Friday, February 28, 2014

Goofy dog

Holly has been favoring her left back leg again so, even though we couldn't find anything obvious wrong but as she was due for a shot anyway, I took her to the vet today. Apart from her pads being cracked a bit she couldn't see anything wrong either so she's going to see if there's anything in her regular blood tests (which she was due for anyway) as she had a tick-borne infection a while ago which could present as muscle ache- though it would be odd for it to flare up in this cold weather.

Other than that she just recommended we scale back on the walks a bit while it's still so icy out, so rather than go to the woods we've just done the loop down to the high school and back on the leash. It's just under a mile and with the nervous energy she burnt off being in the vet's office I think that should be good for today (and at least I've still had some exercise). She did say that Holly has put on a few pounds- not much and it's not unexpected in the cold weather- but I think we do need to scale back a little on the treats and the odd bits of cheese she gets from Jackie :)

Monday, February 24, 2014


... gone.

The odd little corner of fence is gone as mysteriously as it appeared.

Guess I'll never know what it was for :(

Sunday, February 23, 2014


These are brilliant- photographer Andrew Whyte carries a Lego minifig photographer with him wherever he goes and snaps pictures of him in interesting locations. Click on the picture below for more :)

Andrew Whyte - long exposure photography: Legography &emdash; Bleak

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Odderer and odderer

The strange corner of fence in the woods has now sprouted fir trees at the corner and the ends.

Well, I say fir trees, but they're actually cut trees nailed to squares of plywood.

There's also one of these fake trees planted in front of the barbecue grill in the clearing in front of where the fence is...

...I can only assume it's to camouflage the grill when you look at it from this direction-

There's more plywood under the blue tarp, so I guess they're not finished yet.

I wonder what this is all about???

Friday, February 21, 2014

British Accents

This is brilliant, Crisp has decided to see if he can learn the whole thing- though I think Grandpa does it better :)


Private corner of the woods?

Walking in the woods with the dog on a foggy Friday I came upon this odd corner of fencing about 200 yards from the upper parking area. It looks quite substantial until you look behind it and see the very temporary braces holding it up.

I wonder what it's for? There was a film crew using the parking lot as a holding area again yesterday, but the fence wasn't there then and they are not there today. I shall have to keep an eye on this...

Tandoori lunch...

... with my favorite person :)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Snow Removal Pictures

Here are a few pictures from yesterday afternoon's snow removal extravaganza :)

We had 2 backhoe loaders and 2 dump trucks working in the parking lot and a tracked bobcat over at the rectory. We piled a lot of snow in the corner of the church parking lot, but we had to take about 20 truck loads over to the rectory where the bobcat pushed it all out into the yard behind the rock garden.

Now we have all our parking spaces back, the drains in the parking lot are free and clear to deal with today's rain and the snow melt as the temperature rises :)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


... we have a safe parking lot again :)

More snow management

The dance of the backhoes continues :)

Rye Town Park

Got a bit mesmerized watching the backhoes move the snow around, so it got too late to go to the woods. Oh well, luckily Holly's quite happy with half an hour with a tennis ball at the park, just this once  :)

Snow management

We decided we had to get serious about piling up some of this snow!

Oh good, more snow

I was afraid we were going to run out. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Virgin Snow

I finished shoveling (again!), and as Jackie's school is closed we are going out for a Valentines Day lunch :)

But first- trailblazing on the virgin snow in the woods with Holly! I had to break out the big, 36"snowshoes for the soft snow and the warmish conditions, but it's gorgeous!

Is this someone's idea of a joke?...

... didn't I just spend all day yesterday clearing this crap?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tired but satisfied :)

After 11+ hours out in the crazy snow (over a foot today on top of the foot we already had on the ground!) Jackie ran me a hot bath and then gave me a huge bowl of stew followed by still-warm brownies :)

I've used every weapon in my arsenal today- the snowblower, the powerbrush, the tractor and plow, a good, old-fashioned shovel, and finally a light coat of rocksalt all round. Many thanks to Colin, Brad and Cate, and the two passing guys who I paid to dig out the fire exits for the help.

Let's hope they're wrong about the 5-7" more we're supposed to get tonight...!

Report Card

CJ made high honor roll again... Good job monkey :)

A bit of snow...

... the view from Crispy's bedroom window.


Current view out of the parish hall doors- some of the flakes are an inch across!

We may get dug out by the weekend ;)

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Curmudgeonly Old Man Rant

To the people (I'm guessing teenagers) who like to walk along a shoveled sidewalk with one foot in the snow, breaking the ice crust and kicking the snow back onto the sidewalk: please stop it!

Someone (probably me) has spent many hours clearing the snow off the sidewalk so that you may walk along it safely, so please don't make them (me) have to do it again every morning.

File this under "hey you kids get off my lawn" :)

Friday, February 07, 2014

Winter Wonderland Woods

Holly and I had a blast going around the woods today! The snow still has the icy crust on top that mostly supports Holly's weight and is awesome for snowshoeing. There was only one set of of footprints other than my own from yesterday, so the going was perfect.

I took my camera with me in an effort to capture some of the beauty, but as usual spent most of my time taking pictures of the dog :) I am trying out a new technique for controlling focus called "back button focus" (moving control of the autofocus from the half-press of the shutter to a separate button on the back- more here), it is going to take a bit of getting used to but I think the effort will be worth it.

I had to park at the bottom even though the entry road and parking lot have been plowed

Here's the entrance to the trail where I donned my snowshoes

Holly seemed to float on the surface and leave no trace of her passage

She's very patient with me when I have the camera

Bright sunshine and though it was only 27F I was soon down to just a T shirt

Noble doggy

This is to try and show the texture of the snow- the surface is tiny ice crystals like granulated sugar which glisten and sparkle in the sun (I had to fudge the exposure to show this and it isn't totally successful)

It's amazing that the snow is still so pure white 2 days later

Holly and my footprints from yesterday

I love the shadows in this one

A rare picture of Holly without crud all over her tongue

And part of the lower trail had been roughly plowed so she got to have some tennis ball time too :)