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Valentine's Day Sunshine!

6 months agoHobbies / Nature : SwampThings

Yesterday was Valentine's Day and miracle of miracles, it was sunny and mild out! Finally, an opportunity for us to take a decent walk in actual sunshine. February is often a month of contrasts in my part of the state. Usually it ranges from gosh darn chilly to downright balmy -- sometimes in the same day. Show More Summary

Home on the Range - Quartz Mountain Ranching

Homestead - Wallace RanchQuartz Mountain, Oklahoma September 2013 A Quartz Mountain Wallace Quartz Mountain, Oklahoma

Rice, milk, sugar, eggs

I would love to be able to share the recipe for this most wonderful rice pudding, but I've been forbidden to do so. According to my sister-in-law, it's a "family" recipe and not meant to be shared with the world. She insists that only...Show More Summary

14" and Still Snowing!

This is the view out my kitchen window at 3:30. I have been kept busy keeping the bird feeders full. The squirrels must be in their nests; I have not seen them all day. The snow is supposed to stop by 5:00. Then, the winds will pick up. Show More Summary


7 months agoHobbies / Nature : SwampThings

We had another snow yesterday. Two inches fell between about 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Then temperatures rose and the snow turned to sleet. The temps rose more and the sleet turned to rain. When we woke up this morning, all the snow was gone and the temperature was about 40 degrees. Now it's just wet and nasty outside. As a result, I have nothing worthwhile to post. UGH.

Snow Storm Coming?

The weather forecasters seem pretty certain this time we are getting a big snowstorm tomorrow. So, before I rush out to get groceries like everyone else, I thought I would post some more photos from this winter. I was worried about my bees during the extreme cold spells. Show More Summary

The RNLI in Wales

7 months agoHobbies / Nature : Wales Nature

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution was founded on 4 March 1824 although it did not receive its ‘Royal’ epithet until Queen Victoria awarded that honour to the charity in 1854. Since 1824 it is estimated that across Britain, the RNLI has saved the lives of more than 140,000 people - sailors and...

Snowy Owl Harassed by Common Ravens

Snowy Owl being harassed by Common Ravens By: Pat Coate I recently sat in my car with the window down observing and photographing a snowy owl perched on its usual utility pole. I heard and saw a lone raven flying from the north, quorking (one of the common raven’s vocalizations) as it flew. The snowy […]

Can we save Welsh music venues?

7 months agoHobbies / Nature : Wales Nature

Have you seen the queues around your local record shop during the annual Record Store Day? The simple concept has been a sweeping success for struggling record shops in the last few years, an unexpected Christmas morning of cash sales, supported by bands and labels with limited edition vinyl only releases...

X-Ray checks out supermarket offers

7 months agoHobbies / Nature : Wales Nature

I know the programme is called X-Ray, but I never thought having an MRI scan would be part of the job. To find out how our brains react to supermarket offers, that’s just what I did with the psychology research team at Bangor University.

Birding with Friends

7 months agoHobbies / Nature : SwampThings

We headed for the Outer Banks last Saturday to do a little birding with some friends from the Raleigh/Durham area. We met them at Alligator River Wildlife Refuge before heading down to the beach. There was still ice on the roads at Alligator River, but the sun was out so it wasn't too bad.I am breaking in a new camera. Show More Summary

Snowy Owls

Snowy Owl By: Pat Coate As we all shiveringly know there has been an amazing influx of frigid Arctic air this winter, reluctantly causing us to add the phrase “Polar Vortex” to our vocabulary. But, thankfully, the Arctic region has provided us with more than just frigid temps this winter – it has also provided […]

Ghost Bird

7 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

A leucistic creature is white or pink all over, its eyes are usually blue, and it has little ability to produce color. Another source says a leucistic animal is not pure white, its pigmentation is diluted, and its plumage is lighter than usual but not pure white. Show More Summary

To borrow or not to borrow

7 months agoHobbies / Nature : Wales Nature

Recently we’ve been in a busy patch of dual purpose sessions – working with the Nimbus label for commercial release, but you will also be able to hear the works that we record on BBC Radio 3.

New show marks return journey for Welsh artists

7 months agoHobbies / Nature : Wales Nature

A new exhibition at Mostyn in Llandudno promises a unique journey around the UK hrough different artists’ eyes. It features 25 artworks inspired by the places in which the artists were born or raised.

Groundhogs Day 2014 in Allegany State Park

To all my blogging friends; I Allegany Tom on the 2nd of February 2014..... OK Visit the blog post to hear if I saw my shadow or not!

Avian Snow Angel

7 months agoHobbies / Nature : SwampThings

I know everyone is snow-weary, but I have one more picture I'd like to share. This was in my front yard. My nephew dubbed it the "avian snow angel."

Extreme Cold then Warm!

Every winter is different in our area. This morning the temperature was down to 2 degrees, the same that it was on January 7. But today it is already warming up to melt the snow (about 36 at 2:30 p.m.) and forecast to reach 60 degrees this Saturday. Show More Summary

Snow Walk

7 months agoHobbies / Nature : SwampThings

The booger bear of a winter storm that dropped ice and snow in the deep south slid up our way, too. We got 8 inches of very dry, fluffy snow Tuesday night. It was our second round of snow this month. We were expecting temperatures in the teens last night but Mother Nature had a different plan. Show More Summary

Historic castles in pop-up cinema venture

7 months agoHobbies / Nature : Wales Nature

Over the next two weekends two of the most picturesque spots in south Wales will be transformed into cinemas as part of a series of public film screening events.

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