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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Well .. It’s The End Of July Already


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 !

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              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 !

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                               The birds have been busy feasting at the feeders and taking much needed baths to cool off !

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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 .

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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 .

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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 !

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                                         My new Rudbeckia or as I know them as Tiger eye are doing well this summer .

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We have a total of 4 House Wrens hanging about here as they chase each other about and natter at one another .

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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 !

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                                                                          It has been a busy hot dry month in our yard  .

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                                                              Finally and  thankfully some well needed nectar from the sky's !

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                      Can you hear my gardens singing ? I sure can  they are loving all the rain we are finally having .

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                                                                      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 !

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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 !

                                                             Country Gal


Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

The month has just flown by. It has been hot and humid and we haven't had any rain, except for a couple of 5 minute showers which did absolutely no good at all. Today looked like our best chance of some rain, at almost 60%, but even that passed us by. I've cut down lots of blooming plants and most haven't reached the size they usually do. But I've had good pickings of tomatoes, peas, beans and potatoes. Enjoy the weekend. Does Papa get the extra day off?

Country Gal said...

Yup he gets Monday off to !

fernvalley01 said...

it certainly has flown by!lovely photos as always

Margaret Adamson said...

Your butterflies are gorgeous adn I am glad you have had some rain now. Love the bird feeder also.

The Furry Gnome said...

So nice to see a Monarch. Haven't seen one here yet, and we could sure use some ofthat rain too!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, lovely series of images. The flowers, butterflies and birds are just beautiful. I always enjoy seeing your cute Miggs! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

Gail said...

Your photos are always so amazing.

Looks like you have some happy critters. Thank you for keeping food and water available especially during these hot days.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Here we are in August already! So little rain for us this summer and hardly a butterfly either except for the white ones.
The long weekend has been great for campers and people at the beach, can only imagine the traffic heading south this afternoon.

NanaNor's said...

It is hard to believe that 2/3rds of the summer is gone! WE've had a week or two of hot, humid weather too and are now hearing the Cicadas, which in our area means that the first frost should be in about 6 weeks.
Loved all your pics. We got such a heavy rainstorm last night too-felt like fall.
Have a great week.

Primitive Stars said...

Happy August!!! Can't believe though, where did July go????? Wonderful pictures, love the wee Wren, so cute. I like hearing the Cicadas in the evening, summer sound.Blessings Francine.

Anvilcloud said...

You must be doing better with rain than we are. I've never seen our river so low.

Denise inVA said...

It was a great post, full of lovely photos and I enjoyed my history lesson too. Love the rain when it comes, especially when it is hot and humid. You have a beautiful garden. Thank you for your very sweet comment regarding my father-in-law's passing. The whole family will appreciate reading them.

William Kendall said...

The birds obviously know a good spot for dinner when they see it!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Glad you got some rain because here in NH we have lots of brown grass. What little rain there has been in recent weeks quickly is soaked up. Nice to see the birds and flowers doing so well, Elaine. And hard to believe how fast the summer months are going by -- August already!