Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A new addition to farm fields

As I was driving in the country a few days ago, I realized that more and more often I was seeing a new structure popping up. Gone are many of the windmills and out behind the barns or in fields by themselves, solar panels are popping up everywhere. Sometimes where one least expects them. This photo shows a barn that doesn't appear to be in use, but a solar panel and a hydro pole certainly look newer.

Across the road, no sign of solar panels but the barn seems to be in use for a gallery or gifts, however the field beyond is obviously under cultivation, as is the field in front of the barn.

Further along, more cultivated fields decorated with more solar panels.

This curious fellow is enjoying the sun, but certainly looks more like traditional style farming.

Buddies? Or mums?

Time for a nap in the sun.

This is the pretty farm house next to the shed full of donkeys, one of whom was so pregnant I  thought she might pop on the spot - the sweet wee gal. Love the old machinery decorating the front drive.

No sign of solar panels on this rolling property.

But quite a few on a farm further down the road.

One of the things I completely love about Northumberland County is driving along new to me roads, and discovering new things, and looking at how much of Ontario's agricultural land is much the same as it has ever been. Except of course for the solar panels, I often wonder what else technology will bring to our farmers. Do you?

Monday, January 16, 2017

A friendly visitor - or maybe just a hungry one?

This wee fellow just climbed out of the flower pot. He is a regular visitor when I put seeds out for the birds. He has many larger black and grey friends that join the feeding frenzy, but this time I caught only him. I call this chipmunk him, but perhaps it's a her. I don't have any way of checking or knowing not being an animal expert, just an animal lover.

He doesn't live in the flower pot just comes from the cedar trees beyond and fills his face... you can see how stuffed those little cheeks are.

Oops back for more - but not much left.You might notice on this little guy that there is a black band of hair around his belly. I often wonder about that. But I'm always glad to see him - he's so cute. And so far hasn't seemed to invade my home. Touch wood. 

Ohoh, not much more seed. After this shot he bolted down the hole and then charged out and ran for the cedars... unfortunately the shot I tried to get is so blurry... oh well, I'll show you anyway, it is so funny to see.

And off he goes after this....I'm sure I'll be seeing him after today before the rain starts... have to lay in supplies you know?