Saturday, 8 June 2019

The diversity of life!

The diversity of our spring wildlife continue to amaze me. Many fly south for the winter. They are such an amazing spot of beauty when they come back. It's all the more lovely when you miss something and it returns.

Swallowtails, osprey, goslings, for example. The flowers, as well, are so wonderful to behold.

I am continuing to monitor our nests. It's all very much fun.
You'd laugh if you saw me with bug hat, down at the pond. The last duck box is still full.

I had lunch in Carleton Place, yesterday, with a friend I haven't seen in years. We taught together for many years, gr. 6. We used to go to the GCTC small theatre with subscription tickets. Then, I moved to Muskoka in 2006. We returned, moving here in 2010, and saw one another only a few times. She, as I had, was managing her parents' declining health, and only retired two years ago. It was bittersweet, as she and her husband are likely moving out west.

I had a lovely spinach salad, as I am working on my weight. I've lost 2kg. I've come to terms with losing Daisy, as well as other issues, and things are evening themselves out. Now, it is just discipline.

I drove home, picked up hubby, and off we went to the auction house near Brockville. We have done this drive several times, this time was for a couple of Christmas presents! That said, each time we go, I find other things to photograph.

This house had a theme of repainted red artifacts. I love it.

Free range chicken!

Trains still abound.

And water! Cool, blue, running water.

They have converted decommissioned railway tracks, and turned them into multi-use paths. This is a snow machine trail in winter.

On our way home, we went out to dinner at our favourite waterside restaurant on the patio. This time I had pasta.

We watched the osprey fishing, as well as the goslings ambling around. So precious.
Osprey 1 from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Goslings from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Of course, I have many photos of them all. This nesting platform is near my house.

Last night we were up late watching the basketball finals. Wow. This isn't for chumps. Saturday, we plan on going to the third annual Spirit of the Drum Pow Wow. 


Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Oh the butterflies and blooms!!! Lovely road trip too - some very interesting architecture! YAM xx

Nancy J said...

The old store with a huge verandah, then ultra modern with HUGE solar panels, lovely goslings, so soft and fluffy.A great drive, each way.

William Kendall said...

It doesn't take long for goslings to grow!

Powell River Books said...

We'll have to go by and check out our osprey nest near the cabin. The lake level high so it won't be so far up to get a picture. - Margy

Red said...

The drives keep you busy with good photo ops and food!

Lowcarb team member said...

So many lovely photographs on your post, I enjoyed them all.
That spinach salad sounds good, many congratulations on your weight loss :)

Enjoy the weekend.

All the best Jan

Anvilcloud said...

A bug hat makes sense where you live.

Kay said...

I live on such a cramped, little island. I love seeing all that space in the area you live.