Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Why was winter invented - an answer set to music

The previous entry has not let me rest. Today is actually a fine Spring day, bright overcast dry 15C, hardly a breeze, birds singing and flying about.

I have no cause to complain - yet. I know what is coming.

Weight-loss, blood donations, upper body exercises, baseball: swatting flies!

There is a lot of nice things that can be said for snow flakes.

And as an after thought to winter,
maybe a young girl's thoughts?

Who needs summer!


What time is ... KLF

Somebody was asking me this morning when will summer arrive?

And I said after the next snowfall! (But before July 1st, or even June 21st, 2017.)

Actually I saw this picnic table all ready and waiting for Kawartha ice cream to arrive:

i think this is pretty cool, don't you?

Reminds me of a children's birthday party, with house nicely decorated:

April 25th - now, please don't say I don't have a sense of humour! Now I must get back to checking that list.


And for those of you still interested in
what time is love - well ... 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

295 Images later

I have been busy - TO, Taxes, and Tiny - plus also a good Scout.

On Thursday evening walking with Muriel and Donald I was surprised at how little regard was given to seeing a robin. I like robins, especially European ones, but North American ones are also very colourful.

That was Thursday evening, between rain showers. (Along the rail trail, north of Division Road East.)
The bird was cold.
Today was another story, written in Scout Valley, at 16C and sunny:

I think quite attractive.

Yesterday at Tiny Marsh, it was a red squirrel that made it to this page:

The end of this tail.

Have a great week - W O B

For the comment below:

 (From Wed Oct 7, 2015, south of Leduc, Alberta, Canada - wob)

Thursday, 13 April 2017

"Green" Thursday - oder Gründonnerstag - further evidence for Frühling

When I looked out this morning I noticed that for approx 1st time since Oct 27 2016, the snow was gone from the terrace.
This morning:
And it all began with our first snowfall back on Oct 27, 2016:

The snow didn't stay them - and it might come back tomorrow!

Nov 23:
And on Nov 24:
But ...
Nov 26 above and Nov 27 below
As the song goes, 24 little hours.

And then it seemed to be business as usual.
Dec 7
Dec 22:
Terrasse starting to fill up.
Feb 26 and Mar 24:

However, note that there was grass below, in the background.

The lamb-lion effort on March 30:

Kind of pretty, don't you think?
April 7 - 2 weeks ago:
However compare April 4, next, with April 9:

And then in quick succession:

April 11:
April 12:
And today, April 13, Green Thursday. Sort of sad, don't you think? Even if fitting and appropriate.


Sunday, 9 April 2017

Evidence of Spring

The ice left the lake between Leacock and Tudhope out at least 2K to the north of here with just 13K further for the lake to be ice-free again. I have taken lots of images on Sat and Sun but here are a few special moments from Friday afternoon when the sun came out and all seemed well with the world. I also worked out on the bike, something I have not done since - will have to see about Monday but I am measuring water quality again - so maybe not for awhile.

These trees were up against the terrace wall. I then walked away to the beach:

I found the ripples fascinating.

When one gets close to something one begins to see in a different way:

Quite simple things like 2 birch trees reflected off melt water. Or trees with their bark coated with wind-driven snow from the night

The "Winter" snow could not embrace the trees for long. Spring sprang loose. Now I am going to look for a comet and further evidence for Spring. Have a great week.


Shooting against the sun

If you look below at the April, April blog below
you will note that the terrace glass panels are covered in snow:

This photo was taken before 2pm. The sun came out an hour or so later and just after 5pm I went outside to shoot the sun through this snowy coating.

Hope  you enjoy counter-point - W O B

Friday, 7 April 2017

April, April!

Anybody can have an April 1st joke on April 1 - however, it took an innocent letter to a friend who shall remain nameless but to whom I will refer  as "Val" because I used this name last December and it seems like a plausible solution now as it did then.

Please click on the link to recall the history.

Yesterday I had a thank-you letter from "Val" and I pointed out to her that Santa had already checked his list once for 2017 - on his way, of course, to checking it twice as is required by protocol. I can only think that the reindeer found that funny and kicked over the snow that I had been storing up for the coming winter when there might be a need for a little extra until all the new devices had been tested - you know, beaver, dolphins, drones, entanglement, 3-D printers, and "X-factors".

So this is what happened at middle earth this morning:

It is -2C! On Monday the forecast is plus 23C and sunny. Go figure that out! By the way, a practical alternative to the sleigh is the bicycle so in recent days I have been pushing my helpers, leading by example, of course, to bike that bike. I have been pushing my limit, slowly, to #10 on the scale which gives me approx 150 Watts and I am currently able to do that 4 times 4 minutes in 30 minutes. I know, that is peanuts, and I would much rather be pulled than have to pull. And the rolling friction is slightly less than sliding friction, unless of course, I had to bike today through this "hot mush" .