Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Feathers, but no body.

Dove's feathers - I think a hawk was chasing it and it hit the window and the hawk stripped off its feathers before taking it away.

Covid-19 vaccine update

#AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine + 2 days - little bit of soreness at the injection site, otherwise nothing.

Monday, April 19, 2021

The End

 Mom's interment. Wore clothes I'd had in the closet forever. It was a very simple ceremony.

Sunday, April 18, 2021


 First vaccination of #AstraZeneca  plus 7 hours. No reactions.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

First things of spring

First or last birdsnest


Garter Snake


Midland Painted Turtle, Tortue peinte (Chrysemys picta), Cooper's Marsh, Lancaster, Ontario

Thursday, April 1, 2021

First turkey buzzard of spring!


First turkey buzzard of Spring, with reflection of N95 I always have with me. More reliable sign of spring as they do not stay here over the winter, like some robins do. Cathartes aura, Urubu à tête rouge

Friday, February 26, 2021



I think this might be one of the squirrel that was born this spring in the apple tree.

Goose Visit


A Canada goose comes to the bird feeder.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Photos of Oldenburg Airport, Germany, 1948

 My father was in the  Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers ( R.E.M.E.s) after World War II - Oldenburg Airport near Bremen in Lower Saxony, Germany, was used by the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as a repair depot - my father Raymond Bellis took these photos when he was part of the R.E.M.E.. - according to the airport's history , the R.E.M.E.'s took it over from 8 Canadian soldiers who had captured the former Luftwaffe base after it had been abandoned by the Germans in May 1945 and turned it into a vehicle repair centre.

He must have liked this German Shepherd they named Lassie who I imagine remained on duty after his humans had retreated.

caption on back reads "Lassie" 

                              Oldenburg AirPort

                              R.E.M.E Cookhouse (?)

                              10 July, 1948


Monday, February 8, 2021

55 years ago

 My Mother died today. The hospital is a few blocks north of our old house on McConnell Avenue. She walked me up the street to school the first day. I always saw the hospital on the hill from the school. 

Olive Bellis, July 10, 1927 - February 8, 2021

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Covid-19 related gifts from Japan

   Amabie, a sort of monster that appeared in Japan in 1846 and predicted outbreaks of disease. It asked the witness to draw him and make the image known to the people to fight the disease. With the arrival of Covid-19, Amabie has become popular again, and here it is on a New Year's Day card.

Mask given by a kind friend from Japan - 'greige' seems to be a portmanteau for 'Grey + Beige'


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The big story on Inauguration Day

 Fox network does not let a mere inauguration get in the way of finding out who's your daddy.