Here are a few of the rumours circulating on social media about COVID-19, as reported in the French news magazine le Point and other sources. All are false. 1. The COVID-19 virus was created in a US laboratory. This rumour comes from a faulty reading of a US patent granted in 2003. The patent was … Continue reading Fake news about COVID-19
Grasshoppers were everywhere that summer. Those of us who wore pants learned to be careful about where we walked, but I think we all still had the experience of trying to discreetly deal with a grasshopper who had flown up inside the leg of our pants. Those who wore skirts were even more circumspect and … Continue reading Grasshoppers, girls and family gatherings
Two weeks ago, we still occasionally ran the air conditioner to make the house comfortable. Now we use heaters in the morning to make it comfortable. We haven't seen hummingbirds at our feeder for four days now. Blackbirds are gathering by the hundreds, sometimes perched all along the wires of the power lines. We hear … Continue reading Summer hibernation
We are into the gloriously long days of a Saskatchewan summer, where the sun rises before 5:00 a.m. and doesn't set until 9:30 p.m. Since we live on the flat, open prairie we have an extra three quarters of an hour of full daylight before sunrise and the same after sunset, giving us 18 hours … Continue reading The sound of not so distant thunder
Our son-in-law My wife got up early yesterday morning and had three loads of laundry done before I had my shower, and I still had hot water for my shower. I was away until mid afternoon and when I came home my wife informed me that we had no hot water. I checked things out, … Continue reading Things I am thankful for
In books the scenario goes like this: the trapper / prospector / homesteader (choose one) is shut up in his isolated cabin in the north country. The snow gets deeper and deeper, the temperature gets colder and colder, the wood pile gets smaller and smaller, his winter supply of food is almost gone. The days … Continue reading All of a sudden it’s spring!
I hope everybody had a chuckle over the mistake in my last post. Two millimetres a year would come to two hundred millimetres in a century, or twenty centimetres, not two metres. If you look at the post now, you will see that I have corrected the error. Warm weather was late in arriving this … Continue reading Summer in sunny Saskatchewan