Fort Whyte Alive – October

It was a beautiful day at Fort Whyte Alive!  I was so happy that I decided to be dropped off there while they worked on my car.  It was a little chilly in the morning, but by afternoon it was very pleasant.

I normally spend about 2 1/2 to 3 hours there, but today I was there for about 5 1/2 hours.  I did think the car would have been ready earlier – but there are worse places to spend time.

I took a lot of pictures – it is such a beautiful time of year and with the extra time, I took even more than usual.

As usual, you can click on the pictures and scroll through them at a larger size.

Canada Geese, Mallard Ducks and the sun rising in the forest.

Some beautiful Autumn Colours.

Red Squirrel, Magpie, Bison, Stilt and a bird nest in a tree.

Autumn Colours

Canada Geese, Burrowing Owl and Autumn Colours

Autumn Colours, Mallard Ducks, young Wood Duck

Canada Geese, Mallard Duck, Hornet or Wasp nest, Catbird.   This Mallard Duck came right up to me to pose for these pictures.

Autumn colours and Black-tailed Prairie Dog.

This was only a small fraction of the pictures I took – but I narrowed them down quite a bit before posting here. 🙂

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Full Moon

It was still dark when I got up this morning (which is how it will be for the next several months here now that we are heading into winter).  I had an appointment to get the car in to have winter tires put on and the summer ones stored until spring.  There were also a couple more things they wanted to get done, so I was going to have to leave the car there for awhile.

Anyway – back to the darkness when I got up.  I looked out and saw the beautiful full moon.  I have tried to take pictures of the moon before, but they usually are just bright round circles.  This one really looked like the moon though.  The moon must have been at the right spot at the right time that I could zoom in so much to get this shot.


I know people get good and even better pictures than this one – but this is the best shot I’ve ever had of the moon.

After dropping the car off, I decided to take the shuttle to Fort Whyte Alive instead of just coming home.  So – I spent the day there, taking lots of pictures.  When the car was ready, they came back to pick me up and I came home after paying for the work they did. 🙂

I’ll be going through those pictures and will get them posted soon – maybe even tomorrow.

My FitBit was very happy with me today.


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Assinibone Park Zoo & More Updates

It was a beautiful day yesterday and it has been awhile since I’ve taken a trip to the Assiniboine Park Zoo – so away I went.  I just brought my little camera with me, since it it always in my purse, and I wasn’t planning on taking many pictures – but I did take a few.

The little camera doesn’t zoom enough to make bars disappear on the cages – so not many pictures of critters behind bars.  I don’t like the bars on cages anyway – it is time to open them up for better viewing.  I am sure the animals don’t enjoy looking through bars any more than we enjoy looking past the bars to see them.  Most of the Journey to Churchill is viewed without bars, but the new large Tiger exhibit can only be viewed through bars.  The tigers were up and moving and it would have been nice to get decent pictures of them.

Anyway, these are the pictures that I took with my little camera – including a couple of critters that were far enough away from the fence that I could zoom in to get at least some of their head showing through the small openings.

The Arctic Foxes were hard to find during the summer (& sometimes impossible), so it was nice to see these 2 out and visible yesterday.  No bars for them.

Just a couple of long-distance and cropped pics of the Wolves.

Polar Bears

This adorable Harbour Seal was watching us as much as we were watching him. These guys don’t usually stop moving, but this one sure did. 🙂

A couple of the Percheron horses in action and the Kangaroos.

As usual, you can click on the pictures to see them larger.

Update #1 – my previous rant problems with Manitoba Hydro were settled with just one phone call after the weekend.  I got lucky and the phone was answered by someone who could see the problem and was able to fix it immediately.  I now have a credit on my new account and that is enough to cover the next 4 months of payments.

Update #2 – and I know many of you have been waiting for the final decision about my plant placement. 😉

The little plants have been moved to the living room window sill.


A few of my little ornaments managed to get on the window sill with my 3 African Violets, my Orchid and my Aloe.

The Spider Plant moved up to the level with the outdoor plants, leaving lots of room for the last 2 smaller plant pots (Jade,  Polka-dot Plant, and Arrowhead Plant) with the Ficus and the Norfolk Island Pine beside them and the Orange Tree beside my computer desk.  One of the African Violet plants had been in the same pot with the Polka-dot and Arrowhead, but it started taking over the whole container, so it got it’s own pot on the window sill. I have a little ornament in its place while the other 2 grow to take over the space.



In the bedroom, the Split-leaf Philodendron (whose leaves do not split because it gets too much light) sits in between my ceramic dog and wooden parrot.

Have a great day!  Get out and enjoy it if you can. 🙂














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Blue Jays & a Couple of Updates

This morning I heard the unmistakable sound of Blue Jays outside my window.  This is the first time I’ve heard (or seen) any Blue Jays since I moved here.  I grabbed my camera and shot some pictures through the balcony windows.  Guess I’ll have to clean these windows one day.

Actually, the windows didn’t mess my pictures up anywhere near as much as the trees did.  I have no idea what kind of trees are growing off my balcony, but the leaves are still green and I haven’t seen any sign of leaves dropping.

