A gift for the birds this Christmas

We checked up on the Schoolhouse this weekend and made sure that we left a little something for the birds.
Black-Capped Chickadee

We’ve left some feed out around the property. Provided the squirrels don’t get there first the birds should have a bit of a Christmas treat. It’s the least we can do until our new bird feeder is installed. Pat is working on something for the spring. And it is a good excuse to get up there more often.

2014 came in like a popsicle that’s been in the freezer too long.

I’ve always relished the Canadian winter but yeesh, this year, I’m having doubts.

I hope I insulated my plants well enough!

I hope I insulated my plants well enough!

It has been a long, cold winter this year. We headed up for New Years and were surprised at the amount of snow. Our next trip I am sure will reveal more snow!

I usually don’t like to complain about the cold winters but this one might just be the exception.

Snowy side yard

We hope that the snow and ice on the back porch, that has fallen from the roof and entrenched itself, will be gone sometime in May…

Weird Canuck facts: an Infographic

Since Canada Day is on a Monday this year, we will be spending a long weekend working at the Schoolhouse likely.

We are also celebrating in good Canadian fashion with a barbecue at a friend’s house so there will be no time to blog!

So for those who are online here is a nice little infographic with some weird little facts about Canda. Though I notice Kinmount did not make the list of weird place names. Just saying.


Canada 11 Canucking Crazy Facts

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Building green: An infographic

Here is an interesting infographic on the benefits of building green.

There appears to be some solid reasons to build with a thought to considering the environment as you go. I think a lot of this would be relevant whether you were constructing from new or adding on to an existing site. That would sort of be the best way to recycle don’t you think?

Why build green?

You aren’t Canadian unless you complain about the weather: An infographic

That’s just a fact. I can’t confirm it but I suspect that is a secretly part of the immigration process. Those of us born here just have a special chip implanted at birth that makes us automatically bring up the weather in any given conversation.

Summer Sun Light

We Canadians can only talk about hockey, double doubles and poutine so long. So inevitably the conversation turns to the weather. The winter is always too cold and this year I suspect throughout the entire summer, we will be complaining about how much we have to water the garden, how many sunburns we will try to avoid as we transition from a pale blue, to translucent white to the red that our national flag bears. There is also a lot of talk about how we wish it was a “dry heat”.

In that spirit I bring you an apt infographic for this stinkin’ heat. While not the normal topic for this blog I can’t help but think about the weather when I am working in the garden or on the lawn or when I am trying to keep my herbs and veggies from shrivelling up on my balcony in the city.

I think we’ve broken a lot of these records now but you get the idea. It’s something to peruse when you are in between watering your herbs for the fifth time today and braving the waters of Lake Ontario just to cool off.

Infographic: Dog days of summer