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Thursday, March 21, 2013


Oh quick, we'd better hurry-scurry!
I feel a chill...perhaps a flurry?
And they were right, those passing quail,
For suddenly, the sound of hail!
And when it ended, did it go?
Oh, changed to falling snow!

But Spring was not the least disturbed,
In fact, she whispered, unperturbed...

Shhh...soft snow is stillness sifting
Shadows shiver ~ season’s shifting...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Blowin' and Throwin' in the Wind

Wind Warning

Issued at 3:42 PM PDT Tuesday 19 March 2013


Strong southeast winds of 60 to 80 km/h to begin early this evening. This is a warning that potentially damaging winds are expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.

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The above warning indicates what we are in for this evening, which reminded me of a recent visit to Victoria where a very blustery day led to some interesting sights...

How many seas must a white dove sail?


Throwing caution to the wind ~ again and again...


...The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind, The answer is blowin' in the wind...
Bob Dylan

Sunday, March 10, 2013

At home - a poem

Some jumbled piles of branches
Are strewn in my backyard -
Debris from stormy weather,
Yet I was caught off guard...

For munching on the branches,
A deer, in broad daylight
Had turned to see me watching
And kept me in its sight.

I left it to its business
And went inside to bake.
I checked a little later
And did a double take...

For there, beneath a cedar,
It found a comfy nest,
And curled up quite contented,
To take a sheltered rest.

It stayed there for an hour’s time
Before it left the back.
I glanced out my front window
And halted in my tracks!

The bird bell swung in motion!
A head without a beak
Was nibbling bits of bird seed,
Slim pickin’s, so to speak.

Now is it any wonder
I have no need to roam,
When creatures of the planet
Drop by when I’m at home?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Herring Season, Northern Flickers, Pillowcases and Spudlike!

It's Herring Season

View from the beach today: 

Sea lion lower left ~

A few recent photos of the Northern Flicker at the bird feeder ~ Mrs. and Mr. taking turns.

Mr. ~ head-on:

I learned about 1 million pillow cases for charity, and recently made a few to donate to the BC Children's Hospital.  

When finished, I had threads all over the carpet, so located an old paint roller holder, added a broom handle, joined two empty toilet rolls together, affixed it to the roller, wrapped sticky tape to the outside, and rolled up the threads to save the vacuum cleaner getting tide in knots  :)

and today while at the beach, I saw a Spud Look-a-like ~  I was so excited!

That's it for now!