Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Special Window

This is painful; however, the photo challenge of the day is "window," so I am posting a special window.

Sixteen years ago, while studying and travelling in Australia, my youngest daughter died in a car accident in the middle of one of the Australian deserts. I was taking a class in stained glass at the time and designed and built this stained glass window in her memory. Her name was Dawn.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Old Wheels

I just put this photo up on my Flickr site and on my Facebook page and thought I might as well put it up here too for anyone who does not visit either of those pages.

My father made this tractor and trailer for me while he was in a Naval Hospital back in 1945. He made 9 wheels for the toy if one counts the steering wheel. I had to dig it out of storage and do some repair work before I could photograph it today for a photo challenge. It's nice for me to see it again as it's been in a box for a long time.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Friday Flowers - Oct. 26, 2012

        Even though it was raining for part of the time I was out and very cloudy for the entire time, I did manage to find 66 wild flowers blooming in the Hendrie Valley and the Hamilton Waterfront trail.

        The photo below is of the Slender Speedwell (Veronica filiformis). I usually find it in the spring and sometimes in the fall but I think I missed it this past spring.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sunshine Makes My Day

We had sunshine on Monday morning but then the skies turned rainy. We need the rain but I am missing the sun.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Friday Wild Flowers




Above are three of the 70 wild flowers that I found in bloom yesterday in the Hamilton area. The third one is the most rare of these as it is an all female Common Ragweed. The ragweeds almost always have both male and female flowers with most of them being male.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Waxing Moon

October 17: The waxing moon is showing almost 9 % of its face and is in the constellation of Scorpio.

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Just saw 7 Turkey Vultures overhead. They must be migrating through.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Early Morning Sky

We had two clear mornings in a row with good views of Venus and the moon before sunrise. As a person that does not check the movement of the moon and planets every night, I was amazed at how much different the relative positions were on the two different mornings.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A cool rainy October morning with some sun expected later. The building in the centre is our barn. It is home to our donkey, goats, geese, chickens, cat, and dog during the night but they come and go during the day.

Sunday, October 07, 2012


Thanks to Fleur-Ange for helping moving these 70 bales to the barn. Only took an hour and a half to move them 60 metres into the barn and to stack them there.

Monday, October 01, 2012

So we had a warm winter with very little snow then a hot summer with almost no rain and we expected the well to go dry at any time. Now it is fall and we have had a few good rains and now the well is too low for the pump to bring up any water.

We had a truck load of water dumped into the well a few minutes ago and now we will have water for a bit but I saw the water drop a good metre before the truck got out of the driveway. I checked all the water taps and flushed the toilets and then the water slowed to a trickle. Not sure what is wrong now.