Today was a perfect day to do some exploring on the property. There were some wonderful cloud formation in the sky, but the sun also made an appearance. The woods offered some interesting finds, too. Though we're not sure what the pods in the trees contain, we shall keep researching. There is always something to be learned from nature!
It was an overcast day, but a good chance to get out for a drive and see some local places. COVID has us on lockdown, so much that would be open in this season is closed. It doesn't mean we can't get out and take some photos. We were on a lot of back roads and saw few other vehicles at times. Though there are actually lots of little "spots on interest" in the area, we only stopped at two. The first stop was at Shetland Memorial Library. It's a wee building & there's no real information available about the building itself. Curious, since it's a "memorial" library. It has an old millstone form the Shetland Flour and Grist Mill. Once restrictions are lifted, we might be able to get more information.
The second stop was at the Bothwell-Zone Oil Museum. There are a few reminders of the booming oil heritage of the area. Out front is a working well pump, also known as a "nodding donkey" and an old jerker system. The museum offers self-guided tours. www.historicbothwell.ca/oil_museum.htm
There's a bird feeder outside the window by the kitchen table. It was a super busy place this morning with sparrows, starlings, juncos and more. Snow squall warnings are in the forecast, so the birds are making sure that they are ready to hunker down. It's nice to be able to watch them so close, while staying warm and dry, enjoying a hot cup of tea or coffee!
Today has been a beautiful day. It started with this magnificent moonset. It's ending with some light flurries, but it was sunny and clear for the bulk of the day. Such a relief from the overcast, grey that we had been experiencing. The sun provided a beautiful display of glittering light on the snow covered fields and a chance to get out with our cameras. We saw lots of animal and bird tracks in the snow, too. The small outlet in the field was warm enough to be flowing down to the Sydenham River. Here are a few of the photos taken on our walk-about the property.