Wednesday, February 10, 2016

More critters on the critter cam

 Views from the trail cam...I had many, many photos of the peregrinations of the snowshoe hares.

 This was exciting. A shot of a fox during a snowstorm!

 And something surprising. A raccoon out and about on February 6?
It has been a warm winter (although super cold weather is expected this weekend).

 A ruffed grouse looking for dinner.

I think this is the fox again, running around. Love that critter cam!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Barn party cake

 My friend Natalie celebrated a birthday last weekend, so I made her a cake with some of the myriad of animals she houses in her barn. (Her husband Gordon's birthday was two weeks ago.)
Saul the donkey's best friend is a wee orange cat, so I put them side by side along with the two ponies. Her goat just had three kids, so they are there in fondant too. Sweet Tristan, her senior pup is tucked into the straw while up in the loft, two chickens hang out with b&w barn cat Keaton. Another marmalade kitty is climbing along the edge of the roof.

Good times and happy birthday Natalie!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Baby goats!

Yesterday was an exciting day.

 I got to feed my friend's baby goats!

Sunday, January 31, 2016


Richard took photos of birds at my feeder. From top left clockwise: American goldfinch, already turning spring yellow; pine siskin; chickadee; American tree sparrow.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Say what?

It's been a warm winter to be sure but yesterday I heard a bird that sounded unlike the usual winter birds. I knew it was a robin.
Could it be a robin on January 26? Sure enough, I looked up and there he was.
I am assuming it's an overwintering bird and not a harbinger of spring. On the other hand...

Monday, January 25, 2016

Happy 103rd birthday

 It's not every day I make a cake for someone who is turning 103!

This was for the lovely Elizabeth. Imagine all the things she's seen change in her lifetime?
Happy birthday to Elizabeth!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tiger the lumberjack

My friend Maggie asked me to make a cake for her husband Donald's 70th birthday.
What's he like? Well, he is a lumberjack and is always cutting down trees.
And, his nickname is Tiger. Nailed it!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Critter cam updates...

 Yippee, it's working! Two deer snacking in the woods.

 I love these day photos.

 Oooh and this nighttime snowstorm shot is cool.

 And what are those? Bunnies! Yup, snowshoe hares. Two of 'em (one is only a eye reflection).

 We've lowered the camera after seeing how these critters get cut off.

 I adore this photo, with the snow on her back.

Stay tuned for more photos next week!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


 Okay, so I know starlings are a non-native invasive species...

But it always surprises me how their plumage is so beautifully varied in colour. Blues and greens with polka-dots.
I had eight of these guys show up this cold morning looking for breakfast.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Critter cam

 My favourite gift this Chanukah was a trail camera.

 I've always wanted to see what was going on in the back woods.

 Here's a good one of a small deer. At least I think it's a small deer. Kinda hard to tell.

And what sort of critters do you think these are???

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year walk

  On New Year's Eve we ventured into the woods after a 20 cm snowfall.

 The trees had a light coating of snow, almost like a layer of icing sugar.

We had to wear our snowshoes but the trails were still full of prickly ash and raspberry canes.

Happy 2016 everyone. I hope the year brings you all happiness and joy.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Eve picnic

It was a perfect day to be in the woods for a picnic. December 24, 2015 and 17C. What??

First order of the day? Eggnog!

With a fresh dash of nutmeg on top, right?

I found an old bottle of whisky at the back of the liquor cabinet.
Man, that's old hooch! Dad likely got it as a gift and never drank it.
No time like the present.


 Hors d'oeuvres in the woods seemed like a good idea.
Hot Genoa salami, brie and Edam cheeses, olives and hard-cooked quail eggs.
Chocolate truffles and clementines for dessert.

It was pretty yummy.


 Christmas tomorrow but today we bask in the warm, windy air. So crazy for the Great White North.

We had to navigate our mighty stream with all our belongings, but this year we didn't need snowshoes.
Happy days!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Merry Christmas to Ewe!

And here they are...this year's Christmas cookies. 
Merry Christmas to ewe and ewe and ewe!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Oh no! Melting snowmen cookies...

I did these fun cookies for a Christmas cookie exchange a few years back. They remind me of the old skit "Mr. Bill" on Saturday Night Live where the sad Plasticine character was always being pulled apart or in this case, melted.


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