Saturday 30 September 2023

Camera Critters

 Thanks to Eileen for hosting! Saturday's Critters # 511 

I love watching the critters remotely. Much better than near the house.  My oldest trailcam kicked the bucket. The one by the frogpond, I forgot to turn back on after I switched the memory cards. The one I moved to this beautiful old spruce corridor has been quite busy. I'd not realized! It is a lovely canopy up above.

 The bird surprised me. I was sitting reading, and was afraid to move. Dunno. Grouse? Wood duck? I invariably get it wrong!

mystery bird from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Butch has been active. They are madly trying to bulk up for winter!

Butch & kits Sept 21 from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

This is a mash up. I'm finding they are trotting very quickly through this part of the forest.

trailcam from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

I captured a daytime video of coyote. You can really appreciate their colours.

Sept. 21 Coyote from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

This was the highlight of the month. It is a short video, which gives you an idea about how fast they run.

fisher Sept. 29 from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Friday 29 September 2023

Autumn tour

Bathroom Reno 

We took a drive Wednesday, we went in to Carleton Place to order our new laminate topper. This is the one I ordered, this style of tap, as well. It'll take forever to get a contractor in from Rona to install it. They told us they are two months behind, and are short staffed.

Next decision is a backsplash tile:

There were some spectacular trees. These belong to Ian Millar! There is a little pond behind these trees.

Our famous Rideau Canal closes at Thanksgiving in October.  

Cinnamon doesn't like the cooler weather! He was happy to sleep in front of the TV, waiting for a football game and a fire!

I've been working on stacking wood. More to do today. I think some of it is punky. My mistake, not stacking it earlier. 

Thursday 28 September 2023

Autumn joy

This is how Thursday began: a tad chilly. We expect a high of 22 C., though. Weird variation in temperatures. I could see my breath this morning. Still no rain. I must water the garden today. 

I toodled on down to the trailcams. Hooray for BirdNET. They told me this was the flicker. That makes sense.

flicker 1 from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

It seems logical, –look who I caught on the nearby camera!

flicker from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

I heard phoebe in the forest yesterday. While many birds have left, or are leaving soon, we have many that stay.


chickadees from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

I was on the back deck, reading under a blanket. It was too hot in the sun out front, too cool in the shade out back! Cinnamon hung out with me. If you watch the video to the end, you'll see him washing up, and a fuzzy caterpillar was looking for the hops vine. The caterpillar seemed to be following him, and he jumped up in fear.


Cinnamon and the caterpillar from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

iPhotos created a movie for me of fall colours. They music they add is quite lovely. 

Fall Colors - Over the Years from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Wednesday 27 September 2023

The terrarium

 I had a project. It was time to revitalize the terrarium. I bought it at an online auction. Ordering in some fairies, I took out the plastic crap, replanted it with these plants, including polka-dot plant, which keeps growing out the top.

Sadly, the baby's breath died, and the palm plant was keenly appreciated by the late Hooper. I had to remove it. Cinnamon liked the palm plant. I had to move that, too.

In March, 2022, the copper was cleaned up. (I'll have to do that soon on a rainy day!)

Back to the present, everything was assembled on the back deck. There aren't too many days like this. This morning it was 5 C. It was cool on the back deck! I hauled out the dead stuff. Took out the mineral stained soil, and washed the little figures. 

I have this little set of 'kiddy' gardening tools. They are perfect for all sorts of jobs, including this one. 

I decided to order in some seeds. The only wee plant I could think of was Alyssum. They were totally out of the pretty pinks (left), but they had both white a dark pink. 

Look how they came, in a little vial. Planting about half of each colour, I shall hope for the best.

The final task was to spray the soil, to give the seeds some moisture. Next, I washed the glass.  

I usually prepare posts ahead of time. That said, Cinnamon is sitting on my lap, so here is an iPhone photo from across the room. You'll note my felting project! 

That was my project for Tuesday! Let us see what Wednesday brings.

Tuesday 26 September 2023

The Autumn Leaves!

I did the lawn Monday. I ran out of gas, and we had to go to the store. Even on that short jaunt, the trees were lovely. 

Percy is still in the pond. The frogs are gathering here. I have to decide when to bring him in. It's still lovely in the daytime. The night time temperatures are above zero. 

OK, I am sure THIS is the last rose!

Monday, I decided to clean out the House Wren box, filled as it is with little sticks. I had to grab the ladder, and use the drill to undo the screws atop the ladder. Whew. 
We are ready for next year.

It looked as if there were two butterflies that used the box as shelter, and hatched!

Charlie spider is still above the front door. There was a visitor our front, an Eastern Comma. I was worried about it, but Charlie seems nocturnal. 

Great excitement with the kids. Josephine participated in a re-enactment on the weekend, and she and her friend put together costumes. Jos took fencing lessons a few years back. They are great thrifters, and have fun with fashion.

Another Autumn activity, they went apple picking! 

More fall chores today! I hope you have a good one.