Saturday 30 March 2013

Walk on the wild side!

There is nothing better than outdoor play! Chalk drawings, skipping ropes, running water, ice and sticks!
Then we took a walk on the semi-frozen bog.

Friday 29 March 2013

Buster Brown chased by deer!

He is such a nutbar. He ignores the deer, hunting for red squirrel. They are fascinated by him. He doesn't seem to understand or care about them. Oliver was the same.

I posted photos of Dorah, with the deer watching her. She was hesitant about it, sitting safely on top of the well.

The other day, with the snow melting, Buster was looking for the field mice on top of the septic system! I saw him walking directly towards the deer.

He wanted to head over to the White Pine tree, where Reddy often climbs as he approaches.

The doe was on guard, watching him approach her. He just kept going towards her, intent on going around her, while she was worried about protecting her twins. The deer really egged him on!

Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. 
~William Arthur Ward, college administrator, writer (1921-1994) 

Thursday 28 March 2013

Anatomy of a car incident

Celebrate those volunteer firefighters. They work hard.
This is an incident I spotted near Kemptville. We were out and about house hunting in 2010. I came across the photos the other day.

A truck hit this car. She had pulled out into the fast moving traffic, trying to cross. She simply didn't look both ways, twice. The truck driver did well to avoid killing her.

Drive Safely This Long-Weekend!

when a truck hits a car
  release reminds us to drive SAFELY this long weekend

Throughout 2012, 71 people were killed in collisions (within OPP jurisdiction) in which lack of occupant restraint was a factor and so far this year (as of March 25, 2013), eight traffic deaths have been attributed to this causal factor.

You can see what happens when a truck hits a car. This was careless driving. It could have been much worse.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is committed to road safety. As a driver, your actions directly impact your safety and the safety of other motorists. With the Easter Long Weekend approaching, and as the weather improves, the roads get busier.

Here are some important tips to remember every time you get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle:

 Pay Attention to the Road
 • Distracted drivers are a safety risk! It is illegal in Ontario for drivers to use any handheld communication and entertainment devices (not exclusive to cell phones) while operating a motor vehicle. We have seen a decrease in the number of persons using handheld devices, but we are concerned about the large number of drivers who continue to engage in this dangerous activity.
Yep, the 2nd car passed,
as well. In a 500m distance.
 Buckle Up - Seatbelts Save Lives
 • All Ontario drivers and passengers must wear a seatbelt in a properly adjusted and securely fastened manner It's the law. Making sure your children are also secure in a properly installed child restraint is equally as important. Wearing a seatbelt properly will dramatically increase your chance of surviving a motor vehicle collision.

 Obeying the Speed Limits
 • Speed continues to be the number one cause of motor vehicle fatalities in Ontario. Slowing down, and obeying the posted speed limit, will reduce the number of fatal crashes and serious injury collisions. Are you doing your part?

 Slow Down or Move Over
 • Drivers must remember when passing an emergency vehicle stopped with its emergency lights activated in the same direction of travel, either in a lane or on the shoulder of a road or highway, to slow down and pass with caution. If the road has two or more lanes, you must move over into another lane, if it can be done safely.
Don't drink & drive
Remember somebody out there loves you
or your victim

 Don't Drink and Drive
 • Impaired driving continues to be among the leading criminal causes of death in Canada. The OPP conducts R.I.D.E. spot checks throughout the year to remove the threat of the impaired driver. Do your part by not drinking and driving.

 You can see the resultChief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander of the Highway Safety Division, reminds motorists that while our officers will be out in full force on our Provincial roadways this holiday weekend, traffic safety is in everyone's best interest. By working together we can make Ontario's highways the safest in the world!

Wednesday 27 March 2013

Nocturnal visitors - it's spring!

Just when I wonder what I'll post, another sign of spring, and a great photo-op! The motion sensor lights went off and I knew we had friends up and about!
You know it is spring when the raccoons wake up! The cats were fascinated! If you look closely, you can spot one that is missing its claws. When the one fell down off the bucket and beam (check out the video at 0:33!), it dropped the bird seed into the ash can. So funny at 12:30 a.m.!

Climbing beams to get into the bird feeder!

Think Spring!

Daisy takes a break in the warm sunshine
 Yes, you can smell spring in the air. The kittens were getting restless. They were harassing the fish, again! I took them out for a run.
Horse chestnut buds

Shirley is growing!

Daisy in the puddle