The Shishigashira out front is one of the last trees on our street to turn colour. In fact some years we get a freeze and snow before it has turned and the transformation simply never happens. Most years, though, it changes to a really bright… Read More
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Take a walk with me – around the garden
Everytime I look around the garden I see different things. Another day I’ll focus on the mosaics or the veggies or….
Bunny (AKA Phyllis) liked the catio from day 1. She’s very relaxed in there and enjoys lounging on the various shelves. The other girls, Bugs and Gracie (AKA Roo) were scared at first and headed straight for the tunnel. Both of them learned they could… Read More
Sparrow Housing Renovations
Work is finally underway on some critical house sparrow nesting boxes – after the local Backyard Sparrow Association called in the nesting inspector and threatened to start tweeting on the subject. Representatives would not confirm that a petition has been sent directly to the mayor’s… Read More
We’ve replaced the boring wooden gate in between the front side of our house with a swanky new gate, welded up from odds & ends by our friend Mike Retallick AKA around here as East Texas Red. Mike came down yesterday from his place near… Read More
Imagination Station #1
Development in Long Branch has extended to the local supernatural beings. I was out cleaning up the back garden today and noticed a small subdivision has popped up in Imagination Station #1. It seems it has become an attractive spot for pixies, faeries, trolls, elves… Read More
I was out playing Go last evening, and when I rolled in around 1:00 AM, snow hadn’t started, but by 7:00 this morning, our world was covered with a couple centimetres of fresh snow. I took the camera out to capture the snow-covered garden. This… Read More
You know it is finally really spring when….
Around here, one sure sign of spring is the appearance of that rare mushroom, the Amanita chip-bowlius.
Fishin’ in a windstorm
Just recently I switched up whirligigs in the front yard, removing the lumberjack for repair and installing the newly renovated fisherman. That was good and fine until the windstorm. When the big gusts started, he was compelled to catch fish with ridiculous gusto, until finally… Read More
Spring is in the air
Hopefully the ice storms are behind us and the spring we’re feeling today is real. We spent much of the day cleaning up the gardens, and even though we only made progress on the front, it really was progress and the gardens up front are… Read More