I do enjoy my critters.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The Opossum is not the most beautiful creature. Long face and rat like tail...but we love seeing it come in the yard.
It does not come in every day but it does show up once in awhile. I am hopeing it is a female and will show up with some little ones on her back.
I had tossed some old cat food from the feral cat feeder into this brush pile...They ate together for over half an hour.
I toss birdseed in the driveway for the squirrels and doves....this Raccoon joins them as well as this turkey.. She comes in sometimes twice a day. The squirrels and doves do not mind the Raccoon...they know the difference between it and the cats.I wasn't able to get a good picture of the turkey...if she sees the slightest movement she is gone.
I do enjoy my critters.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
This was the top of my Butterfly house....we took it apart to put plants in. I started little seedlings in the beds but the butterflies laid eggs on them and the little caterpillars ate the seedlings...That is why we need a screened greenhouse.
Jim is a hard worker...does not stop unless I make him "take 5". He's putting the 2 x 4s around the top.He put a board for a peak. Now he is using the sabre saw to cut the tops off the landscape timbers.
then we put plastic down to hold the water. This way we can go away for a few days and not worry about watering the plants....if going to be longer we can put a soaker hose around the edge.
I will collect all the seeds I can and maybe we can keep up with the caterpillars.
We went to a flea market last weekend....I could not pass up this sign...love the expression on his face. Looks great on the wooden building.
Since we have beehives ..I am hopeing that if a bear comes up the road he will see this one and go the other way.. My neighbors saw one in the road less than a mile from here.
Monday, March 14, 2016
When we got back from the Tin Can Tourist meet ..I put the catfood that was in the "feral" cat feeder out for the Racoons. I have 4 that come in regularly..I put them to work by tossing dog food in the weeds...when they get done most of them are trampled down.The African Blue Basil has bloomed all winter...I can always tell when there is nothing in the area...the bees are all over this.
The Zebra Longwings have been laying on the Passion Flower vine all winter...Here are a bunch of caterpillars.
The Squirrels and Birds are not the only animals that use the birdbath....even though I have a "frog" pond at the end of the deck that has water in it from the condensation dripping...2 use that and 2 use this.
Everything we plant is food for the bees and butterflies and caterpillars.We use no pesticides or herbicides so there is plenty of insects for the bats..birds..armadillos..possums..raccoons...we have a few holes in the lawn and lots of weeds...that weird skirting around the feeder pole keeps the Racoons out. I also have a squirrel feeder on a pole.
Monday, January 18, 2016
We have several stumps that will not split... Jim cuts them almost through with the chain saw ..
This is his latest tool....he made this for the quarters to sit in so he can cut them up with the chainsaw.
We don't waste anything....our wood splitter died so we have to use some Yankee ingenuity.
This is what we end up with
Still have a few more to go....
This is one of our original wood piles.
This is the wood stove that is on our screen room/porch.
We built this room for my Mother when she was here. It has sliding doors so it can be closed in. This stove is what we heat with during the winter. If it is below 60* we have a fire. Jim even put in kitty doors so the cats could come in and enjoy the heat. I have chili cooking on the stove....great place to do stew and spaghetti sauce...I don't think I would enjoy Florida this much if I could not have a wood stove and a reason to use it...not that I'd want to live in VT or NH again....toooo cold. I enjoy snowy photos on others blogs.