Thursday, June 18, 2020

A little update...

It's daisy time here at Fox Grove.
Never have I thought of them as a weed, though.
They are my favorite June flower.
My mom loved them, too and called them the 'happy flower'.

We have been very lucky here this spring 
with nesting birds. Tree swallows, wrens and phoebes have 
all raised their young on our property inside the houses.
And the phoebe shown below sitting
on our milkweed is on her second batch.
(or is it clutch?)
Isn't she a sweetheart

I had a birthday this month and decided it was high-time I bought myself a garden shed.
I bought it big enough to be a garden/potting shed that will hold a small sink.
I can't wait to get the shelves up and start decorating but right now it is being stained
and the door is yet to go on.
Maybe another day or two.
I'm like a kid at Christmas. :-)

I love the shadows from our sumacs.

Do you remember my neighbour, David?
He is always waiting for me in the woodlot to rub his belly
and tell him to be careful and stay out of trouble.

The little chip under our old pump is named Ernie
and he is becoming quite a character.

He is much like our old Simon who lived here for four years.
And most probably an off-spring. How I loved Simon.
He is a bit of glutton that Ernie and 
believes that you should eat whenever the opportunity presents itself.
That's him inside the bird feeder.

I hope everyone is well. We have had a warm and sunny June and expect a few more days of high temps before the rain comes.
We do need rain, though. It's very dry here.

The cats are well although we are still struggling a bit with Cora's skin issues.
She has been to the vet and is now on a new food in case she has an allergy to something in her diet. And Wilson waits patiently for her to want to play again as he misses her game of running the stairs in the evening. We hope she is back to her old self soon.

I'll be back to show you around Fox Grove again soon.
Be well,

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Spring birds have arrived.

The beautiful Tree Swallow has arrived to nest once again in our bluebird houses.
It was so exciting to watch them fly in; six at once, and flit from house to house to finally decide on the same ones they chose last spring.
It was like welcoming back friends. And especially at the time when that is impossible in the human world.

Spring flowers are up and blooming; dandelions are even pretty at this point.

The veggie garden has been plowed and tilled. I so look forward to getting the seeds in and the tomatoes and peppers planted. The carrots were planted yesterday as they can get a head start.
Lettuce will remain in pots as I found last year it did better that way.

Ernie's House.

This, I believe, is an off-spring of Simon. Maybe a grand one.
He is becoming quite tame and will sit and watch me as I rake about the old pump.
He has quite a nice den under it, I'm sure, as the pantry was well stocked by his ancestors.
I've named him Ernie after my uncle who lived on this patch of land.
He would have a good laugh, I know. :-)

Cora loves when I do dishes by hand as there is nothing more fine than splashing her big floppy paws under the tap.
She loves it.
Look at that face. She kills me.

And today she is social-distancing in her new tunnel.
She's a happy little cat and we love her.
And don't she know it. lol

And don't even ask what she might be thinking here.
She's up to somethin'.

Well, it's been raining all day. I've been watching the starlings, robins and tree swallows building their nests and our one lone wild turkey came by for a visit. But, other than that, it's been a quiet day.
I did bake some blueberry muffins's time for tea. :-)

I hope everyone is well.
Stay home and stay safe.

hugs, Deb

Friday, April 17, 2020

Spring cleanup

No wonder I love these birds.
They are friendly and trusting
and keep me company while I clean up the property.

I've been raking near our house.

But these leaves will stay in the woodlot
and be a soft carpet all summer.

We have a few feeders to renovate.
And this chippy lives under our old pump that at one time was the only source
of water for my grandmother when she lived here.

This must be top real-estate for these critters because this is where Simon lived for four years.
Some of you might remember him.
I loved that little guy. I kept him fed and protected him
from hawks when I could.
He went into his den one cold winter day to hibernate
and we never saw him again. Perhaps he passed away in his sleep.
That's what I'm going to believe. 
Perhaps this little one is an off-spring because Simon was quite the ladies man.

It will be awhile before we start to plant here but the veggie garden will be prepared next week.
We are adding two more rows.
It will be bigger and hopefully better than last year.
The planting starts late May.

