Saturday, November 08, 2014

Rock wall and leaping ermine with vole

This is not a pretty picture, but oh well tells a story.

Five sharp-tailed grouse stopped by this morning. The squirrel has no use for birds and always does its best to drive them away. That doesn't work with grouse.

Not five minutes later, three ravens flew over. A short while later they flew over again. And again. After nearly 30 years of watching ravens, I can tell just by the way they fly that grouse are around and, while it might seem a stretch, I have a good idea which species thanks to close-up occasions like today. With each soft swoop of raven, the grouse froze.


Today, November 9, the squirrel climbed the mountain ash, a tree it never climbs. There was a brief standoff.

Today the squirrel won.

Monday, November 03, 2014

It's snowing and I'm enjoying poems

...from Not the First Thing I've Missed by Fionncara MacEoin. It's been getting very good reviews. Of course I had to take a pic of it, no easy task when it's snowing, but the south step was sheltered enough. I placed the book on a container to keep it out of the snow.

Not the First Thing I've Missed by Fionncara MacEoin.

You can see my track from earlier when I stepped out to check on my cold frame. It was completely buried. So out I went, shoveled it off and carried on.  

Sunday, November 02, 2014

A big highlight of last weekend

...was hearing Diane Schoemperlen deliver the Caroline Heath Memorial Lecture.The Saskatchewan Writers' Guild has brought in a long line of great speakers over the years. As I stated on Facebook, I was especially excited this year as I'm a big fan of Forms of Devotion, an amazing book that can only come from an amazing mind. Before the lecture I bought her new book By the Book as planned and while I was at the book table an English professor told me how much she loves Our Lady of the Lost and Found, so of course I bought that too. I'd taken along my well-worn copy of Forms of Devotion on my trip to Saskatoon hoping to get it signed as well, but once I got there I felt a bit too weird about asking. I don't want to be an annoying fan.

And just a note to illustrate how great the presenters at the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild Fall Conference in partnership with the ├énskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival were this year: on top of their scheduled lectures, sessions and readings, Diane Schoemperlen, Warren Cariou, and Garry Thomas Morse all read at the open mic and shared in the fun, and David Seymour was there too and we heard open mic readings by those who had taken his poetry workshop. Hats off to all. You couldn't ask for a nicer bunch. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

A lovely handwritten note

...from The New Yorker accompanied this issue, an issue which contains dazzling new work by Sylvia Legris.

Just this week Sylvia received the Lieutenant Governor's Arts Award for Saskatchewan Artist, adding to her long list of awards and achievements. Meanwhile her poetry continues to grow, push and astonish.