1 year on from my Walden experience of living off-grid in 100 sq ft for 1 year in 2 countries, 2 continents, 2 hemispheres, I have returned to living in a house. The experience influenced my choice of house and it is a modest 1500 sqft, which is still too large but was the smallest I could find at the time. Houses have gotten larger and nothing under 50 years old seems small. But what I have retained from the experience? what have I discarded as impractical? Thoreau spent 2 years...
I happened to look out at the feeder at the right time ….. to see a woodpecker having some snacks.The camera, of course, was not nearby but fortunately I have options!! So I grabbed the iPad, started the camera and was able to snap three photos. I took these images at a distance. I was moving in closer and closer but it flew off before I got a good image. The other bird is a new visitor as well:On the top of the feeder: white-breasted nuthatchOn the bottom: red-bellied woodpecker....
1/3/13 The birdfeeders continue to provide us with much entertainment. Today, we had a flicker visit us. He (?) first sat on top of the feeder and checked things out—oh how big he was in comparison to the other birds that come to enjoy the feast. Sadly, no picture for you but the visit did inspire me to take the screens off the windows. So now, all I have to do is camouflage the camera some how so they don’t see an “eye” staring at them. I did get these pictur...
Sept. 30/12 The other day I posted on one of my blogs/projects that although I had expected a bumper crop of chestnuts I only picked up 1.5 pounds. I had looked up to see what was left on the tree and didn’t see anything. ... can you see where this is heading?? Yah… I went out this morning to see how many more nuts I could find and I had to come back to the house to get my basket. When I looked up this time, in one of my many back stretching breaks, I saw an abundance ...
Sept. 3/12 This weekend I jumped at the chance to pick up some fruit trees at half price from Canadale Nurseries in St. Thomas. This week I’m jumping at the discounted prices at my favourite tree place: Whistling Gardens in Boston Ontario. I scooted over there this morning, looking for …. well, not really sure what. To be honest I was primarily hoping that the owner, Darren, would be there to help me with my selections. He knows his trees and he knows “Carolinian”...
Aug. 28/12 Today, preparing to take down the greenhouse, we found a little visitor. I should correct that and say that we found a rather large visitor – an “argiope” spider. Apparently they are common throughout the USA and in southern Canada (thus our visit). They are insect-eaters (has been reported to have eaten a small bat). He’s a big guy though. You can’ miss him! And here is the underside (note the zigzag element of the web)
8/2/12 Last year I planted a “Marsh Hibiscus”, a plant that is native to this area. Last YearOn September 2, 2011 I posted this blog, announcing the first bloom. This YearThis year, August 2, 2012 (that would be a month earlier than last year) the plant, which is now two plants, is covered in blooms. Notice the difference in colour from last year.
July 19/12 ”Do I or don’t I” – that is the question My son, who was visiting from BC for the past week, goes back home today and now it is time for me to get back to gardening. It looks like rain is coming today. I am crossing my fingers and holding my thumbs in hopes that the much needed moisture arrives. Before it does arrive, I thought it was a good idea to get outside and check on the plants and trees. The birch tree is shedding a lot of bark and I happ...
July 3/12 Last year I planted a couple gooseberry bushes. The sawfly (?) stripped them of their leaves. This year, as soon as I noticed a nibble or two I sprayed them with a soap/water solution and then repeated it for the next two days. Today I picked a handful of berries from one of the bushes… ... and I ate a couple. oh my goodness: Delicious!!! The second bush doesn’t have many berries on it but seems to have spent its time shooting up the branches. Maybe ne...
June 27/12 Yesterday I shared information about the moth that I found on my tulip tree. With the help of C. Oldham it was identified as a male Promethea silkmoth. Mr. Oldham suggested that I keep my eyes open as the females would be emerging from the cocoons within a day or two. This morning, much to my greatest pleasure, I was blessed with watching two females stretch their wings. I have to say it was VERY exciting, not only because I had the honour of witnessing this but because it...
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