Tim, my pal in Brooklyn insists that squirrels are rodents and officially, he's right. I don't really care what anyone else calls them, I call them friend. Little Red is in the middle of a molt and looks a bit tatty but she's also recently had babies which perhaps contributed to her dishevelment. Eating, to … Continue reading Rodents – Friends
Nature provided my topic for today, right on schedule, as in the past two years. On 28th May, 2019, our first Spring in my new home, we were surprised one afternoon to see a white-tailed doe lying on her side, in the field below the house. Unwell that day, I had been lying down and … Continue reading Privileged
It's no secret that cats love boxes. My house is full of boxes decked out with fluffy pads and situated next to sunny windows or warm fireplaces. Equally, cats like paper bags that they can crawl into and practice cat jiu-jitsu till their paws push through. Several of our cats, and most particularly Willow, just … Continue reading Spice cats
26th May 2021 Spirea got beaten down by the storm This morning's sunrise was possibly spectacular, given the clouds left over from last night's brief but impressive storm. Alas, I was not awake at that hour and spent a positively uninspired morning, which included planting seeds haphazardly then quickly returning indoors, with large welts on … Continue reading Uninspired
2015/25th May 2021 Perhaps it's just that I am easily confused. Every time a full moon comes around, I start watching for it peeking over the horizon. Last month I really blew a potentially great picture. Not from lack of planning! Moonrise, like sunrise, varies every day, except that sunrise is a whole lot more … Continue reading Moon muddlement
1958/23rd May 2021 It's as if someone pushed the re-set button. Suddenly, the sky is full of contrails. Even more than there used to be. Making up for lost time? My friend Tim is off to Iceland in a few days, having not travelled by air for 15 months. For him, this was an eternity. … Continue reading Where are we ?
1955/23rd May 2021 Rain! "It" says that we should watch for a heavy thunderstorm. 3 drops of rain and the sun reappeared. Methinks thunderstorm will not happen. Grant had a change of heart about rotating watering cans and decided to opt for accepting a leaky tap. One can make adjustments when challenged! Having rather belatedly … Continue reading New forest?
0845/22nd May 2021 Snow? Well no. That's all those pretty yellow flowers, gone to seed: Still pretty, in my view. On left: Tatarian honeysuckle? These are infant camellias. At least that's what I think I planted. Here's what happened to one of them: Isn't that sad? Perhaps it will keep trying. Some plants don't give … Continue reading The law of threes
1645/20th May 2021 88 F After a late morning appointment yesterday, we returned to a delightfully cool house, Summer having chosen to arrive early. The oppressiveness of the previous night had caused us to uncover the air conditioner, which I don't especially like, but am never-the-less grateful for when temperatures rise above 80 F. Even … Continue reading “Close”
1835/18th May 2021 The grass man has been given the okay to come and deal with what pretends to be our lawn. The white flowers in this photo are wild strawberries which cover the entire property. Personally I like the look of long grass and dandelions waving in the wind. Yesterday I watched as one … Continue reading Beauty in miniature