Monday, December 05, 2016

UpWest

Sweet Gums is clingers, but not bitter

We went Christmas shopping yesterday, Alan and Becky and me. Destination was the Bass Pro shop in Auburn. I had a particular purchase to make for a certain someone with whom I occasionally partake of adventure and that certain something is marketed by that certain company.

You could pretty much tell there was going to be a storm. Although we weren't going birding we saw a lot of birds.

Hundreds of Canada Geese floated, pooled in their own reflections, placid on the river, which seemed as if it had been painted in a swath of silver and muted sunlight.

In one spot not far from here they were pinned under the watchful eyes of a pair of mature Bald Eagles. I have been reading up on the latter, and it seems that they will already be refurbishing last year's nests for the coming nesting season....which btw begins in winter so the fledglings will be able to partake of the young of the year of mammals and birds while they are still inexperienced and going over fool's hill animal style.

Such as Canada Geese.

I coaxed our driver to pull into the parking lot at Montezuma to allow me five minutes to grab a couple of photos and look at ducks. (Stretched it to eight minutes and no one complained.)

There wasn't much shaking....or floating....or flying...and the wildlife drive is closed for the winter, but I did get to see some gulls and some Northern Shovelers, which are not exactly Fultonville birding fare. We must have seen fifty Red-Tailed Hawks hunting the highway too. Once you learn to spot them they are everywhere.

Goal was acquired, along with some cool things for Peggy like Lincoln Logs then we hustled home so our boy could head to Boston. Just another weekend in Paradise. 

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Buddies


Sometimes it is all about the journey and not the destination These guys had a great day out in the fields and woods last week and came home grinning and joking. Only saw one deer and it wasn't in a safe spot to hunt it, but they seem to have had a real good time.

I was Never One

Biscuit required to get him to be still for a moment
To dress up dollies, or even to play with them unless they could somehow be coaxed to ride plastic horses or sit in toy cars that we ran down the tilted side rail of an old bed in order to crash them better.....(Barbie had it tough at our house)....

Undaunted, he eats the stove for dessert

Now I find myself dressing a DOG!!!

But is cold and he shivers so. And he loves his new jacket that Becky bought him.

And speaking of girls who play with toy horses.....do turn up your sound to hear the training instructions.


Friday, December 02, 2016

Just not


Feeling it these days. This is not a great time of year for me, with the short days and the mud and all.... I really can't walk and no birds around...whine, whine, whine.......Peggy and the boss and Becky have all been sick....

Makes it hard to find anything cheerful or cheering to write about. I did go so far as to put on a hunter safety orange sweatshirt this morning so if it doesn't get too cruddy out I might be able to walk a little. Maybe see something besides chickadees.

Meanwhile, the important things in my world seem to have dwindled down to watering the Christmas tree and washing the dishes....

Oh, and laundry....yeah, there is always laundry. I know, I know, there are plenty of people who have much worse things to deal with and they have my deepest sympathy....but I still hate this time of year and don't find myself writing much.....

And having finished whining, I will return you to your regular programming.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Country Girls


I think the love of animals, understanding of wild things, and rural life in general get in your blood....at a very early age.



Kids raised on farms and in country homes tend to get a grasp on reality early in life.

Thus, above is Peggy using her dad as a saddle horse. Alas by the time I got the camera she had dismounted and was leading him around with her mama's bathrobe tie. Cooling him out I guess.



And here are all  some of her ponies, safe in Finnbar's kennel, where the coyotes and other wild things can't get them. Of course if Finn was in there I think he might have some ideas for them, but he was outdoors. 


Anyhow, she watched the deer processing and likes the results, as do we. Venison sausage for breakfast, venison with California vegetables, rice and a nice salad for supper.....we aren't tired of it yet......

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fantastic Beasts


Alan took me to see it last night. He took Becky the night before..... 

It was excellent, a very enjoyable evening..... Lots of fun creatures for laughs and lots of slightly scary stuff for thrills. Pretty good CG, good characters, a few more falling bricks than might have been necessary to advance the plot, but it is an adventure after all. Not a great deal of plot, actually, but plenty of action throughout. It sure wasn't boring.

I could easily see why he wanted to see it twice. It is one of those movies where at the end you wish there was more and you keep remembering small details for hours afterwards. I will be looking forward to the DVD and movie night, a popular tradition here at Northview.