Category Archive for 'Stories'

the unexplained

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

I guess a post or two are about due by now. I’m home again now — have been for about a week — but have been too busy and preoccupied to write much of anything. However, here’s a post that I’ve actually been sitting on for a year. Hallowe’en night seems like [...]

family trees

Friday, April 13th, 2007

view of maple sugar bush at Mill Pond Conservation Area
FAMILY TREES
John’s voice comes over the telephone line in whispering hesitation. Would I like an orphan lamb to raise on extra milk from my dairy goats? Within the hour, I’m driving along icy dirt tracks leading to a stone house atop a sweeping ridge. [...]

close encounters with Dolomedes spiders

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

recently molted Dolomedes spider with exuviae in background (Aug. 12, 2004)
(click on image for larger view)
Winter is begin to wear on me a little, and despite recent adventures such as the Mudpuppy Night, I’m beginning to long for my daily invertebrate safaris here at the farm. To remind myself of all the fun I’m [...]

castles of concrete & online archiving of materials

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

Yesterday, I took robin’s good advice and stayed indoors to scan more photos. I decided to start working on a project that I’ve planned to do for some years. The scanner now makes that possible.
In 1993, while completing a degree in Art History at Carleton University, I spent a [...]

freeze-dried laundry

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

I wrote this to send to a friend yesterday, but then thought, “Heck, why not share?” It’s not exactly my usual fare, but maybe some of you from warmer climes would like to learn more about life in the Frozen North. Yesterday, you found out how winter treats our rural mailboxes, and today, [...]

the great library mix-up

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

Yesterday, I had a rather amusing experience and thought it was worth sharing here. I should preface this post by mentioning that, for many years, I’ve had a library card for our local system. Although the cards are free to residents in our region, Don has never bothered to get a card of [...]

favourite moments # 1 – the spider and the cicada

Monday, December 4th, 2006

I thought it might be fun to write the odd post about favourite moments of nature observation that have occurred over the past couple of years. It’ll help to pass the time spent indoors this winter as I wait to be back out observing insects, spiders, frogs and others. I have such an [...]