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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Oh, how sweet the sound.

Sometimes nature will repay us tenfold for any help they receive.
As I worked away at the blasted weeds that seem to appear overnight I spotted something white at the base of the bird-house that, fortunately for us, has been occupied by a beautiful tree swallow and her mate all spring. 
It was a tiny white feather, fragile and soft, that drew me over within hearing-range of the bird house.
As I stooped down to pick it up I heard the baby tree swallows for the first time. They were frantically calling for dinner while mama and papa  swooped about catching many of the millions of mosquitoes that pester us to death here. 
(another reason I will miss them when they leave)
Surprisingly, hearing the babies almost brought me to tears. I felt so privileged after witnessing this family arrive, build the nest and then care so well for each other.
I had read that the nest would be built with many white feathers but never expected to receive the gift of one and the opportunity to hear up close the cry of the babies. It will remain forever a favorite memory of mine here at the mouse-house.



 and then
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.
.

 This morning I saw this...
Oh my goodness...is that cute or what!
 
 Mama to the rescue. 
She arrived with a beak full of bugs. :)

Gotta love summer
and 
it's just beginning. :)

hugs, Deb

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

David & Bee Meadow Farm Fundraiser 2017

This guy...

David, our neighbour cat who pops over to say "hi" and probably do bad things when I'm not looking. Really...just look at that face. The sound of my voice has him fall over and roll. He likes to sit just outside our garage door so we'll talk to him.

 Then I tell him to get on his way but there is no telling what trouble he gets into on his way home. We don't encourage his visits while critters are nesting but we still love him.

Lots goes on in the day here where I find myself running for my camera only to miss the unexpected moment. 
It's mostly critters or birds doing funny things or Simon appearing out of no-where and doing something chip-munky-cute.

Like today, for instance...A crow came up to the feeder  and grabbed himself a stale piece of multi-grain bread. He walked off with it but dropped it on the ground a few times as if he really wasn't sure he wanted to eat it. It was stale, mind you, rock hard, but never in a million years did I expect to see what he did next. He picked it up for the fifth time, walked over to the bird-bath, dropped the bread into the water two or three times and then happily devoured it with gusto. 
I have a whole new appreciation for the black bandits.

                   BEE MEADOW FARM

My greeter cat that I posted yesterday was won in a silent auction for Bee Meadow Farm fundraiser.
If you haven't heard of this amazing farm owned by Natalie and Gordon from Knatolee's World  http://knatolee.blogspot.ca
you really should pop over and meet these two fabulous care-givers of over 100 rescued farm animals along with a few (17) cats and 4 dogs. Their farm is a haven for these lost (and now found) souls that are mostly brought in from the Cornwall Humane Society.

We had a wonderful time at the fundraiser. Here are a few photos from the day.


 Jam pups

 Here's a photo borrowed from Natalie's fb page.
 drop over for a visit.
There's lots more photos to enjoy.

hugs, Deb

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thank you and Simon's garden

Thank you everyone for your very thoughtful birthday wishes. 
It was so nice of you to take time out of your day to do that.
All the fun I had takes the sting out of becoming another year older.
I'm reminded by some to be thankful I am a year older as  we all know the alternative. :-b
ok...no more talk about aging.

We have a third cat now and she will greet you as you arrive at the mouse-house.

 I'll tell you next post where she came from.
She really belongs on a fence but we have some fence work to finish up so for now she's a greeter. Isn't she cute?

Audrey is not impressed and thinks she is being replaced.

"No, I don't"  
"I think you've lost your marbles, Oooooold lady."

"And did you see those paws? What the heck!"
"If it's cute you want, how about this?"
 "I can't believe I am doing this but I have to eat."

=^..^=

The gardens look good. We are growing tomatoes, yellow beans, carrots, kale, lettuce, peppers of many colours and beets.

In another garden we are growing zucchini, cucumbers & cantalope. 

The wisteria is starting to climb and it will soon be blooming.

And I got some flowers planted at our little cemetery at the back along the old stone wall.
 This is such a peaceful little spot.

No tenants in these two houses yet.

 Our mama house wrens are still keeping house.

And our tree swallow (Tilly) is still on her nest, too.

Because it is way too hot to be out in the garden right now
our Annie is waiting for a treat while I'm inside. 


I want to show you Simon's little garden/den at our old pump.
 There have been large stones, ground cover and a few plants added and his sign is a little bolder now. ;-)
 I didn't see him today as the temperature was very high with humidity so he stayed in his den, no doubt. He'll be out looking for a snack tonight.

 I left him a peanut and lots of seed for his bed-time snack.

I hope he doesn't run for his life when he sees our new 'greeter' at the drive-way.

 "Happy Father's Day" to all you wonderful dads out there. 
We celebrate next weekend when all the kids can be together. :)
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone.

Have a great evening,
hugs, Deb




Friday, June 16, 2017

It's a BIG one.

I'm not sure how this happened
but once again I have faced another birthday
and it's a BIG one.

I walk around shaking my head a lot but promise to embrace it with all the gumption I can muster. 

And I'm thankful.
Thankful for all that I have been blessed with;
especially all the dynamic, loving & high-spirited people that make up my family.

 I love them all.

And I am thankful for a big slice of cake anytime. That goes without saying.

 
So here's to me...
                                    All you need is 'LOVE'

                                              =^..^=


Tra-la-la.                 "She's HOW old?"

"It's enough to make a gal stay in bed all day."



hugs, Deb


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

In time...the perfect garden

Do you remember Meryl Streep's garden in "It's Complicated"?
I had major 'garden envy' when I saw that. :)
I loved the movie, too.

My gardens don't look anything like the above but I do have some added attractions that make them rather special. And I know if I just keep going, adding my favorite flowers and climbing vines, in time, they will be just right for me.

Adding soaker hoses to the veggie garden.
The potted lettuce is doing fine.

 Wisteria was planted at the side of the arbour and it is really growing well.

Daisy time. :)


I think gardens can tell you a lot about the person who saw a vision and worked many happy hours to bring that picture to life.
A well-tended garden becomes a place to sooth the soul and calm the nerves. A place that draws you in. Your happy place.


Simon loves the gardens near his den and in front of the wood-lot. I'll show you 'his' garden later.

 "Really, Simon? Geesh!"
He likes a well-stocked den and a full tummy. I hope he doesn't explode. He does get a lot of exercise running around the property, thank goodness.

And look who is still on her nest although I think here she is waiting for the male to return so she can have a much needed break.
 

































I think I'm going to cry when she leaves.  I know...I'm 
ridiculous.*sniff*
I truly have enjoyed her company while I weed around the veggie garden. I might also talk to her while I do that. :)

When she leaves her nest in a few weeks I will get back to hoping for a blue-bird to find the house attractive. After-all, that's why I had the house put up in the first place. 

But I will miss her. *sob* :(

There he is.
"Bout time, mister."


Fresh home-grown leafy lettuce from the garden today to add to a sandwich.
Delicious.

Have a good evening, everyone.

hugs, Deb