Woods Country Cove

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Miggs Meets New Friends


On our outing at our horse club Sunday taking photos … Papa and I took our Miggs with us as I had mentioned in Monday’s post !

I didn’t get any photos of Miggs meeting new horsey friends and thought to my self they would of been cute to have ….. but to my surprise Papa took a photo  or two .

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                                                     Miggs meet Eddie … Eddie this is Miggs !

All she wanted to do was kiss his nose and she did get a few slurps in but Eddie was busy eating lol ! Every horse that passed by her she wanted to see and kiss and some actually obliged !

Next month when we go to another one of our saddle club events we will take our Miggs again and get more photos of her with her new horsey friends !

           On  a different note here …the weather has been sunny with cool breezes  during the day with very little or no humidity and very cool at night and in the early mornings .. this is the kind of weather I like .

                                        Well .. That’s all for today My friends.

                                                       Thanks for popping by ! 

                                                    Country Gal   

Monday, July 29, 2013

Horsing Around


Hello ..Hope you all had a good weekend !

As some of you may know Papa and I are members of a horse club called Evergreen Meadows Saddle club as their photographers ! The events are held in the small town of Aylmer at the fair grounds ! Spectators are very welcome and we find that at each event there are more and more spectators and members .

Saturday was raining here so Papa and I spent the best part of the day going through our photos from past events from our horse club and putting together photo albums and designing a new business card just for horse events or for anyone who would like us to come to their farm/ranch and take photos of them and their horses  .

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Our saddle club holds a day of events every last Sunday of the month as a lot of the riders travel and attend other events through out the rest of the months . We set up our table with the albums and DVD’s of events and a few other bits and pieces that we do ! Some people just look and others place their order !

The weather was perfect … cloudy with sunny periods and a nice cool breeze perfect for horse and rider !

We took Miggs with us for the first time as I wanted her to be able to get used to horses and hoped things would go well on her part as she has never been around a horse and the horses there are all used to dogs as most of the riders have dogs ! Well .. Miggs loved it all . She was so interested as to what they were and did a lot of nose kissing with the horses which  we are so happy that she took to them right away ! Papa and I took turns at each event taking photos so one of us could be with Miggs and walk around and visit .

The events help the youngsters with their confidents and getting to know their ponies better !

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This little girl  who is 4 years old and her pony Curious George were just so darn cute and boy can she ride ! Some riders enter all the events and some pick and choose which ones they want to be in . This event is timed and you have to ride one side of the barrel pick up the stick then ride down to the other barrel go around it , then ride back to the first barrel and get the stick back in !She did a great job !

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                                       Some riders are more advanced then others but it is all in fun .

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                       This young girl’s horse is quite big for her but boy can she handle it well !

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                         Then we had some pro barrel racers that really pumped up the action !

                    It was a great day filled with fun, frolic and lots of photos ! Papa and I took between the two of  us over a 1000 photos …lots to choose from for our website and the riders  !

           We left the house at 9 am … takes us twenty five minuets to get there and got home by 4pm . Miggs was exhausted from her day of horsey kisses , different smells , cuddles and pats from people and fresh air and fun …  Papa and I  were tired  to but it was a good tired   !

              All in all it is always a great day at the club events and even better now that we can take our Miggs with us to join in the fun  and have a day of Horsing Around !

                                         Until next time … Hope you all have a great day !

                                                     Country Gal

Friday, July 26, 2013

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                                                                    Have a good weekend !

                                                                  Country Gal

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sphinx Moth In The Garden


The Sphinx moth’s are found worldwide . They  primarily hide during the day and emerge at dusk or during the early morning hours. I guess this guy was hungry to be out and about late afternoon !

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As a caterpillar, They eat the leaves and stems of plants. As an adult moth, They drink nectar from flowers. They will go from flower to flower hovering over them and they are often confused with the hummingbird.

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Their size and rapid wing beats allow them to hover and feed like hummingbirds, which is why they were nicknamed 'hummingbird moths'. People often mistake the protrusion on the back of the sphinx caterpillar for a stinger .

                                       So many creatures about if  we really look !

                                 Another nice cool  fresh  and humid free day today !

                                          Until next time … hope you have a good day !

                                                       Thanks for popping by !

                                                      Country Gal

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Beautiful Cool Morning


The T-storms passed us by  yesterday with a drop or two of rain then headed down to the shores of lake Erie to the  town of Port Burwell that’s just 5.0 kilometers or 3.1 miles south of us or just  a 6 min drive  lol  and we could hear the thunder over the lake but with the dark  passing clouds came cooler temps .

The temps dropped last night to 10°C or 50 °F it was nice and fresh and I had my windows open all night . This morning is just as lovely and fresh with the temps at  14°C  or   57°F and there is a breeze that makes it a bit chilly , light sweatshirt chilly  , perfect !

