We had the tree trimmers come again the other day. Mrs. F.G. wanted a few lower branches that were shading the garden cut. And we're going to gradually try and shift the composition of the few trees we have away from Norway Maple, towards the Sugar Maple. We also have to be prepared for the Emerald Ash Borer, as we have five large ash in our line of trees out the back window.
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
This Time It REALLY Snowed!
The snowflurries started Monday morning, lake streamers bringing moisture off Lake Huron, dropping it in a long narrow band right over our house! We got 8-10" on Monday, but Tuesday dawned bright and sunny. With blue skies it made for good pictures.
Sunday, November 21, 2021
A Dairy Herd Tragedy is Unfolding in Abbotsford
If you've been watching the news recently you'll know that a huge flooding crisis is happening in the lower Fraser Valley of B.C. right now. The rural part of Abbotsford is largely located on the drained farmland that was formerly Sumas Lake. Today it's known as Sumas Prairie, and it's one of the best farming area in Canada. It includes the heart of B.C.'s dairy industry.
Further north lives have been lost in mudslides, but here it's the farmers who are suffering the loss of life, that of their cattle. I don't know if you've ever spent time on a dairy farm, but dairy farmers generally know their cows by name, Cows have personalities, some are slow, some silly and some just co-operative. Dairy farmers strive to keep their cows comfortable because guess what - comfortable cows produce more milk!
So dairy cows become like members of the family. No wonder farmers are going to extra-ordinary efforts to save their cows, though tragically hundreds are drowning. Dairy cows are bred every year too, because cows need a calf to produce milk. So over the years the quality of a herd steadily increases based on how well the farmers manage things. It represents an investment of decades in many cases.
Here's one of the dike-top trails we've walked along, the canal out-of-sight on the right, the farmland and buildings on the left.
Friday, November 19, 2021
Yes, it actually snowed, not just the light dusting of the highlands that I posted yesterday, but snow right here in Meaford. Just an inch or two here, but my morning caregiver today, who lives up on those highlands, reported a foot of snow at her place! Winter is here.
Thursday, November 18, 2021
A Light Snowfall on the Highlands
Now you have to understand a bit of geology to understand this post. Driving the highway west of Meaford you slowly rise up the Algonquin shoreline of the last ice age. After that until you drop down over the rocks of the escarpment on this side of Owen Sound you are up on top of the escarpment. That's enough to make a slight difference in temperature. As a result that part of the drive may have snow while both in Meaford and in Owen Sound there is none.
Driving to Owen Sound for physio the other day, we saw the evidence of this as a gentle snowfall covered all the trees for the stretch of the drive above the escarpment. Later on in the winter the difference will be a lot more obvious. For now, enjoy these early winter photos.
Monday, November 15, 2021
Garden and Winter Arrangements
Mrs. F.G. has been working hard to put the garden away for winter. She does tidy it up, but much of that involves mulching as much as she can with leaves, protecting the few tender plants we have in pots, and doing some final fall pruning. She is careful to leave lot of shelter for the bugs, and sometimes I think we're here mainly to feed the wee beasties, the squirrels!