Hidden Gems: Nephews & Niece, Campfires & Trampoline…

I love to take photos & lots of them as anyone who knows me can attest to.  But it seems that although I am good at taking lots of photos, I have been terrible at sharing them!  Even my own family hasn’t seen many of my photos & they are in most of them!DSC_0358I’ve taken some really good ones recently, especially of our niece & nephews & what good are they if they just stay hidden away on my computer??

DSC_0315Take this photo of our youngest nephew Mr. Blake… could he get any cuter?  He is just so smiley all the time… he has the best smile & the best laugh. There is nothing better than his baby giggles! (Can you tell I am a proud Auntie?)

DSC_0333While I love that Grandpa is making him laugh, I also love how he’s got his eyes on Auntie B taking his photo!  Although his sister tries to tell him, he doesn’t yet think of Auntie B as the paparazzi…

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DSC_0323Look Auntie B, I picked a chive for you!DSC_0349Lily is funny about taking photos…. sometimes she doesn’t want to be very cooperative & gets right in my face (as with the chive photo) but sometimes she is the best & without me even asking her!  She stopped to smell the flowers all by herself!DSC_0366For a four year old she takes pretty decent photos too.  I am sure I was not half as good when I was 4.  I have a feeling my parents never even let me touch the camera when I was her age…. actually, I’m pretty sure this is true…. I saw my Dad cringe just a little when I so trustingly handed Lily my camera.  But she took a decent picture of Auntie B (which is hard to do)!DSC_0371Although I really like taking photos of nature & animals in our yard, I love taking photos of people (especially the kids)… you just never know what you might capture.DSC_0543No, Jude is not possessed…. just really enjoying eating his ribs…. & perhaps hamming it up for the camera a little bit.  He ate more ribs than even Uncle Colin (I think) & sure showed us how to eat ribs.DSC_0546He demonstrates perfectly why I am not a big fan of ribs…. they are so darn messy!DSC_0540One of the things that our nephews (& Lily) like to do when visiting Auntie B & Uncle C’s house is to have a fire.  It is a good thing that Uncle Colin likes to burn things.  When they know a fire is a possibility, the boys are relentless at bugging Uncle Colin to start it…the weather was rather questionable the day we last had a fire with them.  It was a little windy so we weren’t even sure if we would be able to have a fire…. but Colin doesn’t like to disappoint, so he lit one for the boys…. DSC_0554It was still pretty windy… & the photos make it look like the fire was WAY more out of control than it actually was.DSC_0555DSC_0559DSC_0565And of course, if you’re going to have a fire, you’ve got to work for it!  The boys love going to the wood pile & picking out the logs they are going to burn.

DSC_0577DSC_0578Sometimes it is good to have fires in your pajamas too…. but you still have to do the work!

DSC_0692In December when we had the kids here to get our Christmas tree, Lily found a Y stick out by the fire pit… & Uncle Colin has saved that Y stick for Miss Lily ever since. DSC_0689 He leaves it in the tree stump where she planted it & it’s a constant reminder of her in our backyard.  She got reacquainted with her Y stick the last time she visited.  Here she was telling us something very important about the Y stick!DSC_0686We often feel that when the kids come to visit we don’t have that many fun things for them to do outside (especially when compared to the things they see in our neighbours yards)… so we decided to buy a trampoline…. a big one! DSC_0601 While the boys have not jumped on it too much yet, Lily has made VERY good use of it.  Pancakes, it seems, are very good trampoline fuel, for those of you who are wondering. DSC_0600 One morning while we were jumping on the trampoline Lily said to me “Auntie B, I had pancakes for breakfast & they just make me sooooo jumpy!!”  Where she comes up with this stuff, I haven’t a clue but I thought it was hilarious!DSC_0621DSC_0619DSC_0631We discovered that the trampoline creates lots of static & not only did we get shocked like crazy but we also had stick up hair!  DSC_0614Blake didn’t want to be left out & got some crawling in as long as no one else was jumping around too much.DSC_0607Uncle C was really good a bouncing Lily around…. but jumping gave him hiccups!DSC_0637Mommy, Daddy & Blake were the cheering section while Auntie B, Uncle C & Lily bounced around!DSC_0634DSC_0665We have long known that Lily has a memory like an elephant but she really proved it recently.  Last fall she heard me talking on the phone to Uncle C about Luke & Jude shooting walnuts in our backyard with the big slingshot. DSC_0329 Well, ever since then, every time she saw us she reminded us that the next time she came she wanted to do walnut shooters!  May is not exactly walnut season…. so we had to come up with something else to shoot… water balloons!!  We told her we were “watering” the farmers field behind our house & she loved it!DSC_0642 So did her Daddy as you can see from the smile on his face…. one is never too old to shoot water balloons!DSC_0652This post I think, really gives you a sense of why I called my blog “BS… ramblings about food, photography & life….” this is just me rambling about my life & throwing in some photos!  And next time, I will ramble about food…

