Thursday, September 25, 2014

Leaves, Light and Colour

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Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love — that makes life and nature harmonize. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one’s very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a pefect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. 
~George Eliot, letter to Miss Lewis, 1st October 1841



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...I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air. 
~Nathaniel Hawthorne, 10th October 1842



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Methinks I see the sunset light flooding the river valley, the western hills stretching to the horizon, overhung with trees gorgeous and glowing with the tints of autumn—a mighty flower garden, blossoming under the spell of the enchanter, Frost... 
~John Greenleaf Whittier, "Pawtucket Falls"

Thought I'd let you all know I'm going in for knee surgery tomorrow morning.  Wish me luck. ;-)



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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Alpacas in the County

I recently dropped by an open house of a newer Alpaca farm [SHED: Chetwyn Farms] here in Prince Edward County... and naturally I brought my camera.


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The Girls


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Their Home


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The Boys



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Interesting Facts

  • Their fleece is luxurious, hypoallergenic, has extraordinary thermal properties and offers 22 natural colours, so no dye is necessary.
  • There are two types of alpaca: Huacaya (which produce a dense, soft, crimpy sheep-like fiber), and the Suri (with silky pencil-like locks, resembling dreadlocks but without matted fibers).

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It was definitely an awesome experience.  The animals themselves were slightly timid but also curious.  Pipit (the white Alpaca approaching me) just loved attention.




Sunday, September 21, 2014

Little Miracles

We've been fortunate this season with regular visits to our Hummingbird feeders.  With the end of the September drawing near, we are still witnessing daily visits from migrants as they move through our area.

Hummingbirds are truly little miracles to watch and enjoy.


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  Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female)


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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mo, Moo, Moo Cow, Moll, Molly

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"If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them."
Phil Pastoret (author)