For years I could count on at least a few birds hitting a window every spring. We already had the deflector stickers on the windows but they didn’t seem to work. I tried hanging a few other things in the window before discovering that I could bend some bamboo (from the back yard) into the window frame to hopefully create some awareness for the birds. It seems to have worked! On numerous occasions I’ve seen birds go into emergency stop mode as they neared the window. I’ve also seen them slow down but not in time enough to avoid a hit, but then be undamaged enough to fly off. If you’ve ever heard that tell-tale ‘thump’ against your window only to find a dying bird lying on the deck, then you’ll know what a relief it was to find something that helps.
I have a few tomato plants, some lettuce, basil, kale, broccoli and chives growing in the flower boxes this year. As leaves become abundant I’ll often clip a few off for my salads. Dear Pip’s Place guests, please feel free to do the same and please water!
Phipps Point sunset 2019
2019 Hornby Quilt!
Maker space ‘The Hornby Spark‘ grand opening.
A Joane (my aunt) Garden Goddess and the laughing Buddhas.
It’s starting to feel a lot like Hornby! Beautiful weather we’ve had this spring. I’ve been up since the beginning of May getting the cabin ship-shape. This lovely rose bush is on the deck of the Cardboard House Bakery, which I’m sad to report has closed permanently. I did see a sign for a new pizza oven just down the road at a winery. Will report back when I have sampled their wares.
And while I’m thinking of it… Unless your day starts at 5 AM you might want to consider bringing along a sleep mask. There are a lot of windows, also skylights in the cabin so if you’re a night owl like me, a sleeping mask is essential. They sell them at the Co-op.
You may have met Louis Jobidon at Ford’s Cove when you went to rent a kayak. Over the last few years Louis has become known for his close encounters with Orcas. Here’s the latest, followed by one from 2014 that gained international attention. Louis’s YouTube Channel.
Here we go! Spring cleaning is complete, the Nasturtiums are poking out of the flower boxes and I’m getting into that Hornby state of mind.
So that’s what those double diamonds on the trail map mean! I had never seen this before today. In the midst of a mildly grueling (my choice, there are miles of mellower bike/hike trails as well) I discovered the Yer Mom trail today. Shout out to the parks people who maintain these awesome trails!
Hornby trail map at TrailForks.com.
Mount Geoffrey Recreation Trails brochure (pdf).
Another trail brochure (pdf).