Tuesday, October 17, 2006

I just got off the phone with everyone at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Hello everyone there, if you're still reading this.

This view is about a 30-second walk from our house. There is a really pretty horse farm just on the other side of the river. We get all sorts of bluejays in our yard, it's so neat. There's a whole family of them, and they like to congregate in our big maple and have big, noisy conversations. I haven't succeeded in getting a good picture of one of them, but I will keep trying. I put in an order for a suet-cake holder, and some suet at the local Home Hardware. It should be here on Thursday. Hopefully the jays will like the suet, and we'll be able to get them nice and close to the house for photo opportunities. The other day I saw five of them sitting on our neighbour Pearl's balcony. She has a giant sunflower that's all gone to seed, and they take turns eating out of it.
Pearl gave us a hot tip on a good bookstore today as we were heading out of the house, so of course we had to check it out. We never would have found it without her, but it's like the perfect bookstore. I feel like I can really settle in here now.

This is our quince harvest. Since neither of us felt like making jelly, and no one could think of anything else to do with them, they all went in the compost bin. Maybe next year . . . if anyone knows something good to do with quinces, let us know!


Anonymous said...

hi there - Mom here - we're home now - the gang missed the latest installation but they'll get it next week. The new bookstore sounds great - what a relief - who can live without a good bookstore within close range??!!! Good luck with luring the birds - from talking to Pearl it sounds as though you will see many varieties of birds over the next while. I looked at Brad and Karissa's blog - Rowyn is one very cute baby! She looks like herself which is not an insult to Mommy or Daddy! take care - hi Stan and Anita, Brad and Karissa (in case you're reading this note)!! BYE

Anonymous said...

hi -- A. Janet here... Wow! A good book store! Yeah! It doesn't matter now how busy your life becomes or how big the winter grows, you have a book store! Jai and Lauren, your quince problem kind of reminds me of my little apple tree. I make a point of leaving them out and about under the big scotch pine trees in my front yard. I rationalize that the bunnies and winter birds will find them for food. I'm not sure if either species eats frozen apples? They won't ferment in this cold, thus no drunken creatures roaming the neighbourhood so far! I love the B/W photo of you two in yesterday's blog-what a classy shot! You did really well at the auction. I think the bench will be so much fun to work with--think of the picture of it in your mind, finished, sitting in a warm window with a plush cushion and a throw over the back, inviting a nice warm curl-up (with a book). Well, back to school stuff for me....thanks for your blogs and pictures and your ever enthusiastic interpretations of life.
Love Janet XO

Karissa & Brad said...

The pictures just keep getting better and better. Amazing leaves, cool rivers, wildlife and nice neighbours. You guys have it all! Glad to hear you're settling in and finding out about the town. Hi to Lauren's Mom! Thanks for the "hi" message.

jai and Lauren Soloy said...

Hey Guys, so nice to hear from all of you! Thanks! There is a web-site for that bookstore, if you want to check it out. It's: www.theinsidestory.ca Talk to you soon!

KMTM said...

Kurt & Meg here - nice blog! To get the Blue Jays really close for pics, put out peanuts...it drives them wild!