Friday, March 25, 2016

After the Storm and Supporting a Local Farm

What a week this has been. After downloading the new OS update on my MacBook Pro it froze and then worked pretty good for a few hours. By the next morning it wasn't wanting to do anything so a 90 minute session with a nice Apple rep in Idaho had me up and running again. I'm not out of the woods yet though, weird things are still happening.
Also we had an ice storm come through last night and ended up with no power from 9pm until 7 this morning and then it was off again for a short while. Trees and branches are down all over our community and some folks are still without power.

The prompts for this week's Friday's Hunt are the letter 'M', my favourite, and birds or wings.
I have quite a few bird photos in my files but thought I'd share this one from the winter of 2010. I had the tripod set up in the kitchen to capture the variety of birds visiting the heated bird bath and also discovered 3 cedar waxwings eating snow on the garden shed roof. Mosaics are fun to create and a good way to show several photos at once.
Above is the Edwards farm store one line over from us where I buy my eggs, birdseed and sometimes meat. I like to support local farmers and businesses as much as possible.
Recently I was happy to find bags of whole wheat flour that they grew themselves and had milled. The bags are Canadian made, 55% linen and 45% cotton - definitely my favourite for this week.
I linking with:
Friday's Hunt hosted by Teresa at Eden Hills Congratulations Teresa on all your new baby goats!
Mosaic Monday that I host

45 comments:

  1. Love your bird photographs, Judith! And Cedar Waxwings are so cool, aren't they? We have a really nice area where there are several farmers selling what they grow. I'm all for supporting local businesses, and you know, it's said that one should eat what is grown locally, for best health. I truly believe that.

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  2. Hello Judith, it is sad to hear what happen to the trees and your lost of power during these ice storms. I love your bird mosaic, a nice variety of birds. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend.
    Happy Easter to you and your family.

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  3. Some Toronto area friends posted photos on Facebook this morning that showed all the ice on trees and the breakage of limbs and branches. Not a welcome storm at this time of year.
    Your bird mosaic is pretty - and the Canadian flour in a cloth bag - wonderful! Happy Easter, Judith.

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  4. Hoping you weather is milder next week. Lovely mosaic! Happy Easter to you and your family!

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  5. Beautiful shots of the birds. I wish I could find more local produce and such to buy here. Happy Easter weekend!

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  6. Good you found that local flour and I look your bird collage. HAPPY EASTER and have a great week ahead.

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  7. Hope the storm has now gone on its way. Happy Easter. :-)

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  8. Sorry about the damage from the storm. I've been having some strange things with my mac lately too. Thankfully there are those techs who are helpful. Lovely bird photos!

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  9. We love the cedar wax wings and do see them upon occasion here. I want to plant more berry baring bushes to attract them. Sorry about your Mac Pro. I have had Apple computers since, well, since the beginning, and they seldom go bad, but when they do, oh my. Apple does have good support. Fortunately for me, we have a Simply Apple store near by where I go for my help. Those updates sometimes can be scary. Have a Happy Easter, Judith.

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  10. You really had quite a bad storm there compared to here. We're still melting and thawing this afternoon under the sun and cool temperatures. Lovely bird photos and so nice to be able to shop for fresh local goods nearby. Happy Easter!

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  11. I love the lady Cardinal - we see the male cardinal around here as the female is camouflaged in her less red plumage. The store in Innisfil is a great country find (and the Sottish name is great). Happy Easter!

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  12. I also try to support local businesses as much as I can. I hope that your MacBook issues get resolved soon. Happy Easter, Judith!

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  13. I love seeing all of the birds. I saw my first robin and bluebird this week so that was nice. It means spring is really on its way.

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  14. The winter storm missed us as it wall all up north of us we just got lots of rain . Lovely photos , We to like to support our local farmers as much as possible down here ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend and a Happy Easter.

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  15. Your area was rather hard hit by the storm. I'm glad you weren't too long without power. How awful for those still waiting for it to return. Happy baking with all that great, local flour!

    Karen

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  16. I have to say I am also a fan of supporting local farmers. :-) Great images of the birds. I love the mosaics you make. I do hope you have a happy Easter. Thanks for joining Friday's Hunt.

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  17. Hopefully your computer issues will all be solved, Judith.
    We had a terrible storm go through our are last week, too, although my house luckily missed the hail damage.
    Cedar wax wings come to my backyard in a huge flock in the Spring, only this year they came two months early!
    Yea for supporting local farmers! Happy Easter, Judth!

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  18. Hello,Judith,
    Your collection of birds is so lovely as always. Taking photos of birds is very difficult for me. Many times I miss birds while walking! I also try to support local farmers and local shops as well. Here, many private book shops are closed, and very big book shops come to open to survive online shops. Have a good new week.

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  19. Hi Judith ~~ I am sorry for your late Storm. The same one came through here, we are ate its bottom end in the Texas Golf Coast region. We had really sharp lightening and terribly loud thunder but only got about half inch of rain. Up in Dallas they had hail and by the time it got to Florida there was a lot of flooding, bad.
    I am glad that your neighbor mills whole wheat flour. I doubt that those people add a lot of chemicals like store bread has.
    The latest Lucy Stine Murder is "The Candy Corn Murder" wich is her # 22. Our library has them, som in digital also.
    ..

