Monday, January 28, 2013
We were spoiled here and experienced a lovely sunny day … and since then it’s been overcast and rainy. But …( applause here) .. I am continuing my walkies! Meeting dogs .. here is Jenny:
She is a very happy dog as you can see .. and was being lovingly brushed by her doggie dad. He and his wife have had her in their family for 9 years! She had all the unwanted traits for her breed: long fur, a beard and too big! They suspected that because of these “defects” (bah!) she wouldn’t have a long life with the breeder. So they quickly adopted her from the breeder and they’ve been one happy family ever since. After a little chat and a petting session, I left them behind and continued on my way. Happier and feeling so glad that I’d taken that particular route at that particular time.
There are so very many “backyard” breeders who shouldn’t be breeding their dogs and cats … yet they continue. And where do most of the ensuing generations of pets end up? Not well. The lucky ones are rescued by non-profit rescue groups and the SPCA.
Here is what the skies looked like when I met Jenny:
I felt almost as if I were entering a magical place .. and actually the Sanctuary is really like that.
Homage to the old farm that was here .. I wonder what purpose was served by this fence? To keep the dairy cattle in one area or perhaps there were other livestock as well.
Little Mallards … here is the drake with the blue bill. I did a bit of research and this is not uncommon, it seems, as they breed with other ducks. However, this is the only one I have ever seen and he looks quite distinctive.
It was quite enjoyable to walk quietly along the path .. .so tranquil. The birds were being quite quiet .. as the eagles were perched high above looking for lunch.
The misty look had all but disappeared …
Back home, the Bush-tits were feasting away at the suet blocks. This year there are many more of them. I think the babies from last year are all grown up and staying here. I’ve noticed that – instead of swirling in and out of the yard – they are actually perching high up in the wild and crazy tree and the other fruit trees, and staying in the yard for long periods of time. Our trees are quite tall and there must be nests tucked away. Their nests are quite unique, they look like long grey stockings, with an entrance at the top and an exit at the bottom. Such a lot of work for such tiny little birds.
Here is one little Bush-tit, perched high up in the plum-tree … the sun’s rays reflected on the tiny chest.
I’ve been working a little bit in the yard. Clipping up the long branches on the backyard trees .. lots to do in this respect. Luckily I’ve invested in a professional extendable pruner w/saw that makes the job easier.
The garlic is growing very well. And the blanched shoots that were growing beneath the top mulched layer (now removed) is growing nice and green. Lots of work to do “tomorrow”!!! Tomorrow is always wonderful .. I love the sound of that.
This is a funny time of the year. It’s just the beginning of the year (although we’re nearly at the end of the month already) …and the lassitude of the winter is still hanging on. So I feel that I “should” be outside getting things done. But it’s not happening … however, I look around at what I’ve done and can clearly see that I’m not lazy so that’s encouraging.
I went to the Friends of the Library book sale … yesterday afternoon was $10 for all you could carry. And for once I wasn’t at the head of the line! Nope. This year I decided to just calm down and not worry if I didn’t get a parking spot. They were all taken! However, fingers crossed and I noted one car getting ready to leave .. so I was lucky there.
Carried some roomy shopping bags with me to carry any books I “might” choose. “might” indeed. I think that I made 3 trips to the car with full bags. And gardening books, well I only chose a few that were quite different. And several craft books. Oh, you would have been proud of me .. I didn’t randomly throw books into my bags. Au contraire! I would open the books, leaf through them and then .. if I so chose .. I would take them.
I thought that I’d shown restraint and was feeling rather smug about my book choices .. that I hadn’t collected as many as the last sale I’d attended. That smugness changed into chagrin .. once I arrived home and started the process of transferring the bags of books from the car into the house. Oh, dear me. Lots of reading ahead.
Among my newest treasures was a small collection of books on aviation … which I handed over to DH. These books were tucked away on the shelves and tables and I was really surprised that no one had taken them!
And, funnily enough . .I also found a book on Walking! It included witty sayings and stories .. so I’ll have to flip open the cover and peruse this book tonight!