Tuesday’s Tails #13.

Good morning everyone! Yes, I’m back with my morning post today, I missed yesterday morning. There was one thing after another yesterday morning and by the time I was ready to write my post it was actually time for my mystery series post. So I decided to skip it for this week. It is a beautiful, sunny, summer morning, though very smoky again, not quite as bad as it was earlier this morning however. And it was very cool this morning, with a temp of only 57F (14C), but it has begun to warm up. Our number of forest fires had dropped to 138 on Sunday, but as of this morning there are 166.

The largest is now 386,460 acres in size. There are a lot now in the 50,000 to 150,000 acre size. Most of these fires are not under control, but about 35 are under control now. There are 900 firefighters, 186 pieces of heavy equipment, 26,904 pieces of fire suppression equipment, 13 fire engines, 14 CL415 waterbombers, 3 twin otters, 74 helicopters, and 30 fixed wing air supports that are now fighting these fires. Fighting forest fires is a hard, dangerous, physically and mentally demanding job, these men and women deserve our support.

Sir Henry, lying down on the feeder patiently waiting for me to bring the food out.

It’s been an interesting morning here at Steve’s Country. All the gulls were here at the same time for breakfast. I didn’t know that, since I can’t see who is up on my roof. Sir Henry was on the feeder and I knew Sir George was here too. So I put food out. Sir Henry was first down, followed by Sir George and Ricky. There is just not enough room for everyone, especially with Sir George there, he is by far the largest of the group. So Sir Henry got knocked off the bird feeder. Gulls have long narrow wings, and these big herring gulls need time to get airborne because those narrow wings don’t give them good lift on take off. So Sir Henry fell to the ground in the raspberry patch and couldn’t find his way out to the open yard. So I went down to help guide him in the right direction.

Sir Henry after filling up with his breakfast.

I talked nicely to him the whole time to keep him calm and got him walking the right way. It took a bit but he made it to the open yard and after getting his wing feathers settled, off he went. I was a bit concerned he might be scared to come back. But he was back again an hour later looking for his breakfast, just as friendly as ever. So that was nice to see. Guess he realized that I was trying to help him. The house here has been sold, even before it was officially put up for sale. I know the man who bought the place and he said I could stay here. That is a big relief. So I can stay close to nature a little while longer. My gulls and chipmunks will be happy too. Sounds like the chipmunks are looking for more peanuts again, and I’m looking for more coffee. Thanks for stopping by this morning, have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!

Steve and McLeod.

ยฉ2021 Steve McLeod.

57 Comments on “Tuesday’s Tails #13.

    • Yes indeed! Some carry buckets that hold 500 gallons, which would be about 2,000 liters which they drop on hot spots of forest fires. They also now have helicopters with a belly tank which can be filled with water or chemical fire suppressant to drop on fires. But here, in Ontario, we only use water, the chemical suppressants work good, but they also poison the land and waterways for years to come, which hurts the wildlife. And we have an abundance of water here, which makes it quicker to obtain and get back to the fires.

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    • Yes, people often do that here too. There are pros and cons with that, it will help to slow down fires, but won’t stop them. Plus leaving it is helpful to the well being of the forest. “Deadfall” as we would call it, provides homes for small animals and insects which are important food sources for other mammals and birds.

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  1. Now I realise why my monday morning was not completeโ˜บ๏ธ I’m glad you didn’t missed the Tuesday post, now here came the haunting month end uncle Steve๐Ÿ˜ณ it’s happening again๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ kudos to the firefighters, let’s hope they save our forest soon. Take care, stay safe, wear double triple masks and enjoy the beautiful dayโค๏ธ๐Ÿงžโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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    • It has been a beautiful sunny smoky day! Walked to the river, it was a great time! Met my friends, the monster dogs, and Scramble and crowds of other people (2๐Ÿ™„). Have a great day and month end time Simon!๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒžโ˜•โ˜•๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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      • smoky day? did you double or triple masked ๐Ÿค” It should be a great month end ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ™„ I think ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      • are you sure, because I coughed here when you said smokey ๐Ÿค” oh, that was.. I knew why๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜… I was careless somewhere and got a cold ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿคช

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      • You got another cold? You need to stop doing that. Wow, it is so terribly smokey today, worst day yet, and ash falling everywhere!๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

