Saturday, 23 May 2020

BBQ, gardening, activities

I hope we come out of this soon. We're doing OK, here. My kids are all able to work from home. Ontario has had a bit of a setback with numbers. I think there are a fair number of asymptomatic people out there, as well as those who are undiagnosed. They are trying to ramp up testing and contact tracing. That will help. 

Spring continues to ease us gently into summer. Our horse chestnut tree is beginning to come out. It has blossoms, as well.  

The bird bath is sparkling. I've had a couple of birds visit, some bathing standing on the rocks, or drinking.

The bleeding hearts are out!

We've some tulips, too. The deer haven't been around too, too much! Thankfully. They left me some.

I found a solution to COVID hair. I can trim it at the sides, but it's getting long and thick at the back. I transformed my cap into the perfect thing to keep my hair out of the way. Cutting the top off, I sewed up the seems, and magically have made myself a visor. That's my gray hair poking out on one side, black on the other. 

The phoebe have settled down on 5 eggs, the nest is right over the chain. This is the view from outside.

The robin has decided to build nearby, too. First on the right, and then on the left. 

The robins built here last year, but there was too much traffic for them. 

I can peek out the basement door and eyeball her, the screen doesn't give a good shot. The robin's nest is behind the piece of wood I put up in the corner. 

They are pretty frisky! 

robins from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

I snagged a video of both the robin and phoebe!

birds from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

In the meantime... in our new normal, we needed a new BBQ! JB went to Crappy Tire and found one. This little two-burner one has been good for us since 2011. All told, you can spend over $1000 for some. This one was $400. The same one is still about the same price. We found a similar one in the flyers for $200, but how good could it be? You have to weigh the price and the quality.

For more critters:

Saturday's Critters #336


eileeninmd said...

Hello Jenn,

Love your flowers and sweet kitty. The birds and nest are always a treat to see. Nature is grand. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend! PS, your visit and comment are always appreciated.

Anvilcloud said...

Somewhat amazingly, our bbg fired up again this year. It's 17 years old. Our previous one lasted 20 years, I think.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Not thinking of barbies here - we're back into winter weather! Love the hat makeover &*> YAM xx

Karen said...

We bought a BBQ last year at TSC. Mike is not happy with it. Our next purchase is going to be a Weber or Napoleon. Everyone seems to think they are the bees knees. The imports from abroad seem to burn out really quickly.
Our pheobes built a nice nest over the door again then abandoned it, AGAIN. She was sitting on it for a couple of days, but there aren't any eggs.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I like seeing the photo of you with your pretty cap and hair. We should all hair is out of control though. I DID trim my bangs again this week though. Love your critters this week! I like to go back and spend some time with your videos! Hugs! Stay safe!

DeniseinVA said...

Enjoyed the photos and video. I also like your hat makeover and think your hair is very nice with the grey and the dark showing. Maybe we will all start a new trend. My hair is long and straight and at this rate will reach the floor ;)

Adam Jones said...

Those Robins will nest anywhere!

Red said...

Covid hair/ That's a new one. My cow licks are making some very bad hairdays.

Anu said...

Hello. I like all photos and videos. Thanks for sharing.
(My hair looks terrible. I really miss my hairdresser)
Have a nice sunday. Stay safe!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Nice photos from the garden. I think when they say Ontario it is misleading, Toronto and cities are pushing up the number of cases, and people that don't follow the guidelines.