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Reprieve

LadybugWhite SunlitFall Equinox has arrived. And the sheets were over the gardens a couple before that. When I went to cover my plants I noticed my neighbour had already covered his tomato and pepper plants. Only in Canada!

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Despite evening frost we now have nice temperatures returning in the day time. We have had a heat wave with 33C yesterday.The Farmer’s Almanac predicts another cold winter.

The late spring which materialized was identified in advance, yet I really hope they are wrong this time. Still reeling from last winter. The long term forecast is calling for snow next weekend, and I am really hoping my black hollyhocks bloom before then. Better yet would be a change of forecast.

I planted these black ones two years ago, and they only come up every two years! This will be the first time I have seen them bloom. Mine are late bloomers much like me, they because of the large pine trees in the yard, and I do not have an explanation for me.

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I drove past a house yesterday where I had been meaning to take pictures. They have a collection of the largest sunflowers.

By the time I arrived the wind had just begun to pick up. The bees were swirling around. I did manage to take some shots. Sunflowers are majestic and that is apparent when you see their massive stalks swaying in the wind, petals flashing.

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The sky has been a glowing red from the controlled burn in Kananaskis and I hoped to catch the sunset on digital. This one was taken outside my workplace. Since equinox I have noticed how the sun seems to be setting more rapidly.

I tried to make it to the west side of the city on Friday night, but the traffic has been so heavy. New construction zones pop up daily at random. Everything seems to take twice as long.

Crop circles in Alberta! Have a look here;
http://www.shrinesandsacredsites.com/cropcircle.htm Not sure which planet has been so bright, but I suspect it is Jupiter, and it certainly has a presence. Now as I write this the moon is just rising shining in my west window. A pot of chicken curry on the stove, melding with the early fall smells. Now I am off to the studio to do a bit of painting.

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Crow in Flight

I have been trying to write this post all week. Many interruptions have prevented me from posting.

A treasure for any photographer is catching a bird in flight. This crow emerged from the tree, while I was seated on the front step. My camera was ever so handy. The neighbour’s garden is sporting these yellow roses. Summer is in full swing.

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Some sunshine, rain, thunder, lightening, and even hail the other night. A chill has settled into the air. Surely summer is not over in mid-July, but I have had the fireplace on more than once this week. Cool winds swirl in from the north unexpectedly. The sun warms the tops of my feet while I persist in wearing flip-flops-after all it is July!

We have more than our fair share of mosquitoes and other pests. I spotted a sparrow eating a dragonfly, which would have come in handy for pest control. However, I am not about to give up just yet. It was cool this morning, nights in the mountains, even in summer can be chilling. I had the fireplace on, but daytime was in the low twenties.

Rabbit Luck

These two adorable bunnies greeted me near my workplace this morning as I drove up. Rabbits are a good omen. This Website has some interesting information about the symbolism, myth, and folklore of rabbits and hares. On my way home, a deer was feeding on the grass near the turnoff. Where ever I go, contact with animals and birds is inevitable. What splendid luck! A blessing to be sure.

Lightning Bolt

Here is a shot from the electrical storm we had this week. Wondering if this is causing the irregularities with the internet-email service-and telephone circuits. Here is my horoscope for the week, and for any others who are Aries from Cosmic Path. You can check your own sign there-no need to register.

After Mars and Saturn had you slamming on the brakes and barely moving last week, the pressure should be lifting off you now, even if it is little by little. Nothing frustrates you more than not being able to take off when you want to, but it’s essential that you pay much more attention to the details than usual, so you’re ready for the big break in your career path or other major life goal that’s due to appear around the full Moon this Friday. Great, expansive, wonderful opportunities are coming, but you’ll have to prove you’re ready to receive them by going slowly enough to realize they are there. What comes to mind is how necessary it is to keep your eye on the ball as it’s hurling toward you at 100 miles an hour, just so you can catch it. Be prepared.

Seasons

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I awoke to minus three Celsius this morning. The birdbath was covered in a thin layer of ice. How quickly the seasons change. At first, I am sad to see the end of summer, yet every season has it’s own beauty. The winds swept many of the leaves down yesterday. It is inevitable.

Company came from Yellowknife last night, on their way through to Ottawa and Montreal. They drove down, since it is an arm and a leg to fly here, and they are leaving me their van. So I will have wheels for a whole week. Wheeeeeee! After rolling my YJ Jeep ten years ago, in a four time rollover,I am fortunate to be here. Not bothering to get another vehicle, I do miss the independence of being able to jump in and go. A good chance to stock up on things, which are ordinarily a challenge for me to get without a vehicle.

We feasted on roast chicken, stuffed with garlic, rosemary & lemon, root veges, with salad. We finished off with apple-blueberry crisp and Roobois tea, a South African red bush tea. Yum yum yum. A good visit with my best friend and her partner, I drove them to the airport this morning.

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I may take the opportunity to drive to the mountains later in the week. It is only about an hour away. I may go visit a friend in Canmore. After all, they sent Heidi to the mountains to heal, didn’t they? That is one part of the story no one seems to remember but me. 🙂

The mountains are snow capped already, which means it won’t be long before we see snow. The squirrels are busy gathering, frolicking in the crisp autumn air. The birds are gathering, gorging on berries for their long journey. Some geese have been seen in their V formation, flying south to their winter homes. I will keep the hearth warm until their return in the spring.