Saturday, 4 July 2020

This nest is too small, move over a little ….

Up until a couple of days ago, mother Robin would comfortably share the nest with the three young ones, I suppose in an effort to keep them warm. But now there is hardly enough space for the youngsters, they are almost hanging over the edge.

While mum and dad Robin are kept really busy with the catering service, out front it is self-service for the humming birds.



Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Robin Buddy ~ Everybody is really hungry and getting bigger …


It is very busy around here just now, mum and dad are making regular trips to the nest to keep the young and growing ones fed.

Meanwhile Rabbit Buddy is wondering what all the fuse is about …












Monday, 29 June 2020

Robin Buddy ~ Feeding Time …

All three are now hatched and mother is doing her regular feeds of what looks like lovely juicy worms.

I have read on the inter-web, that the little ones will probably leave home at some time between 13 and 16 days. Shortly after that, we may see a second clutch …




Also see ~

“Robin Buddy ~ 2 out of 3 (So far)” ~

http://southshoretidewatch.blogspot.com/2020/06/robin-buddy-2-out-of-3-so-far.html

“Robin Buddy ~ Waiting” ~ 

http://southshoretidewatch.blogspot.com/2020/06/robin-buddy-waiting.htm


Friday, 26 June 2020

Robin Buddy ~ 2 out of 3 (So far)

I noticed a little more activity at the nest this morning, the reason ~ two of the three eggs have now hatched. I suspect the little ones arrived early today or late yesterday.



Also see ~ “Robin Buddy ~ Waiting” ~

http://southshoretidewatch.blogspot.com/2020/06/robin-buddy-waiting.htm


Thursday, 25 June 2020

Sunset at Sunset Park

Just a short drive along the road is Sunset Park, I went out this evening to find out how it got its name ……………










Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Is it a Haar …?


While out for a beach wander in absolutely beautiful weather, I saw again what I think may have been a Haar.
Most commonly found in coastal Britain, a Haar or Sea Fret is a cold sea fog. In my past I have seen them in the Highlands of Scotland, it occurs when warmer moist air moves over the cooler sea causing the moisture in the air to condense.



Monday, 22 June 2020

Robin Buddy ~ Waiting


It has been a frantic couple of weeks for a pair of local Robins’. They have hurriedly built a nest under the deck in the backyard; but this was not their first choice. Unknown to us for a long time, they had secretly constructed a nest in the garage on top of the garage opener electric motor. It was only when I noticed a Robin flying in and out that I found the completed nest.


Knowing this location was not practical for the nest or its future occupants, I reluctantly had to remove it. I left the nest at the front of garage, where the Robins cleverly used some of the material for the next location under the deck.
The new location took a huge amount of work for them, as can been seen in the following photos, initially most of the material fell on the ground, I had not seen any of the same during the garage nest construction. But with much persistent determination the job got done.



Now I am happy to report that we have three beautiful eggs and a 24/7 guard.



Sunday, 14 June 2020

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth ..


As a follow-up to a previous blog from June 2019 ~ “The Lost Voices of WWII RAF/RCAF Greenwood” ~ 

I was delighted to be invited by Dianne Hankinson LeGard, to the Decoration of the Graves Service at Old Holy Trinity Church in Middleton, Nova Scotia. This is the location of twenty-four Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) graves from WWII and three other post-war graves.

The Decoration of the Graves Service is an annual event held since 1942. It was initiated in response to a letter to the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) Rosemary Chapter in Middleton, from Annie Badham, of Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire, Wales, the grieving mother of Aircraftsman 2nd Class Ivor George Badham who died 21 May 1942 ~ she asked if someone could please lay flowers on her son’s grave and continue to care for it.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, this year’s event was scaled down with certain precautions having to be observed.

In the presence of IODE Rosemary Chapter President Shelley Reycraft, Rev. Canon Lynn Uzans, Mayor Sylvester Aikinson, representatives of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 001, personnel from 14 Wing (Greenwood) including Colonel Brendan Cook, MSM, CD and Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Campbell, MMM, CD, Bugler Sgt. Jordan Cuming and Piper Cindy MacLeod ~ I was invited to do the Roll of Honour and recite the poem “High Flight”.












