One for Gina, One for Pennycat, and One for Seabrooke

We continue our series of snapshots dedicated to blogfriends. But we begin at the beginning of the photos, all of which were shot on the same day. Today’s selection shows what we saw out the window when we woke up on the final morning of our three-day car trip to Saint John.

We had stayed at the Comfort Inn, our favourite motel (reasonable rates, consistent quality, usually accepts pets, lower floor has sliding glass door for quick potties ) . It had just begun to snow in Rivière-du-Loup when we had pulled up at 4 pm. The BIG SNOW. We had watched the weather channel that evening, in awe that we had driven just ahead of the closure of a long strip of the main (main? the only! ) highway.

When we had brought our luggage in through the sliding glass door before supper, the sidewalk was clear. We woke up to this:


This picture’s for you, Gina. I must tell you that the snow was light and fluffy, quite easy to brush off the car. It was, however, almost up to my knees, so I’m thinking of the view Mandy and Tuffy would have had (and Patrick and Jackson, if their mum is reading this) :


“Oh, Mama, you can’t be serious!”

But never fear, little puppies, rescue is at hand. Looking slightly to the right, we could see this scene:


Let’s zoom in a little, shall we? This one’s for Pennycat, who lo-oves tractors.


You can ignore the tarped-over cabin cruisers across the road if you’d like, Pennycat. Although the town of Rivière-du-Loup means “Wolf River” (romantic name!) , it is situated on a much larger river: the Saint Lawrence. Hence the boat store.

Okay, that’s straight ahead, to the right — what did we see on the left? Our room was at the far end of the building, so we were lucky to have a view of a shrubbery:


Not much of a photo or scene, with its flash on the window and pile of dirty snow. But this is Seabrooke‘s picture, and here’s why:


The wind was howling, the snow was swirling, and here she was, this little House Sparrow, riding the rocking branch and (I suppose) breakfasting on dried berries.

10 Responses to One for Gina, One for Pennycat, and One for Seabrooke

  1. Gina says:

    Love my pic! Mandy and Tuffy love looking out the front door because they can reach no window in the house. They could not have seen a thing out of that window.
    In Memphis, we have a Wolf River. It is muddy and ugly as you would expect..

  2. goodbear says:

    john deere’s are pennycats favorite!

  3. pennycat says:

    Wow!! that right there is my dream tractor!!! Thanks for the pic, it must have been fun driving!!

  4. lavenderbay says:

    You’re welcome, Gina! Not sure I would expect one thing or another of Tennessee’s rivers, never having been there. Is the Mississippi muddy too?

    Oh good, Goodbear, all the better!

    You’re welcome, Pennycat! The driver did seem to be enjoying himself. One of these days, I should try to re-create my dad’s tale of his first time on a tractor.

  5. Just looking at these photos makes me want to put on a sweater!

    For what it’s worth, it’s been quite ‘cold’ here in Hawaii this week (relatively speaking). Early this morning when we got up, it was only 60F/15C inside the house.

    And before you pooh-pooh that, remember that when YOUR house is that temp., you probably turn up the thermostat, whereas we have no central heat in our houses, so we have to wait for the sun to do its job!


  6. Seabrooke says:

    That’s why I love House Sparrows, you can always count on them being there to add a bit of cheer. They, and starlings, are among my favourite species because they add so much life to an urban winter landscape.

  7. lavenderbay says:

    Oh, I hear you, Bobbie! 15C is what we turn the thermostat down to at night, before snuggling under a duvet. 21C is decent daytime temperature.
    On Sunday it will be your turn for a road-trip photo, Bobbie. In fact, I think it was the one that began this idea of a series. I think you’ll like it.

    It’s hard not to smile when seeing those species, isn’t it, Seabrooke? Starlings whistle and gossip their way right through the snowiest days, and Sparrows bicker with each other no matter what the weather. Gotta love ’em.

  8. I used to have a little snowblower tractor … mine was a Simplicity. There’s evidently some sort of big rivalry between Simplicity and John Deere aficionados, but all I wanted was a clear driveway.

  9. lavenderbay says:

    As long as they don’t get together for mutual-admiration fests, like Saturn owners are rumoured to do.
    I’d actually never heard of Simplicity tractors till reading your comment just now, James. To me, it’s the name of a sewing pattern company. I can just see your instruction booklet: “Attachment 47-E to be used on buttonhole-shaped walkways…”

  10. Gina says:

    Yes, the Mississippi River is known as the “muddy Mississippi”.

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