Week of November 7th, 2021

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Nov 07 Nov 08 Nov 09 Nov 10 Nov 11 Nov 12 Nov 13
High 16.1 21.2 13.0 12.6 12.1 13.6 7.0
Low 1.1 2.7 7.6 0.8 -0.2 3.8 0.6

This is the week that we lost all of our leaves. The maples in our front yard are gorgeous this time of year. I also learned why birds stand on one leg! (read on for an explanation)

Sunday, November 7th, 2021 – It’s that time of year where the leaves start to fall. We’re in a race again the rain and snow. Thankfully we’ve had an awesome week to pick up leaves. They are falling at a rate of about 20 bags per day!
Sunday, November 7th, 2021 – This was the strangest thing. This bird insisted on hopping around on one leg – so much so, that I thought it had lost a leg. I mentioned this to people I passed on the beach and they shouted a few minutes later that the bird had finally lowered its second leg. So after a little bit of “googling” apparently this is common. Apparently birds frequently stand on one leg in cold climates to conserve heat – source here – https://www.earthrangers.com/why-do-birds-stand-on-one-leg/#:~:text=The%20most%20common%20reason%2C%20especially,cold%20when%20they%27re%20exposed.
Monday, November 8th. 2021 – The sun is now setting around 5:00 PM. We’re back on standard time as opposed to daylight savings time. This picture taken during an evening walk near Beach 6 at 50th street as the sun sets.
Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 – A similar view just after sunset the following day near Beach 6.
Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 – I took another 20 bags off the ground today. A perfect day for working outside. I wish the leaves would fall faster!
Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 – This picture taken later the same afternoon. It’s crazy how many leaves we’ve lost in one day. You can see that the foliage is noticeably thinner.
Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 – The last batch of leaves were taken away Monday. This is Wednesday’s ~25 additional bags.
Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 – there are new signs along the Shore Lane trail. Apparently we are now part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail – the trail is a little sketchy from Wasaga Beach and points east, but to the west of us is looks like an awesome summer hike! See link here – Great Lakes Waterfront Trail | Great Lakes Guide
Thursday, November 11th, 2021 – A strong south wind today pushed the water far off-shore. Taken near 16th street @ Beach 3.
Friday, November 13th, 2021 – As of Friday, we’re at a “crazy” 111 mulched bags of leaves. Even though not all of the leaves have been picked up, we’re declaring things “done” – The forecast is for rain and snow and wet leaves are difficult to pick up. We’re realizing that we probably need a better solution next year. This is getting to be a lot of work.
Friday, November 13th, 2021 – we got our leaves picked up just in time. Rain is coming our way from the northwest. Taken near Beach 6 at Wasaga Beach.
Saturday, November 13th, 2021 – Walking down the beach on a rainy Saturday morning.

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