Samuel Easton Somerville, son of Samuel and Jean Somerville, of Glasgow, Scotland

Roger Leon Corcoran, son of William Roger and Clarice Patience Corcoran, of Whakatane, Auckland, New Zealand

Edward Charles John Collins, son of John Lionel Stanley and Myrtle Emily Collins, of Clermont, Queensland, Australia


After the ceremony at Old Holy Trinity Church in Middleton, I went with Dianne Hankinson LeGard, to place a rose at each of the CWGC graves at St Lawrence Roman Catholic Cemetery, in nearby Kingston, Nova Scotia





The poignant and uplifting poem “High Flight” was written by Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee Jnr., who was born 9 June 1922 in Shanghai, China, to an American father and British mother, who both worked in that country as Anglican missionaries.

In 1929, he began his education at the American School in Nanking. Two years later, he moved with his mother to Britain where he continued his education first at St. Clare's near Walmer, Kent and then later at the famed Rugby School in Warwickshire, where in 1938, he won the school's poetry prize.

In 1939 he moved to the USA and attended Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut. Later he earned a scholarship to Yale University, but decided not to enroll, choosing instead to enlist in the Royal Canadian Air Force in October of that year.

After his flight training at St Catherines, Ontario, where he passed his Wings Test in June ‘41, John now a commissioned pilot officer was sent to Britain and was posted to RAF Llandow in Wales.

On 3 September, 1941, he flew a high-altitude test flight at 30,000 feet in a new Mk V Spitfire. Overwhelmed by the flight, he was immediately inspired to put his experience into words.So, upon landing, he went straight to his quarters and on the back of a letter to his parents in Washington DC, he wrote the now famous poem “High Flight”.

He was later assigned to RCAF 412 Fighter Squadron, at RAF Digby in Lincolnshire, from where he flew a number of sorties over occupied France.

On 11 December 1941, during his tenth week of active service, Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee Jnr. was killed in a mid-air collision during a training flight ~ he was only 19 years old. John is buried at Scopwick Church Burial Ground, Lincolnshire, England.

Over the decades, John’s poem “High Flight” has been used widely by many ~ the words have formed verses of songs, it has been quoted by astronauts in outer space, been used in speeches by US Presidents and often mentioned at events like this. Today it is the official poem of both the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force.

High Flight
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air...
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.


Roll of Honour
Old Holy Trinity Cemetery, Middleton, NS

Leading Aircraftman   George Robert Pacey   RAFVR
Pilot Officer   Leonard Herbert Teer   RAFVR
Flying Officer   Rex James Wallis   RNZAF
Pilot Officer   Trevor Alfred Pittock   AF
Pilot Officer   Allan James Rutherford   RAAF
Flying Officer   John Charles William Bruce   RAFVR
Aircraftman 1st Class   Samuel Easton Somerville   RAFVR
Sergeant   Arnold Longstaff   RAF
Sergeant   Henry Lionel John Wilkins   RAF
Corporal   Herbert Bentley   RAFVR
Pilot Officer   Claude Wynter Arthur Blick   RAAF
Flight Sergeant (Pilot)   Jack Nettleton Hopkinson   RAFVR
Aircraftman 2nd Class   Albert John Botcher   RAFVR
Aircraftman 2nd Class   Ivor George Badham   RAFVR
Sergeant   Harry B. Turner   RCAF
Flying Officer   Edward C. W. Hutt   RCAF
Flight Lieutenant   Percy Byng-Hall   RAF
Warrant Officer   Harold Braumont Uren   RAAF
Flying Officer   Jack Norman Reedie   RAAF
Flying Officer   Roger Leon Corcoran   RNZAF
Sergeant   Douglas Charles Andre Gillespie   RNZAF
Flight Sergeant   Regnald Bellhouse   RAAF
Flying Officer   Edward Charles John Collins   RAAF
Flying Officer   William Thomas Slaughter   RAAF
Sergeant (Pilot)    Kenneth George Fuge Harvey   RAFVR
Pilot Officer   James Gerald Brown   RAFVR
Pilot Officer   Maurice Albert William Henley   RAFVR


St Lawrence Roman Catholic Cemetery, Kingston, NS

Pilot Officer   (Belgian National) Albert Marie Louis Adhemar
De Steenhault De Waerbeek   RAFVR
Pilot Officer   Francis Clive Gaha   RAAF
Squadron Leader   Louis Alexander George Howard   RAF
Flying Officer   Hugh Edward McCann   RAFVR
Flying Officer   Patrick Flood O'Hanlon   RAFVR
Flying Officer   John Dermot Walsh   RNZAF
Warrant Officer   C. R. Arsenault   RCAF