Spring is in the air…

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We have finally seen the sun! According to the weather forecast, we’ve finished up with the gloom for at least a week (fingers crossed). I snapped some pictures of the blooming flowers we have around the house today. It’s so nice to finally see color…blue skies and bright flowers.

white-daffodils
This is the group of naturalizing daffodils I planted in the fall.

muscari
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Seasonal Creek

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With the large quantity of precipitation we’ve had over the last few weeks and all of the snow melt, our very seasonal creek (only in times of heavy precipitation) has joined us again. It is a welcome occurrence on our property as we love the sound of the roaring water.

seasonal-creek

We enjoyed a small flow of water in the late fall which hung around for a few weeks until it dried up. The creek then reemerged, waterfalls, small rapids and all, early this month when the snow started to melt and grew even larger with the heavy rain we had over the last 2 days.
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Who needs a dog walker?

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Even before we moved to our current property our standard poodle  joined us on excursions on the trails. When he was just a wee little pup he spent the day tagging along with us in a dried up river bed with a bunch of 4×4 vehicles. He was too young to keep up all day and rode back to the truck on the quad.
If this is the first time you’re being introduced to our little boy, he goes by the name of Moose.
His experience has grown over the last 4 years and his absolute favorite (if I had to guess by his behavior) is trailing behind or trying with all his might to beat the atv.
You would think he’s the only kid that didn’t get invited to the party, by the heartbroken look on his face, when he’s not allowed to join.  His snotty nose glued to the sliding door on the back deck, he stares and waits for his master to return or for the sound of the Polaris Sportsman 500 to die.

sportsmen-500
It’s routine in the summer time when the mud has dried up to take him on an almost daily run of a few miles on the winding trails on our property. He also makes a great running companion for me during the summer. With the heavy rains and snow fall we get in the winter he rarely gets to go for a jog during the colder months.  The past few weeks have been an exception. We’ve had unusually warm temperatures and very little rain fall.
I took a few pictures of his adventure today. I swear he’s smiling in the one above.
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Stacking Firewood

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Well Autumn is officially here and days before rainfall are numbered, as if we dont always feel the pressure of winter looming over our heads. We had a spare pair of hands to help us today as we moved our freshly delivered firewood, sorted, and stacked it.

The tractor was used to haul the rounds to their designated spot and the quad with trailer was used to haul the split pieces to their home. This system flowed nicely with 3 people.

We have an outbuilding that was already standing on the property when we bought it that we’ve been using for our firewood storage.
4 cords of almond were delivered and dumped as close to the wood storage as possible. There are many trees in the way to prevent an easy unloading and stacking process.

fire-wood

It will take a few more afternoons before we get it all stacked but we dented the piles today.

Robin Chicks!

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This spring we had 3 nests on corners of the house and 1 in a tree at eye level 10 feet from our back deck. I watched patiently day after day but I either all together missed the little babies or the nests were situated so the contents weren’t visible. Many afternoons were spent watching the mommas who were always in plain site care for babies.
This nest was right outside one of the doors leading to the deck. This time I got to see the chicks awaiting mothers arrival with dinner. How about that fellow on the  far right with the little tuft on the top of his head?

robin-chicks

Hummingbird Feeder

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We get quite a few visitors at our hummingbird feeder on the deck and have some pictures to share. This feeder is hanging on a post on the corner of the deck close to the Japanese Maple and some taller pines where the hummingbirds like to gather.

hummingbird

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