Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Monday, February 23, 2015

SNOW - a Four Letter Word!!!

This is the scene mid-week last week.  With the cold snowy weather the deer are starving and to fill their bellies they are eating all the leaves off the English laurel bushes.





Saturday we had more snow - 9 inches or more.




It came from the south so piled up on the screens on the south side.





Son-in-law William, drove here from his apartment to spend the weekend with us while Sarah was out of town.  It took him 4 hours for what is normally a 50 minute trip.  1 hour of that was walking from where he had to park his car off the road.  When William hadn't shown up when we expected him, Dan walked out to meet him.  He ended up walking 3 miles to meet up with William and then walking back in the storm.  It was a messy storm that caught everyone by surprise because the forecast was wrong as to the start time and the amount we were to get.

Sunday morning they both were out to clear the driveway.










Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fantastic Mr. Fox?

Well, I don't know if this fox is a he or she but we've become a regular stopover.  Paid off for the fox yesterday because it dug up bread I tossed out in the snow the day before and found the bird that met its demise against our window pane.  I'd swept it off the deck into the snow.  Here is the photo sequence and if you're squeamish skip the last ones.

















Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Poor Prognosticator

Saturday, a chilly day, the ground hog showed up.  Now according to my calendar it's still winter.  Don't know why it was awake or what it found to eat.  I had noticed that an area under the deck had been dug out but attributed it to the raccoons mischief.  Now I think it was the ground hog digging itself out from underneath there, but a bit too early.


Here's where I saw that something had opened up a hole under the deck.


Here's the ground hog.


The birds know its not Spring yet.


The fox trots through each morning.


And now today we have a 4 inch snow fall.
No more signs of the ground hog.


Just the birds madly feeding.




Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Our National Bird

Visiting daughter Emily and her family this past weekend in NH we spotted this lovely example of our National Bird high up in a tree overtop a farm.  We were headed to the Montshire Science Museum so took the photo out the window of the car.





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