Even before I opened one bleary eye at dawn this morning, I heard him. - "Eeee - oh-layyy! bup bup -.....Layoieeee! ....bup bup EEEoh layyy, ...Leee ohieeEEE!" Nothing means spring has arrived as much as the call of the wood thrush. Even though every morning now brings a welcome song that means an old friend has arrived back home. It was … Continue reading Safe Returns – April 20th 2017
While many of the local folks are huffing out a big sigh of relief at the thought of warmer weather and snow melt, I feel a huge sense of loss. I love winter, and everything that is entailed in living in a cold climate. Granted, it has been a busy few months, with visitors, snow sports and home chores, … Continue reading Winter’s Passing
Oooomph!! That's a hard thing to believe! 30 years since this little guy showed up in our long winter's night dreams, and helped us embark on this interesting venture. And ... "what a long strange trip it has been"! As Enn and I head into our 30th year as keen ambassadors for back country telemark skiing - (all right, it's … Continue reading 2016 – 30 years!?
Hi folks, A lovely little nip is in the air today - you can smell snowflakes in the stratosphere. Yes, you can! 😉 All the maple and poplar leaves have been set free, swirling in huge drifts over the yard. Raking has been a chore with these huge northeasterly blows happening all week. Only the rubrous oak and citrine … Continue reading Annual Fall “Lopp-It-Good” – happening November 8th 2014
July 1st 2014 is almost upon us … and it is hard to believe we are already past our longest day of the year. We marked the solstice this month (….and our thirtieth anniversary of putting up with each other!) - with a wonderful house concert by Liam Titcomb, who most definately keeps me believing in the value … Continue reading HAPPY CANADA DAY!
Trail-clearing weekend November 9th, 2013 at Bellevue Valley Lodge
Sunday morning chorus ... so many happy travelers have arrived back home this week! Flutebird (hermit thrush) got back late last night, his song overlapped with an early morning barred owl. Yesterday it was Wagtail (eastern phoebe) who stood out as newcomer. The Yakker family (northern flickers) were quiet for a few days, but are … Continue reading Spring flings wings!
February 7th, 2012 It was an incredibly sunny, blue, gold and white winter day today! What a change from the past few weeks - and so overdue ~ I know it's silly to feel responsible for the weather, but I always feel anxious when the weather doesn't put on it's best face for guests who … Continue reading What a day for a tour …..
A picture taken up the road in Heyden a few mornings ago .....it's a local joke around here that it is "always snowing in Heyden" - perhaps true home of the Gods, Heyden, the Hallowed Halls of Humidity ! (...supposedly a name found in old mythologies, either greek or norse, can't remember. Anyone got time … Continue reading Time to wax the skiis …..!