Saturday, October 20, 2018

A Beautiful Day

I came out for breakfast this morning and was stunned again to see the bright orange leaves shining in the sun in our back yard.  Hope you enjoy the colour!

We put hawk silhouettes up on the big windows to scare the birds before they fly into the glass.

Friday, October 19, 2018

The Leaves Fall

Over just the past week the fall colour has changed fast.  From the first bright red leaves to a few trees that are already bare, the colour spreads through the trees and leaves start blowing away.

This is the tree, straight out our window, that first caught my eye a week ago.  It started turning red, but it's ended up a dull orange.  Half the leaves are gone.

 I think in another week this tree will be bare.

Lots of leaves blowing around the yard now.

Taking my anti-biotics at home intra-venously is working out fine.  A nurse comes once a day to run the the drugs through, and I just sleep.  On top of that IV anti-biotics make you sleepy compared to the pills.  So I'm having some very sleepy days, though it's probably good for me.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Early Snow

The front did go through last night and left the first of our lake effect snow this morning.  Here in Meaford the waters of Georgian Bay moderate the temperature a little, so we just got another dusting, but further south up on the highlands, there were several inches of the white stuff.

By the time I was out of bed (it's a slow process now) and finished breakfast, the snow was evaporating fast.  An hour later it was gone.

With the snow come the birds, here a Red-breasted Nuthatch and a Chickadee on the feeder.  More on these tomorrow.

A week ago, before the snow I was pleased to see a pair of Blue Jays stop by.  We hear them a lot, and see them in the distance, but rarely see them up close like this.  Hopefully they'll be here all winter.

This is my favourite capture of that morning.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Yes. it's snow!

There are reliable reports of snow last night and this morning in the region.  And the forecast tonight is for our first serious lake-effect snow of the year.  It's not unusual for mid to late October, all part of the changing 'seasons in the valley'.

The most I've seen is this snow shower or sleet that shows up against the dark evergreen, but others have reported white-outs!.  We'll see what it looks like in the morning!

A Small Setback

Late last Friday afternoon I came down with some serious chills.  Within a couple of hours Mrs. F.G. had me on an ambulance headed for our local hospital, all of three blocks away.  After numerous blood tests I was admitted, and I only got home 3 hours ago.  What would be a minor fever for most they treated very seriously in my case.  After 7 months in the big hospitals in London, the most important thing I have to do is watch out for any infections, especially those that might affect my kidneys.

This is a small town, rural hospital, but my doctor is in touch with  specialists in bigger centres who can confirm what treatment I need.  Sorry, no blog the last 5 nights.  I've come home with one hand all wrapped up in gauze to protect an IV line, so I don't know how typing will get done in the next few days either!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Autumn Skies

We get all kinds of different sky views once fall arrives, from bright blue and sunny to fog.  Often brightened a bit by coloured leaves.

You may recognize this view, right out back.

And another close view.

These two pine trees against the blue sky looked striking.

On another occasion, down by the bay.

Georgian Bay as you come back into town.

I was glad to see I expanded a few of your vocabularies when I referred to the evening of this photo as 'smirr'.  It's a Scottish word meaning meaning rain that's between the texture of fog and drizzle.  It seems innocent enough, but it can soak you through before you know it!  We first encountered it on the Isle of Mull, while waiting for the tiny pedestrian ferry to the Isle of Iona.  When it wasn't smirr it was horizontal rain.  When we got home I realized the term could easily be applied here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A Big Change in the Seasons!

The coming of fall colours followed quickly by the loss of leaves is one of the biggest and fastest changes in the seasons all year!  In a short two weeks here, the world out there changes from green to grey and brown.  Here's just one tree out our living room window as it's changed over the past ten days.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Mid-summers Day in October

It was one of those rare warm sunny October days with the leaves changing colour fast.  For the first time since coming home I sat out on the deck and enjoyed the warmth, the view, and a good book.  I drove the chair down the ramps onto the lawn, and beyond that out onto the golf course.  All worked well.

The deck, with its view through our trees out to the golf course, turned out to be a nice place to sit.

I drove down the ramp and out onto the golf course - testing the wheelchair all the way.  It was a bumpy ride, but it worked fine.

Those big old maples are changing colour so fast you can almost see it.

 A few days ago this tree was still half green.

A neighbour's Burning Bush.

And a brilliant yellow White Ash tree next door.