First Gosling! And a Duck Who Thought She Was The Mom?

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Yesterday I saw the first gosling of the year! Right when I noticed it and was snapping away with my camera, I noticed something interesting happening…

…so, there is the little gosling (soooo cute).


 Along came a curious Ring Necked Duck followed by some males vying for her attention. 

The little duck gets chased by a parent goose who is rightfully protecting it’s only baby.

The duck does not give up. She chases away her male pursuers and continues to follow the gosling, quite smitten by it.  

Finally, she catches up and the parent geese decide she is not really much of a threat so allow her to hang out with them. The duck kept swimming around the little gosling who was curious about the duck.

For a short while, she managed to have the gosling all to herself while the parents watched from not to far away.

Eventually the parents decided to step in again and shoo away the duck after they let her have her fun.

I really have not idea why this duck was so interested in the gosling. It seemed to me she wanted to be it’s mother, but of course being a mother myself, I am only speculating from my own perspective! Perhaps she was just curious, or wanted to play. Whatever the situation, it was fun to watch 🙂

Windsurfing

We have had a number of windy days lately and although it is bitterly cold, it has made me dream of when windsurfing used to be a big part of my life. Since having kids, I have gotten out of shape and all my time has been focused on house, kids, jobs, etc.. Every now and then I have windsurfing dreams which, for me, are always the ultimate in happy dreams. There is no feeling like flying over the water with nothing but the wind as your wings and feeling the board dancing under your feet. So (sigh), I have vowed to get back in shape so I am able to once again live this experience.

My husband also windsurfs and this was one of the factors that brought us together in the first place. We both grew up on the Great Lakes where big winds and open waters abound, so the little lake we live on takes some getting used to. Unfortunately a good day windsurfing on the lake is a very rare occurrence. Here are some pictures of my husband a few years ago and some of me at the end.

The girls helping daddy prepare.

And he is off.

Wet hugs for a job well done.

And finally some pics of me a few years back. Not nearly as impressive but when I look at them they inspire me and remind me of what I used to do and strive to do again. 
Carpe Diem!

The Well-Loved Playhouse

This is the story of a well-loved playhouse. Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived on a lake and her grandfather made her a beautiful playhouse. Eventually the little girl grew up and was to big for the playhouse so she passed it along to her neighbour who was a little younger than her and could enjoy it for a few more years. Eventually this girl outgrew the playhouse as well. She had two little neighbours who were sisters and she knew these little girls would just LOVE a playhouse of their own and to their great delight, she offered it to them. One of the neighbours owned a crane and was hired to move the little house to its new family. The girls were thrilled the day their new home arrived, flying through the air. The sight of which further adding to its magic. The little house has been shown lots of love and attention and continues to today.

Below are pictures from various stages of the playhouse’s evolution.

The day it arrived. A flying playhouse!Image
Watching it in the air.ImageImage

It received a new exterior paint job and a deck made from a pallet.  
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Interior walls used to be exposed particle board but were re-painted with paint from Home Depot’s bargain bin of unwanted colours people didn’t like after they were mixed. There were signatures of previous guests to the house written on a small wall which were left exposed as reminders of all who visited.Image

We hung a crystal in the window to catch the sun and cast rainbows all over the walls.
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The girls basking in more rainbows.Image

The girls drew some pictures which were framed with inexpensive Ikea frames that have plastic instead of glass so they can’t break.
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Just painting a piece of plywood and drawing some circles on it became a quick stove top. They also get to keep all our used spice jars to add to their kitchen.Image

Dishes are Ikea and tray was $1 in the bargain bin at Ikea as well.
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The play structure is next to the playhouse. This helped us soooo much when we were working on our house. The girls can spend hours here!ImageImageImageImageImage