#FrameItFriday (week 38 season 4) We took advantage of the great weather yesterday and ventured out for a paddle along the Moira River yesterday. "Apparently" according the weather folks, the next few days are going to be stellar for sunshine and heat. In Ontario that is, I'm not sure about elsewhere. I sure hope they're correct because I want to get back out there again. We went from our place downstream to the first bridge (which means absolutely nothing to you unless you k
#FrameItFriday (week 37 season 4) Check out the tomatoes! They're actually surviving my care and since I've only ever half-assed tried to grow anything of the vegetable family before I'm a tiny bit proud of myself. I admit I was a lazy farmer only tending to it when the bugs weren't around, it wasn't stinking hot or someone in the house said "there's more ripe tomatoes out in the garden". I've learned a lot about stuff, enough for my wee brain anyhow. At the suggestion of a
#FrameItFriday (week 36 season 4) Well holy my moly where the HECK did August go? How dare it take the warmth away with it! Ok, the humidity part, I don't miss that, but COME ON, tell me this coolness is temporary, please! I'm not quite ready for fall yet. I am ready for all the tomato plants I put in the garden to finish producing though. I'm a total novice to canning, jarring, preserving, pickling, etc, etc. I google recipes that read "quick and easy to make" because I'm n
#FrameItFriday (week 35 season 4) Well how the heck is everyone doing? What are YOUR tricks to keep cool? I'll go first.....yesterday we planned to hit the beach and I had found a new to me location that was sweet. I parked the car, we walked to the shoreline, I dropped my towel in the sand and walked directly into the cool, refreshing waters of Lake Ontario. I brought a bathing suit but there simply was not enough time to change into it. I went in fully clothed and I could c
#FrameItFriday (week 34 season 4) Yep, just like the photo....I'm so excited I may almost pee my pants! Not to worry, I won't (phew) but I am excited! Why? Oh I'm FINALLY going to shoot some live music and that's happening tonight! Where? At the Northumberland Rocks Back festival proudly repping for the first time ever for Sound Check Entertainment (no pressure). Last live music I shot was at the Sanderson Centre for Meghan Patrick, it was Friday, March 13th, 2020 and pretty
#FrameItFriday (week 33 season 4) I fell down the rabbit hole this past week. Not a real one but the virtual one. Have you ever done that? I've been researching ideas for shoots, googling specific words and the motherhood of images and ideas and websites popped up before my eyes. It sure makes the adrenaline flow. I kid you not, I am surrounded by cool locations, I am gathering some sweet props (yes MORE), costumes and I have a gazillion ideas for poses.....now I just need "
#FrameItFriday (week 32 season 4) Well another week, another blog. I've found that unless I plan for it, my camera has taken a back seat to life around here. The 16 tomato plants I ambitiously crammed in to our sweet raised garden beds have turned in to a jungle. I'll be cutting back on that nonsense next year. There's a gazillion of those cherry tomatoes that ripen daily which is cool but the beefsteak ones are the ones I seriously want to put to the taste test but they're s
#FrameItFriday (week 31 season 4) Well, let's jump back a bit for a second now shall we? This time last year here's 3 things I never in a million years would have thought would happen: 1) Moving to the country B) Camping with my kids iii) All of us reading around a campfire on a rainy day Never say never I suppose. What a fantastic 3 day adventure I had with my kids and daughter-in-law last weekend. I didn't really give too much thought about how we'd get to our destinatio
#FrameItFriday (week 30 season 4) WHAT is going on here? Well, the orange and banana yaks are going on an adventure with Kiddo's canoe (not shown). After 40 or so years (for me), me and my kids are going camping! Ok I did a sleepover with my son when he was in Beavers YEARS ago and we slept over on the field at the Skydome, that was cool but the only animals were the 1,000s of beavers. This time we're paddling some lakes, portaging a bit (I'll let you know what a "bit" is whe
#FrameItFriday (week 29 season 4) It's pretty noisy around here today, some of our trees are receiving a much deserved mani/pedi. Some we are taking down all together (those annoying Manitoba Maples). They were using our barn/garage as a crutch and well that won't do. The roof needs some attention, now we'll be able to see just how much work it needs. The angle of the photo I took makes it look like the barn is about to topple over, it's old and a tad rickety but it's got goo
#FrameItFriday (week 28 season 4) This is the oddest July I have experienced in a long time, so, much rain! I mean rain is good, it helps fill the well, fill the pond, overflow the flowerpots and drown the gardens. Being housebound due to the monsoons we've been experiencing has forced me to focus on the closets around our home that had stuff flung into them from our move. No photography, just re-organizing. In homes pushing 143 years old you discover the odd things that need
#FrameItFriday (week 27 season 4) Last Sunday morning was insane around our house, specifically out the back. It began by seeing but mostly hearing this little dude, freshly fledged. In fact I believe that the occupants of any and all active bird nests within a 1km radius of our place decided to fledge early that morning. All the newbie pilots decided to sputter and flutter to the nearest thing that they could land on. This little cutie chose our deck. The trees were alive wi
#FrameItFriday (week 26 season 4) "Hop on, there's room."
