Photo of the Day

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Margarita with her daughter, the first of the triplets born yesterday. The other two have different coloration. They are yet to be named.  More babies are due soon as well by goats Luna and Stella.

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Uncle Adam’s Visit

We never know much in advance when this guy will be able to join us for a visit, but this time the little ones are old enough to really want his company! It has been so much fun! Mind you, we old folks love the fact that he can update our computers and help us with stuff around the house, cell phones, etc…
On that first night he brought a bunch of gifts including a fancy flashlight, books and coloring books. Of course they had to use the flashlight to read books by the fire.
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Then Ivy got to read him a book.  (Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, one of our favorites)
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After school, Ivy came by to help him and her grandfather repair the laptops he works with in Haiti and other countries.

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She was so proud of herself! “Now I can go to other countries and show the kids how!”

Then the boys joined in. There was indeed ONE LAPTOP per CHILD.

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Although they don’t get much exposure to computers, they did very very well on mazes, gears, drawing and more!

Another day Forrest and Sarah invited Adam to set crab traps for a feast later on. The next day they collected them together with Leo. Last night everyone enjoyed the feast and more computer time. I was not a part of this (sick) so enjoy watching brother and sister interact with these photos.
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Adam may be in Haiti in March, but there is hope that he will return to see us in April.

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Seven Nature Photographs

I was asked to share nature photos last week. Perhaps you’d like to see them?

Day one. This is a photograph from Caroline Alberta, taken at the end of December, 2010. Our daughter’s Brother-in-Law was calling the horses to the barn.

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Day two: Near Elora, Ontario. In the shade garden, Corydalis elata with hosta.

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Day three: Last winter I took a pre dinner walk along Rebecca Spit on Quadra Island, BC. I love photographing hoarfrost.

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Day four: Family hike in Alberta to waterfall. (2011)

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Day five: These lovely mangoes were photographed by me with kids from a photography club in Haiti. (Near Croix-des-Bouquets)

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Day six: Near Kenscoff Haiti, a piece of Heaven! Organic gardening, teacher training and more!

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Since this is my final day of posting, I suppose many of you are expecting a photo of one of my favorite flowers, the Clematis. I left a collection of over 200 vines at my former home, and so selecting just one is truly impossible… but here goes! This is C. Princess Kate, from 2014.

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Before and After

Phoebe has waited ever so long for her grooming with Charles. Well, actually, she wasn’t thrilled about it. Never is, but Charles uses no restraints and doesn’t want her traumatized, so he’s the very best! Now that Phoebe has arthritis, he gives her breaks so that she does not need to stand in any one position for very long. We are pleased with her new look. A Bouvier show cut is not what we are after. We like to see her chocolate brown eyes!

We love her big girl look, but it is not practical.
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Not too long, not too short. 🙂

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The New Year- 2016 begins!

Much as 2015 was a very good year, as we reached the end, I was getting tired of it and wanted CHANGE! The gardens had been mostly put to bed and that is a gloomy time for me. Add to that my need for cataract surgery (making driving with kids unwise), the surgery needing to be delayed, my husband’s change in Parkinson’s medication…well I was less than cheery.

Next was the neighbour removing a huge amount of privacy forest to build a new home. Sigh. We had just planted a large shade garden before their work began without warning. I think this will eventually work out, but soon after the trees were downed, a storm caused trees on our property to fall. One of the large ones prevented us from leaving our property and also broke the power lines. All this is pretty much cleared up and I am looking ahead to spring planting and watching new plants emerge.

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We have had our share of rain and cold. Today we have sunshine (which I love!) but it remains quite cold.Jan4-2016-003b

January is the time for early seed starting and plant orders. I have been doing my research on “must haves” and enjoying every minute of it!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!