Some days I just like to get in my little car and wander around … visiting farms, discovering new “eye candy” in nature and things along that vein. Just me and my car. Or just me and walking .. whatever. Just me.So in the spring I went to visit the Fickle Fig farm .. an organic farm full to bursting with lots of crops, and farm animals. Here are some of the goats. As I walked across the muddy fields, a small group of them started to follow me .. not being a really incredibly brave person, I called to my friend “help .. they are all following me” .. how impressive is that. To be unnerved by these little goats. Nonetheless, he swiftly sent them off in another direction. whew!! Still they do look very handsome (from a distance and on the other side of the fence, lol)Some Canada Geese taking a rest in a nearby field.Then I made my way to the Wood Willow farm .. where I am the #1 customer! Here are some of the cuttings that I brought home with me and planted.Here is a handwoven willow basket .. how beautiful ..Some local landscapers were creating a habitat for the French Lop-ear rabbits (rescue rabbits).
I forget the type of willow used in this project, it is supposed to be a type that the rabbits do not like to nibble on. However, this little guy chose to try it anyway. He chewed away a bit and then left .. guess it works!A round opening is made so that the rabbits can enter at will.The project progressed ..Carefully allowing space for the trees to flourish ..Proper coppicing of the willow ..The cuttings are carefully tied together.Inside Rosemary’s kitchen .. she kindly gives me a bouquet of the heritage daffodils, they are beautifully scented. And I choose which cuttings I would like as she displays a variety for me.And I came away with some gigantic goose eggs .. have never had these before .. they were delicious and quite rich!And also some Swedish Blue duck eggs!
Back home and time to admire my feathered visitors .. here are the darling little Bush-tits. I know they must be nesting somewhere in the yard and the location of their nest is a mystery. That’s ok with me. they need their privacy .. don’t we all.The Juncos are frequent visitors in the fall/winter/spring and fly elsewhere for the summer. They love flax seed so I bought a huge bag of it for them!And where there are birds, there are hawks .. this is in one of the fruit trees in the back yard.Dear little Nuthatches .. nesting somewhere nearby .. I’ve been lucky to see some of the babies in the spring ..this is an adult.Female Downy Woodpecker .. this is my favourite suet holder ..and the birds sure like it.And the arc-en-ciel was a beautiful scene to see ..
As I haven’t been blogging for such a long time – and I have not stopped taking photos .. I will start to upload them here! Creating good memories for me to look at during the winter months!