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Our Backyard Wildlife

My husband & I have always seen a lot of wildlife in our backyard.  We’ve had bunnies, racoons, deer in the field behind us once, birds of all sorts, chipmunks, squirrels… you name it & we’ve likely had it.  This week, however, was really a week for animal watching.  It seemed like every day I was pulling my camera & zoom lens out to snap photos of our latest backyard visitors!

Early in the week, I saw the possum.  Colin has yet to see the guy as he only seems to come out when I am around.  I missed getting his photo but I’m not too sad about that because he is big & fat & ugly.  Have you ever come across a possum that was cute?  I don’t think so.  I’m afraid he may be the culprit who digs up around our shed, but I have yet to catch him in the act!

We have a number of bird feeders throughout our yard & we tend to refer to the birds around here as little piggies!  DSC_0183Some weeks, I think they could eat us out of house & home the feeder is emptied so quickly. Cardinals & Blue Jays are regular visitors to the feeders around here, both male & female.DSC_0154And as if our feeders didn’t get enough action, last weekend Colin bought two new finch feeders.  DSC_0155Well, since then its been a free for all here!  Even the squirrels & a bunny were hanging around underneath the feeders to pick up those seeds tossed out by the birds.  DSC_0162The yellow finches with their bright feathers seem so cheery, a sure sign that spring is on its way.  I am also looking forward to putting out the oriole & hummingbird feeders!DSC_0163We also have a woodpecker who I hear tapping away on the trees although today I caught him tapping away at the ground.  It looks frozen little guy – you had best try somewhere else. DSC_0212One day this week I came home to see a coyote roaming the field behind the house.  He was walking up & down the hedge line like there was something in there he was trying to get.  DSC_0144Coyote’s are not a usual sighting around here mind you.  I think I’ve seen one once before & heard them a few other times. DSC_0146 The coyote actually worked to my advantage in the summer.  The nephews were coming for the weekend & wanted to camp out in the backyard.  Colin wasn’t going to be home & I wasn’t real keen on setting up the tent & sleeping out there with them that particular night on my own. So, I told them I had heard the coyote out behind the house.  Well, that was enough to ensure we were sleeping inside!

Our visitor this morning, however, is one we have never had before.  I almost missed him in fact because he was blending in with the rock he was sitting on.  Our friend this morning was a little owl.DSC_0192 Now, Colin would probably correct me when I say “little owl”.  He doesn’t think the owl is so small, but what do I know?  I am not an owl expert.  He looks small to me.  And very cute. DSC_0184 He has perched himself on a rock outside of our bedroom window & really, I don’t mind him being there.  Perhaps he will stop all the other birds from flying into our windows…. which happens on an all too frequent basis!  Colin & I were standing at the window looking down at him, me snapping photos & he looked right up at Colin.DSC_0198Our new little buddy has us worried though.  We do not often see owls around our property & certainly never this close to our house.  He’s been sitting in the same spot now for around 5 hours.  He hopped over & positioned himself in the sun, but we’re worried that maybe he’s hurt or something.DSC_0218We have called a wildlife rescue to see how we should proceed.  Hopefully the little guy will be alright as he sure is cute!  DSC_0221