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  20. What a week indeed! I hope you can now enjoy a happy and serene Easter.
    The bird photos are lovely and the cute little chickadee is of course my favourite.
    Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday, Judith!

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  21. We were lucky and literally lost our power for 5 minutes only.
    I saw your comment on Tom's blog. Next time you are coming into Toronto let me know and I will show you great beaches on Lake Ontario around Toronto!

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  22. Happy Easter and Happy Springtime Judith! I love your bird pictures. I also enjoy watching the birds and seeing if I can recognize them. Seeing unusual ones is always exciting.
    Wishing you a happy day and sunny weather : )
    Terri

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  23. Clever using Mosaics for your M word....loved reading and finding your Friday Hunt hints. Looking forward to this weeks Mosaic Monday too!

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  24. A wonderful mosaic of birds feeding Judith.
    How interesting that you had a tripod set up - that's something I'm looking into.
    I'm busy studying cameras at the moment as I'm ready for a step up from my Point and Shoot.
    Any suggestions gratefully received!
    Shane

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  25. We got that same ice storm throughout the day on Thursday. Sounds like you got hit a little harder. It's so sad when the trees break from the ice. This morning I woke very early to the sound of thunder! That sack of flour looks great! I'd be wanting to use up the flour as fast as possible to get to the lovely linen bag ;) Let's hope the sunshine stays now and melts the last of Winter away.
    Wendy

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  26. Good morning, Judith! I just wanted to stop back and say thank you for hosting! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  27. Sorry about the computer woes, hope it sorts itself out soon. That must have been quite a storm. Enjoyed your photos this morning. Your mosaic of the birds is very pretty. It's great that you support your local farmers. I try to do the same and shop where you get their produce, and go to farmers markets when they are available. How lovely that you live so close to one and can get everything so fresh. Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday. It is a lovely meme and one I enjoy very much. It encourages me to be more creative. Have a great week.

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  28. The birds are great...I miss having bird baths and feeders, so it's nice to share yours. Ice storm doesn't sound fun ever, but this time of year in particular it just seems wrong. I knew about it already because we have winter neighbors here who went home to Ontario last week just in time for that storm. Her FB messages did not sound particularly happy!

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  29. 'tis the season, huh!? Glad all is well now.

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  30. Lovely selection of birds in your collage Judith. I saw the after effects of an ice storm on another Canadian blog and it looks weird and scary - also strangely beautiful! I like the cloth sack....immediately thought of it as something to paint on.

    Happy Mosaic Monday!
    Ruby

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  31. I hope you have better weather today and that there wasn't too much significant damage. That whole wheat flour looks wonderful. I raised my kids on whole wheat and organic products. Hugs, Diane

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  32. New OS are daunting to me. MS keeps trying to push their Windows 10 on me and i keep resisting. Beautiful cedar wax wings. When they come here, they devour any cranberries that are remaining on my bushes. It's a treat to have them dining here. Last year some actually nested in our big spruce.

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  34. Judith, Had to enjoy your opening paragraph as we have just arrived back in Greece and lost internet after our first day and a half, waited another day because of a holiday and on the afternoon of the fourth day the service provider arrived and declared that once again a mouse had chewed through the cable on our roof. It has now been encased in plastic pipe but I am holding my breath each time I try to sign on!

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  35. That whole wheat flour must make such delicious bread! I hope you will solve your computer glitches soon, Judith. My lap top is telling me my photo files are 90% full. I'm going to have to find a way to add on more storage. Hope you had a very Happy Easter!

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  36. Hope all is going well with the computer and you have no more storms. I love the collage or mosaic of the birds! Very lovely.

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  37. That's awesome, Judith!

    I am back - kinda - actually posted today, whoo hoo - joined your Mosaic Monday linky party! Thanks for hosting that, too, darlin -it is appreciated and always a pleasure visiting you! HUGS!!!!

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  38. Oh that is such a pain when computers do not work....I upgraded my Mac after waiting for 6 years....and it all went fine so i guess I was lucky...except that the photo app changed and now I have to move 40,000 from archived iPhoto to Photos...what a pain. Fabulous birds....glad not too much damage from the ice storm. We are getting colder next week again.

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  39. So very glad you survived the storm, Judith! (And I hope you survive the storm of computer woes as well.) I saw pictures of my grandchildren in Wisconsin hunting Easter eggs in the snow and was reminded that not everyone gets Georgia weather at Easter!

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  40. Love the birds! Yes, it's good to buy local.

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  41. I love your bird mosaic and hope the problems with your compurer are over.

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  42. Ice storms are the worst, aren't they? We actually get more of those here than snow storms. It sure makes one realize not to take things like electricity for granted. I'm glad yours was restored and didn't have to go too long without it. Spring really is on the way! Thanks for hosting Judith :)

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  43. The weather can be so wild at times - hope all is ok now.
    I do like the selection of birds in your pictures.

    Hope this week is going well for you.

    All the best Jan

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  44. Losing trees, losing power, such daunting, and sad times. I am sorry to read this. We too have lost many trees in 35 years with storms and power outages. It is not a fun experience, but you arrive on the other side. The birds could be right outside my window. We like to do the local farmers market in our country, yet it is only seasonal...coming soon. Happy weekend Judith~

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