The first seed head to blossom is already losing its little flowers! I think I should be able to harvest it and set it to dry at this point; at least that's what I've learned from my research. But would the seeds normally be this white? I think I'll leave it a bit longer. So … Continue reading Sunflowers progress
This evening, I found a friend. He is a good friend! I love how the colours on the dragonfly's body matches the grapes. The Re-Farmer
The winds picked up well before the blizzard hit, and the pool noodle bumpers I'd made for the main gate were being blown away. On my way in and out, I grabbed them and quickly tossed them into the van. As my daughters and I were heading out together, they noted the pieces in the … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Bee-ootiful
Insects count as critters, right? While walking the beach not long ago, there were a surprising number of lady beetles all over. So many, in fact, in some places, it was impossible not to step on any. I also saw a couple of these guys... At first, I thought this one was dead. Especially when … Continue reading Critter(s) of the Day: on the beach
My daughter removed this from the sun room. This is a Bald Faced Hornet. Which isn't actually a hornet, but a type of Yellow Jacket Wasp. Our Chinese Elm are just buzzing with these guys. Typically, they are high up and, if we leave them alone, they'll leave us alone. One got into the sun … Continue reading Bonus Critter: watch out!
Some photos my daughter got, of a hummingbird moth in our lilacs, taken in the middle of June. I just love those amazing shrimp-like bodies they have! They are fast moving buggers, and hard to get photos of! I can see why they are called hummingbird moths, though. They are almost big as hummingbirds! Got … Continue reading Critter of the Day: flying shrimp
A couple of photos my daughter got, of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.
Today has been a day to stay inside, where it's cooler - and to allow my body to recover from yesterday a bit more. Which means I'm feeling decidedly unproductive. I did manage to finally clean the windows on the outside, around the house, and on the inside in the sun room. The kittens didn't … Continue reading Staying cool
While walking near the harbour in town, I passed these very interesting looking seed pods. One of them was hiding a tiny surprise. The Re-Farmer
A couple of photos from when we were exploring the native plants garden. This bee photo was pure serendipity. It was the first of several I took, in quick succession, and the only good one of the bee! This was in a structure near the native plants garden that I think is actually there to … Continue reading Pollinators