Wednesday 31 May 2017


A wet month!
It was a wet, wet month. The bugs are merciless!

My records from May over five years, in mm:

2017      191.7
2016         20.6
2015         68
2014       166
2013       117

May 30 - 31

May 29th – another dump of rain: 19 mm!

May 25th – a storm rolled in: 14.73mm

May 19th – chilly!

May 18 – horrid storms across southern Ontario: 1 mm for us.

May 17th

May 14th – threat of rain, maybe hail. 5.6 mm is all.

May 5th – 38.9 mm

There are warnings everywhere: Toronto, Muskoka, Ottawa, Kingston, Quebec.

May flooding

It is everywhere: eastern Ontario: Constance Bay, Ottawa; southern Ontario: Belleville, Kingston, Toronto Island; Central Ontario: Muskoka; west Quebec; New Brunswick; southern interior B.C.
Much damage to property is far better than the loss of life. For all the rain, and flooding, it seems like the only human tragedies are two men missing in B.C.: the amazing fire chief, and an older man whose home was washed away. There have been many evacuations from here to there. More photos here.

Have you been affected by #OttFlood in Cumberland? All you need to know here
— City of Ottawa (@ottawacity) May 7, 2017

Thousands of Canadians are spending the weekend in a desperate struggle with rising floodwaters caused by unusually persistent rainfall. 8:06 AM ET video
— Sherry Aske (@SherryAske) May 7, 2017

May 4th – another storm, a long one: 18.5 mm the first night

May 2 – more rain: 4.8 mm

May 1 – 58.8 mm all told!

The storms came in, formerly tornadoes in Texas, bringing lots of water. By 7:00 a.m., we had had 25.4 mm, I checked again in the afternoon: another  dump of 11 mm, and in the evening, another huge storm.

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Carleton Place and an art show!

We were on our way to Almonte, we drove through Perth, then stopped off along the way at the Carleton Place art show. Before we left, I did a walkabout, and spotted Maggie, still pregnant, across the road.

The canoe club is a lovely setting.

Note the colours of the trees. They are still, many of them, in buds, not yet in full leaf. The season is so short!

Lunch at the pub in Almonte, note the umbrellas on the patio. It was the perfect day for it. The place was packed. The Almonte dam rebuild is coming along, I've been documenting its build for posterity.

Local towns have put in some of the lovely Canada 150th tulips. The drive home was interesting.

Hubby didn't see the cyclist, only the woman driving entirely in our lane!

Monday 29 May 2017

First Spring Canoodle!

I don't usually go out on the weekend, but it's early in the season, lots don't have their docks in.
Except for one boat, with men screaming, it was quite quiet.
The birds were busy flirting in the trees (yellow warblers, American redstarts).  Just delightful sounds. Others were floating about (mallards), and the Canada geese were watching over their chicks. Some, like the sparrow, are working on a nest. The grackles had taken up positions, as well.
Lots of basking turtles, as well.

Top speed 4.5 km/hr., total distance = 2.5km, on a trip that lasted ~47 minutes, the stretch across the lake with the red circle! I remembered to turn on the GPS after I'd begun.
Numb bum, but it was worth it!!! Two days later my arms are still sore. The trick is to go out regularly. It's pouring rain today, so no trip.