Sunday, February 22, 2015

It's COLD outside!

Somehow February seems like the longest month of the year.
We've had bitter cold temperatures, snow, and then more bitter cold.
I did take advantage of a sunny day to go outside and snap a few pictures around the yard.

A cold morning sunrise
Lots of snow this year!
Because it has been so cold outside, I have been spending a lot of time inside.
Father has been busy painting and I have been busy in the kitchen.
I have always wanted to learn how to make bread by hand - without the use of a breadmaker.
This week I tried some basic buns
Not the prettiest buns I've seen, but they tasted great. Not bad for a first attempt!
I've also been making a lot of pizza dough, and so pizza once a week.
Today I want to make some black current jam with some frozen currents from the garden.
And muffins ... Mmmmm.
I hope spring gets here soon so I can get out of the kitchen!
All this cooking isn't good for my waistline!
;)

Monday, February 9, 2015

February blahs

We just had 4 days of snowfall.
I can just barely see the top of the Boxwoods


The garden has a heavy blanket of snow protecting it.
 
 
 
The same picture just a few months ago
 

What a difference 6 months can make!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Snowy Owl sightings

According to many reports, Ontario is seeing a record number of Snowy Owl's this winter.
 Snowy owls live in the Arctic tundra, north of the tree line. 
 According to Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y.  the irruption "likely has to do with a bounty of prey in the owl’s breeding areas. With lemmings (the snowies prey of choice) plentiful, more owlets survived and flourished. With a sharp upswing in population, many of these young birds were forced to vacate their frigid northern homes, expanding their hunting areas further south"
I have been lucky enough to see one of these majestic birds in my own yard on several occasions.
 
 
 This guy seems to like my antennae, and spent quite a bit of time perched there yesterday.
 

 It didn't seem disturbed by me at all. In fact,  it was almost posing for me.



I think this may explain the lack of rabbits in my yard this winter!
 
 

 


It is the heaviest owl in North America, with females weighing an average of 2.3 kg and males 1.8 kg. This might explain the condition of my tower!


As I got closer it finally had enough of me and perched on a tree on the other side of the paddock.




I feel very privileged this beautiful Owl has decided to call my neighborhood home this winter.