Posted by: Debra LaValley | June 6, 2023

June 6, 2023

The eaglet is as big as the parents now. It won’t be long before he fledges. By the end of the month, he should be out and flying. This photo was taken yesterday. I stopped by the nest twice. Both times, a couple of blue jays were dive bombing the adult eagle in the nest. In the afternoon, both the adult and the eaglet were screaming along with the taunting blue jays. Check my Flickr photo stream for more photos of the blue jay harassment. The adult was trying to get the blue jays, but the little dive bombers were too quick and agile. I have really enjoyed watching the nest this year, and am so fortunate that the landowner has allowed me access for better views of the nest.

Take care everyone and enjoy the spring!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | May 6, 2023

May 6, 2023

Today, we had the chance to watch the Coronation of King Charles the III. His wife, Camilla, was crowned Queen as well. I had not been born yet when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned, so this was the first live coronation that I was able to watch (on television). The ceremony was toned down but was still quite impressive. There was quite a crown in London along the route from the cathedral to the palace. I enjoyed the history behind the ceremony, etc. I was up at 5:05 am and went in to start watching the event. I definitely needed a nap – especially since I didn’t go to bed until 12:30 am. My mom, also woke up and watched the entire event. She said she also watched Queen Elizabeth’s coronation (June 2, 1953).

Posted by: Debra LaValley | April 4, 2023

April 4, 2023

Happy Easter Week to All – May it be Filled with God’s Blessings!


Posted by: Debra LaValley | March 8, 2023

March 8, 2023

Happy March! March came in like a Lion and brought our snow totals up to almost average. We had been having a mild winter up until recently. Hopefully, it will be out like a Lamb. Today it is back to mild. I am ready for spring. The snow has been pretty, but I am looking forward to seeing a bit of green.

The local eagle pair are currently incubating in the nest. By the end of the month, there should be a hatch. I am looking foward to seeing chicks and activity at the nest.

The picture this month is the Blackwater River as seen from Clothespin Bridge in Webster, NH. It is a very pretty area not far from me.

Hope this finds everyone well! (I am enjoying the freedom of retirement :).

Posted by: Debra LaValley | January 20, 2023

January 20, 2023

Who Cooks for You?

Yesterday, I was out looking for photo opportunities. I was doing my regular eagle loops to check on the local pair, and I always look for owls, deer, or other wildlife. I wasn’t seeing much where I was driving, so I decided to head toward Riverhill. As I was driving, my cell phone received a call from an anonymous number. I didn’t answer; but I did pull over and noticed there was a voicemail. It was from a local bird watcher alerting me of a Barred Owl sighting on Eel Street (very close to my apartment) along the Contoocook River. I headed there and sure enough, a beautiful Barred Owl was perched in a tree. I took a bunch of photos but did not go to close so I would not scare it away. The above photo is my favorite shot. I took this shot after lunch when I went back to Eel street and the owl had flown across the street and was perched on a limb above the river. I pulled over and hid behind a tree and snapped some photos. Not longer after I snapped this shot, a couple kids came down the street and the owl flew off. Unfortunately, I was not ready for a flight shot. The owl flew right by me into the trees across the street.

Kids will be kids. They were excited that there was an owl and made a little bit too much noise. I appreciated that I had the chance to see and photograph the Barred Owl. For those wondering why I entitled this post “Who Cooks for You?” – a Barred Owl’s call can sound like it is saying “Who Cooks for You?” It has been at least a few years since I have taken a photo of an owl. It is always such a pleasure to see one. Luckily, now that I am retired, I am more able to respond to bird sightings in the area!

Enjoy your day!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | January 5, 2023

January 5, 2023

Happy New Year!

Happy 2023 to All! 2023 – wow! The years certainly fly by. The local eagle pair have returned again, and I am looking forward to watching them and their nest this year. I will have more time to do so as well. Effective, 1/1/2023 – I am Retired! Right now, I just feel like I am on vacation. I am sure after a few weeks, retirement will sink in. I like the idea of my weeks being six Saturdays and one Sunday 🙂

I don’t have too much to say today – but stay tuned!

Best wishes of Health & Happiness to all for the New Year!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | December 24, 2022

December 24, 2022

Maisey is waiting for Santa! She has been a good girl (even though she climbs a curtain or two every once in a while! Busy days ahead. Please be safe out there. A very Merry Christmas to All! (At the time, I am writing this, I only have 3 more working days before I retire … but who is counting. The 28th, 29th, and 30th are my last days at Northeast Delta Dental. I have worked there for 37 1/2 years. It has been a fun ride.

Posted by: Debra LaValley | December 20, 2022

December 20, 2022

Five more days until Christmas and things are getting crazy! 🙂

So many things to do. I have wrapping to still do. I dislike wrapping. Maisey decided last night to scale the bedroom curtains. She is very naughty; but she is so cute – so she gets away with it. The light displays have been beautiful this year. I love seeing the lights. I need to get out and check our more. OH – I only have 5 1/2 more days of work before I retire! Yes, I am retiring! I will be officially retired 1/1/2023. I am looking forward to it. I will be able to write more in my blog and take more photos! Yeah! I am also planning on meeting up with friends who have retired. 🙂

Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | November 12, 2022

November 12, 2022

You are Never to Old . . .

About a week ago, I told my mother about a craft afternoon happening at Twiggs Gallery in Boscawen. They were going to be making pine cone turkeys. She said it sounded fun. Well, we went today and had a good time. There was another adult making a turkey with a grandchild, I think. Soon a few more children came in and joined us at the table. Their parents helped them. My mom noted she was almost 87 and brought her daughter. Everyone was enjoying themselves, and it was nice to see families coming together for some old fashioned crafting. I enjoyed hearing the parents tell their children that there wasn’t a wrong way to make the turkey. Everyone’s looked different. Some made them cone up and others cones on the side. It didn’t matter and all were cute and unique.

Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 10, 2022

October 10, 2022

Foliage Color is Popping!

There is nothing prettier than fall in New Hampshire! I took this in downtown Penacook on Sunday morning (10/9). It was 7:30 am, and I was heading to pick up my mother to taker her to church. I had to stop and snap a few shots from the bridge over the Contoocook River. I hope you all are enjoying the beauty of nature this fall! Take care, Debbie 🙂

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