It turns out that this demure little lady was the reason for all the trilling and hopping about with wings half outstretched and red feathers fluffed up. You'd never guess she was the same species!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
We drove into Toronto and visited the Royal Ontario Museum. I am sure when the new addition to the museum was built, it must have been quite controversial. We spent most of our visit this time, looking at all the stuffed specimens of various animals and reading about them. Useful seeing the animals holding still, but much more satisfying getting to view them alive and moving about.
This little guy kept nestling himself inside the sea anemone, but seemed to know whenever Alex's finger was getting ready to take a photo and popped out each time.
The one exception to my preference for viewing animals in their live state . . . weeeeelll, actually considering the glass, I think this isn't really an exception to that sentiment after all.
Emily liked the sunfish, but wasn't sure if I was pulling her leg about it being that large . . . for real.
Emily's enjoying the Guardians of Ga'hool series at the moment; and so between that and Harry Potter, has a great interest in owls lately.
The lawn in front of the one of the University buildings made me want to go and roll around. The smell was intoxicating.
My old house, 640 Annette St. It's the one I have the clearest memories of during my early childhood in Toronto. I have heard that the neighborhood went through a rough patch, but is coming back to being a safe place to be again. Gentrification. We saw lots of houses in the area that had a lot of work done on them; and it was looking pretty nice. I think we found my old elementary school too - Runnymede Elementary.
On Sunday, we were back at Jack Darling Park in in Port Credit - Sans coats! A bit chillier, but we were grateful for no rain and so long as we kept moving, we were quite comfortable in sweaters.
Wildlife - tons of red-winged blackbirds from the Rattray Marsh Conservation Area.
See the marks from gnawing?
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Don't expect we'll be tip-toeing through the tulips and packing away our winter skivvies quite yet.
Still, considering the twisters in North Carolina yesterday, I can take a little Springtime snow with a smile.
One thing about the weather: It could always be worse!
View from our front porch.
view of the "shared" back yard
one of the trees in our "shared" back yard
Saturday, April 2, 2011
The snow and ice finally melted off all the pathways, so we could set Emily loose with her scooter and not have to worry about her skidding out of control . . . well, at least have to worry less about that.
A little ways down the Credit River, and Emily made the acquaintance of Camile; so we hung out with her and her Dad for a bit and learned a bit more about the area while watching the girls zip around the place.
Apparently, there's a great Riverside festival every Summer, and they show films out on the green (not really green quite yet this year, but it will be!).
sculling down the river too! You can see the boat club just across the river in the last photo. Camile and her dad had to go to lunch, so we parted ways; and Emily, Alex and I took off for the highly recommended Jack Darling Park, right on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Alex and I had a plan to see how far we could walk along the lake before we got tired, but Emily quickly apprised us of the wonders to be found on the sandy beaches; so we stopped to skip stones and build a little cairn (It's so nice to have an 3G handy, so you can look up what to call these things!).
A bit more time, and it was soon time to head back home to get a few things done . . . and then bum around, while planning the evening's entertainment. I loooove weekends!