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More on Mabel August 02 2019, 0 Comments

Mabel and I go back a long way. When I first met her, she and George were a couple, and they visited my garden several times a day … for years. I wrote about them a lot in earlier blogs: their love story, their very tough year, the time that George was missing and, finally … Continue reading More on Mabel

Raven Watching at the Tower of London July 14 2019, 0 Comments

Watching the ravens: amazing. Meeting the Ravenmaster: fabulous. Watching the ravens and tourists interact: priceless. We were a bit jet lagged for our Tower trip (first morning in the UK) and I was still trying to figure out how to use my new, tiny, and infinitely complicated,  travel camera. But with only two days in … Continue reading Raven Watching at the Tower of London

The Stadium, The Trees and Terrible Timing May 29 2019, 0 Comments

I was very disappointed when this postcard arrived in our mailbox earlier this week. The matter of the Notre Dame School football stadium has now been put to the Development Permit Board for a decision on June 10. This is personally very disappointing,  because I’ll be in the UK for my long-planned trip and won’t … Continue reading The Stadium, The Trees and Terrible Timing

Novice Hummingbird May 26 2019, 0 Comments

Some of us always read the manual. Others do not (except in the direst emergency.) It would seem that our little Anna’s Hummingbird falls into the latter category. From everything I’ve ready about these tiny little birds, they meet most of their liquid needs from sipping nectar — from feeders or flowers. I have a … Continue reading Novice Hummingbird

Conflict Resolution May 11 2019, 0 Comments

Well, I’m not sure if they did it by guile, by force, or by consulting the Office of the Housing Ombirdsman, but somehow the Northern Flickers have regained occupancy of their nest. As you may recall, it wasn’t looking good for them in the last post, Battle of the Nest. The Starlings had moved right … Continue reading Conflict Resolution

Battle of the Nest April 28 2019, 0 Comments

When we left our happy Northern Flicker couple in last week’s post, they were making great progress with their plum tree nest building. Much sawdust had been mined and the pair were looking pretty pleased with themselves. I check their progress every time I walk the dog so imagine my surprise when I witnessed a … Continue reading Battle of the Nest

Tap, Tap, Tap …. April 26 2019, 0 Comments

Sometimes you need to listen as well as to look to know what’s going on in the neighbourhood. This was the first sign that new tenants had moved into the ornamental plum tree on our street (one tree down from the  current chickadee nest.) The dog stopped to check his social media messages at the … Continue reading Tap, Tap, Tap ….

Huge Thanks! April 24 2019, 0 Comments

Vancouver City staff and council heard from all over North America and from Europe. As Vancouver has an international image as a “green” city, I believe that international comments are fully valid. They also heard from many, many people from Vancouver. They received letters from those who have a personal fondness for this area, and … Continue reading Huge Thanks!