Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Better Late Than Never

The storm that tore through our part of town, last May, uprooting trees, caused other damage as well. Roofs of houses were damaged by wind and falling branches.

In Earl and Mary’s backyard, across the street, the house and greenhouse were spared. But the gazebo bore the brunt of the damage caused by falling branches.

Last week - three months after the storm - arborists removed damaged and hanging limbs from their large backyard tree. Not long afterwards, they went out to buy a new gazebo.

This is what our backyard was supposed to look like all summer, Mary said.

It looks lovely and peaceful now! Better late than never!

Monday, August 15, 2022

Interesting Knitting Goals

My daughter recently sent me an online article about Sam Barsky, a knitter of original sweaters - all for himself. What sets him apart are his interesting knitting goals.

First, he knits a sweater a month (all for himself). That in itself (for me) would be a challenge. 

Second, each each sweater depicts a famous location - such as the Los Angeles hill that displays the “Hollywood” sign in giant letters. 

Third, when the sweater is finished, he visits the location that inspired the design and has his picture taken, with him wearing the sweater. 

Many of his sweaters are short-sleeved, knit with cotton yarn, so that they are comfortable to wear in warmer weather.

His interesting goals - knitting and travelling - make me wonder if I should add some goals to my knitting… My current goal of knitting sweaters from the top down, instead of vice versa, seems mild in comparison!

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Sudden Summer Storm

Last Sunday members of our family met up at Brockville Rib Fest for a fun meal. 

We finished off our day by heading to Merrickville for local ice cream.

(Every summer outing should end with ice cream!)

The skies were blue…

But shortly after leaving Merrickville, dark clouds rolled in.

We were forced to pull over and wait in a parking lot as 2 inches / 50 mm of torrential rain came down in 20 minutes…

Glad Terry - not me - was doing the driving! Glad he found the parking lot!

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Tree Trimming Day

A few days ago, a crew of tree cutters arrived at Earl and Mary’s, across the street, to trim their large, backyard tree and remove limbs damaged by the storm.

They started on the right side…

Two men, tied into the tree, climbing branches and cutting…

Two others removed the limbs that fell to the ground. By the end of the day, they were done.

The following day, the branches look thinned out - but there’s still a canopy to provide shade.

I wonder where they train for this work - and if the people doing it always loved to climb trees. It’s risky work to do if you don’t know what you’re doing. One even has to be careful not to get too close while watching. We knew someone who got too close and was fatally struck by a falling branch. Ever since then, I’ve been wary of getting too close.

I have so much respect for these arborists with their agility and skill!

Friday, August 12, 2022

Victoria Park

On our last trip to southern Ontario, Terry and I visited Victoria Park in Kitchener.

A lovely place to spend a summer day.

Surrounded by an old neighborhood of elegant homes, the park also had a tent settlement on a small island. A camp out, perhaps?!

No! A quiet protest about the lack of affordable housing.

A lovely park! Popular with people … and geese!

Thursday, August 11, 2022

New “Batty” Neighbor!

My daughter’s neighborhood in Guelph is similar to our Ottawa neighborhood in many ways. Even though she lives in the city, there is wild life around…

Together with the tame.

But there are some animals you don’t expect to see… (At least I don’t!)

I might not have even noticed… But our daughter’s cats alerted her to the fact there was something unusual around…

Then she discovered it - tucked under a ledge near her front door!

A solitary black bat!

What to do now?!!

She doesn’t want to let her cats go out on the balcony now… Bats can carry rabies… 

Dogs live behind the doors next to the bat. Have they not noticed?!

Will a wandering outdoor cat - or raccoon - view it as food?! Do bats have natural predators?! 

What to do now?!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Tea and Cookie - Dutch Style

My daughter and I both enjoy food from Holland - which we can both buy at Dutch grocery stores near our homes.

My daughter recently introduced me to a new treat: crispy carmel-filled wafer cookies - that are tough to chew… 

UNLESS they are placed on top of a cup of steaming tea for a few minutes…

Then they soften. A delicious warm teatime treat!