Wednesday, 31 May 2017


And this year we brought two!
This one is Allen's birthday present....a bit of Monty Python
This sweet one is for Cora, who endured one of the worst winters on the river while we enjoyed the sun in La Paz
We don't have hanging spots for these yet,
 but they will join the others in our garden.
This Painted Lady
hangs in a secluded spot next to our driveway.
The birds love her.
This Hacienda is happy among the wisteria and clematis 
in the pergola where I park my car. 
I see a nesting pair flit in and out....will there be babies?
The Cheshire Cat loves the Willow Tree
 This fanciful Duck Inn which Allen hung in the Canoe Shelter
has it's own Mexican Palomas on the porch!

The birdhouses are made by our La Paz friends, 
Judy and Alex.
He builds them, she does the painting....and of course they have dozens in their charming garden. Judy created this collage of some that have birds nesting happily inside.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017


If you visited the Duck Inn this winter, you will have 
seen how the rainiest months on record have turned 
our once lush lawn into something closer to a swamp.
Even The Big Boned Gal was 
not amused by her surroundings.
As the rain increased, so did 
the strange mix of vegetation popping up.
From Mexico....thank you Telmex for the free long distance calls....we put our heads together with Cora 
and decided that it was time to do something! 
Luckily, a small local landscaping company 
was both recommended and available! 
They arrived within a week with a truckload of soil....
.....which was spread the old fashioned way 
after the old lawn was ripped out!
They brought another truckload....of sod....a variety which promises to do well in partial shade....all in neat tidy rolls.
By mid day, they were rolling it into place....
....quickly surrounding The Gal.
When RAIN forced them to quit for the day, 
she was already looking happier.
Next morning, a quick finish and we had a new LAWN.
Cora began taking "After" pictures and sending them our way.
This shot, taken later in the day, shows why 
we need grass that will thrive in shade.
One week later, and Cora has already given the lawn 
its first mowing....and added a new table!
And now we're ready for some May Flowers.

Monday, 20 February 2017


And if you believe that, 
there's a bridge that we could sell you!
Seriously, the last time it snowed in 
February was Valentine's Day, 1998!
This year it began with a light dusting 
on this cedar tree by our door.
  And then went on for what seemed like months to Cora. 
Even the parrots in the office were not amused.
The view from the other office windows was equally white.
 Large snowflakes fell on the river.
 And kept falling until everything was 
 huddled under a snow quilt.
On the lawn, it covered all the brave little crocuses 
and other tender bulbs that had just poked their heads up. 
 The driveway, walkways and cars were not immune.
The archway is covered with 
red cotoneaster berries for the birds to eat,
but the robins couldn't find them this time.
 Cora kept the snow shovel at the ready outside the door.. that she could keep as much clear as possible
But she gave up when it came to the back steps!
 The snow is gone now, washed away by fierce rains,
but this February certainly broke the records! 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017


What can we say about this winter? 
We've had more cold weather and snow than normal.
But what really stands out is the ICE 
that appeared on the river!
It gathered around our canoes.... 
....and our neighbour's boats
The ducks....
....and the swans
 were not amused!
Now that January is over, 
life on the river has returned to normal.

Thursday, 20 October 2016


October brings lots of rain
 and stormy weather to the river.
Dark clouds cover the sky.
But soon give way to some of the best sunsets of the year.
 It's definitely the month for the
 pinks and purples to come out...
 ...sometimes stretching from West to East.
 And the clouds add their own intensity.
Whether it's stormy or calm, we love it when a swan...
....or a pair of ducks swim into the sunset shot.
Dedicated Sunset photographers 
often set up their equipment 
a bit further down the road at Wellington Point.

The other October event is the arrival 
of the Wrangel Island Snow Geese 
at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary, where they spend the winter.
 Occasionally we see them a few at a time.
 But usually they arrive in huge flocks,
 sometimes blocking the sky.
And settle in at the sanctuary or in nearby farmer's fields....
....where they snack on pumpkins and other crops.