Well, hello there everyone, and Happy September!

I hope you have all had a fantastic summer and are ready to welcome fall! I know I am; I only wish it lasted longer.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

It was a quiet summer on the writing front so I don't have much to share. My last publication appears below. It was featured in the summer issue of Modern Haiku.

lingering heat
the cherry tomatoes
still green

I do have another haiku slated to come out this fall in Wild Plum journal. Hopefully the fall season will bring not only bright colours, but also inspire the words to flow again.


A Few Bird Haiku For You

Birdwatching is one of my favourite things to do, which I talk about more below. Not only do I love birds, but I love writing bird haiku. And here are a few of my favourites:

in a heartbeat
the rise
of a thousand wings

~A Hundred Gourds, June 2012

summer downpour
a crow’s
unhurried waddle

~A Hundred Gourds, March 2014

endless sky
the wingspan
of a blue heron

~A Hundred Gourds, December 2011


My Busy Backyard


White Throated Sparrow: © geraldmarella

My new backyard may be small, but it's backed up against a green zone as well as a nature trail, so there are birds galore.

During the month of August, I took a social media break and spent a lot of time birdwatching. I was thrilled to discover one of these little guys (pictured on the far left) which I identified as a white-throated sparrow.

I was surprised to see that it had been ticked off on my bird checklist, because I didn't remember seeing one before.

We bought the adorable birdhouse (pictured on the right) during a day trip to St. Andrews. It's made from Indonesian driftwood. We also picked up the little hummingbird feeder which can be seen in the bottom right picture -- it's made of glass tubes and copper wire.

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Photos from my backyard

We've gotten lots of backyard visitors this season: butterflies, bees, blue jays (one morning there was 10 of them at once!) mourning doves, chickadees (which are my absolute favourite), grackles, crows, downy woodpeckers, juncos, american gold finches, sparrows, and even a northern flicker! Oh, we also had one very persistent chipmunk.

Note: I linked to the bird species that tend to be more uncommon.

What about you? What kind of critters do you have flitting around in your backyard? I'd love to know!


Well, that's it for now. Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a wonderful month of September!

Gisele LeBlanc

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