailloux, 55, of Tiny Township died after his snowmobile struck a low bridge Jan. 22 on Georgian Bay. Jan. 22. A press release Monday indicated police, firefighters and paramedics responded just after 10 p.m. A helicopter from the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre arrived later.

Mon., Jan. 25

I don't know what the lessons are, but there have to be some. Out, in the dark, at 4:30 a.m.? How deeply lamentable for the families.

Toronto Sun MONDAY, JANUARY 25

POWERVIEW, Man. -- Relatives are calling the death of a 49-year-old man and his 14-year-old son on the weekend a freak accident. Gary Schellenberg and his son Evan were driving snowmobiles near the family's cabin at English Lake in southeastern Manitoba at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning when they collided head-on. A woman who was also hurt in the crash was transported to hospital in stable  condition.
The brother mourns
Russell Schellenberg speaks to CTV Winnipeg 
about a snowmobiling accident that killed his father and brother.



Jan. 18, 2016–A 51-year-old Tillsonburg man is dead after a snowmobile crash in Gelert on Monday, Jan. 18. According to the Haliburton Highlands OPP, just before 2 p.m. a snowmobiler travelling west on the Haliburton County Rail Trail entered the intersection at Francis Road, striking a southbound pickup truck. The accident was the second serious snowmobile crash in Haliburton County in two days after a 41-year-old local man was airlifted to hospital following a crash on Sunday.


Two people were seriously injured following an incident early Sunday morning, Jan. 17th. The Renfrew OPP responded to a call on a trail near Goshen Road in McNab Braeside Township just after midnight. There are very few details but it seems there was a collision with two snowmobiles.

The Renfrew OPP responded to a call on a trail near Goshen Road in McNab Braeside Township just after midnight.

According to a report, a man and his snowmobile fell through the ice at Constance Bay in West Carleton near Bayview Drive.  Sunday, Jan. 17th, 2016

22-year-old man killed in snowmobiling accident near Huxley

CALGARY – RCMP were called to the scene of an off-road collision at a rural location near Huxley at around 2 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16th. According to RCMP said a group of snowmobilers were travelling from Huxley to Trochu, when one machine in the group struck a large hole, causing the driver to be thrown off. Alcohol was involved, but not the cause, they said.


Two snowmobilers who went through the ice in the Munster Hamlet area are being treated at the Carleton Place hospital for hypothermia. Emergency workers found the pair after Ottawa fire got the call…

Western Star

Snowmobiling mishap in Lewis Hills claims young life
Snowmobiling mishap in Lewis Hills claims young life ... “We would rather not release any information on the accident as we do not know ... Mr. McDermott was pronounced dead at Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook, Newfoundland ...Shannon McDermott, a 21-year-old native of Diamond Cove on the province’s southwest coast, lost his life in a snowmobiling accident Tuesday afternoon in the Lewis Hills area, his family says. He hit a rock.

Rose Blanche man dies following snowmobile accident
Jan. 6 Rose Blanche man dies following snowmobile accident ... from other snowmobilers in the area, the man made his way to hospital, but died suddenly. Family members of the 21-year-old man said he was snowmobiling in the Lewis Hills area on Tuesday night, when he struck a rock and went over the handlebars.

January 4, 2016 – Canada has seen a rash of fatal and near-fatal snowmobile accidents over New Year’s. The mishaps occurred in suburban Toronto, Halifax and at Blackcomb Mountain, British Colombia. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
They are on the increase...this is why: fast-flowing waters under the ice, narrows that aren't frozen. When one travels at the speed of the sledder who rudely passes this man 4 times, you cannot watch for thin ice, or open water.

 Published on 21 Jan 2016 from Lake of Bays, Muskoka, Ontario:
"Sledding is getting better with many more trails opening. Please be very careful if you go on the ice. There are still open areas on Kawagama and Lake of Bays. Some areas have just frozen over so they are dangerously thin with a light dusting of snow covering the thin ice."


This article says it all, exploiting GoPro and YouTube for fleeting fame:

 The selfish conceit of taking extreme risks
Troy Media- John Stewart
Or how else do we discover how fast our snowmobile will go, and how far up ...
Be safe out there
- our EMS crews are needed at home

  • Selfish thrill seeking risks emergency crews, taking up valuable human and physical resources to recover your remains
  • Jan. 1996 => March. 2014 192 deaths (10 per year/ B.C. Coroners)
  • A huge impact on friends, family, co-workers, rescue crews.
Thank goodness for EMS, OPP, and all the other First Responders.
Sadly, several rescues or recoveries required a helicopter. When you drive a machine at these speeds, you know you take a risk.

OPP Information

Police say in an average season,
  • 58% of snowmobile fatalities involve drugs or alcohol 
  • 57% involved speeding and occurred after dark. 
  •  Around 87% of last year’s fatalities involved male riders ages of 35 to 54.
For those ice fishing, they ensure they are aware of the ice thickness. Not so for those screaming across a creek in the bush. I know that when we lived by the lake, we could watch it and understand how long it had been cold. They say water needs about a week at -20 C., and we've not had that at all up here.

The Great Lakes are as affected by the mild December and the January thaw.
Current Great Lakes Ice Cover