Sunday, 2 June 2019

Spring progress

We're springing up, here in SE Ontario.



My cherry tomato plant! Hosta keeps it company.

I don't know if you can see them, but the milkweed plants are growing! You can see the shed in the background.

The monarch butterflies, speaking of milkweed, are moving up the continent. They've been laying eggs, dying off, and a new generation moves up to us. 

In the shed, Momma phoebe has 4 or 5 babies to feed.

We continue to have strange weather. Cool for June. I guess, for my retired teacher readers, it would make for a better school day. I remember those really hot days, when stuck in the hot classroom. Piddly little rains, as well. The mosquitoes are horrid. 
 It is perfect weather for the lilacs! I cut a bunch and brought them in. Annabelle smells suspiciously like lilacs. I remember Dorah, who always went after the flowers in a vase!

In the house, we heard a loud bang at 5:30 a.m. We both got up, there was Hooper sitting in the hallway, as if there was nothing wrong. Looking pretty innocent, too. It wasn't until later that day that I discovered the binoculars on the floor. 

JB has been borrowing videos from the library. Wallander is pretty good, from Swedish TV. We've also watched the BBC one.
Wallander (Swedish pronunciation: [valˈlanːdər]) is a Swedish television series adapted from Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander novels, starring Krister Henriksson in the title role. The first season of thirteen films was produced in 2005 and 2006, with one taken directly from a novel and the remainder with new storylines suggested by Mankell. The second season of thirteen films was shown between 2009 and 2010. The stories are set in YstadSkåne near the southern tip of Sweden.

This series has been good: "Janet King" (2014). They didn't have season one, but we got caught up pretty quickly on season 2. It's from ABC, Australia! Australia has passed same-sex marriage legislation, so this lesbian lawyer predates the change in laws (2017). Very interesting. The couple has IVF, and twins.
"Janet King is a legal drama airing on the ABC in Australia and Acorn TV in the United States. The show’s lead character is its namesake, Senior Crown Prosecutor Janet King, played by Marta Dusseldorp."


Anvilcloud said...

Yes, it seems to be a bad year for mosquitoes.

Wallander is a bit gloomy but certainly watchable.

eileeninmd said...


Love the spring blooms. YAY for Momma Phoebe! Our weather has been wet and temps going up and down. The mosquitoes are horrible. Enjoy your day, have a great new week ahead.

Nancy J said...

The planter boxes have grown so well. Things on the floor, just having some fun in the dark of night!!!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
I'm afraid to say, the BBC production of Wallander was no match for the Swedish original... Brannagh, for once, was totally miscast. That didn't stop the stories being intriguing though. I hadn't heard of the Aussie one - will look it up! YAM xx

Powell River Books said...

I haven't seen any Monarch Butterflies yet, but there have been a few Swallowtails so far. Buster the garter snake has been hanging around, two chipmunks have returned since the bird seed feeders went out, and the woodrat has been driving me crazy. One more night of his visits and the trap will have to go out. - Margy

Kay said...

I used to love watching the Wallander series.

I'm still not seeing many monarchs here in Hawaii. There were so many of them when I was young.

Red said...

I remember the end of the year when it was very hot and the kids were finished. I wasn't going to get any more out of them.

William Kendall said...

I imagine the smell of lilac must appeal to cats too.