A Summery Saturday

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Happy Independence Day to my American friends!

I started my post early this evening, getting a jump start on my night. I was sitting inside, recalling a beautiful sunny summer day. This is how I started it…

…Today was one of those text book perfect days. I seem to be having a lot of those lately and I’m beyond grateful! There was no humidity today. None! 29°C felt like 29°C. What a relief after a week of hot humid weather. Add to that a nice breeze and, in my books, it was a perfect summer day. I did a few things around the yard then grabbed my Kobo and sat under the shade of the Manitoba maple tree until my eyes got heavy and my bed called for an afternoon nap. What a day!

I put it aside to have dinner, planning to get back to it at bed time, as usual.

Then I saw the full moon rising. I stepped outside to watch it play hide and seek behind some clouds. So mysterious and beautiful. The fireflies were dancing, the bull frogs serenading, and there was no chill to the air, nor humidity. It was quite literally the perfect night for sleeping outside!

My tent was already set up, I inflated a mattress, grabbed my bedding and pillow and my camera.

After a photoshoot with the moon and the river, I sat on the river bank to finish my blog and listen to the frogs and all the other night sounds.

I took this video to share the serenading frogs with you. It’s more for listening than viewing. I hope you enjoy

Photo of the day, 4 Jul 2020 ©WQuinn


Thursday, 7 May 2020

Every morning, I start my day off with catching up on the news, post a flower photo with the day of the week to Instagram, then grab a tea, some breakfast, sit on the veranda to enjoy the sun rising and hear the birds singing.

This morning was no different, except I thought it was Wednesday and posted a Happy Wednesday greeting, along with a cute flower, to my Instagram feed. Big sigh…

I realized it was Thursday when I saw the CF Snowbirds’ post on Twitter. Today, #OperationInspiration, was flying over my city. I set a timer to remind me to get out and watch, with camera in hand. I kept an eye on the Twitter feed, seeing where they were. Oh, they were close now! Shouldn’t be long. And I waited…and waited…and waited. Did I mention how cold it was outside while I was waiting? Oh, the north winds blew…frigid arctic air…and I waited. Mom yelled “There they are” pointing to the south east as two CT-114 Tutor’s flew by.

Two CF Snowbirds fly by. 7 May 2020. ©WQuinn

Wow, that was cool. But I waited. Hoping for more. And waited a bit longer. Then Mom yells again, pointing to the east. All nine planes where there, in big diamond formation. Such a sight! Shortly after, two more planes flew by and then that was it. I waited another 15-20 minutes just to be sure, then my freezing body couldn’t take it anymore and I went in.

Nine Snowbirds fly over Gatineau, QC in big diamond formation. 7 May 2020. ©WQuinn

I warmed up with a hot tea, watched a movie then suddenly remembered tonight’s full moon! I checked my Photopills app for the time, then set up my tripod outside on the veranda. I was ready. But the moon always rises later here than it does in town, thanks to the tree line. I was patiently waiting but also had two online grocery orders that needed to be completed. Thank goodness for Mom, I tagged her in to keep an eye on the sky, while I finished the order before we lost our spot. God love her, she stayed outside on the veranda the entire time, shivering, watching. Just as I stepped out, she pointed to a cloud cover that had started to light up. I laughed…all this time waiting for the moon to rise and it was rising behind clouds that we couldn’t see because it was dark.

I kept my eye on the cloud and eventually the moon poked through. It was beautiful, and again, worth the wait. But also very cold!!!!

127/366 Photo of the day, 7 May 2020 ©WQuinn – Full moon.
Mysterious looking clouds surround the full moon. ©WQuinn 2020


Monday, 9 March 2020

I woke up to this beautiful sight…

68/366 Photo of the day, 9 Mar 2020 © WQuinn

…and the day just kept getting better.

Rising sun shining on the river © WQuinn

One red-winged blackbird at 7 am became 23 by noon! A Robin singing in the tree, a Canada Goose honking loudly as it flew by and a purple finch rounded out an amazing spring-like day. And the snow melting away!

Shifting topics…I made great progress on my family tree book today. I wrapped up work at 3:45 pm, made dinner, then jumped onto the book for a couple of hours. Had dinner, then back at it. Just wrapped up a few mins ago. My eyes are dry and blurry from all that screen time. But I’m almost done. I wrote the last chapter tonight. It was a difficult one to write and I hesitated for days, then struggled with words tonight until it finally came together. I was writing about my uncle who served in WWII, suffered terrible PTSD (which wasn’t a thing back then) and eventually took his own life.

Suicide is a delicate subject, made more difficult when it isn’t talked about in the family. I considered leaving it out of the book but, in the end, felt his story needed to be told.

Now I’m calling it a day! A demain!



Another sunny one!

I woke up at 7 am – which is a great thing because I forgot to set my alarm! – rolled over, looked out my bedroom window at the sky…happy that it’s no longer dark at 7 in the morning, and then I saw it. Big, bright, orange-yellow, and full! The full moon setting.

Needless to say I grabbed my camera and took dozens of shots, after feeding my two starving cats of course. They think they’re starving. They act like they haven’t eaten in months. Funny felines.

photo of full moon setting at sunrise.
050/365 Photo of the day
Full moon setting at sunrise
19 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

I had a busy day at work, followed by a pleasantly full evening. I started with a snowshoe around the property, taking pictures here and there and filling up the bird feeders. After supper, I made a few sheets of homemade seed paper, then finished my evening off with a watercolour painting.

This morning’s full moon setting was my inspiration for tonight’s painting.

watercolour painting of the full moon setting at sunrise behind trees.
050/365 Painting of the day
Full moon setting at sunrise
19 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

I’ve packed my travel painting kit in the event I’m delayed at work again like last week! Chances of a repeat are pretty slim but better to be prepared!