Thanks to Midwestern Plant Girl, I know know that the trees are River Birch.  Thanks

So – my pictures aren’t good, but I’m going to post them anyway.


Caught You Looking


See the Blue!





Update 1 – For those of you who were following my recent road trip to British Columbia, I found a video on my camera that for some reason did not get into one of my posts.  I have now added it to Port Coquitlam to Fanny Bay.  The video is the Sea Lions that we watched and the sound is so much fun to listen to – as well as watching these beautiful creatures.

The 2nd update isn’t really an update, but the beginning of a rant.  Hopefully this will be solved quickly and properly, but I am dealing with a crown corporation.  Manitoba Hydro supplies hydro electricity and natural gas to Manitoba.  I currently have 2 accounts with them – the old one from my house (now sold) and my new one at the apartment.  Possession of my house went to the new owners on  August 1st and all was paid to Manitoba Hydro up to the end of July. The last bill I received from them was in September, where it indicated that I had a credit of approximately $60.00.  I asked to have that transferred to my new account, but I left for my vacation to British Columbia a couple of days later and did not follow up on that.  Yesterday I received a bill for hydro/gas at the house.  In this bill they used my credit and are asking for approximately $100.00 more.  Looking a little closer at the September bill now, I see that my credit was actually quite a bit more than $60.00 and they used that to pay the August charges of $160.00 when I did not own the house.  I was thinking at the time that the credit should be higher.  I always paid more than the bill, so I would have a free month or 2 in the fall – although I normally kept the credit until December and January, when other expenses were high.  So – they owe me a very nice refund (plus interest) and they can go after the new owner for August and September.  I will keep you updated on this.

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Chicken & Mushrooms in Creamy Dill Sauce

If you have seen any of my food posts before, you will probably remember that I seldom follow recipes much – but just use the recipe as a general guideline.

Well, I found this recipe for Chicken & Mushrooms in Creamy Dill  Sauce the other day and it looked and sounded absolutely wonderful.  I couldn’t think of anything to change in it – but I was missing one ingredient – so I did make a very slight modification.

I didn’t take any pictures of mine either – but it looked pretty much exactly like the picture on the site, so will just use that as a link to the site where I found it.


Chicken & Mushrooms in Creamy Dill Sauce

Just click on the picture and it will take you to Jo Cooks, where she gives the full recipe.

The only change I made was that I didn’t have any white wine (or any wine at all) in my house (believe it or not), so I just used the full tin of chicken broth and added a bit more water.  There isn’t much wine in the recipe anyway, so I can’t see that making much of a difference, but I just might make sure I have some on hand the next time I make it – just to be sure.  And – of course, I didn’t actually measure anything.

It is absolutely delicious.  I cooked some rice to go with it, but next time I might try pasta. 🙂

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Moving Plants Around

Vacations are wonderful and I could see myself doing much more traveling, if only I could afford it.  I remember way back when I was a teen that my desire was to be a beach bum. 🙂

Anyway now I am home again and it is time to move a couple of things around in my home.  It is getting cold and my outdoor plants had to come inside yesterday.

My first plan was to just put them in front of the balcony door, since it is unlikely I will be going out on the balcony during the winter.  It just looked too crowded there with the little plants on the small table on one side and the larger plants on the other side and the 2 large planters right in the middle.

The bedroom and livingroom windows are too high to put plants in front, but I could possibly move some of the smaller plants onto the window sills.  That won’t solve where these 2 large plants (my rose and my geraniums) will go.

I have a matching table to the one where the small plants are, and decided that I could maybe stack the tables and put them against the wall at the balcony door.  I didn’t want to stack them where the one table already was because  they would be more stable against a wall.  That meant moving 2 of the larger plants (Norfolk Island Pine and Fiscus),  but the Fiscus went in the spot that the table of small plants had been and the Pine went beside the Orange Tree.  The Pine isn’t doing great anyway – so it may not last long.


So, this is what I had after stacking the tables.  Everything is here, but it is so crowded on the little plant table.  The window view is much better than when I had the outdoor plants in front of it though.


I decided to move the 3 African Violets up to the higher table, which opened things up on the lower level.


I got a good bargain on those tables when my neighbours at the house had a yard sale. 🙂

I might swap the Orange Tree with the Fiscus in front of the window and I may look for something to cover the window sill in the livingroom to put the smaller plants on since it is still a little crowded on the lower shelf.

I received a suggestion on FaceBook to use the floor as one of the levels and this suggestion makes things look better.  Thanks Kathy.


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Trees, Flowers, Geese and FitBit

It is time to return to my walks at home – so I took a stroll along the Seine River and my country road on the other side of the river this morning.

The leaves are quickly coming down, but there are still some very pretty colours on them. The Canada Geese are gathering in the fields along my country road and there are still some wildflowers blooming along the road.

My FitBit battery needs to be recharged and I can not find my charger for it anywhere.  I had it while on vacation and I assume it must have fallen out of my suitcase one time when I took the other cords out for the computer and/or cameras.  I have ordered another, but since I didn’t realize it was lost until I got the message that it needed to be charged, I will be without my FitBit until I can get the new one.  I do know approximately how many steps most of my walks are, so will enter them manually, but it is just not the same as having the FitBit showing the green screen when I meet all my goals for the day.

