Saturday, January 3, 2015


Our great-niece Alenka Rose Thepen, daughter of our niece Sarah Osmond and her partner Mark Thepen, was born at 8:30 am on December 31st.   At 22 inches and 11 lbs. 5 ozs. she could put on a backpack and head off to kindergarten!  Thanks go to the proud parent for the lovely photo.

I'm in love.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

In Remembrance and sorrow

Thinking of the families and loved ones of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and those injured and impacted by the horrific events in Ottawa yesterday, October 22, 2014.

Click here for Rex Murphy's reflection on the day.

And listen to Peter, Paul and Mary for some hope.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Leaving home

Look who's out of the nest!  This is one of Opsrey chicks - identifiable by the light coloured tips on the feathers on it's back. Looking big and strong on a hydro tower about 500 feet away from the nest.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Renovation day at the Osprey nest

The chicks will be fledging any day now and Mom is adding new branches to the nest, with any luck, she's getting ready for next year.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Tiny visitor

It might seem odd to anyone who lives in southewestern Ontario but, until today, I'd only had one fleeting glimpse of a Hummingbird.  This morning I visited a friend who lives on an old family farm in Eastwood and while we enjoying a cup of tea this visitor showed up.  I was pretty darned excited.  Another bird to check off my Life List!

This is a Ruby-throated Hummingbird - either an adult female or a juvenile as the young of both sexes look like the adult female.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Big babies

We drove to London today to see Guardians of the Galaxy at the cinema - awesome by the way - and had 10 hawk sightings and stopped to check on the Osprey chicks.

The babies are getting BIG - here they are on either side of their mother.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Osprey chicks

Finally!  Proof that there are two chicks in the nest at Fanshawe and Clarke Roads in London, Ontario.  We stopped by to check the nest today and found two little heads bobbing up and down, being fed their fish dinner.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Osprey update - a visit to Lois and Clarke

When we stopped by to visit (l-r) Clarke and Lois yesterday they cooperated by being close enough together for me to get them in one shot.  Lois appeared to be eating at the time.

When we took another look about an hour later she was settled down on the nest again.  We still have no proof of chicks in the nest.

Clarke, hanging out just being handsome.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Interesting variations

This time of the year you can see some really interesting looking Cardinals.  Today we had both a molting male Cardinal sitting in the Lilac tree..

.....and a juvenile male Cardinal sitting on the clothesline....

.....until he flew the coop!

The glow on photos 2 & 3 are a result of shooting through the screen on the dining room window.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A visit to the Osprey nest

Wow, it was hot and sticky today.  Enough whining though, as we spent the afternoon in an air conditioned cinema watching The Grand Seduction (great fun!) while Lois (below) sat on her chicks in the heat and ....

.......called out to Clarke who was sitting on a hydro pole across the street with a freshly caught fish.

 We stayed and watched for about 10 minutes but he still hadn't shared the meal by the time we left.