Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Ode to July

Thank you for the gift of sunshine and warmth. The long glorious days that seemed to go on forever. The early morning sunrises and late night sunsets. The constellations, shooting stars and UFO’s on hot summer nights. The gently breezes that kept the bugs away and made the hot humid days bearable. The abundance of fireflies and serenading bull frogs. The daily visits from the baby geese who are now almost fully grown.

The air has changed, the crickets have started chirping, harvest is around the corner and hay fever (ragweed) is on our doorstep. Soon the geese will learn to fly and spend their days in neighboring fields. The nights will get cooler, the days shorter.

But I will cherish you July 2019. Thank you!


I get the feeling July wants me to squeeze as much out of today as I can. There’s been another accident and another hydro pole down. I arrived home around 5 to a very hot and stuffy house. The power went off around 11 this morning. It’s expected to be back up by 8:15 pm. Pizza for supper. Sitting on the deck enjoying the geese, birds and breezes. Happy the humidity has gone. Enjoying summer!

Sunrise, river, lawn
212/365 This morning’s sunrise ©️ WQuinn
Watercolour painting yellow flowers
212/365 Painting of the day 31 July 2019 ©️ WQuinn


Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Another humid day today, even after two rain showers. There’s a chance of a thunderstorm any time now…promising relief. Love the air-conditioning but looking forward to a cool night with the windows open.

After supper, I found myself in the garden washing the bird bath and filling the feeders. I glanced at the sky and was overcome with awe. The sunsets here never cease to amaze me! I took a few pictures but they don’t do it justice. I could see the yellow sky through the too branches of the tallest tree in the bush across from me. It was a golden yellow with streaks of orange and red and whisps of blue. The trees and field were visible, not yet silhouette.

Sunset 30 July 2019 ©️ WQuinn
Sunset 30 July 2019 ©️ WQuinn

I decided in that moment to paint it.

Watercolour painting landscape sunset
211/365 Painting of the day, 30 July 2019 ©️ WQuinn

Not quite the sky I wanted but good experience with watercolour paints to know what not to do next time.

Oh! I hear thunder rolling! Window is opened a crack…

Today’s photo is an update of the baby geese who have been visiting all summer.

Canadian geese
211/365 Photo of the day, 30 July 2019 ©️ WQuinn
Canada Goose
One of the babies…almost fully grown ©️ WQuinn 2019

They’re almost fully grown. It won’t be long til they’re flying. Once they do, they’ll fly to neighbouring fields for their meals instead of our backyard.


Monday, 29 July 2019

I’m a little disappointed. Large black clouds were heading in. Even saw lightening. Thunder rolled. Then it moved away, around us. No rain. No exciting storm. No relief from the humidity. Thank goodness for air conditioning! The thunderstorm warning is in effect for another 3 hours…still a chance!

I painted this during the non-storm storm, trying to recreate the dark blue sky but it turned out more purple than blue.

Watercolour painting landscape dark sky, trees and field
210/365 Painting of the day, 29 July 2019 ©️ WQuinn

This beauty opened up to the world today in my flower garden

210/365 Photo of the day, 29 July 2019 ©️ WQuinn

It was started indoors in early spring. Happy to see it blooming!


Sunday, 28 July 2019

Gasp! It’s the 28th of July! When did that happen????

I sat outside last night with mom, cooled off in my little inflatable pool, drank wine and watched the day turn into night. I was delighted to see that the fireflies were still around. Saw lots of stars and a very fast moving ISS or space junk. It was quite late when I turned in which meant a late start to this morning.

My first guest of the day was my turkey friend and, much to my delight, he brought his girlfriend for breakfast too. Every other day, since early spring, this male turkey has dropped by looking for a snack. I usually throw him some sunflower seeds, watch him eat, then he’s on his way. We’ve never had turkeys stay this late into the season. They’re usually gone before the geese arrive. Turkeys in the winter and geese all summer. But this guy has been hanging around, steering clear of the geese. I was a little concerned he lost his family…so imagine my joy when she shyly popped out of the bushes… apparently not used to humans talking to her, she turned right around and went back behind the tree!

I painted two paintings today…one, I started this morning. I had the idea of a reverse silhouette…black canvas with white flowers. I gave the canvas a couple of coats then waited for it to dry. I went to a funeral service for a friend’s husband who passed away earlier this month. When I came back, I started on the white flowers but had to wait for it to dry. I don’t know if it was impatience or a need to paint…I pulled out my watercolour paints and went to town painting. While it dried, I went back to the white flowers, then back to the watercolour.

Reverse silhouette sunflowers
Reverse silhouette sunflowers ©️ WQuinn
Watercolour painting landscape trees and grass
209/365 Painting of the day 28 July 2019 ©️2019

On the way home from the funeral, my eyes were glued to the clouds in the sky…so many of them! I tried to convince Mom to pull over, but we had just picked up supper and it was getting cold. So, instead, she drove a little slow, I hung my phone out of the window and happily clicked away!