Goals. For me as a photographer one shot on my bucket list was a frog on a lily pad. Got it finally! I'm gradually getting my shoot and paddle skills in sync. I had the whole winter off, kind of tricky to train when you're in the great white north and the frogs hibernate and the waters freeze over. I might add my kayak will not fit in our bathtub. Ha. Ha. It's surprising the amount of wildlife that lurks in the greens
#FrameItFriday (week 25 season 4) I told my family that I'm trying to do better at keeping track of the days of the week. Acknowledging the fact that it's the weekend and stuff like that. Not to worry, I won't take it as far as putting on "days of the week" underwear to track the days though, nah I'll just check my phone or iPad. I'd ask that google home thing we've got but she doesn't play well with our internet. She keeps on making some excuse like "I can't do that right n
#FrameItFriday (week 24 season 4) Some mornings you just wake up and hit the ground running, that would be today. My walking buddy came up with a great idea for our daily walks: let's avoid the trails and the mesh hoods and walk the road right outside our front door instead. For the most part we've come back from our new walk route with far less blood donations and we free up the rest of our day for other things such as chores. Having not ever seriously tried to grow vegetabl
#FrameItFriday (week 23 season 4) Discovering and learning lots about "shtuff" here in the country. An example would be: learned a new shortcut to the hardware store that takes me past a pond that had two great white herons or egrets. Not sure exactly what they are but when I post the image I'll be sure and ask all you bird nerd buddies here. I was hoping it was a nesting pair and was without camera (of course) when I first spotted the pair. On my second trip to the hardware
#FrameItFriday (week 22 season 4) Say "helloooooo" to Lolly (as in Lollipop because of her big old eyeballs) she lives at the barn down the road from us with her mum Lilly, her buddy Shirley the Sheep and a goat with no name. Until the lockdown restrictions are lifted and I can take human family photos etc I have had the barn animals all sign photo releases so that I may take their portraits. First, I must purchase a big bag of carrots and some apples to bribe them to show me
#FrameItFriday (week 21 season 4) I grabbed this shot last week during a lull from the annoying biting insects. See that back porch across the pond? It's all screened in and pretty much "off limits" to biting things except an occasional appearance by some kind of docile hornet type of things. They don't bite, they could care less about us, so I guess they're allowed until the tall man with the electrified tennis racket sweeps the room. What I'm trying to say is that screened
#FrameItFriday (week 20 season 4) Rather than tell you about the tick bite, the 2 dead birds we found (one hit our window & one snuck in the basement and died). Or the frustrations of online ordering (what you thought you were getting vs what you got) let's talk about these fences now shall we? So, we're walking along the road and on one side we've got fence 1 and the other side we've got fence 2. My brain starts to sputter into gear, my imagination begins to flicker to life.
#FrameItFriday (week 19 season 4) Fingers crossed the lockdown order gets lifted around here. We will know in a couple of weeks time. My family should be vaccinated with first shots by then. Snow tires have been removed so my buggy will be waiting at the ready for some backroad explores. While I wait, I've been taking some roads less travelled back and forth to town for "essential business" and that's about it. You may have noticed I've begun to post local to me shots from th