Wednesday, June 29, 2016


I've been having some fun testing out my new camera. It's just a step up from what I had and with a much better zoom lens. Samsung 21X


The goldfinch at my feeder.

This was taken through the garage window.
I was down there trying to coax an obsessed pastel tortie that I know to come and join her family upstairs.
But, she is not interested right now. She is on mouse-watch duty. She wouldn't give me the time of day.

Finches at the feeder.

From my little table and chairs in the shady spot of the garden I photographed a chippy that was busy filling it's face.

Then Simon's girlfriend showed up...


I have some reading up to do on my birthday gift. I think I'm going to like this camera.

I didn't forget that I'm to post the zucchini boat recipe so here goes...

Couscous and cheese-stuffed zucchini boats.
1 tbsp of butter
2 shallots diced
1 clove garlic minced
1 tomato seeded and chopped
1/4 tsp each salt & pepper
1.2 c vegetable broth
1/2 c whole wheat couscous
1 cup shredded gouda cheese
3 tbsp basil thinly sliced
1 tbsp parsley,oregano
4 medium zucchini

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, cook the shallots and garlic for three minutes.
Add tomatoes and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for one minute.
Add the broth, bring to a boil and stir in couscous.
Cover, remove from heat, let stand for five minutes.
Stir in 2/3 cup of cheese & all the herbs.

Cut zucchini in half (length-wise) and scoop out pulp leaving 1/2 inch thick walls.
Divide couscous mixture among zucchini and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Place on baking sheet, cover with tin-foil and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

It was delicious served with coleslaw, steamed potatoes and carrots along with olive ciabatta bread.. The retired-guy had pork ribs with his.


We had much-needed rain over-night. Now, there will be lots of weeding to do in the garden today.
But first, a long walk is in store. :)

hugs, Deb


  1. Mmmmm! The zucchini boats look so delicious - thanks for sharing those! Beautiful photos - so crisp and clear. I had to laugh at Simon with the stuffed face. So cute that he has a girlfriend :)

  2. Always count on chippies to stuff their faces to the max.

    1. It's one of those wonders of nature, William. :)

  3. The new camera takes excellent picture...or maybe it's the skill of the photographer.
    Any even Audrey looks (almost) happy!

  4. "Audrey smiling", that is so cute! I noticed two Zucchini big enough to pick in our garden. I would love to try your recipe but can not picture Poppy agreeing to even taste it. He doesn't care much for zucchini but will eat it coated with cornmeal and fried golden brown.

  5. I wouldn't dare to put a bird feeder in my yard, lol ! The birds wouldn't last long with Rosie and Arthur ! The little squirrel is so cute !

  6. Great shots of your furry and feathery visitors.

  7. That Audrey is such a cheerful looking girl...

  8. These are really nice photos, Deb...

  9. Congrats on the new camera... You got some great captures with it!

  10. Your kitty is adorable and that recipe looks yummy- thanks for sharing.

  11. The zoom on your camera is awesome. We think that Audrey is grimacing.

  12. Great pics, Deb! Love the chippie.

  13. Thanks for the recipe, Deb. Your new camera takes some great photos and congratulations on a new grand baby coming! Happy Canada Day, XOXO

  14. I think I need some more bird feeders! My heart is missing Charlie so much, but your photos of Audrey and Annie warm my heart. Happy Canada Day!