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      • Not just cold, a bad fever, that sunk me down ๐Ÿ˜ณ one paracetamol 650 worked overnight, I was about to walk in doctors place if my fever wasn’t reducing, luckily no temperature after that โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‡ IM still having cold, I’m very weak to cold ๐Ÿ˜พ๐Ÿ˜ฏ. Taking natural soups now to get rid of it. Smokey day? did you wore double masks? stay safe, stay safe, did you move out? little far from your place, because ashes falling isn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ™„

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      • Soup is good, and stay in bed, don’t go outside, stay inside. No TV. Nisha, hide his phone too!
        Ash can travel a long distance, it goes several km into the air and travels on the upper currents, then falls.๐Ÿ˜ฒ No ash today though, just smoke, lots of smoke, and more smoke. I can’t move out. No fires close by here,๐Ÿ”ฅ the closest is 40km away.๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ”ฅ Sleep well!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐ŸŒ™

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      • that’s bad, ask me to sit doing nothing without a phone, that’s help๐Ÿง. I’m too addicted to this material, sometimes I wish i threw this, then I start search new models๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚. I feel better today after a sleepless night, oops, another sleepless night ๐Ÿงžโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ณ Gud N8

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      • Good night Simon!๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜ด See, you would sleep better if you put your phone down earlier so your brain could relax and you would sleep better.๐Ÿ˜ That’s what I think.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„ Don’t get rid of it totally, just put it down earlier before going to bed.๐Ÿ˜› Glad you’re feeling some better! Good night!๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜ด Oops, I said that already.๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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      • Feeling good Uncle Steve, after a long sleep ๐Ÿ˜ I will start reducing the usage ๐Ÿ˜‰ I must do it, I’m wasting much time lately ๐Ÿ˜… I’m getting it, that’s what she says often ๐Ÿค“ I should listen to her ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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      • A good sleep helps a lot so our bodies can fight off the infections better.๐Ÿ˜„ Yep, listen to Nisha! ๐ŸคจHave a good night!๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜ด

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  2. Good morning Steve and Muffin! I am back, catching up slowly. The youth conference was amazing, thank you for you prayers! Be safe with those fires and have a great day! ๐Ÿ˜ โ˜•๏ธ๐ŸŒž

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    • Hi Beverly! Nice to have you back, glad to hear everything went great at the youth conference! You’re probably ready to relax a bit now.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒžโ˜•โ˜•

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      • Hi Steve! Thanks, glad to be back! Yes, so happy everything went great and relaxing is definitely in order. ๐Ÿ˜โ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ๐ŸŒž

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  3. Hey!!!! Congratulations!! I am happy to hear you don’t need to go through the moving process!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ We should celebrate with some Rootbeer Floats!!๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

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  4. Root beer floats sound good ! I am glad that you do not have to move out quickly !…so the gulls like to sit on the feeder waiting for their breakfast ! Smart ! …it is smoky out , so that means another day inside for me ! โ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜ปโ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿช๐Ÿช

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    • Well, only Sir Henry likes to sit right on the feeder waiting, the others sit on the roof or the hydro pole. Yes, another smoky day, but I think it was worse yesterday. It’s supposed to get worse for us overnight and tomorrow.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒžโ˜•โ˜•๐ŸจYep, wish I could have the root beer floats, but I can still have the root beer!๐Ÿ˜‹

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  5. Abbott: Do you see those birds flying around up there? Do you know what kind they are?
    Costello: No, what kind are they?
    Abbott: Those birds are gulls.
    Costello: How can you tell they’re girls from way down here?

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  6. So beautiful white pigeon. Very glad to see ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ˜
    Terrifying the forest fire , praying get heavy rain ๐Ÿ™โ˜”
    Beautifully written and Best wishes ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒน

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  7. Those fires are really a huge problem for people and for forestsโ€™s habitants ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜ข
    Iโ€™m glad that you can still stay in the house. Being close to nature is really priceless โ˜บ๏ธ
    Have a good day you two and stay safe! โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ป

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    • Yes, those fires do kill a lot of animals and birds, ones that can’t get away fast enough. Larger animals can usually run out of harms way.
      Yes, I am so happy that I can stay, though my rent will likely go up, but things like that are normal.
      Well, it’s night for you so I will say have a wonderful Thursday Ribana!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บโ˜•โ˜•๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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