Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Calm of Isolation

DSC_0622Somedays it can actually be quite calming to have moments of serene isolation.  There is a quiet that comes with true isolation.  You can hear your own thoughts without distraction.

Our cabin is a place of isolation.  Most of the time.  It is funny that you can drive an hour and a half out of the city and buy 80 acres of land and still deal with neighbour dogs pooping on your front lawn.  sigh.

This last month after having the cabin for over a year – we discovered that the old antenna can be hooked up to the TV and now we can watch digital HD TV channels that are available over the airwaves.  This has had a huge impact on the isolation of the cabin when we can now watch the morning news and keep up with the same lousy television shows we have at home.  We don’t require total isolation from society (after all installing satellite internet was a critical upgrade we made) – but alas at some point we need to disconnect from it all and go back to the serenity of isolation.  At least turn off the TV and forget about the dog poop.



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In the face of adversity



Even when the thermostat reads – 30 celsius the birds continue to amaze me.  They look so fragile and vulnerable but they are designed to withstand such a harsh winter.  While other birds head south for the winter, these little birds stay and flourish in the northern winter season.

I have noticed that at the bird feeder the rules change when the temperature drops.  My suet feeders that usually only have one bird on them at a time suddenly have two or three.  Different species of bird who would normally not come to the feeder at the same time now share the feeder dangling in the frosty air.  Downy woodpeckers and chickadees, nuthatches and flicker woodpeckers – all doing what they need to do to survive.

As the temperature climbs back up on a Chinook day, the usual rules of engagement return into play.  The birds take turns at the feeder and they only eat with their own kind.  It is so interesting how in the face of adversity the drive for survival leads to a demonstration of increased communal behaviours.




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