Thursday, September 27, 2012

I'm a mom again

I became a mom again on 11 baby guinea fowl! Baby guineas are called "keets", and there is no way to identify their sex until they get older. I still don't know how to tell males from females, other than by their call. Females have two distinct sounds, and males just make one sound. They are fairly noisy birds, but at this stage they just peep. They sound a little bit like the peeper frogs we get in Nova Scotia in the spring.

I held one up so you can see how small they are. Our neighbour's hen hatched them on Monday and then she gathered them up to give to us (the neighbour, not the hen!)

Right now their home is a big box with a heat lamp to keep them really warm. It's important for them not to get wet or cold. When they are about 6 weeks old, they are old enough to go "free range" but they'll be cooped up here for the fall and winter and we'll release them in the spring. If it's anything like this year, the local fox family will be well fed. 

We got our first batch of guineas shortly after moving here, on the advice of the local people. The theory is that they eat ticks, but I'm not too sure about that. In the summer, I can go down to the coop and pick 25 ticks off the chicken wire around the coop....I think I catch more ticks than the guineas. But I don't eat them (neither the ticks nor the guineas).

 So, despite the fact that I didn't think I really wanted any more of them, we now have 11 keets. Oh yes....and we still have Frank. The one lonely male left from our batch of ten that we started with this year. Frank is going to be a little surprised in a few weeks to get 11 roommates!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Photo Club Exhibit

everyone is welcome!
I have been busy this week (with some helpers) setting up the Photo Club's exhibit at the DesBrisay Museum. The Bridgewater Photographic Society (aka the Bridgewater Photo Club) is celebrating it's 30th anniversary this year (2012-2013). 

Seventeen photographers from the club will be exhibiting photos:
Brenda Fitzgerald, Christopher King, Debbie Black, Deborah Croft, Derek Johnston, Elizabeth Nash, Gerry Black, John Croft, Julia Naas, Karen Parnell Herrick, Marg Campbell, Peter Stuempel, Reginald Archibald, Sara Harley, Susan McDormand, Teresa Alexander-Arab, and Trevor Awalt.

If you live in the area, I hope you will join us at the DesBrisay Museum for the opening reception on Sunday September 23rd...from 2 to 4pm.
displaying the photo club's 30 year anniversary book
As part of the anniversary celebrations, I created a 120 page book using photos and information from 30 years of club yearbooks. There was an article in the local newspaper about the can read about it here:

Or, you can view the entire book online by clicking on this link:

Hope to see you on Sunday!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

a smile for you

Thought this photo might make you smile...

I took the photo a few weeks ago when we were watching the mowing championships at Ross Farm. They were tucked under the edge of a barn, and oh so cute!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

2013 Inspirational Calendars

My 2013 Inspirational Calendars are done! They are available through, and if you order them by Friday you can get a 15% discount by using the coupon code PIRATA.
 I can't seem to get the calendar preview to work on my blog, so if you'd like to see all the pages, click on this link.

Friday, September 14, 2012

bald eagle

Every January we head over to Sheffield Mills to watch and photograph bald eagles. Yesterday, one came to us! He flew over our field and settled in the highest pine.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

shooting deer

Although we have managed to fit into country living in many ways, there are some ways that I'll never truly be a "country person". Since we moved to our country home, I have done things I never, ever would have thought I'd find myself doing...washing poop from guinea keet bums, becoming an expert on wood ticks, not running to change when someone drops by and I'm wearing sweats, pulling porcupine quills, rescuing birds...
I know there is the expression "never say never", but I truly believe that I could never shoot a deer. I love watching them graze in our fields.
Today I stalked them...with my camera.
Until this year, we had only seen one buck....injured as he labored across our field.

This year, there are 2 young bucks travelling with the same "family".

Notice the black marks on his back? I'm not sure what they are...any ideas? (they are not engorged ticks)
After a while, the deer had enough of their photo shoot and leaped away. I walked back across the fields and yet again thought about how lucky I am!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Dempsey Corner Market

On Tuesday we headed over to Kentville for an appointment, and then took a leisurely drive home. We found ourselves on Hwy 221 (don't let the word "highway" fool's a meandering 2 lane road). It was time to think about lunch, and John spotted a good prospect.
Dempsey Corner Orchards has a tea room, fruit and veggie market, gift shop, pick your own orchards, kids fun zone....and general all round appeal.
The lunch menu is small, but the food was delicious (we went for the crispy chicken wrap).

Lots of fresh fruits and veggies from the farm, and preserves, syrups, and oils for the cook.

The main floor and the upper loft are filled with items for the "Piece for Peace" gift loft...filled with crafts from the world's destinations that need lots of help.

After some browsing and shopping (I couldn't resist a hemp hat and a very special t-shirt...more on the t-shirt later) we sat down for lunch in the tea room.
the farm in earlier years

Lined up to come for a ride? These free range chickens are quite relaxed!

All in all, a great place for the whole family to stop. Good eye, John!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

look around you

Yesterday evening we were out on the deck (rather later than usual) waiting for our salmon marinated in maple syrup, spiced rum, and caraway seeds to be finished on the bbq. (and the wait was worth it!) 

A red tailed hawk was in a tree at the edge of our field...he had actually been there for a couple of hours. John spent five hours cutting the field and I think the hawk was taking advantage of the fact that prey was easier to spot. The sun was going down, and the light lit the hawk's chest like a spotlight. I decided it was time to get out the camera. The hawk had stayed in the same place for hours while John cut the field, but he didn't like seeing me coming towards him even though I was quite far away. Off he flew, and I didn't capture the photos I wanted. 

But, all was not lost, as I walked back towards the house I was facing the sun and saw how the light was hitting the flowers in the garden. I loved how the sunlight outlined the hollyhocks in light. Hope you enjoy them too.

A good lesson to always look around you. Even though you may be disappointed in something, there is always something good waiting to happen.

Monday, September 3, 2012


two very different photos from a couple of days away from very minimal photo with almost no colour, and one busy photo that is all about colour