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.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

No Longer a Church


This former church is in Windsor, Vermont down Main Street from the church featured here last weekend.

It's a lovely structure that has been lovingly cared for but with a new purpose.



Saturday, October 24, 2015

Old South Church, Windsor, Vermont

This was a very popular photo spot last Saturday in Windsor, Vermont.  Fall leaves were at their peak of color and this church is so distinctive.









Thursday, October 22, 2015

Mouse in the Tub! And Other Critter Issues!

It's that time of year when the mice think they need to come into my house.  I've caught a couple in traps in the garage - the major entry point.  Then earlier this week I thought I heard one gnawing behind a small rolltop desk I have in the pantry/mudroom/laundry room.  I pulled the desk out from the wall and no mouse, but the sound continued.  Later as I ate dinner I heard it again in the same wall but from the great room side. It sounded as though it was trying to gnaw into my built in buffet. The next day the sound had stopped.  Checked the traps, no mouse caught.

Fast forward to this morning as I dressed in the bathroom, something caught my eye.  A mouse in the tub.  Now our master bath tub is huge.  Made to fit my 6'3" husband.  When the house was built, the tub had to be lowered in by a crane before any walls could go up.  The tub is poured concrete.

Somehow a very small mouse had found its way to the tub, fallen in and couldn't get back out.  The walls of the tub are too slippery. This has happened once before.  We don't know where they come from to fall into the tub.

When I saw it I immediately went to get a trap, placed it in there, and with my camera ready thought I'd be recording its death.  Sounds macabre I know. Above you can see the trap placed in there and the mouse blends into the tub color.


Well, now I know why the peanut butter disappears from these traps and they don't get sprung.



 

The mouse is so light it can eat the peanut butter.

I went for a glass and put that over the mouse on the trap then had second thoughts.

I tried to cover it with the glass without the trap but the mouse went down into the next level of the tub. As it cowered in a corner I put the glass over it catching its tail.


See its tail at about 11 o'clock?


I had to decide at this point, would I leave it there for Dan to take care of tonight or get cardboard and capture it.  I opted for the latter.


Here it sits on the counter.  Yes, these sinks are concrete too but they are being replaced next month.  Another story.


I took it out the door in Dan's study to the flower bed.  I hope it becomes owl or fox food.

Update: the mouse is back to gnawing in the wall behind the built in buffet.  I've purchased sound deterrents, sticky pads and new mouse traps.

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And while I'm sharing our critter troubles, we came home from NH and discovered the back lawn had been ravaged.

Here's before.  Green grass.



Here's after.


All through the lawn the grass has been pulled up.


There are no deep holes like a fox after voles might do.

I think it was raccoons hunting for earth worms.
I'll need to rake and seed and hope for rain since the hoses are put away and the spigots shut off for winter.


It's a never ending saga of me against the critters. After 10 years of this wouldn't you think they'd leave me alone?




Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pick Your Own Flowers



 While we were in New Hampshire we visited a "Pick Your Own" flower garden called Song Garden.
Heavy frost was expected so the flowers were not going to last.


You pick up a basket and a scissors and just starting cutting what you want.  The size of your final bouquet decides the price.




 

Granddaughter had been here before and knew what she liked. At home her flowers get arranged in a mason jar for her to play with. 


Dan was content to watch.







In warmer weather there is a self serve tea house.


















 We spotted this gigantic pumpkin.  Too big to pick I guess.



The scenery around us was spectacular.





Maybe some summer day when I'm visiting again, we'll stay for a spot of tea.



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

New Hampshire Visit

We spent the weekend in New Hampshire providing babysitting for our 20 month old granddaughter so her parents could have their first getaway overnight.  What a thrill that was! Truly!

Here are a very few photos of the lovely New England Fall.  More to come in future posts.






Mount Ascutney


Granddaughter - no front views allowed.
Below they are looking for rabbits hiding in the houses.



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