Most days when I go down to the harbour I see the boats of our local sailing school, Sail Georgian Bay, in action. Often they're beyond my view out on the open bay, but when the waves are too choppy they're in the inner harbour, practicing their skills. It turns out that they have more skills than I realized!
Monday, August 28, 2023
Friday, August 25, 2023
The early signs of fall are all around us. I can't believe the beautiful summer I enjoy so much is nearly over. It feels like it's over already. For now I see the changes in the garden, in the weather, and on the drives we do through the countryside. In 6 weeks I'll see it in the coloured leaves of our real fall here.
Tuesday, August 22, 2023
We turned around where the church and an old one-room school marked the the Shouldice corner and headed back down the narrow gravel road, probably only used by farm equipment. Drove down through the swamp again in the opposite direction, and this time we did spot some birds.
Monday, August 21, 2023
On Friday we headed out in search of Sandhill Cranes, driving through Owen Sound and up to Shallow Lake. There we took the turn north and drove through Skinner Marsh. We only saw four Cranes, flying past over the field, so they are not gathering yet. We'll be back in the fall.
Friday, August 18, 2023
This is the time of year that fields of sunflowers burst into bloom here, if you're lucky enough to spot one in your travels. We've been out ands about a bit, so we've come across no fewer than three fields of them, though we haven't got out to take a look because my wheelchair is so heavy it would simply get stuck.
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Every year we allow a few Milkweed plants to grow in our garden, hoping they will attract some Monarch butterflies, and they do. This year is no different, and with diligent searching Mrs. F.G. has found a young caterpillar or two. We didn't catch every stage of the process, but I caught one of the Monarchs just after it had emerged.
Sunday, August 13, 2023
At this time of the year I'm constantly noticing the crops as they mature around here. As older farmers retire, quite often farms get turned over to cash crops, and the big three here are corn, soybeans and wheat. The wheat harvest definitely marks August and I managed to get a few pictures on our drive to Keady Market.