Monday, July 30, 2012

Window - In Progress

A couple of my windows have sold at The Tourist Trap, which means that I have to get busy and make some more. This is a work in progress. The glue is drying, and it is waiting to be grouted.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Passionate Observer

A Passionate Observer is a new project set up by blogger Susan Black at 29 Black Street. It's a weekly photo project for capturing daily life. I thought I'd try it out. 

Our first assignment: Week 1 challenge - by next Wednesday post a series of 10 snippets from your life ... from your week. Think of how the 10 photos you post will work as a series of photos. It could be 10 different views of one thing, or a series of vastly different images strung together. Experiment with how close you get to your subject & always look for beautiful light.
Riley is recuperating well after her porcupine incident, and is very good at feeling sorry for herself

Please join will be fun! 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

District 9

I love politicians. Well, truth be told....I really don't like politicians too much. But I do love THIS politician!

It's official...because it has been announced in the local newspaper...John is running for a seat on council in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (District 9) to replace Arthur, who has held the seat for 40 years. Arthur announced he is retiring, so we thought it would be the perfect time for John to try to jump back into politics after a hiatus of several years. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

a night to remember

Over the past 8 days, we have contributed significantly to the bottom line of our Vet's Office. Last week, we rushed Mulligan to the vet and learned that she has a tumour in her bladder. Mulligan is 13, and there is nothing that can be done other than keep her happy and comfortable as long as possible. One of the by products of a tumour in her bladder is that she often needs to go outside in the middle of the night. 

Last night, she was pacing back and forth so I got up at 3:00 to let her out. Riley always joins her. Last night was different though. They both charged out the back door, and within seconds Riley was yelping. I rushed out to discover that a porcupine had managed to breach our fenced in yard, and Riley had managed to discover the porcupine.

I herded the 2 dogs into the screened in porch, woke up John, grabbed a flashlight, and watched the porcupine until John got outside. The porcupine might have won the battle, but he lost the war. 

 Our next mission was to work on Riley. Ouch. I held her while John removed the quills. All 204 of them. Ouch. She was amazing. She squirmed a few times, but lay in my arms quietly and let John work on her.
the scissors were for cutting her hair - John used pliers to remove the quills

Off we went to the vet for another emergency visit for them to deal with the quills that we couldn't remove. They put her to sleep, and surgically removed 16 quills that had gone under her skin.
all I can say is "Ouch!"

We have her home now, and she's feeling sorry for herself. I'm feeling sorry for her. John is feeling sorry for her. But Mulligan is wondering what all the fuss is about. 

And I am so thankful that we can afford emergency vet visits!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hummer in the Beebalm

This is our fifth summer in Nova Scotia, and our gardens are finally close to what I envisioned when we were looking at the house back in October 2007. At that time, the house was literally in the middle of a hayfield, with no landscaping other than about 10 feet of sod across the front of the house. 

One of the best parts of the garden is watching the butterflies and birds enjoying it. And watching them enjoy the garden is one of the things I enjoy most about the garden!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Osprey update

Lots of good things happened yesterday. One of the good things was taking a ride down the LaHave River to Lunenburg and stopping to photograph a couple of osprey nests. We visited them earlier in the summer, so it was nice to get an update. Here are a few photos.
can you see the second osprey in the centre of the nest?

adult and chick

love the wings!!

The last photo almost looks fake to me, but I didn't change the photo in any way other than slight sharpening.

Friday, July 6, 2012


I struggled with this window for months, and put it aside time and time again while I created other windows. I actually started the window last November and finally finished it a couple of weeks ago. I still need to grout between the glass pieces, but I may just leave it as is. The frame is a creamy white. I kept the original paint, sanded it a bit, and varnished to leave it rustic. The black dots are actually opaque green, with a bit of an iridescent sheen to them. I'm still deciding whether or not to add grout between the glass pieces.
the frame is actually white, but shows black because the sun is coming from behind

the black dots are actually opaque green

the glue is still drying, and will dry clear - the background is very pale peach and iridescent glass

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Risky Business

We just returned from a week's visit to Ontario. I took these photos before we left home. There was a lot of squawking going on, so I went outside to see what was happening. A young hawk was at the top of our high speed pole, with a blue jay sitting on the antennae. It was a dull day, but I like the way the photos turned out...very black and white looking.
juvenile hawk on our high speed pole

brave or foolish? a blue jay sits above the hawk