Look at this face.
They love the loft.
Bird-watching from the windows and snooping on the neighbours.
Starlings are building nests just outside the window.
There is no having to look for these two anymore.
I always know...

Well, the sun is still out and I should make use of it.
I hope you are all keeping well and staying healthy.

be kind,

Friday, April 10, 2020

Happy Easter

I just wanted to pop in to wish everyone a Happy Easter.
I's one we won't soon forget.
We will miss our family and there will be no Easter egg hunt in the woodlot (even though the day will be perfect for it weather-wise) but it is important to stay home and stop the spread of this virus.

Sending love to everyone and please stay healthy.

Cozy Wilson by the fire.

I tried to create an Easter tree. Yep...what was I thinking.

It lasted one hour.

And we are back to bare branches again. ;-) Maybe when she's a little older. 

hugs, Deb

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Poppin' in to say "hi"

"Hello" from our home to yours.
I know you're there. lol

We have been keeping busy, the retired-guy in the garage cleaning up and I'm just keeping the home-fires burning and spending as much time outside as I can. Cleaning up the wood-lot has been a good therapy for the soul. I could spend another day just picking up sticks and branches that fell over the long winter.
And I am checking all the bird houses to be sure they are ready and safe for our spring birds arriving. I have hung a cage of cat hair from my cats grooming sessions. Their hair is free of all products including flea treatment and they are indoor cats.

We have had red-winged blackbirds here for a quick lunch and also the white-winged blackbird popped by one day. Many robins are staying and looking for worms on the brown grass that now peeks through the snow. Yes, we still have snow. Today the sun will get rid of much of it. Chippies are out and about.

House wren nest found in the woodlot.
There is a carpet of moss covering many stones along the old stone wall. 
It's beautiful and a comfort to see such vibrant green.

We have not seen our fox for days now. She has either moved on or is only coming out of her den at night. It's hard to know.
The snow is almost gone so tracks are not visible anymore.
I place food not far from the den in case she is with her kits. It is eaten every night but that could be raccoons, too.
Time to put a camera out.

Here is my home-made bird suet for Cheryl...

1 cup organic peanut butter
1 cup lard
2 cups corn meal
1/4 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
Enough seed mix to make thick
Pieces of apple or cranberries.

Melt lard and add peanut butter.
Add rest of ingredients
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper
Pop in freezer
Break off pieces for your suet cage.

I hope everyone is keeping busy in their homes. I'll bet their is a lot of baking going on. :-) I've had to stop for awhile or I'll be the size of a bus soon. 

I have books galore to keep me occupied and four cats to pamper.

Take care everyone. I'll be by for a visit. xo

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Staying safe and waiting on spring.

We are in trying times, aren't we.
I hope everyone is well and taking all precautions to stay that way.

We are home a lot these days and thanks to this momma-to-be fox I have some unexpected  entertainment.

She has made a den just outside my kitchen window under my neighbour's shed.
This is the second spring this has happened and she could be the same fox that raised four cubs here last year.

off to the woods for lunch.

And another visitor this morning...
sorry for the quality but she was a distance away.
I did go out and stood under the tree which was enough to
send her on her way.
I can't bear to watch her take one of our little birds that we feed daily.
A beautiful sharp-shinned hawk.

Cora was spayed recently and she is now back to her regular silly self.

She hated her collar so much so we tried a onesie on her.
As you can see she loved it. :-)

Wilson thinks she's lost her marbles.

She's still wearing it 'til Tuesday when the stitches come out.
She'll wonder where it went, I imagine.

We have many birds here at Fox Grove.
Our chickadees are still a favorite.

This week the white-winged black bird returned and we have robins hopping around looking for worms today. Spring is here even though we have a few days to wait for it on the calendar.
I think we had one of the easiest winters to get through in years. Mild and little snow.
But, we still have some.

I hope everyone can find ways to stay busy while we wait out this virus.
It's our chance to read more, finish projects, learn something new and enjoy nature.
I am keeping a journal of the wildlife here and looking forward to what spring might bring our way. I'm hoping to have blue birds arrive and nest in one of our houses. And I will welcome back the house wrens and swallows again.

Be safe, be well and remember that this too shall pass.
hugs, Deb