WOW ! This summer is just flying by . The best part of the summer we have had very hot humid weather and very little rain now thankfully we are getting rain but more like torrential on and off with thunderstorms as the month comes to a close . August is our hottest month so who knows what the weather will bring us now. This is our long weekend our Civic Holiday. The true meaning behind the holiday is to honour John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (then known as Upper Canada). He was also the founder of the Historic Fort York, the birthplace of modern Toronto. Just a bit of history here . Papa has been off of work as a mini holiday since Thursday , nice to have him home with us during the week as well .
With this rain we have been having , we realized our woodstove pipe was leaking inside the house , Papa went up on the roof when the rains gave us a break and he resealed all the nooks and crannies and hopefully that did the trick we will have to see when it starts to rain again soon .
On that note the sun has been shining and I have been busy with the gardens as this time of year they need a boost and a tidy here and there of dead so the new can come through some what of a make over lol .
And I always make time to enjoy and take photos as there is so much activity going on in this heat and rain lol !
Mr Grasshopper was keeping and eye on me as I was walking about . With this humid weather the Cicadas are buzzing up a storm , haven’t seen any down on the ground to photograph as of yet and the crickets have been chirping up a storm all day and night in the fields. I love the sounds of them all !
The birds have been busy feasting at the feeders and taking much needed baths to cool off !
We get plenty of small aircraft flying about our valley this time of year as the St Thomas airport for these personal and commercial planes is only 20 min away .
I am pleased to see more Monarchs out and about now as I was a little afraid there were none as previous years as they seem to only appear in later July through August and early September now .
Swallow tails we have a lot of and a few of the black ones all though the black ones don't seem to stop over as much as these ones do !
My new Rudbeckia or as I know them as Tiger eye are doing well this summer .
We have a total of 4 House Wrens hanging about here as they chase each other about and natter at one another .
One of them seemed to be checking out this little house we have in our big old tree we got from an estate sale we went to a few weeks ago !
It has been a busy hot dry month in our yard .
Finally and thankfully some well needed nectar from the sky's !
Can you hear my gardens singing ? I sure can they are loving all the rain we are finally having .
Yup even Miggs loves fresh rain water !
All though Mr butterfly wasn't to impressed as he clung for dear life to the butterfly bush as it poured and then dried him self out after the rain had stopped for a bit !
Well this is quite the winded post lol ! I will stop now as there is so much to see and do and photograph in such a short time this time of year and I don't want to bore you all off your chairs lol ! .
So I will be off now , Until next time !