a bit of water under the bridge since last we updated
this site. Thought it was about time to bring it a bit
up to date.
Another year has wandered by and here we are in glorious
days of summer; the days are long and warm and flora and
fauna are thriving. We have had a very nice spring, with
lots of rain but not overly so. Consequently the
homestead is lush and the gardens blooming. The birds
have returned in large numbers this year, with lots of
robins and hummingbirds in particular, but also the
usual finches, grackles and blackbirds and warblers as
well as the family of ducks that always returns to the
stretch of river behind the house.
Bird feeding season this past winter saw a marked
increase in the cardinal and woodpecker populations, but
the loss of numerous sparrows of all species as well as
several mourning doves. This was partly due to predation
by a couple of falcons (one peregrine and one or two
merlins), but likely also the amount of snow and cold
played a part. Of course our pet bluejays were much in
evidence as ever and always ready for a game of
The last year saw a lot of home renovations, with new
hardwood floors in our bedroom, the family room and the
office. We also got all the old wallpaper removed and
all the affected areas repainted. This all involved our
living in a constuction zone for prolonged periods, but
the results are very nice indeed. All of this is with a
view to selling the old place in the next year or so and
moving on, as we find it is a lot of work and upkeep.
Personally my life has changed a lot since my heart
attact in July 2010. I have made rather dramatic
lifestyle changes and lost a good deal of weight.
Consequently my health is considerably better than it
was a year ago. I was very lucky with the heart attack
in that the damage was minimal and the angioplasty seems
to have been quite successful.
Jay has not been quite as lucky. She has just been
diagnosed with coronal blockages at three sites and now
she is on the waiting list for bypass surgery, which
will probably happen in Sept 2011. We were both caught
off-guard by not knowing that diabetics often have heart
attacks which are almost asymptomatic - no pain or other
classic symptoms, just a sort of breathlessness. In my
case it happened when we were in the midst of
renovations and I thought it was just a bout of asthma
brought on by dust and smoke.
In this site rebuild I intend to put up a few pictures
showing the highlights of events around here, but all in
all we live a quiet life, so don't expect anything too