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    Holiday at Wasaga Beach : Part 1

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    Hello! We spent last week at Wasaga Beach and had a wonderful time.

    At 14 kilometres, Wasaga is identified as the longest fresh water beach in the world. Located a two hour drive north of downtown Toronto, it's a very popular place during the summer, especially on the weekends. In fact, the last time I was there it was on a Saturday afternoon in July and the place was so crowded that my friends and I got right back into the car and drove further north to a less busy beach.

    However, as you'll see by these photos, it's a completely different place mid-week in September. We practically had the place to ourselves, but given that the water had had a whole summer to warm up and the weather was (mostly) beautiful, it turned out to be a perfect beach holiday.

    Being as long as it is, the beach is divided into sections, with Area One being the oldest and most popular part. We rented a cottage through Airbnb, which ended up being a quick walk to the beach at Area Four. We were there from Monday, September 13th to Friday, September 17th, 2021. (I didn't take any pictures of the place we rented but if you'd like details about the cottage, please contact me by email.)

    Even though people's mindsets begin to change from summer to fall at this time of year, it was nearly 30 degrees the whole time we were there. I didn't even put on the lace-up shoes, socks, or the warm sweater I'd packed once. We swam every day without a single shiver, even upon getting out of the water.

    We also took walks along the beach and throughout the neighbourhood, checking out the charming older original cottages and the stunning new homes that have more recently replaced the old. Along the way, we talked to the people we saw and everyone was so friendly. We ended up having quite a long conversation with a man who, coincidentally, once lived a five minute walk from where we live in Toronto.

    We cooked all our meals at "home" and ate them outside. And on the last full day of our stay, we shared the space with some very special company, indeed. I'll tell you (and share lots of pictures) about that in Part 2 which I'll post early next week.

    These photos are posted in the order in which they were taken throughout the week. Although it was nice and warm the whole time, there was some dramatic weather in there, but the rain only fell at night so it wasn't a problem ...

    Recipe : Fruit and White Wine Cocktail – “White Wine Sangria”

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    Bird Watching in the City : Spring 2021 Toronto

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    Hello hello! I hope you're well.

    We have a window in our kitchen that looks directly out into the top of an old maple tree. Unfortunately, the tree is slowly dying and there's nothing we can do to stop it. At this point about half of the branches have leaves and half are dead. We've had an arborist look at it and they've told up that it's just nature taking its course and the tree has simply come to the end of its life cycle.

    There's an upside to this sad demise, though, in that birds, insects and squirrels really enjoy hanging out on its leafless limbs. We've always had birds in the tree, but now it seems like there are more of them and a wider variety. It could be because we can see them better now without the leaves, or it could be that the animals are really drawn to whatever food they're finding on the dead wood. We've seen them munching away out there, on who knows what.

    Since I'm not an experienced birder, I'm afraid I can't tell you exactly what all of these are. I really tried to identify them but it's hard because there are so many variables that come into play with birds, such as their age (a chick looks different than a fledgling of the same species, and adults look different again), gender (sometimes males and females are hard to distinguish from one another, as with American Robins for example, but sometimes they'll look quite different from one another), time of year (some birds look quite different in the winter/spring than they do in other seasons). Also, there are a lot of different birds flying around our province, especially in the spring and summer, when many species migrate up here to breed. A recent count by the "Ontario Birds Records Committee" determined there are 501 species in the province, including those who visit from the south. Anyway, I've spent too much time trying to figure these all out and just had to give up on some of them.

    While doing the research, I came upon a new-to-me term used within the birdwatching community -- "Lifer" : (noun) The very first sighting of a bird species that had never been seen before by the observer.

    Amoungst these photos, there are a few lifers for me and perhaps there are for you, too.

    I'll begin with those ...

    A Spring Garden with a Frosty Twist

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    Hello. Happy Earth Day! In honour of the day I'm sharing some photos of our spring garden.

    These shots were taken yesterday, April 21st. While we've certainly had snow on the flowers before, I can't recall ever seeing a snowfall as abundant as this one, this far into the year. When we were warned about it in the weather forecast the day before, we couldn’t imagine that it would happen to the degree they said it would. Then, we awoke the next morning to so much snow!

    A New Crocheted Wreath and an Easter Decorating Video

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    Hello hello! I won't pretend that times aren't dire, but I'll try to cheer you with my home's attire. Groan? Ok, moving along. (For future readers, this was posted during the covid pandemic).

    Here's a new seasonal wreath I crocheted, following this tutorial.

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