Black, White and Red

We had yet another lovely weekend at the cottage. This time we had incredible weather- sunny and breezy. The blackflies were still raging but they did help keep my feet moving. The few times I stopped to focus on a subject were rushed by a cloud of biting insects.

There are several fields of horses along the road to the cottage, and I always have a reason not to stop. It’s raining. The sky is too dark. They are too far away. I’m falling asleep. This time there was no such excuse, so we pulled over (on essentially a country highway) so I could finally cross it off my list.

black and white horse


pileated woodpecker


Small World

Despite the cool, overcast weather and the itchy blackfly welts all over my neck, we did enjoy a couple of days at the cottage during the long weekend here in Canada. First trip of the season. It was fresh, muddy, peaceful, and cozy.

With my big round belly it’s become increasingly difficult for me to crouch down to photograph the things I see on the ground. Some days are tolerable but most are nearly impossible- especially getting back up! By the end of our walk yesterday, I declared that I was not going to bend over again unless something really blew me away.

Theme this time of year seems to be tiny. The only flowers that have popped up by now are unbelievably small and close to the earth. You have to look closely, but you will find a magical little landscape underfoot. Most of these things were smaller than an inch long. Sadly, I was able to get very close to a hummingbird (last photo). More on that in a later post.



tiny violet





The magnolia in the backyard has finished its two-storey high splendour, and now the lilacs, tulips and apple blossoms are opening all over town. There is familiar order to everything, but I haven’t seen any butterflies yet. I planted my strawberries in the garden, and started sprouting tomatoes, pumpkin and squash in some egg cartons. Hopefully they won’t perish in my care…

Inside we are making little changes to get ready for the summer and the heat. I am in full nesting mode, doing little jobs that have been put off for too long. I also have a growing list of things I would like to do before the baby comes in June. Cleaning, organizing, shopping. Writing thank-you cards for all of the thoughtful gifts we’ve been given.

All in good time.

magnolia weathervane



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