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Day 16 – Going Home

The plan for today was to get a sunrise picture from the same place I took the sunset picture yesterday (only facing the other way).  :)  So – I was up and headed over there on this brisk morning.

The sunrise was a dud.  The sun came up without any colours at all – and was not anything to get excited about this morning.  It was still pretty out there with the mist rising off the water and the trees as the sun hit them though.

I did have a Double Crested Cormorant climb onto the dock and give me a couple of poses for pictures. There were several other birds in the water and the gulls on the beach also.

Then I walked over to the Boardwalk to see if I could have some breakfast.  I didn’t realize that they did not serve breakfast until 9am, but when I asked for it, they said they could make it for me anyway. Not many places would be that accommodating.

Breakfast was good and I had a nice chat with the man behind the counter.  Then I went back to my room and checked out so I could drive around a bit before heading home.

Remember that little chip I got on my windshield yesterday?  Well – today it started off as a 6 inch crack.  :(   As I drove around, the 6 inches grew to 10 inches.  I decided it was time to leave now so I would still have a windshield for the drive home.  Just then a White-tail Deer came out of the bush, so I stopped to take a picture before leaving.


The drive home was uneventful – other than the crack growing a couple more inches long.  The crack is right in my line of vision so it is very annoying.

I have made an appointment to have the windshield replaced next week. My plants all survived at home.

Well – it was a wonderful vacation.   Thanks for following me along on it. 🙂

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Day 15 – Yorkton to Riding Mountain National Park

Breakfast was served starting at 5:30 am today, so knowing that I was going to loose an hour once I crossed into Manitoba, I decided I might as well get started early.

Other than getting a stone chip on my windshield, the drive was uneventful and I was soon in Riding Mountain National Park.  I drive about 1/2 the speed limit while looking for critters and spent quite a bit of time pulling over as far as I could to let the people in a hurry get by me. The road has plenty of curves and hills, so there are not many places where drivers can see far enough ahead to know if it is safe to pass – and I hate having cars line up behind me.

I pulled into any picnic spots or places to just get out to look around and take pictures.  The fall colours are splendid right now and on a bright sunny day like today, they really looked great.

I settled in at Elkhorn Resort, which is just outside Clear Lake.  This room cost even less than the one at Yorkton, but breakfast is not included here so they may end up about the same.  I do have a Keurig in the room though.

The view outside my window is the corrals and barns belonging to Elkhorn Ranch, which is a riding stable.

The red horse with the white on his forehead was the first one to come and see me when I walked over to the corrals.  He eagerly took some longer grass that I picked from outside the corral, but stayed too close for much of a picture.  The darker horse then came and pushed him away so he could have the grass.  After I left those 2, I walked over to another corral and took the picture of the horse grazing and I called him.  He came over to see me, so I pulled some grass for him- but for some reason, I had my little finger up a bit and he bit my finger instead of getting the grass.  That hurt and it bled a bit – but it was my own fault, so I picked some more for him.  I know he wasn’t trying to bite. I called them all he, but have no idea what they are.🙂

Then I walked into town and took some “critter” pictures – just in case I don’t get to see any that can move.

I had lunch in town and then headed back.  It was a good walk after a couple of days with not many steps.  I walked past another corral on the way back and both horses in there came to see me – and these 2 just wanted to be pet, which I was happy to oblige.


I assume these are pets belonging to someone who pays a lot of attention to them instead of the riding stable horses.

Then I headed out to the Bison enclosure where I hoped the lack of critters would be ended, but I only saw 2 and they were at a distance.  I couldn’t get good pictures of either of them, but are good enough to show that I saw them as well as more colourful trees. 🙂

After supper at the lodge, I headed back to town  to see if I could get a sunset picture or 2.  I drove this time, since it would be colder and darker when I return.  On the way, I took a picture of some gulls on the beach and saw some deer tracks on the beach as well.   Just before the sun set, I noticed the colours in the trees across the water that were still receiving sun, and I snapped a picture of them too.  After the sunset, the boat was returning from the sunset cruise and I took a picture of it and a sailboat as well.

Another pair of red chairs managed to get into a picture at the sunset  🙂

On the way back to the room, I saw 2 White-tail Deer on the side of the road.  It was starting to get dark after the sunset, but one picture turned out ok, even though we can’t see her head.


My FitBit was very happy with me today. 🙂

Tomorrow, I head for home.

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Day 14 – Calgary to Yorkton

After a good night’s sleep, I woke up to Sharon busy in the kitchen getting ready to make pancakes, bacon and sausage.  What a great feast to start the day. 🙂

After scraping the frost off my car (again) I headed east into the rising sun. There were no mountain views to take pictures of, so the best I could do was a couple in the Qu’Appelle Valley.

The drive was uneventful and I reached Yorkton as planned.  I checked into the Comfort Inn at the lowest price I’ve found this trip (other than my relatives).  Breakfast was also included here and it was a pretty decent room.

It was a pretty long drive and I disappointed my FitBit again.

Tomorrow is a fairly short drive to Riding Mountain National Park.

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