Friday, 24 June 2016

Out and About; and Seriously, We Don't Say Oot and Aboot in Canada, No Matter What You've Been Told

Flora and fauna and other oddities I have recently encountered ...


... on my walk:

Stalwart guard on the walking path. He shows up every day.

Fungi. What an odd word. Fungi. Fungi. Fungi ...

Is someone advertising an errant hat, or did they think the fire hydrant looked chilly?



... and in my yard:


Peonies in bud. The ants have been busy eating the coating off them so they will bloom.
Perennial ground cover ... name not coming to me ... filling in its enclosed space nicely, between the steps and the wall.
Lilacs in bud. The smell is heavenly when they bloom. I can't pass by without taking a close-up sniff.


And an unexpected turn of events as I started to film this fellow. If you have your audio turned on, the end of the video will make more sense. (Listen at the 55 second mark.)




Why did the crow cross the road? Was it to get to the Donkey on the other side?

Nope. Just to get to the other side. (Did you hear his friend warning him about the Donkey, though?)

Hope you have some close encounters of the good kind this weekend.




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  1. I couldn't play the video but the photos of your world are funny and sweet. Such an interesting sentry, that tree.

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    1. Hmm, I wonder if there is something wrong with the uploading of the video? Or if it's because we're in a different country ... in any case, the crow hops off the opposite curb, comes toward the camera at a brisk waddle-trot, hops up on the curb next to me and into the lawn. Meanwhile, a crow friend caws from above. That's about it. I was just excited that he came toward me instead of skedaddling away! Thank you for your kind words, Angella.

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  2. Enjoyable photos! Clip plays fine in California.

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    1. Thanks, Geo. Good to know the clip works.

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  3. You have to have flash to play the clip. I'll have to come back later to watch it in my other browser, as the power is down for a while and I'm using the mobile hotspot which has a data limit...
    We have a pair of wild canaries building a nest under the eaves, and the singing is spectacular.

    -Doug in Oakland

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    1. Ah, that explains the clip.

      Oh, wow - wild canaries! Lucky you!

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  4. Looks like you had some great encounters. Thanks for sharing. The fire hydrant with the hat cracks me up. Take care.

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    1. It cracked me up, too, Mr. S :)

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  5. And the clip plays very happily in Oz too. Loved walking with you - and have a very soft spot for the corvid family.

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    1. I do, too - and was so surprised when this guy not only didn't fly away, he acted as if I wasn't even there. Maybe he was bluffing :)

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  6. Hi PD-I love trees-I see faces in the trunks all the time. This one reminds me of an owl. Definitely a guardian, though. Peonies are my very favorite flower with lilacs in the top three (Peony, Hydrangea, Lilac, Rose). Sounds like a lovely walk. I spent the morning clearing out poison ivy from the fence bordering our neighbor. It's not enough that his old, overgrown, dying trees hang over our driveway and garage, now he's got a poison ivy infestation, as well. Fences make good neighbors possibly when they are tall and wooden, but really I'd rather keep the friendlier see through one if only he'd clear out his dead trees and pull his poison ivy. Do I sound bitter? Poisonous even? Haha. I feel a little itchy.

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    1. Goldarnit, now I feel itchy, too! I've never had anything to do with poison ivy - I think I'd rather clear out anything with thorns than anything with poison. How do you dress for something like that?

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  7. I love peonies, but Dave doesn't like them specifically because they attract ants! I often see lost hats on fire hydrants, too. Funny how that's the default place to put them.

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    1. That's funny - it's the first time I've ever seen ANYTHING on a fire hydrant in our region! Maybe it's a British thing :)

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  8. I love the tree face! Someone put eyes and noses and mouths on three trees down the block from us and it delights my children every time we walk past - they never tire of it.

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    1. What fun! I think the eyes on "my" tree are where limbs fell off. But they really make the tree look alive!

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