With the sun rising in the east and the moon setting in the west…. birds and critters are busy with breakfast as I sit on my porch watching them all  as I am drinking my morning cup of tea  . Miggs chasing after some squirrel's and keeping the feral cats at bay from the birdies on the ground under the feeders !  My kind of morning  .


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                                                             Moon in the west !

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                               To the east of us the sun was ever so trying to rise through the cloud !

              Well …. I am afraid that’s all I have for today ! Miggs and I are off for a nice walk !

                                                      Until next time … Hope you all have a good day !


                                                                  Thanks for popping by !

                                                                       Country Gal

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

This & That Tuesday



Hello all !

Hope you are keeping cool from the heat !

Early this morning  it was nice and cool so I turned off the AC and opened up the windows to air the house out  .  I fed my birdies , then Miggs and I went for our walk . By the time we got back the humidity was setting in again as the sun got stronger . So in I went and closed all the windows , blinds and drapes and turned the AC back on !

It is cool under our porch so I sat , had my coffee , yes I do drink hot drinks in the heat I know I am weird lol and took photos of the birds flapping about the feeders feasting and eating as much as they can before the rains roll in for the after noon . I hope we get rain… we can use it that’s for sure and a good T-storm would be great as I love T-storms … Miggs … not so much !

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These guys fight over the feeders when they know there is plenty for all as on the other side of the yard in the back there are two more feeders just like these hanging up !

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                                                       Dive bombing each other as well !

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                              Ya better hurry and reach that feeder before anyone else gets to it !

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                                                                 Hey guys wait for me !

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Miggs likes to sit in the heat of the sun every now and then . Here she is watching the birds flap and fight over these feeders ! The look on her face say’s it all lol !

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Well… I know the birdies will be happy with full tummies before the rain and so is Miggs cause we went on our walk . I just hope my gardens will get rain from the storms and they don't  pass us by as they usually do  ! They said 70% chance of  rain .. I guess we will see .. wont we ? !

                                                 Until next time … Have a good day !


                                                           Thanks for popping by !

                                                         Country Gal

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sunday Spotlight


The weather is cooler  with a faint breeze but the humidity is beginning to rear it’s ugly head as the day goes on  . These photos I took yesterday . The heat wave last week kept me indoors  so yesterday I was able to get out into my gardens !

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Papa's Hydrangea or as we call it Incredaball bush is huge and so are the heads of flowers !

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                         Bumble bees and different types of butterfly’s were enjoying the coneflowers !

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This morning  Papa cut the grass and I cleaned out all my nectar feeders and re filled them ! Haven't had to many Hummers here this year at all . I have a little tip here for all of you that put up nectar feeders that will help ward off wasps and other bees and even ants from feasting on the nectar and bothering the birds !

With a Q-tip or you can use your finger if you like  and some Vim gel . Place a small amount of Vim on  either and rub all around the edge of the hole and the edge where the bottle and base meet, just be careful not to get any inside . Birds like Hummers and Orioles do not touch the out side of the feeders they stick their beaks right in the holes and sup up the nectar with their long tongues and never touch the outside of the feeders ! The bees and ants cant stand the smell or taste of the Vim ! It works wonderfully to keep the pesky bugs out and away from the feeders and lets the birds drink in peace !

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                                               Until next time . Have a good day !


                                                       Thanks for popping by !

                                                          Country Gal

Saturday, July 20, 2013

New Bird Visits Our Yard


I was looking out our computer room window when in the distance I spotted a strange shaped bird with a long neck sitting atop of a tree !  I said to Papa hey look at this bird way over there . I tried to see it with my birding binoculars but he seems to like to hide behind branches . Then he moved closer to our tree just behind Papa’s work shop ! Papa got his camera out and was able to get photos from inside as it is raining out there !

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I was able to identify this guy with my book of Ontario birds . A Green Heron ! Now it is very strange to see him in our tree in the yard  as the river and woods surround our area . Maybe he wanted to join the party of birds in our yard feasting in the rain !

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Green Herons stand motionless at the water’s edge as they hunt for fish and amphibians. They typically stand on vegetation or solid ground and they don’t wade as often as larger herons. In flight these compact herons can look ungainly, often partially uncrooking their necks to give a front-heavy appearance. Green Herons live around wooded ponds, marshes, rivers, reservoirs, and estuaries.

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  Quite the lovely bird as he sat there checking the area out ! I love the challenge of spotting and identifying birds in hopes they stick around  for one of us to get photos of them .   Great shots of him Papa even as he kept hiding behind branches and would pop out every now and then !

                   Another bird species to add to our collection of birds visiting our back yard !

                                        Until next time , hope you have a good day !

                                                       Thanks for Popping by !

