This blog is about my garden and the outdoors. I am new to photography but I am trying to show some of the pretty things that grow here in Michigan. I love the wild things who visit me and I dont mind if they eat a bit here and there. I like it more if they let me take their picture. As time goes on I think I will try to show you around the beautiful area that I live in as well as my garden. I try to use my own pictures as much as possible but will also use pictures from the web. If I inadvertently use your photo or work without permission please email me and I will remove it or give credit if you prefer. I will give credit when I know who the owner is. I would ask that anyone using my pictures do the same.
... I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.......Psalm23:6
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Blue Jay Afternoon...........

Well there is just a dusting of snow, it sort of improves things. There are so many leaves still on the ground and looks now as though they will stay there. I guess that the ones on the garden may just decompose and be a good thing. The ones on grass can get mowed. No problem, except if he trys to use the snowblower haha. Ooops that may be a problem. Since he doesn't have to work, and the snowblower is on the blink I guess it won't matter.
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I haven't seen the Possum (Apossum) in a few days now, I hope he's OK. I put Coopers pumpkin out back for he animals to eat and they have broken through into the seeds already. So anyhoo I did get the inside decorating done and the outside is sort of done. Can't say I am happy with it because I still don't have lights on the front porch. There are lights out back on the garage but when I look at what everyone else has done it's pretty pathetic. Out front I have two spindly lights and a sick deer.
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The back deck looks sort of OK but maybe I can work on it now inside is done. Back to the Blue Jays. Today they really enjoyed the peanuts.
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They were enjoying things until the Squirrels showed up. There were about five Blue Jays. I put out some water for them, they had been going down to the pond. There is chicken wire over the pond so hopefully they can't fall in. I noticed last year that the birds enjoy the pond in Winter.
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There was avout 5 squirrels too, the brown one is a bit of a piggy. He really loaded up yesterday but came back today.
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The birds all seem to take their food away
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Taking a sip
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Blue Jays are very lovely birds, such a pretty blue.
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I guess this is a rather boring post, guess things will be rather boring till Spring. I am not sure if I want to keep this and my Pretty things blog going next year. I could in fact just keep everything on one blog. We shall see.

Friday, November 9, 2018

First Snow..............

November 9th, first real snow. We were told would get 5inches last night. We did not. We may get it tonight though. So today I took some pictures. It was pretty but not as much snow as I had expected and pretty much gone by noon. Tomorrow, well we shall see.
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Everything was so pretty with a dusting of wet snow
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There were plenty of birds today and too many squirrels. Boots wanted to go out, I let her. She just sat and pretended she was enjoying it. I asked if she wanted to come back inside she said no. On 2nd call she came in.
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There were Junco's
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There were Nuthatches and Tufted Titmice.
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There were Blue Jays
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Some people were just plain greedy.
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Later there was also a Cardinal, this guy always comes at dusk so it's hard to get clear pictures. I have managed to get some good Cardinal pictures but not today.
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I was more fascinated by the leaves and dew drops
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Gerry took the Poodles out to pee and a wander around between showers. The snow was turned to rain/drizzle before getting back to snow as it got cold again. They enjoyed a stroll and a yap at passers by.
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I love to capture unusual things in my pictures. I loved this shot
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The colours with the snow on
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The inevitable Chickadees were flitting around too. He looks fuzzy because he was shaking his feathers.
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I will see what tomorrows like, we should have more snow. I put out extra food after it got dark in case the Possom comes back.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Last Hurrah..............

The end of Autumn, we have had a couple of snow showers. Nothing but sleet really. Still the big one is coming. It will soon be the first day of hunting (15th) and so we usually have snow by then. I was hoping it would hold off for a time but apparently not. Naturally it could be gone by then I like the snow to hold off so the deer can get deep into the woods. Run Bambi run.........Supposed to get 5 inches tonight. We shall see.
Gerry raked the leaves at the weekend. Look at it now.
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You would never know would you that the leaves were raked up already.
I had stocked up on bird seeds, but have already gone through that lot. The bloody Squirrels are just packing it away along with the Chipmunk who comes every day.
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Little bugger built a nest right close by. They can lay in there and spy things out.
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Wonder how many live in there? The end of the colours, trees almost bare now
Some pretty shapes though
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Lots of rain and wind brough most of them down.
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Chippy must eat his bodies worth every day
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The cats usually get the Chipmunks, they must not be too smart or else they just want food more than life. I didn't get very good pictures today, The Nuthatch arrived and so did the Titmouse and Chickadees.
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The mourning Doves seem to consist of two couples at the Moment.
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The girls are sitting waiting for Daddy so the door is open letting the cold air in, he is bound to complain about that. Not my fault, Bodi won't move.
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Everything is wet and yucky today. Both cats are unhappy. At least it's easier to keep them inside, just wait till they see snow.
In this picture you can see the tail end of a Possom. It was on the deck last night but by the time I got my camera it was gone. Just got its bum as it disappeared.
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We put in a motion detector light when Gerry did the kitchen and the outside lights were changed. it comes in handy but didn't stop Brea getting skunked the other day. We all have a slight odour hanging around us. Not as bad as last time when all four got it. Still she will be getting another milk bath tomorrow to freshen her up. That happened in the morning so Gerry was not fully awake when he let them out. Poor baby dog got it in the ear.
The dogs just went out to potty and the lights came on, this guy froze and stayed long enough for pictures. I opened the window and threw out some bread.......I hope he enjoys.
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Wonder if he wants to be my new pet????? Kidding.