Thursday, 18 December 2014

Tree time

On a cloudy day, I noticed something about the Christmas balls on the tree!  I found a timer that turns them on when it senses dusk, and keeps them on for 2, 4, or 6 hours. A cloudy day can fool it, too, which is simply a bonus.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Frog pond tails: animal tracks tell a tale!

Daisy and I took a walk to check out the frog pond. It was pretty wet on top, but there is a thick layer of ice. It's pretty solid and I took a walk across it. 
The snow and slush tells a story. Our coyote seems to have been checking out the Muskrat lodge. I checked it out the other day and then the snow melted to slush.
Daisy was quite keen on sniffing out the tracks of the canine visitor.
There were deer tracks, as well. It's a busy spot!
It looks like a cold home!

Look who is in the Wood duck nesting box! They didn't budge!
"You can't see me."



Mice friends from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
I usually check out my Wood duck nesting box just for fun. I installed it early last spring and Momma had a successful fledging of ducklings.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Forest walkies –I knew it was good for me!

Walk in the Forest to Heal Oneself – Fractal Enlightenment
"A popular practice in Japan called ‘Shinrin-yoku’ which means ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’ also known as ‘forest bathing‘."

This works for me, even on a dreary, damp day. 




Song for the forest

The four sisters
The four sisters are holding court
As they gaze around  their forest
High atop their promontory
Integrity of connections amongst their kind
Though time will thwart their place
The forest stays strong, renews and regenerates

These queens of the forest
I wonder what they talk about
Do they comment on the changing seasons?
On birds and wings, mammals and claws?
Tree limbs exposed to the elements
Standing like gaunt skeletons
Do they gaze down at
Fallen leaves buried under fallen snow?


Amazing how they fall and lean for many years
Asperous rock-bound trunks stand
White pines untouched by humans
For a hundred years 
They've faced their time on this earth
Rain and snow have not defeated them
Lightning has failed to topple them

Roots reach deep into the ground
Unlike their scabrous cedar sisters
Who succumbed to age and drought
Shallow roots failed to find sustaining life blood
Hopeless, they fall
Leaning in melancholy, mourning their lost lives
Failing to see the new saplings sprouting beyond their sight
This white pine amazes me

The forest keeps the frog pond tucked in
Arms wrapped around its length and breadth
There is protection under their loving arms
For they are all in this together
Somewhere, under the ice
Mammals, reptiles, insects
Amphibians, and larvae alike,
Both predator and prey
Do they know that they are all connected?

Deer and turkeys walk across frozen pond
Beneath, critters are undisturbed
Frogs sleep, dreaming of spring
Do they hum to keep their voices in tune?
Waiting to sing the love songs of sweet spring
Muskrats swim below
Seeking food in the frigid water
Do they take time for play?



  • Deeper and clearer intuition
  • Increased flow of energy
  • Increased capacity to communicate with the land and its species
  • Increased flow of prana/life force
  • Deepening of friendships
  • Overall increase in sense of happiness

In frozen wetland, on frozen pond...

Monday, 15 December 2014

Jay Scotland - weather nut

While I work out, I watch the news. I flip around, finding shows to take my mind off the workout. I seem to have developed a short attention span in my old age. Weather particularly interests me, since it affects my outdoor activities.

CBCNN's weather man, meteorologist Jay Scotland, is leaving the national network to go to CBC Toronto. I didn't have a good time watching CBC Toronto news when we lived in Muskoka. I argued with the forecaster for years, since they'd give the temperatures of, say, Etobicoke and downtown Toronto, and he would fail to cover Muskoka weather. "Didn't have time" he wrote.

 Now, many folks drive to and from Toronto for meetings. When I was on a CAS Board of Directors, we had to go to TO for provincial meetings.  We would have a million cottagers driving from TO to the Muskoka region on a long weekend. It was important to know if there would be a small barrier, such as 160cm of snow, say...

Weather coverage - a rant on disparities

It is so difficult getting accurate weather forecasts AND weather conditions up here in Central Ontario!
This is the problem living anywhere far from the big cities. Jay Scotland, despite doing a National weather report and forecast, managed to cover several cities from coast-to-coast.

Jay was trending Friday across Canada after he announced his move to CBC TO! Since he and his wife had a baby, he seemed to be doing some interesting activities. I don't think he was jumping the shark, although there is much competition for audience share.
Jay Scotland, is now trending in Canada
You're well liked across Canada Jay & you will be missed by many Canadians on Network. All the best!
I tweeted Jay, who is going to TO news:
Remember to look after Muskoka!