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Bumbarrels!

I think this has become my most favorite word, and I owe it to Quercuscommunity who got it from John Clare (quoted on the Quercuscommunity page): And coy bumbarrels, twenty in a drove, Flit down the hedgerows in the frozen plain And hang on little twigs and start again.  John Clare – Emmonsail’s Heath in Winter I may … Continue reading

And just in time for Halloween…

One of my favorite bird sites. Lesley is both knowledgeable and has a close relationship with the birds she observes. I especially like the honesty in this video.  It is so easy to demonize the wildlife that does not conform to our woefully ignorant views of nature, while blissfully celebrating others because we perceive them … Continue reading

Tales from the Yard

I have pledged that I will stop apologizing for not posting more frequently, because at this rate I would be apologizing constantly. I don’t know whether I don’t post because of work, or because there is just so much going on in the yard that I become overwhelmed by all the subjects and procrastinate. The … Continue reading

Caught on camera

A bit of a forewarning about these videos: they are not very interesting, no narrative arc, no denouement, no crisis. Just animals going about their business eating, some with a little assistance from us, one requiring no assistance from us at all. But these encounters, glimpses are thrilling for me, a way of getting to … Continue reading

Strawberry Moon

You might notice that I started this post over two weeks ago from the title, for we are no longer under the Strawberry Moon but the Buck Moon. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac July is the month of the Full Buck Moon. At this time, a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode. This Full Moon … Continue reading

Really, I should just give them their own sets of keys…

Another month, another apology for my absence, especially to all those blogs to which I subscribe. I do get some of your posts on my phone and have enjoyed reading them, making a note to self to drop a like or a comment by, but obviously to no avail. I plead a writing commitment, that … Continue reading

Of poop and petals

First the petals… Our garden is filled, front to back and side to side, with snow drops this time of year, starting in February. February 2 if this old rhyme is anything to go by- The Snowdrop, in purest white array First rears her head on Candlemas. Candlemas is the celebration of Christ’s presentation to … Continue reading

Counting Blessings (2): hogs, hawks, and bees

We’ve had many blessings in the garden this year, and have learned of many more in the world at large. Firstly, closer to home: Hedgehogs We began with one, but numbers on any one evening reached five and of all different sizes. Some were bolder, not ready to relinquish the food even at our approach. … Continue reading

Counting Blessings (1): a Christmas Cracker Riddle

A post of odds and ends for the end of the year, for my own notes and perhaps of interest to readers as well. The second Counting Blessings post, that is. But first a riddle:  what do the following things have in common?         …all to be found in our garage that … Continue reading

And a partridge in a pear tree…autumn version

(warning hedgehog scene below some viewers may find downright disgusting) Ok, so not a partridge and not Christmas, but the list of gifts for autumn that Nature gave to me: 1 rat scrounging, 2 mices hiding (badly), 2 sparrowhawks bathing, and–you guessed it–2 hedgehogs cadging…worms…a place to sleep…dried bugs. and God knows how many moles … Continue reading

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