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Saturday, July 11, 2020

A hot and humid summer.

This may be the hottest summer I can remember.
It's no shock to reach +40C and the humidity is through the roof.
We used to get a day or two of this weather and then cool relief. But of late, it's one day after the next.
It's very hard to have gardens. 
But you know who does love this weather...why, the good old Canadian mosquito. :-(

I have a garden shed. :-)
We built it from a kit from Cosco. It said if you are old like us (lol) it should take four days. Well, they don't know the retired-guy. He had to change this and add that and of course that all took more time.
The best part was he added a sink so I can wash up veggies and dirty hands.
I'm pretty happy with my new get-away.


Hey, come on in.

It won't stay this neat for long.


I've already added two chairs and a table for tea, of course. ;-)
(just forgot to take a photo)

All done. Now I can play.



Our veggie garden is surviving this heat spell but only because we are watering it daily.
And our neighbour's well has run dry so it can worry you somewhat.

I should just stay in and do this all day.

The poor birds are still making nests and some are choosing our houses.
We have had six houses used over the spring and summer.
It's been wonderful watching the birds grow and fledge.
House wrens, tree swallows and eastern phoebes.

House wrens at work

We've been coping ok with the covid 19 scare but it is getting tedious.
We have seen our immediate family lately but mostly we just stay home.
There is lots to do here and we are finally getting projects completed.
And I'm so thankful for our cats, birds, flowers and Ernie.



Just home from the market

House wren nesting



Ernie says "stay cool every-body"

I wish you all well.
Let's mask up and get life back to normal soon.

hugs, Deb

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,
Deb




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 so...it'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,
Deb



Friday, April 10, 2020

Happy Easter

I just wanted to pop in to wish everyone a Happy Easter.
I know...it'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