Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Shot In Kemptville!

How's that for a dramatic post title? Replace your vision of a senior woman cruelly being gunned down in a drive-by with one of that same lady, rolling up her sleeve and gratefully receiving her first coronavirus vaccination. 

My appointment in the Village of Kemptville, Ontario went smoothly, thanks to the well-organized medical team. As I awaited my turn in the comfort of my car, I watched as each person was greeted by a hospital gowned man wielding a set of tongs. They looked exactly like the tongs in my kitchen drawer. Each vaccine seeker arrived with his or her mask in place and each one was made to take off their mask and use the fresh new one, from the extended reach of the tongs.

Please remove your mask and put on this one, sir.
Please remove your mask and put this one on, madam.
Please remove your mask and put on this one, sir.
Please remove your mask and put this one on, madam.
Please remove your mask and put on this one, sir.
Please remove your mask and put this one on, madam. The same for you, sir.

 

In part because of the severe drought last summer that ruined my vegetable garden and in part owing to the number of backyard critters that would love to raid my veggies, I've decided to use more container planting this year. I thought I was ordering four planters but later discovered that each unit contained two planters. As it turns out, I have use and space for all of them! 

My new planters await their season in the sun.
This hen turkey seemed to be searching for a quiet nest site beside my drive.
One of my ever present and ever munching bunnies.
This groundhog has a den beneath my tool shed. I love those dainty little ears!
A white-throated sparrow enjoying my home-made, removable seed tray.
Neighbourhood tom, Romeo, taking a break from tomcat business.

8 comments:

  1. I got shot at a drive through set up so I guess I could call it a driveby shooting. :) So happy you are on your way to immunity too. It does give one more confidence though I'm still not going anywhere really. Love these wildlife photos. Your guess of a raccoon in the compost bin was correct!

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    1. Yes, it really is a relief to know we've done our civic duty, Jocelyn. I hope that each country will now expand their own laboratories to more quickly handle these emergencies.

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  2. We know for sure we will never be flying overseas again, but vaccination is still a real necessity,some of our workers on the front line have refused, and have been moved to a further away position, or face being fired. I hope my turn comes soon. Love the new mask arrangement, safety even outside, before anyone enters.Your animals are lovely, and the bird feeder, I saved so many sunflower seeds this summer, maybe time for Hugh to make a feeder for them.

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    1. I was glad to hear that New Zealand was only mildly affected, Jean. Still, I don't understand why some people distrust the science and refuse inoculation. Regarding my little feeder, I use multiple feeders in the winter but in the warm months, hand feed only a few of my smaller favourite little friends. Don't want to attract and then be annoyed at raccoons, squirrels, Jays, etc.

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  3. Florence, you had me laughing out loud at the top here! Sure did enjoy "The Great Mask Exchange"! Anyway, very glad to hear you got your vaccine; I did too, on Friday. (I got the questionable but effective Johnson & Johnson One Dose.) I hope yours keeps you well for a long time. Also, sure loved the turkey-of-sorts in that first photo, just beautiful! And I believe this is the first groundhog I've seen since I was a farm-kid in the 1970s. :) Thanks for the fun shares.

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    1. Yes Doug, so glad for modern science! Wonder how many lives would have been saved if the Spanish Flu would have had our current resources? The vaccine I just got was from Pfizer and I'll get my second shot in August. We used to have a much bigger population of groundhogs when I was growing up but large scale farming practices (and week-end shooters) have taken a huge toll. My backyard 'whistle pig' seems to feel safe here and tolerates me well.

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  4. Kind of like the replacement mask idea. A lot of people use the same mask over and over. Know what a relief it is to get shot. Surprised though that you don't get your second one till August. Thought it was a 3 to 4 week between shots. Anyway, you have quite a bit of protection with just the one shot.
    Love all your backyard critters.

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    1. It does seem like a long stretch of time, Patti! My brother and sister have similar vaccine spacing. Yes, I love having these furred and feathered neighbours so close. They are welcome companions, especially in these times of social restrictions! By the way, I love the work of your new president and his team! Rejoining the World Health Organization being just one example!

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