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