Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
The chickens were deliriously happy to find us cutting back the asparagus. In and out of the fronds they explored, snapping up the tiny berries.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
A few weeks back, some of our hikers reported spotting a small bear in the back field, near one of the old apple trees. About a week later, we had another reported siting, of a small bear skedaddling away from walkers on the Lookout trail. Out on a nature hike, I found bear scat (black bear scat... with seeds and twigs, not grizzly scat with bear bells and pepper spray) but knowing there are bears in the woods is one thing. Catching up with them is quite another. For one thing, it's hard to be that quiet, particularly now when the leaves are coming down, and are crunchy and rustling underfoot.
We are very Bear Aware here, because we do live with wildlife. We are -- and we educate all our guests -- to be very careful with garbage. Not to leave food on bbq's, or outside where the smell would draw in a hungry bear. When we get reports of bear sightings, we ensure that our guests know what to do if they do encounter a bear -- in anything other than the normal fleeting glimpse.
Stealth cameras are wonderful for stuff like this. Brian has one -- he's got some great images of raccoons, skunks, even Achmed at midnight, misbehaving... They trigger on movement, and don't use a flash, so the animals aren't disturbed. The results can be lovely -- as are these, of our young bear, well away from people, just being a bear. We love to see photos of bears in the woods, provided we are not face to face with them at the time! And for their part, our bears have been models of good bear behaviour, staying well away from people and buildings.
Not like the wolf pack -- ten days ago, when Brian went out to fill up the wood furnace at 6 a.m., he heard the pack howling. Close. Very close. He walked to the edge of the big barn, and there, in the horse pasture by the Port Cunnington Road, he could actually see the pack milling about, howling to some more distant pack members across the road. Right there in the field! They were long gone before anyone else was up and about, and of course, no photos of them... But they, too, might wander into the viewfinder of the Bush Camera before we're done... we can only hope! We'd welcome some photos of them, as well!
Twice this autumn a wolf has trotted down the road while Nancy has been driving to meetings -- once on the Fox Point Road near Marsh's Falls. Once, half way to Dorset. On both occasions it was too dark, and happened too fast, for a photo op!
Terry-Lynn, a friend down the road, reported that she'd spotted this little chap while she was jogging past Bondi.
We were able to catch him on film, working it for the cameras, yesterday.
He's quite striking. We're not sure if the white tip on his tail is simply a fashion statement or if he has joined the ranks of the famous Tail Painters of Bondi...
Either way, Earl the Fashionista Squirrel is quite unusual and entertaining to have about.
After all, anyone can have a black squirrel... but only a select few have one like this!
Monday, October 11, 2010
by the dining rooms of our friends and neighbours at other area resorts. Lumina is withing walking distance -- if you can still move after nibbling all the goodies on offer!
We're very grateful to have neighbours like these -- and to be able to take advantage of their dining rooms on occasions like Thanksgiving!