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Quiet summer nights

Monday, 13 July 2020

I’m sitting on the veranda, drinking herbal tea I harvested from my garden this evening.

My view as I write this post ©WQuinn 2020

The sun is going down. The traffic is getting lighter. The birds are singing their good night song.

Tonight’s sunset. ©WQuinn 2020

It’s so beautiful and peaceful.

With the hot humid and rainy weekend we had, I didn’t get out to the garden until this evening. I was surprised at how well the chamomile is doing and I harvested quite a bit, along with some lemon balm. Most were set aside to dry but I left a few out for a tea of chamomile, lemon balm and spearmint, all freshly picked! Yum!

Queen Anne’s lace, photo of the day, 13 Jul 2020 ©WQuinn

I love Queen Anne’s lace. The pattern that repeats and is so perfect. Nature is amazing!

A few more from my walk this evening:

And so it is…

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Confirmation that the crows were a sign from above – even though I shouldn’t need it, it sure is nice to receive it nonetheless – my brother, who was 2 hours away from my home, also saw seven crows yesterday… Gotta love spirit! 🙂

I had a quite day, spent most of it indoors. The humidity eventually lifted and I stepped outside for a bit, just before sunset. At that moment I realized how much I missed being in nature. I spent more time indoors this weekend than I have in a while and I notice how it affects my mood.

Smores. I bought all I would need to make smores and have been planning on having a bonfire so I could create the sweet delicacy. Unfortunately, there is a fire ban in our region so no smores by fireside. That got me thinking. What if I try it on the BBQ? It took some time, so I moved it to the side burner and toasted it in the flame. It caught fire a few times…but I do love a crispy outer edge on my marshmallow!

Smores in the making: Toasted marshmallow cooked over a BBQ flame, along with chocolate wafers. ©WQuinn 2020

It was quite good! After supper, I decided to try again, but we ran out of propane for the BBQ, so I popped a marshmallow in the microwave, set it to 11 seconds and waited to see what would happen.

Smores in the making part deux. Melted marshmallow sits on a chocolate wafer. ©WQuinn 2020

It came out a melted blob, soft and gooey and oh, so delicious! This was by far the quickest way, especially if no flame is available, but I prefer the authentic wood smoke, burned to a crisp edges. Keeping some supplies on hand for that bonfire I hope to get in before summer’s end.

Today’s photo of the day is the lovely Fuchsia flower. I am in love with this plan and can’t get over how gorgeous the blooms are. I expect to put on a smaller lens so I can get up nice and close, in the coming days.

Fuchsia. Photo of the day, 12 Jul 2020 ©WQuinn

And a few more photos from around the yard today, all taken from the veranda: A crow sitting on the old dead tree next to my grandparent’s place. This is the spot they were yesterday but I wasn’t able to capture them. Next is a silhouette of a hummingbird at the feeder, followed by the gorgeous Fuchsia flower in bloom.

I almost forgot to mention I saw a red fox this afternoon. As I was preparing dinner, I was on the veranda, bringing things to the BBQ, when I saw a fox walk across the yard, down near the river. He heard my voice, stopped, turned to look at me but for a moment, then hurried on his way. So cool!!!

Have a great night and see you tomorrow!

Happy birthday in Heaven

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Happy birthday Dad! Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you or something you said, or would say. Your sense of humour lives on in all of your family. Wishing you a wonderful celebration in Heaven!

Dad sends us signs regularly and they become more noticeable, more over the top, around his birthday and the anniversary of his death (his new birthday). Today, he sent me a special crow.

Four crows are the norm. They show up at different times throughout the year, sometimes staying for weeks at a time, sometimes for only a day. In hindsight, they are usually there during times I need a reminder, or support. Today, seven crows appeared. The regular four, which I refer to as the ancestors. Two, which I felt were my grandparents (Dad’s parents) – they landed in the old, dead tree next to their old home. And then one, Dad, who perched on Dad’s oak tree. I felt surrounded with love and peace and great harmony. Thanks for the visit and the gift.

It was a rainy, foggy morning. When I stepped out onto the veranda, I was greeted by the geese, two turkeys and the seven crows. Not to mention a few red-winged blackbirds, black squirrel and a chipmunk. What a way to wake up!

Teenage Canada goose looking at camera. ©WQuinn 2020
A busy backyard – family of geese on the grass, four crows in a tree. ©WQuinn 2020
Flowers in the rain. ©WQuinn 2020
Hummingbird at bird feeder. Photo of the day, 11 Jul 2020 ©WQuinn

Today’s photo of the day took me by surprise. I was trying to capture the hummingbird, trying different things but it didn’t seem to work as he continued to hide behind the feeder, out of my view. It wasn’t until I went through my photos to choose a few for the blog that I saw how clear this photo turned out. I was surprised and in awe of how pretty it is. This, this right here, is a gift from my dad on his birthday, and a reminder to never give up. Thanks Dad! Love you loads. 🙂

It’s FRIDAY!!!

Friday, 10 July 2020

Happy birthday to my awesome brother-in-law!

Another early start to the day. This time 3:30 am. We were bound and determined to get a good look at that comet. We looked and looked, moved around, looked some more and I was ready to call it quits, my bed calling to me, when Mom saw it! Small clouds had moved in, covering it for a short time. Then it disappeared again. It was faint, hard to see.

While waiting, I took a couple of photos of the sky but they didn’t turn out. Before we left, I aimed my camera and tripod to where I thought the comet would be and hit the shutter button. It looked like a blob of blur and I forgot about it. Until I transferred the photos to my computer. I opened it and wow, I captured the comet. It’s tiny. Faint. Hard to see. But…it’s there!

Now I shift my attention to capturing it during the night hours. No more early mornings…phew!

Comet NEOWISE, Gatineau, QC. Canon T6i – 55-250 mm
First cucumber from my garden!!! And it was yum, yum, yummy!
Photo of the day, 10 Jul 2020 ©WQuinn