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Day 2 – Camp Verde to Sedona

November 8, 2017

Today was a little more laidback than yesterday but it didn’t start out perfectly, or did it? They have a continental breakfast here at the motel which consists of bad coffee, no hot water for tea, toast, bagels and sugared cereals in little plastic bowls. Hmmm, time for MacDonald’s. Big Mac’s is about 2 miles […]

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Day 1 – Sooke to Camp Verde

November 7, 2017

Haven’t posted for a while as we’ve been so busy getting ready to go on holidays. Cleaning house (least favourite job) and harvesting and preparing the garden for winter, but that is another story. So… we’ve headed out on holidays. Nothing like advertising it to the world via this blog, but I think we have […]

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Perseverance and Resilience

October 24, 2017

Something that struck me this year was the perseverance and resilience of plants. They really are amazing. I’ve been noticing this more and more because of all the plants that I’ve had in pots and the lack of care they have received and yet they still staunchly trouped on. My philosophy being if they die they […]

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Critters In The Garden

October 20, 2017

Normally, I don’t have an issue with critters in the garden. I live behind a 10-foot fence all around our property and it’s a gated community of two. Very few four-legged friends get in, but this year was a little different. First, it was the slugs! Now they are more of a pest than a critter, […]

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If You Are Wondering Why…

October 18, 2017

If you are wondering why you haven’t received any new articles or stories from me it’s because my website had a meltdown. Well not a meltdown exactly, but the server where my website is hosted came down with a virus around the end of September. So… what is a server and hosting company. Basically, a website […]

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Glaucous-Winged Gull Eating A Starfish

October 18, 2017

Yesterday while I was enjoying a walk down Whiffin Spit I stumbled across a Glaucous-winged gull eating a starfish. I had been scouring the parking lot and nearby area just to see if the Lark sparrow was still there, but either its flown away or was somewhere I couldn’t see. Thought I might just continue […]

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Red-breasted Sapsucker – An Unexpected Visitor

September 30, 2017

Unexpectedly a Red-breasted Sapsucker arrived in the yard today. Not just one sapsucker, but two of them. In the past, I have sometimes seen them in the cedar trees here, but they are usually quite high up and you can hear them more than see them. I was just coming in the house and heard a […]

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Totally Unreasonable And Irrational

September 26, 2017

The other day I was totally unreasonable and irrational for no reason whatsoever. Picture a 15-year-old girl who’s been told she can’t go to the party that all her friends are going to, that’s pre-menstrual and her hormones are raging. …and you get the idea of how I was feeling. Now… there was no reason for me to […]

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No Horns On The Horned Lark

September 23, 2017

Well… actually the Horned Lark did have horns, he just wasn’t sharing them on that day. Instead, he was just quietly going about his or her business. It all started with the Lark Sparrow. I met Cathy at Whiffin Spit to see if it could be found again. As mentioned in my last post, we […]

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Lark Sparrow… All Eyes On Deck

September 21, 2017

Yesterday I found an unusual bird in the shape of a Lark Sparrow. I went to Whiffin Spit which is one of my favourite haunts in the non-summer months. Summer has a tendency to bring out everyone and their dogs wanting to enjoy the beach and the birding suffers. Whiffin Spit was once a place […]

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