Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Luna moth

This luna moth spent the day on my barn and at night fluttered off. The only other time I saw one was on the very same building, but 20 years previous! Did you know that luna moths don't have a mouth and can't feed? They only live for a week and exist only to mate. Who knew?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Happy Summer Solstice

The longest day of the year is here and I'm invited to a solstice party. I offered to bring dessert. Sunshine apple pie, anyone? Happy summer ya'll!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Special birthday travels

 Since my birthday was on a Tuesday this year, we celebrated it on a Thursday and headed to New York State with our sights set on Tail O' The Pup.

It's a totally funky spot just north of Lake Placid with real barbecue ribs and such, lobsters from Maine and lots of total funkiness!

We're talking over-sized wooden folk art lobsters!

What to choose, what to choose...

 Richard went for the jerk chicken with sides of beans and coleslaw.

 I went for the half slab of ribs with coleslaw and cornbread.

Best of all, you could rinse off outside!

 We figured we should work off some of our food with a hike in the Adirondacks. This spot was pretty close to the restaurant.

 There was a warning placed in the little sign in box...the trails were wet but passable.

 We came upon a rushing stream...so lovely.

Very pretty spot!

I just love hiking in the woods. One of my favourite things to do.

 Selfie time!

Last on our birthday list? Ice cream at this darling spot on Saranac Lake.

 We both had hot fudge sundaes with the perfect view.

 Adirondack chairs in the Adirondacks. What fun!
A lovely day and way to spend my birthday. BBQ, hike and ice cream. Perfect!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Happy birthday to me

 Birthdays are a reason to celebrate life! Last week two of my friends and I celebrated my life at the Quirky Carrot in Alexandria. Here's Sigrun with her yummy selection.

 Here's Natalie looking like she's ready to dig in to her lunch. 

 For dessert I was treated to a slice of Julia's fabulous gluten-free chocolate cake.

 I loved that she had made my initial with chocolate sauce...and added an edible nasturtium to the top!

 It was washed down with a delicious cappuccino.

Birthdays are a great reason to get together with friends!

Happy birthday to me!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cakes, cakes, and more cakes!

 Had a busy week here over at cakes, cakes, cakes! Here's on for my friend Jean who celebrated a milestone birthday on the weekend.

 Jasmyne's graduation from nursing school was celebrated with a nurse's scrubs cake.

 Lindsey had a party with 10 other birthday celebrants all enjoying June birthdays.

My friend Tammy's better half, Jacques, loves all his animals so she thought a great way to celebrate his birthday was to make a cake with all of them. I called this one "Bedtime at Jacques' house." What fun!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Late spring critters

 On my way to work this morning, I noticed someone or something staring back at me!

Meanwhile, behind the house, five little phoebes are trying to stay in their tight little nest. I bet these babies fledge pretty soon.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cliff swallows

 These cliff swallows live under the bridge between Hawkesbury, ON and Grenville, QC.

They make nests that look like mud jugs and lay their eggs and raise their young in them. Hard to believe those nests are hanging from the underside of a very noisy bridge.


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