Those early morning drives…

Yes, there are perks in having to wake up really early on a Saturday morning!

While the rest of the world slumbers for a few more hours, I find myself driving along quiet country back roads to go to my summer part-time work up at White Lake.

I always love this stretch of road…so dense with towering trees…and I am the momentary intruder.  In a few spots the tree tops seem to actually reach across and create an arch effect.  So pretty!

 

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The potential bonus is that at that early hour – with almost no other vehicles around – there is a good probability of glimpsing wildlife.  Whether it’s a red fox that quickly dives into the underbrush.  Or a scurrying chipmunk.  Sometimes a swooping crow.  Each drive is never the same, as it’s a whole new ensemble of wildlife appearances – and THAT’s the fun part!  I often wonder…so who will surprise me this time?

Last Saturday I did actually get to see a red fox, but oh boy, it slipped away SO fast.  However, luck was still on my side, when I came onto a stretch of road and saw three young deer crossing from my right side over to the left side.

Two of them stayed on the road – one already disappearing among the trees ahead of this one…

 

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And there was a third deer – much closer to the main part of the road – that was quite  intent on chowing down on some greenery and had no intention of taking off, even when I stopped and sat there watching for a few minutes.

It climbed up the wee hill and stretched its neck to get some choice leafy morsels.

I just waited until it looked in my direction.

 

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Whispering good-bye and thank-you to the curious deer, I took some photos from the other angle as well…this last one (below) feels to me almost like a painting.

 

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I bet you can imagine how incredibly joyful I felt for the rest of that day!  🙂

 

 

 

 

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Unique Mailboxes #3

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Eye-catching design;

Familiar colours…and STOP!

Letter passengers.

 

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A couple of weeks ago, I was driving down one of the country roads near where I live – one that I take quite regularly – and on this particular day, I noticed something new.

Curious really.

It so happens that there are two neighbouring houses being built in a woodsy area with both driveways leading onto that country road….one house just getting its foundation poured and the other one already with sides up.  As a result of the big cement truck and other trucks parked along the roadside, it required passing vehicles to slow down around them.  Added to that the road is quite curvy, so I paid closer attention than before and noticed this cool-looking yellow mailbox at another long-established driveway. It was too irresistible, so I stopped to get some pics.  A rather creative design! 

Whilst at the same time I got to wondering how I hadn’t ever noticed this mailbox before!  Life is funny that way, isn’t it?

 

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Wouldn’t that put a smile on your face every time you picked up the mail?  🙂

 

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The Treasures of old Photo Albums

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Recently again, I was doing some more sorting and purging in my optimistic pursuit and efforts at reducing unnecessary STUFF that somehow manages to accumulate in one’s home.  And from so many years, I have my work cut out for me….haha!

I did go through some bins and shelves and sorted a good number of things into the categories of garbage, donating to our local second-hand store, and keepers.

Then, on my way to get lunch, I happened to pass by the shelf that holds a good number of old photo albums. I pulled out a trilogy from the year 2000 and thought this would be going back far enough to be quite fun for my sons and I to look through after our lunch break……everyone looking much younger then!  And boy, did we share a lot of laughs and talk about the memories connected to all the photos.

One of the photos we came across was this one, in which all four of my children were at an age where they were exactly one head space apart from each other in height.

Being the family photographer as well, I had partially planned such an opportunity in the back of my mind as a potential photo…just waiting for the perfect time to snag it!

On that evening I had their cooperation, and everything was just right….and at the last minute, the youngest turned his gaze, smiling away.  This was back in the days of actual film, in which I didn’t have the option to take 20 digitals of a particular shot by which to have a good selection to find the ONE.  I had but only two takes.  And this was the better one.  And well, also, kids don’t hang around too long for photo taking, ‘cuz there are other cool things they want to do!

“Mom!  You’re taking too long!”  “Mom…hurry up!”

Hahaha!

Good times indeed.

And that photo still made it into the home-made family photo calendars for 2001.

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Bonus:   Here is another photo from that time……given the title “Snuggle Puddle.”

 

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Six Word Story #23

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“Refreshing Watermelon Smoothie Counters Sweltering Heat!”

 

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I have a never-ending love affair with fruit smoothies!

On almost every day I am concocting yet another batch for my lads here at home.  And it’s never the same blend twice – haha!

My base ingredients tend to be water, banana, pineapple, and apple (any kind that I have on hand).  And then things change from there on….influenced by whims and fancies or more simply if it’s all that I have in the fruit basket.  Anywhere from a mix of berries to fresh mangoes – although I freely add in frozen fruits, too – kiwi fruit or pears; always a surprise!

And my must addition is fresh plain yogurt.  Sometimes I add in hemp hearts for a special treat.

These days with the summer heat being particularly pronounced, I have been adding in fresh watermelon as well, lending such a light and sweet refreshing flavour.

Ooohhhmmm!  Looking at this photo is making me want to head into the kitchen and make another fruit smoothie!

 

Six Word Story #22

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Family fun with an unusual car!

