0645/8th June 2023 It may have seemed that my decision to return from the West Coast in 2018 was sudden and impetuous. At first, when I moved there in 2000, I loved it. The mountains and the proximity to the Pacific Ocean, a more laid-back life style all made me very happy. . Moving three … Continue reading Sweeter
Disappearing ( or not)
0649/7th June 2023 "If life sends you lemons, make lemonade." If it sends you smoke, make smoke signals? Something like that, I suppose. . Back in the '50's London was frequently blanketed with smog. Smoke and fog. I remember it well. This was not like that. Perhaps it's that as I child I did not … Continue reading Disappearing ( or not)
1215/2nd June 2023 "Alright, ruffians! Time to rise!" Bird seed, carrots, peanuts. Out the door, round the garden. All quiet. Back indoors, no sign of life, let's see what's happening online... It's 6 am. Damn. . Even Randy was still dozy. Could have slept for another hour! Well, I could have tried. . Getting up … Continue reading Fireworks
0834/2nd June 2023 Poor air quality is not something we normally worry about here but an alert was issued on Wednsday and today the air looks decidedly smokey. Presumably this is from wildfires. They have seem to have become the norm which I find quite disturbing. So many of these fires are caused by humans, … Continue reading Telling tails?
Muffin's preferred method of transport Muffin was never shy. She is Himalayan with the laid back view of the world that I have seen in all my Himalayan friends. We believe her previous family had named her Sasha but already having one of those in residence, and wanting to erase all memories of that earlier … Continue reading Story time
0644/21st May 2023 When winter returns with those lovely long nights, I must really remember to catch up on the sleep I am missing as dawn's ever-earlier arrival wakens my furry fiends. Did I say fiends? Friends. I meant friends. Toby's assault on my scalp can usually be discouraged by wrapping a tee-shirt over my … Continue reading Fiends
18th May 2023 In April there was a heat wave. In May, we got frost. You won't hear me complain. . Frosted dandelions . This is not unusual for us. The lilac had already bloomed and was unaffected. . It's been a busy week, with several road trips. One day we came upon Guineafowl... . … Continue reading Safe places
0810/17th May 2023 "Oh missus! Do you know how many wing strokes it is between here and Mexico?" "Is a long way!" . Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird . Our first Hummingbird arrived on Sunday. Later, this year than last. Usually I wait for the first sighting before putting out the feeder. But I made up a … Continue reading Feathered friends
14th May 2023 Every year something different catches my attention. Not that it wasn't there before. Previously it just did not get my focus. . During my early childhood days in England, a lawn was something people were very proud of. It had to be mowed to a particular length and those lines had better … Continue reading Mowns?
What you ask for
1542/12th May 2023 "Clouds?" "You wanted clouds?" They do say you get what you ask for. . While I don't seriously believe that a person can whisk up the weather conditions they desire, I have reevaluated my thoughts about getting what you ask for. . . Late in the afternoon I refresh the water bowls … Continue reading What you ask for