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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

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.
Cool
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

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Snowy days

We have snow and lots of it. But the days are mild this week and sometimes you can ditch the wool scarf and grab a pretty spring one covered in birds to head out for a walk.



Last weekend, our grand-dog, Forrest, came with his overnight bag which held his bowl, food and his chewie. :-) He  spent much of his time running amuck in the wood-lot. And look at that snow. Agh!

 He loves it there and at this time of year I don't have to worry
about the critters.  And in the summer he stays on lead.
He's a bit of a goof-ball.

January was a month of very little snow but I expect February will make up for it.
We Canadians never get much of a break from winter. That's why we are a tough lot.

Wilson is a sun-worshiper and no matter where it appears in the house he will find it.



The fire is roaring and these two 
are snuggling the day away
 today.

Cora was scheduled for a spay on the 11th and just six days before she went into H.E.A.T.

This darling face kept us up for four nights while she wandered around screaming like an injured seal. Even Wilson was sleep-deprived by the end of it. The retired-guy slept with ear plugs in. I was a zombie by the end of it. But I still love her.

And now she is back to her old self and peace is restored.
Little being=big voice. It's so good to hear her mouse-like squeaks again. :-)

Hope all is well with everyone.

be kind, 
Deb