Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Sound of Crows

If’s 6:00 and the crows are cawing. Each morning we are awakened by the sound of crows. There is an old cemetery, near our home, with two large spruce trees. Throughout the day, I’ve seen a few in those trees so I presume this is where they nest.

American crow sounds and meanings.  

When I was a child, we had a couple of roosters and a flock of hens. I remember how mad I would get, especially on holidays, when I would be awakened by the Cock-a-doodle-doo of the roosters. I would  bury my head in the blankets to try and get some peace and quiet to get back to sleep. I hated those roosters!

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The photo above was taken on one of our walks. I was impressed on how the rooster, in the front, strutted his stuff. There were two other roosters and they knew their pecking order (. a hierarchy of status seen among members of a group of people or animals, originally as observed among hens.)

Getting back to the crows.



I have a video, somewhere, of two crows digging into the bank that’s behind our home. It was in the winter and they would come back often, to dig through the snow and into the grass. Apparently, they store food in the long grass. The bank is a perfect place to do this as the grass is long and impossible to cut so it hangs over the bank.Ingenious!(cleverly and originally devised and well suited to its purpose.)

The Sound of The Wind

The winds have been fairly constant for the past few weeks. They have been clocked at 120kms. The following video is a clip that I took from our living room window on Apr 3/16 at 5:00am. The wind was on the corner of the house, where our bedroom is and it woke me. It was howling..

We lived in Ontario for eight years and I believe we only had winds a few times, like I had been used to in Newfoundland Labrador.

For many years we lived in a house that we had built, on a hill, overlooking Conception Bay. There were many occasions when the house would shudder in the wind. Thankfully, the house was well built but it was still a little nerve wrecking when you got sustained winds with heavier gusting.

The following is a copy of the wind warning report:
Strong winds with severe and damaging gusts are expected or occurring. Very strong westerly winds gusting as high as 100 to 130 km/h will continue today. These strong winds are expected to gradually diminish this afternoon into this evening. Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds. Wind warnings are issued when there is a significant risk of damaging winds. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada

Yes, it's windy.

What Is A Pet Rock

Recently I read an article about pet rocks. I remembered that they were popular back in the seventies. Apparently there are  some people who still like them and will buy them from a registered pet rock store. So I asked myself the questions, what is a pet rock and where do I find them?

A side note,,Gary Dahl, the inventor of the pet rock, estimates he sold over 1.5 million. They sold for around $4.00 each. He died March 24, 2015. More info here

Living in Newfoundland Labrador and as I have this website on rocks, it should be easy for me to find some. I would have to do some research!

How do you identify pet rocks?

My research has shown that you will recognize your pet rocks. Apparently people look for different things, such as size, shape, and color.

What do they eat?

I googled pet rock care and wikihow has tons of informatIon on caring for your pet rock. Link here.

There are a couple of suggestions that I would add to, how to care for your pet rock. I would wash with salt water if you found your pet rock in a salt water environment. Also, I would tape the sound of  waves rolling on  a beach, especially for bedtime,

Apparently they can be trained so I would need a training manual.

So begins my journey. I will go down to the beach. Most of our beaches are rocks and pebbles so there should be plenty there. Where’s my camera? I will take some pictures and videos before trying to catch some.

Those are a couple of the pictures. As you cam see, there are rocks of all sizes on those beaches. How do you decide  the ones that will make a good pet. There are some, on the shoreline, that like being washed and rolled in the salt water but how will they react when taken from their environment? I guess I need to check with the proper government agency before attempting to capture one.

This should be a good beach to find a small pet rock.

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Those may be too big to keep indoors.

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The one below is a door stop, however; we keep it on our stairs as a guard rock. The painting is a school of capelin.

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Do you have a pet rock??

 


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