Thursday, May 29, 2014
As for the exhibits themselves, I was disappointed. Lots of stuffed animals and birds in glass cases with not a lot of information about them or much attempt to create an illusion of natural habitat. The exhibits at the museum in Ottawa are much more interesting and attractive. But that's OK, the building was well worth the visit.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
I have been enjoying listening to the veery thrush that is frequenting our bush. It is a nondescript bird about the size of a robin, with a medium brown back and some flecking on its white breast, but it has a very unique song, sort of a bittersweet melody. The Cornell University has an excellent ornithology site that includes bird songs so if you have never heard a veery thrush, you could hear it there @www.allaboutbirds.org
Monday, May 26, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
A sign asked visitors not to touch the butterflies, but the butterflies kept landing on people so close encounters happened anyway. At the exit to the exhibit, a full-length mirror was positioned so that you could check yourself for any butterflies that might be hitching a ride with you.
More butterflies next time.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
We actually had 3 small grocery stores on our block as well as a drugstore, which was very convenient . I like the French name of the store: "Le Super Marche". All around London are sandwich shops , and the most prevalent shops are part of a chain called "Pret a Manger". The sandwiches are definitely English-style despite the name: Smoked salmon, cheese and tomato,
tuna and sweet corn, etc. The "Pret a Manger" sandwiches are all made fresh every morning and any left-overs at the end of the day are given away to charity.
We ate at an Italian restaurant one evening and they were also "selling their wares".
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
I noticed this primula plant, which I think is a primula elatior Crescendo variety, had some pretty white markings and edging which are not typical for primulas. Other flowers on the plant have similar coloration. I wonder if the plant will consistently bloom this way or if it is just a fluke this year. I will have to pamper it and try to make sure it blooms next year . Maybe I have a brand new variety in my garden.
Monday, May 12, 2014
What a lovely month May is!
Friday, May 9, 2014
Sunday, May 4, 2014
We've been nursing a sick dog, and then I hurt my foot. It felt good to go take some pictures today.