Author Archives: Peri McQuay

About Peri McQuay

Peri Phillips McQuay is the author of Singing Meadow: The Adventure of Creating a Country Home, The View From Foley Mountain, a book of nature meditations on her experiences living for 30 years at the Foley Mountain Conservation Area and A Wing in the Door: Life With a Red-tailed Hawk is the story of her adventures with Merak, a human-imprinted hawk, who lived free but saw McQuay and her family as her special people. Also Peri has written numerous essays, articles, book reviews and a weekly column, published in the Kingston Whig-Standard Magazine. Her credits include Country Journal, Harrowsmith, Bird Watcher’s Digest, The Snowy Egret, Seasons, The Fiddlehead, Herizons and Brick.

Dreamtime

Dreamtime. This is the welcome time, hovering between Autumn and Winter. The gardens have been put to bed under a blanket of leaves. Even the lingering golden asparagus fronds have been clipped and burned. Next week, with the end of … Continue reading

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Autumn’s Last Colour

Gradually, swiftly, we’ve watched the leaves flocking down, scattering mounds of yellow through the forest. Now, as we head towards November, nearly all autumn’s bonfires have drained, leaving the remaining scatterings of colour all the more precious. Only the occasional … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

As Barry and I enjoy watching another generation learning to love Foley Mountain, we are deeply thankful.

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Shaw Woods

Shaw Woods, a majestic old growth forest near Cobden would be a magical place to visit on any day, but to walk its trails in autumn is unforgettable. Growing up, as I did in a small beloved woods, has meant … Continue reading

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Signs of Autumn

Yesterday afternoon, both wanting and not wanting to find signs of autumn, I climbed the big hill beyond our valley and walked on through the woods to the nearest heron pond. When we first came here a decade ago, this … Continue reading

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