DUCKS DREAM TOO!

It is Friday. In Canada, we are looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving. It is a special long weekend in autumn with so many blessings in life. Granted, not everything that we experience is a blessing but, hopefully, most of us have something for which to be grateful — people, pets, places and more.

There will be many photos taken this week as people gather to give thanks and to share the bounty of the harvest. Trees are flaunting their autumn shades of red, orange, yellow just in time to enjoy on a drive to close up the cottage or during a walk in the neighbourhood.

As it is Friday, I, also, look forward to The Daily Post photo challenge. The theme for this week is Dreamy!  Often, there is a moment to capture in a photo that rings true for the ongoing cycles of life and living. At times, it can seem almost, you guessed it, dreamy!

After reading the post, considering the theme, one of my spring photos came to mind. On May 10, 2014, it was, to me, another cool spring day. This year’s spring-like weather was tainted with the coolness of winter. However, that did not stop the ducks returning from their winter hideaways. Annually, a couple of ducks land in our backyard pool, even before it is reopened. This year, I managed to get a few photos of the visitors that sometimes nest in the surrounding shrubs. No little ducklings this year but I did get a photo that had a dream-like quality and I am sharing it today for the theme. With apologies to the experts, this blogging amateur fan of the visual, saw in the the finished dreamy photo setting a Monet-like backgrounder to frame this vibrant spring arrival.

Perhaps the duck was dreaming of the day when this pool would be renewed for another season. I don’t know. In the meantime, he may be dreaming of warmer temperatures. Maybe he came back to Ontario too soon.

2014 DUCK AT POOL!
2014 DUCK AT POOL!

Wherever your dreams take you on this autumn weekend, depending on your hemispheric location, best to all. Thanks so much for dropping by to read my blog!

Also, I would like to thank Tammie Lister for designing this new WordPress theme, Harmonic. 🙂

 

WINTER–WONDERS, READS AND WORDS!

2014 is arriving with a bang, or two, literally! In Ontario and elsewhere, frost quakes are interrupting people’s sleep patterns and peace of mind. Check out this bolded term here if you wish to be  informed and reassured about this phenomenon that is occurring.

When I was growing up, I recall hearing similar sounds in the cold, dark nights of rural Ontario winter. Apparently, I was told, our 1902 red brick house was just settling itself for the night. I, also, recall that I was not too comforted by the thought that our very old house needed to go through this noisy process just to stay centred in the freezing cold countryside.

That aside, the weather has certainly been ideal for catching up on some winter reads, starting with Jim and Sue Waddington’s In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven. Gifted to me this holiday season, this book about my favourite group of Canadian artists, is a travelogue of two art aficionados who have traced the scenic inspirations of many of the paintings done by the Group of Seven. Detective skills coupled with instincts and their children’s observations combined to assist the couple in their journey. The hardcover book with many quality reproductions of paintings, sketches and photos is a beautiful item to add to your bookshelf and to browse on a cold winter’s day.

Cover photo from Goose Lane Editions website.
Cover photo from Goose Lane Editions website.

After holiday feasts and snacking, like me, you might be looking for some tasty, healthful, foods to add to your weekly menu. I would recommend that you check out Delicious Mediterranean Diet Recipes by Hearst and Open Road Integrated Media. With some fundamental ingredients of pasta, meat and vegetables, these recipes will provide nutritious, colourful dishes in the coming year. This Kindle edition is available at Amazon.ca. You will enjoy reading this anthology of recipes accompanied by appealing photos and added information pages. Enjoy.

Cover photo, NetGalley
Cover photo, NetGalley

Finally, happy to say that 2014 has started well for the poet in me as I have shared a couplet in the annual cooperative poem at leafpress.ca. You can check out this link to read a series of couplets inspired by the theme “wind”. This poem begins with the words,  I Hear the Wind Waiting . My contribution begins with  “Crystal coating…” Thrilled I am to be part of this diverse creation.

Best to all as we glide into the new year! 🙂

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