Thursday, 27 April 2017

There's a Rainbow over Mississauga

It's still raining but there's a beautiful rainbow over Mississauga right now, and it's making the Marilyn Monroe Towers look 'absolute'ly golden!


Heading in the opposite direction

Drive safe!

Friday, 21 April 2017

"Have you heard the news that's goin' 'round here?" - J.J. Cale


"Have you heard the news that's goin' 'round here?
The man in charge has to go
'Cause he dances 'round the problem, boy
And the problem is the man in charge you know"

The song with the lyrics




From the album To Tulsa and Back, get The Problem by J. J. Cale from iTunes

Friday, 14 April 2017

Mallard on the Roof


"I am monarch of all I survey
My right there is none to dispute,
From the centre all around to the sea,
I am lord of the fowl and the brute" 

Chickadee on the Hummingbird feeder


After eating the sunflower seeds



The chickadee loves to drink water from the center of the hummingbird feeder


Woodpecker on the Ash Tree




Here is a photograph of another Woodpecker on the same tree

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Cardinals

A female Northern Cardinal listening ...


... to the song of a male, which was on another tree



Male Northern cardinals mark their territory by singing! 

Unlike humans who bomb and kill each other for territory 




Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Replaced the rear main seal and PCV

At 142,821 kilometres.

Well, there goes a good chunk of our summer road trip budget!




Spotted an oil leak on the garage floor which was traced by Audi to the Rear Main Crankshaft Seal.

According to many reliable technicians, offline and online, a clogged/faulty PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation/ Audi calls it an oil seperator) can result in pressure that is built up inside the crankcase, leading to oil leaks and other expensive repairs, in any car.

Here are a few more links on the subject of faulty PCV's:

https://axleaddict.com/auto-repair/How-to-do-a-PCV-valve-test

http://www.agcoauto.com/content/news/p2_articleid/197

https://shopdap.com/store/tsi-pcv-valve-06h103495ac.html


But somehow, the replacement of a relatively inexpensive part like the PCV is NOT part of regular maintenance in many brands of cars. 

Why?

I've got our cars serviced faithfully for 8 years at the dealer based on their maintenance schedule, but with this experience, I have lost trust in Audi service, and found someone else who knows Audi's well. 
(They also know Porsche, Land Rover, Aston Martin and Ferrari very well ☺)

I'd like to understand from Audi, why replacement of the oil separator/PCV is not part of regular maintenance? 



If you know someone who owns an Audi, tell them to replace their PCV/oil seperator with their next oil change, because it will save them a few thousand dollars, and they will thank you!

"You can't shake hands with a clenched fist" - Indira Gandhi



This is a pencil drawing I did when she was alive
(For those who don't know, Indira Gandhi was the third Prime Minister of India)

Monday, 10 April 2017

Our daughter took us out to Rogues Restaurant for dinner




Grilled Lamb Tenderloin with Gnocchi


Check the menu at Rogues Restaurant

Loved the Chocolate Tartuffo!



It is a joy when your children are blessed enough to take their parents out to a restaurant

Sunday, 9 April 2017

The first flowers in the garden have just bloomed, and the birds and bees are busy!

Bee on the Crocus


Dark-eyed Junco with a Sunflower seed


Blue Jay taking away a peanut





Grateful to be the caretaker of HIS garden!

A freezer full of bread for friends who need it




Grateful to GOD for all the bread, the freezer, and for good friends who make it happen



This deep freezer can only hold 6 boxes of bread, and now we may have to get another freezer!

Friday, 7 April 2017

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Blackbuck at Ranebennur

While searching for something else in the basement, 
found an old water colour painting I did 28 years ago in India!

Blackbuck at Ranebennur (1989)


Saw these on the way to Goa

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Wet Blue Jay

The snow has melted, it's pouring rain, and the wet, hungry Blue Jay is eyeing the peanuts!




Sunday, 2 April 2017

Saturday, 1 April 2017

"I woke up this morning and looked out of the window ..."

"... and realised, 
I would rather live here in my Father's house than anywhere else" 
- Sparrow


And that reminds me ... 
I have to clean the windows else i won't be able to see the sparrow or it's house!