Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Soft White Damn

The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches.
~e.e. cummings

As in many parts of this continent, we were reported to have had the worst winter in a very long time. It was cold and it was snowy. And I hesitate to speak of that in the past tense. It may not be over yet. Below are a few photos from a snowfall we had in March.

snow snow and more snow2
As if there wasn't already enough snow burying the land, the clouds blew in across the lake and dumped some more of the white stuff on us.




March snowfall
Yes, a winter wonderland is lovely to look at, but it was supposed to be spring, for goodness sake! Still, I have to admit that it has its fine moments nonetheless.




turning point
Just a few days earlier, we were beginning to see the roads reappear as the sunnier days melted some of their icy covering. This is my turnaround point on my walks with Benny. It usually takes about 45 minutes to complete our stroll.




benny incredulous
Speaking of the little guy, he lives for a snowy day. When the shovels come out, he needs to be nearby to attack a shovelful of snow, so that we find ourselves re-doing the same area over and over again. He watches for us to make a move and then sabotages our work this way all the time.




Woof
When he's not biting and pulling at the shovel, he's barking at us to toss the snow over the deck so he can kill it down there.




Benny looking for trouble
And if we're not complying, he looks elsewhere for snow chunks so that we can toss them for him to chase.




driveby snowball fight
I snapped this on a drive-by on our way into a nearby town. The kids had built a snow wall and were having a snowball fight. At least someone aside from Benny is loving the white stuff.




dusk on muskie bay2
At the end of the day, I have to admit that no matter the month, it's still a pretty sight to see. The beauty of the pink dusk is impossible to deny.




deer at dusk4
And it brings these lovelies out to feed - and I never tire of seeing them.




Spring yeah right
Come morning, the fresh March snow awakens with a blush of colour and I have to admit that it looks just right.

This was a few weeks ago. Currently, most of the snow has melted and even the lake has begun turning to liquid at the shoreline. There might be hope for spring yet.

More photos coming up soon.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Rufus the Red and Posts of the Week

He's one of our favourite visitors around here.

little red guy what seed
Rufus the Red Squirrel.




not squirrel proof
Well, we assumed there was just one of him, until one day, Frank went outside to scoop up some seed to scatter for the birds, and he noticed him working away at creating this hole in the container which housed food for the birds and deer.




rufus4
He shooed him off and was about to bring the container indoors when out popped another little red head and he scurried off like the first one.




little red guy4
So, there are at least two of these cuties around but we tend to call them both Rufus since they've never been seen together since.



rufus2
Hopefully though, one of them is a Rufette. It would be kind of nice to see some wee ones skittering about.



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And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the Week. The icon below is yours for the taking if your blog post is named as a POTW.










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A GOOD READ

Touching
by Tabor
at  One Day at a Time

I Found This Bunny For You
by Chicken
at The Chicken's Consiglier

Taking Time to Pay Respect
by Jim
at Suldog

Will Searches for Cursive Documents Top Lady Gaga?
by Slamdunk
at Slam Dunks

Re-Take
by Pauline
at Writing Down the Words


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PHINE PHOTOGRAPHY

Puffin
by Bob
at Birds and Nature in the Forest of Dean

My New Neighbour
by Dianne
at Do You See What I See?

The Stealthy Fishing Bird
by Daniel
at The Pixel Collective

An Assortment
by Keith
at Holdingmoments

Childhood Revisited
by Karen and her husband
at Spokalulu

Celebrate a Brand New Day
by Nortehanon
at Daydream Believer

Lunar Eclipse
by Karen
at What Karen Sees


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JUST PLAIN ALL AROUND GOOD

Buddy No More...
by Jackie
at Teacher's Pet

Today is Autism Awareness Day
by Linda
at Ye Olde Crones Gazette

Blissfully Unaware
by Slamdunk
at Slam Dunks

White Pelicans
by Steve
at Out on the Prairie


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YOU'LL SAY "AWWWW"

I Hope She Said Yes

by Daryl
at Through My Eyes


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