Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Weeeeeeeee, sunny, sunny Day!

The weather has finally changed for the good. Amazing how it perks up the spirit when the sun shines. The weekend is drawing nigh and Saturday is Lughnasa, the first harvest. I expect I'll make some breads in honor of the day and any friends who might drop by will be served breads, jam and cheese. It's also the annual Seafest weekend here in this community. It will go on all weekend with a fireworks display on Sunday night. If the weather holds good we will probably drop down to the beach where all the activity will be. A beer tent is usually set up with local musicians playing. If we do go, I'll take some pictures.

The Blessed Thistle is in bloom now and the bees absolutely love it.

Another plant that attracts lots of bees is this Motherwort.

And of course the Lambs Ear is usually covered in bees.

I haven't seen any Dragonflies yet and it's so strange. The only think I can figure is that there have been no mosquitoes or black flies. Well, not enough to notice anyway.

A closer look at one of the Delphiniums. They have different shades of blue and appear iridescent.

This plant put in an appearance this year and I don't know what it is. No doubt a wild flower so if anyone knows please tell me.

These beauties have finally come into bloom and they seem to go on forever.

The young jays are still hanging around with the parents. Forever back and forth to the feeders. The little squirrel is after the sunflower seeds all day long. The hole in the top of the feeder is chewed open so big now that they don't have to bother lifting the cover anymore they just go through the top. I think it's time to look for another feeder similar to that one.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Miserable Monday!

It's been dull, it's been rainy, it's been chilly. And while Pan is content with playing his pipes,

I've been bored. And himself is sitting in front of the television staring at the screen. Thing is, the television is off.
And, as a friend has been poking me to remind me that I haven't blogged for a while, I decided to take the camera outside and see what I could find. Not a hell of a lot! I thought I'd take some pictures of rain drops on plants and leaves but I'm afraid you are going to find this as exciting as sitting watching grass grow. But...hey ho, here we go!

Okay, enough of that. The Delphiniums have now started blooming.

The half a dozen or so Angelica plants are covered with huge seed heads.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Flowers, Bees and one Fly.

Garden Workers

I can't imagine how many bugs they get in the run of a day. Not only that, they're fertilizing as they're walking around.

Among the plants.

Trotting off to another area.

I have two young squirrels at the feeders this morning. They seem like they are just feeling their way around and not fighting with each other so I figure they're from the same nest.

Can't help but love that little face.

Monday, July 20, 2009

A Good Hare Day!

Okay, the pictures aren't so good but they are my first shots of a hare I saw on our walk this morning. We left the house at around 6:30 am and I'm now thinking that this is the best time to see such creatures.

It looked like he figured we couldn't see him if his back was turned, lol.

And who did we see on the way back home.....the dog who has been giving us grief! He gets loose every now and then and comes on the property to try to catch a chicken. Luckily I hadn't let the chickens out of their green house area before we left. Roger spoke to the owner about it and he seemed like a nice person and said he'd make sure the dog wouldn't get loose again. Alas, he's still getting loose. The thing is, he's a nice friendly dog and I do like dogs but I don't want this worry.

I'm now going to put a plug in for a wildlife forum that I've been a member of for a few years. It's Garden Wildlife UK. The link is in the Toads Hall of Fame list under Wildlife Forum. We need new members so please have a look. There are a bunch of very nice people there.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Ekk! Spider....

After getting up and making coffee this morning I went to the computer to turn it on and check emails etc. There attached to the computer screen and also attached to a hanging plant was the most magnificent spiders web with a huge spider right in the middle of it. I took this picture then caught the spider and put him outside. It's too bad really but they can bite at times and given the size I felt uncomfortable having him so near.

I had to put the fire in last evening as it was starting to get a wee bit uncomfortable. I expect I'll be doing the same thing today as it's overcast, wet and chilly as this lot can attest to.

It's my father's 89th. birthday today so I phoned him early this morning. He'd been up at his vegetable garden. They had some friends in for a few drinks yesterday afternoon, other than that there won't be anything special going on. I expect for his 90th. next year we will have to plan some sort of do.

So...not a lot happening today. Just lazing around I expect. The kind of day for laying back with a good book.