Wednesday 31 August 2022
Tuesday 30 August 2022
When we drove the girls home from our adventure to Mill of Kintail and dinner out last week, there were crepuscular clouds!
Monday 29 August 2022
|This is the egg left in the first nesting in May/June. |
So teeny weeny!
The wrens have fledged for the second time, and I cleaned out the boxes. They must have left on Friday, Aug. 19th, when we were away for lunch. You would have laughed! The boxes sit on a bracket, you can see it in the screen images below. It was the only way I could think of mounting them.
I put the ladder up. Grabbing the cordless drill, I actually tested it. Dead battery. I switched them out and I climbed up. I couldn't get access to the screws underneath, as the top ladder wrung was blocking it. Back down the ladder, lower it one step, and back UP the ladder. I managed to remove two of the three screws, but the third was stubborn. Back down the ladder for a screwdriver. Back up the ladder and I removed the third screw, and climbed down with the drill, and nesting box in either hand.It is impressive, isn't it? They are teeny birds, and really stuff it in order to prevent other birds from entering. The only way of cleaning the boxes is to remove the bottom.
Sunday 28 August 2022
Friday was the hostage exchange, and who knows when we will see them again. They have next week off, and then go to school September 6th. Gr. 7 and Gr. 10. Then things get busy!
It poured rain Friday morning, which was fine. We relaxed and read, and just took it easy.
We enjoyed the last few days of summer with them. It was an on and off rainy week, but we got some work done.
Saturday 27 August 2022
Thanks to Eileen for hosting this fine Saturday tradition for lo these 454 times!
|Saturday's Critters # 454|
As ever, you need not watch the video, but I do like seeing their actions. I have selected the best thumbnail to represent the video.
The coyote is a frequent passerby!
You can see the hummingbird just to the left of the temperature gauge. Chickadee chases it off. This was taken from my armchair, through the front window!
I could see a bird circling and thought it might be an eagle, rather than the ubiquitous vultures.
Friday 26 August 2022
I thought we should finish the wood, but we were still out of gas. The girls helped me push it nearer the garage. We took out the battery for a recharge. Grampa cannot lift the gas tank, so Isabelle went off with him to the gas station. I plugged the dead battery in, and filled the gas tank upon their return. I tried it, and something happened. I cannot remember what, but I had to turn it off again. It wouldn't restart, I crossed my fingers. Finally it restarted, but I realized I couldn't turn it off. It needed a good run to recharge.
I thought I ought to move the rest of the wood while we had the chance. Grampa fetched the girls, up until then still easing into the day, and we finished off the wood. Fred Groundhog has his tunnel here. He made a back door!
Grampa thought we could visit Mill of Kintail, and the R. Tait McKenzie and Dr. James Naismith Museum. It's one of The 7 Wonders of Lanark County. The nature reserve is open until 4:30, and it was an hour drive to get there. We left at 2:30.