 

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Last Saturday was my first time to participate in an annual event that takes place in Ottawa, Ontario, in the Glebe section of the city.  This event is well known as The Great Glebe Garage Sale.

My oldest son, Stephen, had gone twice in previous years and he felt that it would be something I would enjoy experiencing.  So, this year it worked out, because one of his friends offered to let us set up a table just outside the front of his home.  And in spite of some occasional rainy moments, which seemingly never deterred the throngs of keen people walking by, my sons, Conrad and Stephen, and I settled in quite nicely and had a good time.  We also took turns to have a break from tending to our display table and go for a walk about in order to see what other people had for their displays.

On my turn, one of the things I saw was this father pushing his wife and their young  child down the one street for a fun ride in this green sleek car.

A different mode of transportation – environmentally friendly.  Haha!  Yes, yes….low on horsepower but high in manpower!

It looked like they were having a great time!

 

 

 

 

“The Letter L”

 

The topic for this week’s photography assignment was “The Letter L,” thus focusing on all kinds of things that begin with the letter L.

The following photos are my four submissions:

 

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Starts with L, #1 – (Archived, January 2018)
“Logs in Winter”

(even though the way our April is going lately – with the same amount of snow (sheesh!) – it could be Logs in Spring, hahaha!)

 

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Starts with L, #2 – (Three days ago)
“Laddoo”
Coconut Sesame, in this case. An East Indian dessert that we (a handful of keen students! 🙂 ) learned how to make in cooking class, led by an Indian Chef.

 

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Starts with L, #3 – (Archived, October 2015)
“Lights”
At my first Santana concert in Kingston, Ontario. I took many photos of the show, and I love how in this photo those yellow lights pop out and their rays splay out, and how their yellow hues light up the audience heads below – looking at it from top to bottom and back to top – full circle.

 

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Starts with L, #4 – (About a week ago)
“Lindt Chocolates”
I DO love good food!! Haha! And I received an assortment of my favie Lindts as one of my presents for my birthday. And then I remembered to take a picture before I gobbled them all up. ^_^

 

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My Favourite Albums #2

Carrying on in this series….

 

Day 2 of 10 days. In no particular order – 10 all time favourite albums. What really made an impact, and is still on your rotation list, even if only now and then. Post the cover.

To veer off in a different direction, I decided to go pick a favourite album in the movie soundtrack category. Again, hard to pick as I have several favourites that I go back and listen to again periodically. Although at the time that they came out, I listened to them constantly! Haha! Movies with amazing soundtracks have that effect on me. ^_^

I am a HUGE fan of The Lord of the Rings trilogy – books, movies, and soundtracks. Since the Fellowship of the Ring sets the whole adventure into motion, I chose that album. So, here is the album cover…

 

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…..and one of my favourites from this album is the song titled “Concerning Hobbits.”

Yes, yes….because I was smitten with those funny, adorable, and at times brave hobbits.

 

Here is the youtube video link:

 

 

 

 

Six Word Story #20

 

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Eye-catching Splash of Letters and Numbers!

 

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Two days ago, while on our way to a special eatery as part of my oldest son’s birthday celebration, I spied this most colourful Canada Post mailbox!  Usually, they tend to be of a plain red colour….to match the red logo that you see on the left side of the box.

This one is clearly being a non-conformist mailbox and therefore worthy of a photo moment.  🙂

If you look closely, you can see a mish-mash of partial postal codes from across Canada.  AND….you can also clearly find the complete postal code of a well-known and much-loved resident of the North Pole, whose postal code most suitably is….H0H 0H0.

Yes….a couple of times in the past years, in our family we have sent Christmas wish letters to that very same postal code.  🙂

 

 

 

 

MY Favourite Albums #1

A few days ago I was nominated by a friend in a music sharing activity on Facebook.  For ten consecutive days, the nominee is encouraged to post a favourite music album with this repeating caption:

Example – “Day 1 of 10 days. In no particular order – 10 all time favourite albums. What really made an impact, and is still on your rotation list, even if only now and then. Post the cover, and nominate a person each day to do the same.”  For each separately numbered day, a new favourite album cover.

And if you know me, I am not one to just post the caption and the photo.  Haha!  I feel inspired to add some story along with it.

So, today, as I posted the 6th album in this series on my Facebook wall, I thought, well, why not do something in a similar vein on my blog?  Except without nominations.  I would just post my ten favourite album covers with the added background stories.  I have seen some of my other blogging friends posting about favourite songs and musicians.  And I have posted an occasional music post in the past, featuring a performer of tremendous skill, talent, and imagination…and some with unusual instruments!

 

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And so for album #1, I share with you….this iconic cover photo, Abbey Road.

 

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Ever since I was quite young, the Beatles have held a special place in my heart. I love their songs…their musicality….their stories. It never fades for me.

If I come across an old interview or song clip, even now, I will check it out….as I did again this past weekend. I may focus on other musicians for a while, but I always come back to these guys.  

Hard to pick one song to include here, but from the Abbey Road album, I offer you this one…..

Just because it pertains to how I feel these days with bidding adieu to winter and welcoming our hoped-for spring!

Here Comes the Sun! ^_^