Last week HB and I go the itchys to take a drive somewhere. It had been a fabulous week --- lots of sun and the temp hovering around the 0 C mark
We decided to take a trip to Amherst Island
Its a really small island that you have to take a ferry to.
We try and make the trip there in the fall and spring.
It is well known in birding circles for owls and raptors
We were not disappointed.
Saw 5 snowy owls and lots of hawks -- red tail, rough wing, kestrel
And to round out the day a couple of mute swans
There is a fantastic woods there too called Owl Woods
Unfortunately way too many people are aware of this wood so no birder ever reports of seeing any owls here,
Some who visit the woods have no respect for these creatures.
We were there one year and heard of some photographers seeing a saw whet ---- marched right up to the tree ---- break off branches and proceed to bombard this poor thing with shot after shot.
Being a photographer myself I understand how tempting it is to get that "perfect" shot.
However we have to respect nature and know that it is NOT there for us to do with what we wish
Well now that I have spouted my displeasure I shall continue .....
There are lots of opportunities to get nice pics of these fabulous birds as well as others in the open fields on the rest of the Island.
Of course there are others on the island
As you will notice some of my shots have a bit of a blur to them.
I only noticed this once back on the ferry looking at the pictures.
We took the lens off the camera and there it was a nice big ole thumb print on the inside lens ......
As I have said in previous posts ---- lots of G
babies being welcomed into this crazy ass world in February thru my lil circle of friends.
My sewing machine and knitting needles and crochet hooks are hot hot hot
..... And so it begins
Two lil G baby boys have arrived 10 weeks early to friends Betty and Don
Babies are doing well and have been discharged and headed home last week
I found this great WEBSITE that has a ton of preemie knitting in it
So I made little hats and mittens for them
And also these sock babies that are becoming a signature gift for babies ...
Here's how I make them
I use a child's size sock
Cut just below the heel
Stuff the foot of the sock with fiberfill. Not to overfill but make it feel sqishy.
Using another sock ---- I like to use white socks for the head.
Cut just past the heel towards the toe.
Stuff the head
Pin head to body and whip stitch them together.
Using the top of your body sock cut to make the hat.
Sew around top and secure. Turn right side out and whip stitch to head.
Sew as shown for legs and arms.
Attach a ribbon.
Using a fine sharpie make wee eyes.
Had a huge storm yesterday -- about 30 cm of snow.
Hoping That is our winter ---- DONE and DONE.....
Spent the day tidying the house - knitting - and keeping the bird feeders cleaned off....
Last week I was nominated by Deb to a photo nature challenge on Facebook.
As I have mentioned before I don't do Facebook very often but remain connected
because of friends and family who do not use Instagram or Twitter.
Anyway ..... Here are my contributions to the challenge ....
1 Tbsp olive oil 0.454kg (1 pound) boneless chicken thighs -- cut in strips salt and pepper 170 gm (6 ounces) andouille or smoked sausage -- cut in half then into 1/4 inch pieces 1 medium onion diced 1 medium green pepper -- ribs and seeds removed -- diced 2 stalks celery diced 1 large zucchini diced 1 Tbsp tomatoe paste 2 tsp dried thyme 2 vine ripened tomatoes diced 1/4 cup chopped parsley 2 Tbsp white flour 1800 ml (2 quarts) chicken broth
In a 5 qt saucepan warm oil over high heat. Season chicken with S and P. Brown both sides about 10 minutes.transfer to a bowl. Reduce heat to medium. Cook sausage til browned. Add onion, pepper, and celery. Cook til onion is translucent about 6 minutes. Stir in flour. Cook til light brown, stirring constantly about 1 minute. Stir in tomatoe paste, zucchini, tomatoes, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. return to simmer. Stir in chicken and juices. Cover and cook til thickened about 30 minutes. Remove lid. Simmer another 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings. Stir in parsley. Serve with plain rice or crusty bread.
My husband likes a bit of heat so I sit the hot sauce bottle in front of him at the table. If everyone likes a bit of heat add a couple dashes of hot sauce to the whole stew.