                                                       Country Gal

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hot , Hazy , Foggy Sunrise


As I was filling my kettle earlier this morning for my morning cup of tea I looked out my kitchen window and say how hazy and foggy it was over the valley as the sun was rising with in all the fog and haze . So of course I had to see if I could capture it as I see it . I grabbed my camera  and still in my  summer jammies went out on to the road to get my photos . Thankfully at that time of the morning  it is all quiet and no one around except the birds and critter and well  ,they know it is me in my jammies and camera in hand . Good thing they cant think out loud lol !

Any who , it was so muggy out there I was out there just before 7 am and the temps were already 25°C and made it feel like 35°C or 77 °F  Feels like 95°F  it was awful  but I got the photos I aimed out to get !

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It is to be the hottest day yet today temps are to hit  32°C  feel like 44°C or 90°F feel like 111°F now that’s hot !

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As I was taking photos Miggs was watching a few critters across the road from me as she lays under the car port  !

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I love scenic sights like this with a bit of fantasy and mystery look to them !

Gona be a scorcher today  so all take care in this heat and stay hydrated and as cool as you can !

Until next time . Have a good day !

Thanks for popping by !

Country Gal

Monday, July 15, 2013

WOW ! Hot & Steamy


Holly crap is it hot out there .  Miggs and I have been in the best part of the day ! We went for our walk early this morning and even then it was muggy and getting hot !

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And this is in the shade ? WOW ! They say the humidex is making it feel  well over 100 !

I filled the birds fountain bath this morning with fresh cold water and added ice to it then put up my garden umbrella which really is a beach umbrella lol to keep the water cool for them !

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No way am I going out there so I took the photos from inside the kitchen  as earlier I walked out for a bit and felt like I hit a brick wall it was so hot and steamy out . We have lots of big trees in and around the property but with no breeze it is still stifling !

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                           So this is what we are doing today indoors in the cool ! 

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Ok this is what Miggs is doing indoors lol ! I just finished my house work and now am having a cool drink and relaxing . No rain in sight for a while so at sun set I will be watering my gardens fighting off the deer fly’s buzzing around me looking for some fresh meat to bite into and  as I wave one arm around keeping them at bay and the hose in the other watering my gardens tripping over either the hose or my crocs looking like a complete nut job all at the same time lol !

                                      Oh the joys of living in a country valley village !

                                        Honesty ? I wouldn’t have it any other way !

          Until next time have a good day and stay cool and careful in this heat wave we are all having !

                                                             Thanks for popping by !

                                                              Country Gal

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Here’s A Shocker


The weather is to get very hot and high humidity . There is a heat advisory out for the week .

Papa and I took Miggs for her spa day as she needed to get bathed and all cleaned up have her nails trimmed and get her shaved as her heavy shaggy coat was way to hot for her !

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                                                                   and now the shocker !


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                                                      She doesn’t look like the same dog does she ?

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This is the closest she has ever been shaved and this groomer has been the only one that actually was able to clip her face . At first it was a shock to Papa and I when we went to pick her up and she had a bit of a shamed look on her face and felt a little exposed but she needed it to keep her cool cause even in the AC with the some what shavings she got in the past she would pant like crazy and more so with the longer fur . Last night was the first night she actually had a good sleep and didn’t pant her head off !

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When she is all shaggy she looks like her dad but now she looks like her mom who was all hound !

                                                     So are you shocked yet at Miggs new do !

                                  She now looks like my old dog Bessie I had as kid on the farm !

                                               Miggs your still and always will be our pretty girl !

                                   Until next time  Have a good day and stay cool in this heat wave !

                                                                  Thanks for popping by !

                                                                    Country Gal

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Summer Day’s


The weather has been wonderful , the humidity had dropped a bit since Thursday and the mornings have been cool and dewy with a nice breeze !

Yesterday I was doing some weeding when came along a Eastern Swallow Tail butterfly . I have noticed that the butterfly’s haven’t been around much this year as last year I was snapping photos like crazy by this time of year of all kinds of them !

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He was enjoying each and every cone flower we have and fluttering from one to another . So of course I had to get my camera in hope he would still be there and alas he was ! so the weeding got put of for a bit lol !

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                            I think he really likes the variety he has to choose from in our garden !

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I guess he was full after all that cause he fluttered away . Thanks pretty butterfly for letting take your picture  see you later !

So Got back to my weeding and finished that up and looked around for more  things to photograph .

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Well here’s a cute one . Miggs fast asleep on the patio . Yes that is her tongue sticking out  lol she has done this since she was a pup !

Well not to much more around that I could find to photograph as it was mid afternoon by now and all was napping . Kind of like Miggs here lol .

                                    Until next time , hope you have a good summers day !


                                                     Thanks for popping  by !

                                                Country Gal