Friday, June 30, 2017


Sound asleep, cozy as she can be...until

"Uh oh..Mom's getting too close..gonna have to leave."

"Maybe I'll just change my position."

This is where she spends the night now..

If I had stayed with her,
she would have gotten up and gone to her bed in the bedroom.
She doesn't seem to enjoy my company.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


In the past, pruning time has been very scary around here.
Four years ago, everything they could reach was cut.
Dogwoods, Hydrangeas, Lilacs, etc. all at the wrong time.
The Hydrangeas are just starting to bloom again.
The Dogwoods will never recover their shape.
This Forsythia wasn't cut last year 
 but was cut severely at that time..
It hasn't bloomed since except the very tips this past Spring.

Since that time, they have 
had strict supervision and things have been much better.

I don't have a picture showing how tall and lush this Forsythia was before they cut it but you can pretty much tell from the branches they are picking up .
I would guess it was ten to twelve feet high.

I have a love/hate relationship with this Forsythia.
It was pretty before they cut it, affording privacy and shelter for bunnies and birds.
It's very ugly during the winter.
I suggested removing it and replacing it with a pine tree.
Request denied $$$$$..can't hurt to ask.

It did need to be cut....will it bloom next year?

Monday, June 26, 2017


The birds around here have to work for their food.

It seems as though there is always someone there ahead of them.

" Doesn't Mr Chips know that the suet is for the birds"?

"He's not very exciting"...

Friday, June 23, 2017


Zoey is almost always nearby...
This is when she is at her best and most appreciated.

More often than not,
she is playing with cords and straps
and anything else she can get those fuzzy paws on.

Always the busy girl...from paws to mouth.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


While doing the dishes the other day ,
I noticed "Mr Chips" hanging out in the Cherry tree.

Seems he was waiting his turn at the bird feeder.

I think he was waiting for a squirrel to leave.
A bird would not have deterred him.
Happy first day of summer

The longest day of the year, June 21st provides us with the maximum amount of daylight. ("Summer Solstice"). The North Pole will have 24 hours of daylight today. ("Midnight Sun"). The further north one goes, the more daylight they will experience.

Monday, June 19, 2017


I put a small pond in at my previous home 
that underwent lots of tweaking. (You know me).
Working in the "Pond Department" at a local nursery
during the summer helped nurture this hobby.
It kept me pretty busy but I thoroughly enjoyed it and miss it.

I miss "Quackers" the most, I guess.
Quackers was a Mallard that for seven years ( I moved)
would build her nest up against my Sunroom.
She would leave her nest late in the morning each day. 
The drake would bring her back around cocktail time when they would  take a "dip" and he would fly off until the next evening
leaving her to sit on her nest.

Ain't love grand ??

This is one of my favorite pictures with her newly hatched ducklings. 
It is pretty old (15years) so the quality leaves much to be desired.

It has been through lots of editing over the years as well.

As soon as the ducklings were hatched,
they would head in to the pond.
After about a half an hour, 
they would follow their Mom to the nearby wetlands .

One year it was pouring rain and she made herself big enough
to cover all her babies as they left the nest.

Another year my water level was a little low so I made a ramp
from an old piece of formica for them.

Several years after that I had the same issue. 
Quackers stood outside of the pond at a place where she knew
they could come out under the rocks.
Nature works it out somehow.

There are lots of stories that go with this pond...

This is a Snapping Turtle that came up from the wetlands.
Fortunately the ducklings weren't there.
It did manage to eat the bellies out of two of my Fantails.
I took him back where he came from.
The Duckling population suffered because of these guys.
I once found three baby snappers on my front porch..

The bush behind Mollie is where Quackers had her nest
having two or three clutches a year of 8-12 ducklings.
She became pretty tame and tolerant of Mollie.
You almost had to walk on her to make her leave her nest.

Mollie knows a lot of the later stories..
The pond was a little older than she was.

Linking with Stewart..Wild Bird Wednesday
and Eileen..Saturdays Critters

Friday, June 16, 2017


This Poppy plant is five years old.

After years of being eaten by rabbits before the leaves
get higher than three inches,
it is loaded with buds and finally blooming.

The pods are pretty thick and take some time to burst 
permitting exposure of the Poppy inside.

Last year I planted a Clematis in front of my birdbath.

It looks happy..

What's a garden without bugs?
These guys are all over the place.

It seems like yesterday that I was saying "Happy May" !!
Happy June....
Have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


We have had an influx of baby birds around here lately.
We'll start with Jennie Wren.

My neighbor tends to leave her garage door open .
Now she has to...

This is what happens!!
The white marks are baby Wren beaks..
The nest was built way in the back of the garage on a book shelf.
Mom and Dad became very tame during this process.
The babes have flown the nest since I took this picture.

I was sad to see a Blue Jay after one of them soon after.

Chickadees chose this little barn house.
Mom would chirp at me every time I used this door which is often.

Her babes were gone the same day the wrens left.
Previously the Blue Jay robbed this nest.
I hope that was not the case this year.

Last but not least, Sparrows in the Blue Bird House.
They are still feeding their babies .
So far, so good..

Mother Nature can be harsh sometimes...
I hope she is good to you and that you have a beautiful weekend.

Linking with Eileen
Saturdays Critters