Saturday, August 23, 2008

Talking of Loons, Collections,

The Common Loon is a bird which is very much identified with Canada. To hear them calling across a still lake on a misty morning is one of the most wonderful sounds you can hear. It really conjures up Canadian Wilderness to me along with a wolf howl or two. If you would like to hear recordings of their different sounds go to Journey North and there are four short sound recordings. The wail and the yodel are the most familiar to me. The photo is of a loon in breeding plumage and was taken by Woody Hagge. I remember our very first vacation in Canada when we rented a camper/trailer and went up north. When we were close to Thunday Bay we stayed on a campsite where we rented a boat and went fishing. We got to Jesse Lake, first thing in the morning and you could hear the Loons calling across the water. The sun was just coming up and the lake looked like molten gold. Unfortunately all our pictures of this time are on slides so unless you come for a visit, I can't share them. Yesterday I happened to show you my collection of Piggy Banks, we also have a collection of shot glasses. We had one or two and people decided we must be collecting them, so kept bringing us one back as a gift. We don't have that many, but it was an unintentional collection originally. Someone even managed to find one at Cape Canaveral with Matt's name on it. I'm afraid you can only just see it in the picture though. I even pick up the occasional shot glass myself now, they have to say something about where we are of course. Isn't it odd how collections start. I also tend to collect wolfie things. I have pictures, plates, plaques, you name it. My computer room/office is littered with wolf pictures plus I have a wolf calendar on the wall and another one in the kitchen. Funnily enough, I only have one dragon which was given to me at Christmas as part of a trinket dish. See my blog on January 11. At my age, I don't need to start collecting any more "stuff" anyway. We have been thinking of downsizing our living accommodation and would need to get rid of a stack of junk possessions. Tonight, no cooking, we are going to dinner at a friend's home which will be fun. Our hostess is a very good cook. Another crèpe filling for you: Creole Shellfish Crèpes Serves: 6 Photo from Cuisine: Creole Source: Cooking Light - May 1994 3/4 lb medium fresh unpeeled shrimp 1 tbs veg oil 1/2 cup diced celery 1/2 cup diced green pepper 1/2 cup diced onion 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp dried thyme 1 clove garlic, minced 1 cup undrained, canned, diced tomatoes 1-1/2 tsp tomato paste 1/4 lb bay scallops 1/4 cup chopped green onions 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/8 tsp ground red pepper 12 Cornmeal Crepes 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 cup evaporated skimmed milk Peel and devein shrimp; set aside. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add celery and next 5 ingredients (through garlic). saute 5 mins. Add tomatoes and paste. Cook 5 mins stirring occasionally. Add shrimp and scallops, cook 2 mins (or until seafood is only partially done), stirring constantly. Spoon mixture into bowl, stir in green onions and three seasonings. Spoon 1/3 cup seafood down center of each crepe. Roll up and place seam side down in baking dish(es). Sprinkle cheese over the crepes, drizzle with milk. Cover and bake at 350 for 15 mins. Uncover; bake 10 mins or until heated. Have a great weekend.


  1. It reminds me of barnacle goose ('Bernache' in French) in here having some rest in our little protected reserve. Animal are fascinating.

    i like your strange collection ^^

    i do one also unintentional collection from the beginning, it was my uncle who started to collect when kid, offered key rings in food stuff as it used to be. And when i was offerred it , then i decided to continue it a little for his pleasure ^^ but i'm not very busy at it, i might show that one day ^^

  2. Odd collections are amusing aren't they?

    Loons I like, geese I am not so fond of. We have Canada Geese all over the place and wherever they are you cannot walk for goose poop. Its not funny. They make such a mess everywhere that they spoil parks and roadways etc.

  3. Jo --

    I would have said that's a duck. But how beautiful!

    I've never heard of a "shot" glass.

    Also, why would you like wolves? They are particularly horrible animals. I come from African remember? So I know they kill little lambs and chicks. And they will also go for that beautiful Loon.


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  5. I eat lamb and chicken too Marilyn. I don't begrudge animals their feed. In fact wolves are wonderful critters. They have a strong sense of family and look after their pups - the whole pack not just the parents.

  6. Again, as far as I remember, the French don't measure alcohol, of course I am talking close on 40 years since I was there. In the UK alcohol was always measured in bars if not in homes, although we used to crack jokes that you just bought a dirty glass. Here more alcohol is served as a "shot" usually about 1 fl. oz. sometimes more. We always use a shot glass at home rather than just guess how much we are pouring.

  7. What a pretty bird the Loon is! do they have them in New England? I never saw them, but perhaps they look different outside of the breeding season.

    Your collecting experience reminds of what happened to my niece. Someone bought her a hedgehog ornament, which was rather cute, so she bought a second, smaller one to put with it. Next thing, every birthday and Christmas she was inundated with hedgehogs: big ones little ones; plaster ones, china ones, fibreglass ones - all kinds of hedgehogs. And she doesn't actually like them all that much!

  8. I would imagine they would have the loon in New England, but I don't know for sure. Have some friends in New Hampshire, maybe I will ask them.

    Funny about the hedgehogs.

  9. I love loons. A mate of mine used to have a cd of classical music with loons calling in the background (I think he may have had one with wolves as well).

    If we judge animals by their behaviour, humans come out the worst of the lot. :\

  10. Yes we do, don't we? I wonder if there's any hope for us?