Monday Minstrel: Bollards! The Spoils of Victory!

I belong to a Facebook Group “Memories of London” and recently saw a post about the final resting place of the canons from the defeated army of Napoleon ! Here is a quote from the post. “After the defeat of the French at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, the British started to strip the…

A Glimpse of Life from My Kitchen Window.

This past weekend I took part in the Great Backyard Bird Count. This is a world wide effort with thousands of people watching, identifying, counting, and reporting the birds they see. The final count is as follows: Species observed 6236 Completed checklists 302,400 World regions 253 Canada came in second place with 262 species observed…

Monday Minstrel: How do birds survive the Polar Vortex?

The Polar Vortex has descended. As the name sounds it is a broad swath of arctic air that descends onto Canada and spills on down into the northern US. I look at the little birds that come to our bird feeder and I wonder how they survive in the severe cold. This winter I am…

Why ride zig-zag canter poles?

This looks like such a simple exercise. Four canter poles laid out on the center line of the arena in a zig zag pattern . Here is a photo of the poles and how you ride them in a series of roll backs. A few years ago, when I was recovering from a surgery, I…

Messy to Memorable

Photo editing has saved many less than memorable photos. What did we do before digital editing? This week Tina gave us Lens Artists Photo Challenge #134 “From Forgettable to Favorite.” Do take a look at Tina’s post to see how she has edited her photos to create beautiful ‘favorites’. Here are my “Messy” to ‘Memorable”…