Butterflies LOVE hot sunshine and we’d had such a rainy, dreary summer. This year, I hadn’t had much time for butterfly chasing in the city anyway, but they were noticeably absent at the cottage too. Now that it’s fall, we are experiencing weather that finally feels like July: blue skies and sweltering heat. And butterflies.
It seems I only update this blog during cottage season. I can’t easily carry my big camera around with me during our day-to-day activities, so when we go to the cottage, I try to make up for it.
Here are some photos from our last trip to the cottage, over Canada Day weekend. It has rained pretty much all summer; that weekend was no exception. When we did go outside, it was in rain boots and sweaters. In July.
There weren’t a lot of butterflies (they are most active on hot sunny days) but we found a clutch of chubby monarch caterpillars on one of our walks. There were so many dragonflies too, more than I have ever seen.
In October, my mom and I went on a three-day trip to NYC. I only had a couple of sightseeing goals; the Museum of Natural History and Central Park. We had great weather all weekend, so we visited both of those places but also walked all over Manhattan. It’s a beautiful and strange city.
Funny, I had drafted all of the photos for this post back in November, but never published it. Better late than never!
A new year is always a great time to start fresh and set goals. A few friends of mine have posted theirs on Instagram so I’ve been mulling it over for a couple of weeks.
Finish my WIPs. It’s a biggie. After the holidays I rearranged the furniture in my work space, and I literally could not do so without first dismantling the towering pile of unfinished objects. I’m not even going to guess how many there are. I’ve set them aside and I’m trying to make some realistic decisions about what to keep working on. I might set deadlines for specific projects because it seems to work when I am knitting gifts, which are time-sensitive.
Start Christmas knitting in July. I managed to finish it all except for a pair of socks, but it definitely felt like a chore at times. Fall is such a busy time already, and my daughter will be starting kindergarten this year. Who knows what kind of time or energy I will have? Maybe less but maybe a lot more? lol
Buy with purpose. I work in a yarn shop so it is very easy to fall in love with something and take it home (and I used to work in a pet shop…hahaha). I’m not perfect but I will try to have a project in mind before buying any new yarn.
So, what about you? What kind of crafty goals have you set for 2017?
Well, we made it this year! After about an hour in line with our three year old (and thank goodness, Grandma!), we made our way into the butterfly exhibit that is held annually at Carleton University. Check it out if you can!
Open from October 1-9, 2016
Annual Butterfly Biology Show
A random, mid-week visit to Mud Lake. We all needed it. It is a great place to go for a walk, with many different trails to take. Some are heavily wooded and others take you along open (and often muddy!) water. The wildlife we often see include a variety of ducks (Wood Ducks are my favourite), geese, herons, chickadees, turtles, and squirrels. It is so wonderful to have places like this right here in town. On this particular day we drove with my mom, but we noticed that there are a few city buses that come pretty close. Click HERE for a map and description of the area.
While out in the woods, we actually ran into someone we know. My friend Amanda Sage, who shares my love of photography, was out bird-watching. She is also a talented writer, who has just published a children’s book to raise funds for CHEO.