Sunday, September 16, 2018

TASTE OF THE KINGSWAY

Enjoying a fruity drink at Taste of the Kingsway. 
On Saturday, September 8th, Rob and I attended "Taste of the Kingsway" for the first time. But it wasn't the possibility of enjoying some delicious food that had us going, it was the opportunity to listen to some great, live rock n roll.

We haven't been out to see live music together in years. My body is so adjusted to my early mornings for work, I have a hard time staying up past 10pm. (Hey, I'm up at 4:30am week days for work, WITHOUT an alarm clock!) When I go to concerts now I usually take 2 days off work, the day of, and the one after to recover. LOL! So, when I found out Destroyer was playing a 90 minute set, starting at 4:00pm, I knew we had to be there! (Destroyer is a leading Kiss tribute band, if you didn't click on the link)

We arrived around 3pm, walked around the festival to check out all the vendors, and then made our way to the stage area where Destroyer would be playing.

Rob makes furry friends where ever he goes.
We had great views for the show
We enjoyed a couple craft beers from Great Lakes Brewery while watching the show.

Cheers!


They put on a great show!
We had an absolute blast! Looking forward to seeing them again in the future.

Copied from Destroyer Facebook page.
 Oh, and the food, worth going for that too, we took home some cannoli's and perogies.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

OUR LABOUR DAY

Can you spot the Ruby-throated Hummingbird?
Rob and I braved the heat and humidity to get our "nature fix" walk on Monday morning. We went to one of our favorite areas close to home. The Golden Rod is in bloom and was full of bees. And though we didn't take any photos of them, we were accompanied our entire walk with many Monarch Butterflies. In fact, I have never seen so many Monarch Butterflies at one time in my life. It was magical. We never know what we are going to see in terms of wildlife when we visit this area, and that just makes it more fun!

Ruby-throated Hummingbird resting on the fence , we saw a few on our walk.
American Toad, I was going to kiss him to see if he'd become a Prince, but he hopped away. 
Pearl Crescent enjoying the sunshine. 
I found this Brown Dekay Snake much to Rob's delight. 
I picked him up to move him off the main trail so he wouldn't get run over by a bike.
Of course the wildlife sightings in the backyard are always great! 
No zoom needed, the planes were flying  low past the house during the air show.
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday Monday!

Friday, August 24, 2018

AUGUST WEEKENDS & HEIMLICH UPDATE

This cutie has been making our backyard her home for a good month now. 
Summer isn't my favorite season of the year, but even I am having a hard time believing this is the last full weekend of August. This summer has seemed to have flown by!  The last couple weekends have been blissful, warm temperatures with little humidity. We spent the majority of our time right in our own backyard, enjoying the weather and the wildlife that make our backyard their home. 

Where we spend the majority of our summer weekends.

Watching the Hummingbirds is always entertaining. We have four around regularly. 

The slinky keeps the Squirrels from climbing the pole. 

Rob isn't a cook, but he gives the BBQ a good work out!
I finally stayed up past 10pm last Saturday night and got to see some of the backyard night life!
Our "old man" Raccoon, who Rob calls "Bear".  
Finally got to see the skunks!
The ground level birdbath serves as a hand washing station every night for these guys.
We tried our hand at "mothing" last Saturday night.
But they were more interested in the grape jelly for the Baltimore Orioles than the white sheet.
We also had some nice sightings on last Sunday morning's nature walk.

We saw four American Kestrels on our outing. 
Love seeing/hearing the Belted Kingfishers. 
It was my first time seeing a White-tailed deer in the area. 
 The last couple weekends have been awesome, I hope September is just as great.

Heimlich Update!

Heimlich cocooned over night last night! He'll spend the next 9 months or so in his cocoon. We will move him outside when the weather changes, he needs to experience the seasons. We will keep him protected from predators during this time. Another update when we move him outside.

A snug little bug in his leaf rug! 
My favorite picture of Heimlich taken last week. I love his suction cup toes!