Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Around and about the mouse-house

Our weather has been crazy these last few days. If we do see the sun for awhile we can be sure that more rain is only hours away.

I'll put a birdhouse anywhere.

We really need more sun-shine.
 Our gardens are a bit water-logged.
And the critters have had enough, too.
 But they sure are enjoying all the treats.
Goodness, more birthday celebration at my daughter's home last Sunday.
Thank you everyone for making this BIG birthday so special, xo
Notice all 5 grandittles are looking so innocently at the camera. What??
Love them so much

hugs, Deb

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Bird drama and what's in a name.

The rain fell on Friday morning; not heavy but just enough to make all the watering I did on Thursday a waste of time.
Well, maybe not a complete waste.
Standing at the back garden I noticed a hawk soaring in a thermal above the tree-swallow house. Ahhhhh! Both swallows took off after it to protect their nest.  I was in panic-mode like an old mother hen just watching them try to chase it off.  They swooped around it and came up behind staying close together. They circled the property over and over. I stood frozen; heart pounding and basically freaking-out. video. :-b It would have been ugly.

It was a long two minutes but the hawk did leave and both swallows returned quickly to the nest. It was quite a dramatic scene.  Now I will be on watch for it's return as the babies will be ready to leave at some point soon and that's when it gets dangerous.

Oh...and David. yikes!
I may have to carry him home over the stone wall next time.
He's a worry. The hawk's a worry.
I hope my 'ol heart can take it.

                        What's in a name  
  I had decided to give this little property a proper name and
 honoring my grandparents was to be considered in the decision.Walking around the wood-lot, I thought of the ancestors, the fifty or so large maple trees, the spring flowers, the small grove of apple trees that once grew here and the many critters that I have seen roam the land. I made a decision...

                                Fox Grove

                                honoring John & Mary  Fox 

The name feels right even though we have yet to have a fox visit the mouse-house in two years.  I do have some Fox cousins that I would love to sit back and enjoy a cup of tea with. Maybe that can be arranged. :)

Time to find some barn board and get creative. 

But first, I have to weed. :-(

Annie is doing well and enjoys her warm evenings at the window listening to the crickets.
Apparently it helps her to sleep.
And we all know how much cats need help with that. =^..^= 

Those peachy paws. 

hugs, Deb

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Oh, how sweet the sound.

Sometimes nature will repay us tenfold for any help they receive.
As I worked away at the blasted weeds that seem to appear overnight I spotted something white at the base of the bird-house that, fortunately for us, has been occupied by a beautiful tree swallow and her mate all spring. 
It was a tiny white feather, fragile and soft, that drew me over within hearing-range of the bird house.
As I stooped down to pick it up I heard the baby tree swallows for the first time. They were frantically calling for dinner while mama and papa  swooped about catching many of the millions of mosquitoes that pester us to death here. 
(another reason I will miss them when they leave)
Surprisingly, hearing the babies almost brought me to tears. I felt so privileged after witnessing this family arrive, build the nest and then care so well for each other.
I had read that the nest would be built with many white feathers but never expected to receive the gift of one and the opportunity to hear up close the cry of the babies. It will remain forever a favorite memory of mine here at the mouse-house.

 and then

 This morning I saw this...
Oh my that cute or what!
 Mama to the rescue. 
She arrived with a beak full of bugs. :)

Gotta love summer
it's just beginning. :)

hugs, Deb

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

David & Bee Meadow Farm Fundraiser 2017

This guy...

David, our neighbour cat who pops over to say "hi" and probably do bad things when I'm not looking. Really...just look at that face. The sound of my voice has him fall over and roll. He likes to sit just outside our garage door so we'll talk to him.

 Then I tell him to get on his way but there is no telling what trouble he gets into on his way home. We don't encourage his visits while critters are nesting but we still love him.

Lots goes on in the day here where I find myself running for my camera only to miss the unexpected moment. 
It's mostly critters or birds doing funny things or Simon appearing out of no-where and doing something chip-munky-cute.

Like today, for instance...A crow came up to the feeder  and grabbed himself a stale piece of multi-grain bread. He walked off with it but dropped it on the ground a few times as if he really wasn't sure he wanted to eat it. It was stale, mind you, rock hard, but never in a million years did I expect to see what he did next. He picked it up for the fifth time, walked over to the bird-bath, dropped the bread into the water two or three times and then happily devoured it with gusto. 
I have a whole new appreciation for the black bandits.

                   BEE MEADOW FARM

My greeter cat that I posted yesterday was won in a silent auction for Bee Meadow Farm fundraiser.
If you haven't heard of this amazing farm owned by Natalie and Gordon from Knatolee's World
you really should pop over and meet these two fabulous care-givers of over 100 rescued farm animals along with a few (17) cats and 4 dogs. Their farm is a haven for these lost (and now found) souls that are mostly brought in from the Cornwall Humane Society.

We had a wonderful time at the fundraiser. Here are a few photos from the day.

 Jam pups

 Here's a photo borrowed from Natalie's fb page.
 drop over for a visit.
There's lots more photos to enjoy.

hugs, Deb

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thank you and Simon's garden

Thank you everyone for your very thoughtful birthday wishes. 
It was so nice of you to take time out of your day to do that.
All the fun I had takes the sting out of becoming another year older.
I'm reminded by some to be thankful I am a year older as  we all know the alternative. :-b more talk about aging.

We have a third cat now and she will greet you as you arrive at the mouse-house.

 I'll tell you next post where she came from.
She really belongs on a fence but we have some fence work to finish up so for now she's a greeter. Isn't she cute?

Audrey is not impressed and thinks she is being replaced.

"No, I don't"  
"I think you've lost your marbles, Oooooold lady."

"And did you see those paws? What the heck!"
"If it's cute you want, how about this?"
 "I can't believe I am doing this but I have to eat."


The gardens look good. We are growing tomatoes, yellow beans, carrots, kale, lettuce, peppers of many colours and beets.

In another garden we are growing zucchini, cucumbers & cantalope. 

The wisteria is starting to climb and it will soon be blooming.

And I got some flowers planted at our little cemetery at the back along the old stone wall.
 This is such a peaceful little spot.

No tenants in these two houses yet.

 Our mama house wrens are still keeping house.

And our tree swallow (Tilly) is still on her nest, too.

Because it is way too hot to be out in the garden right now
our Annie is waiting for a treat while I'm inside. 

I want to show you Simon's little garden/den at our old pump.
 There have been large stones, ground cover and a few plants added and his sign is a little bolder now. ;-)
 I didn't see him today as the temperature was very high with humidity so he stayed in his den, no doubt. He'll be out looking for a snack tonight.

 I left him a peanut and lots of seed for his bed-time snack.

I hope he doesn't run for his life when he sees our new 'greeter' at the drive-way.

 "Happy Father's Day" to all you wonderful dads out there. 
We celebrate next weekend when all the kids can be together. :)
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone.

Have a great evening,
hugs, Deb