Happy Thanksgiving!

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Autumn has officially started. Colours of red & gold have transformed many trees in the neighbourhood. The harvest moon, amidst some cloud cover, illuminated the night sky this week.

One of my favourite blog sites to visit has prompted readers to post some photos on a theme of orange for the  Flower of the day.

As it happens, some nasturtiums are blooming in a flower pot in the front yard. Shades of cream & gold are interspersed with vibrant orange. Please enjoy my photo!

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As the Thanksgiving weekend begins here in Canada, it is a time to celebrate the harvest and the bounty of the fields and gardens. Gathering together, we are grateful for another year in this special Canada 150. Best to all who are celebrating at this time.

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HOLIDAY SATISFACTION — VISIT PEI!

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Summer hiatus is still on; however, on returning from a vacation in Prince Edward Island (PEI), I couldn’t resist responding to the Daily Post Weekly photo challenge, Satisfaction.

This year’s holiday trip to PEI gave time to get reacquainted with our smallest province,  one that is blessed with so much natural beauty, friendly people and great food. The sea air, sandy beaches and perfect weather combined to satisfy a trip planning goal or two, for sure. There were opportunities to enjoy drama productions, museums, local music and a huge country music festival with top artists.

A George Bernard Shaw play, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, was staged in a theatre that has been successful for several years. Museums reflected aspects of local history — potatoes, Acadian people, maritimes. We enjoyed Acadian song and fiddle music plus a family ceilidh. Alas, we only heard the country festival from a near distance.

The island has so much natural beauty that is quite evident on driving through the various areas. Almost everywhere along the roadways, one sees lupins standing tall in pink, white, purple.

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LUPINS ON PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

On this, my second trip to the island, I also got a refresher on some history of this part of the world when European powers — Britain & France — were still squabbling over territory & peoples on this side of the pond. The Acadian people were one of the groups that suffered from their imperial power trips. Fortunately, many survived the expulsion from Acadia. Descendants of these early settlers, like the lupins of PEI, can be found in many locales, in the Maritimes and elsewhere sharing their unique music, dance & culture with a proud, indomitable spirit.

Overall, the trip provided a great deal of satisfaction for two Ontario travellers!

 

 

SPRING COLOURS!

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The Daily Post has put out a challenge, asking  for a selection that is  Evanescent, fleeting in nature.

Spring tulips are a good fit, it seems to me. After long winters, these little cups of colour that I captured in my garden are an encouraging sign of warmer weather.

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TULIPS

Their appearance is relatively brief but memorable.

Hope the rest of spring days are filled with much-needed blooms to brighten our world.

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GROUP OF TULIPS

 

 

 

SURPRISE!

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2017! The new year has arrived with all the excitement of moving forward in our lives.

As the old year ended, I encountered a small surprise in the snow outside our home. A mix of snow, ice, more snow and wind, resulted in the formation of a snow roller. Previously, I had only seen these cute little bits of snow in pics on the news or weather station.

Quickly, I retrieved my camera to get a few photos. This is what I saw as it rested at the bottom of a small hill. The pathway on the left was 3 or 4 yards/metres in length. In the background, there is a less successful example this little phenomenon.

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SNOW ROLLER!

Ironically, I soon found a poetry prompt online that called for a snowflake presence in a poem. Instantly, I knew that I wanted to write about the “Surprise” that I had found in the snow. My poem is posted at the link listed below:

Surprise!

Happy New Year to all!

ANTICIPATION — SEASONS & SANDWICHES

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Anticipation is today’s photo prompt!

Tis the season of anticipation, it seems to me! I could make a list, not in any particular order, of course:

  • Ending one year, looking forward to another;
  • Awaiting the good news that one of my poems, Prelude to Innisfree,  was accepted by Poetry Breakfast. Please stop by for a read!
  • Listening to one of my all-time favourite songs by Carly Simon;
  • Arrival of first grandchild — first holiday celebrations with this little guy;
  • Spring — you might be wondering about this seasonal anticipation but it is soundly based in the unusual bird population that has been visiting the backyard this year; and, on that note, I will share a photo that I took of a previously unseen feathered visitor that I saw this morning. If you recognize this bright spot, please comment below. Despite several tries, I could only get a head-down photo. 🙂dscn3005

By the way, if you get a chance to read my poem, I share that it is based on childhood memory of enjoying produce from the garden. I did not realize how meticulous my efforts might appear to visiting cousins or siblings, but those sandwiches sure tasted great! My culinary expertise has earned a bit of a reputation, I understand.

Also, before I sign off for the weekend, here is a link to  The Lake Isle of Innisfree, where, thanks to early technology,  you can hear a reading of this poem by the poet, himself. William Butler Yeats has been one of my most admired poets,  that I discovered in high school, a few years after the onion sandwich craze. 🙂

Have a great weekend, All.

Stay safe in the snow!

ROBINS IN DECEMBER!

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On this snowy December day, here in wintry Ontario of the Northern Hemisphere, I have been pondering what to share for the photo prompt of a New Horizon.

With recent events in neighbouring United States, climate change panic, and world-wide economic instability, I was at a loss to choose a starting point for selecting a suitable photo.

Then, as fate would have it, I looked out the sliding window door panes to a nearby linden tree. The sunlight shining on the almost leafless branches was highlighting some orange spots. I rushed to get my camera. It was not a partridge in a pear tree but a group of robins! Yes robins!

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2016 ROBINS IN DECEMBER!

Indeed, earlier this week, several houses away, I had seen at least 20 of these “signs of spring” in a snow-covered yard. Today, at least half a dozen flew into this linden tree, & a trio managed to remain long enough for me to capture in a photo.

I wonder. Are these out-of-season robins a portent of changing times and climes? Will they adapt to the cold quickly to survive? Did they get separated from their peers on their migratory track?

Are we all looking towards a new horizon in 2017??? What do you think? Drop me a comment below, if you wish. 🙂