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.
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Birds are coming back to the feeders....................

A quick look around the garden today assured me that there is still a lot to do. I did gather all the glass balls and ornaments into one spot where they will stay until I can bring them in. I did get the last of my plants inside today. Today, well, sun and rain and snow, repeating that pattern all afternoon. That't it though, or so the weather man said this evening. I doubt I will get much done in the way of moving things but noticed I do still have two things that need to be planted.
So next comes the raking............meanwhile.
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We leave our doors open for anyone who needs shelter.
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One year we had a raccoon in there, we didn't know until Gerry caught a glimpse one day. That's good, I am sure cats and mice and others all find a cozy corner now and then. Last Spring a Robin took shelter out of the wind. I feel so bad for them all.
So there have been a few visitors since I filled the feeders. This little guy spent the afternoon here. Then some friends came in too.
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I watched him for awhile and then took a walk around. I was attracted to the rain on the leaves sparkling in the sun (before it rained and snowed again)
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The Holly has a lot of berries.
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The Cardinal was rather cooperative.
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The Bluejays look handsome
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I love how they announce that the feeders are full and the whole tribe shows up.
The cats went out, I kept them in all day. They were not happy about that. Well it was snowing so I opened the door to let a couple of Poodles out and both of the cats thought they were clever and ran out. I had to laugh, they were so pissed. They got out before noticing the snow. Bessie jumped up on the gate and Boots just sat and stared...........hehe. When I let the Poodles back in they dashed for the door. I am keeping them in as much as I can now the birds are coming in. Bessie in particular sits by the feeder.
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Bessie will kill the birds and so would Boots.
I liked this shot, Chickadee taking his prize
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There's a fairy at the bottom of my garden
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A few flowers left
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Up and down the street
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I look forwards to a variety of birds coming in. It's a pity we don't get a greater variety. I will have to find a place to go and sit to watch other peoples birds.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

October colours..................

Short brisk walks today just for some exercize. It was in the 40 degree range, high 40s I would think. As we set off it began to rain so didn't stay out long. We went down to Kid's Creek. Always good for a short walk. I didn't see a lot of colour down there but certainly a lot of leaves have fallen. I could see more than we normally can of the water. There is nothing going on in the garden. I did manage to bring in a whole bunch of plants in the hope that they will do OK over the Winter.I don't want to think how far off Spring will be.
Our road has some pretty trees this year.
My garden is neglected.
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I think I must take a walk around the neighbourhood I saw some pretty pictures on our way to Kids creek. For now, just some pretty trees
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There was a lot of wind last night. If it was that way out of town I bet there are trees down. We noticed when we were out yesterday that several had come down.
Nothing much going on down at the Creek though. Gerry wanted to go back the way we came that was sheltered from the wind. I can see I won't be getting him out much during the Winter. I sent him back the way we came and carried on. Not a lot different from last time.
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I love to see the seeds and pods but with the wind I think a lot blew away.
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Some lucky critters will enjoy those
The first part of the walk is sheltered, but then we turned direction and was about to go into a more open area, that's when Gerry decided to go back the way he came. I carried on. It was brisk but I walked fast. After all this is about exercise as well as pictures.
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I half way hoped to see my deer down in this area, but no one in sight today.
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No birds either, everyone must be snuggled down out of the winds.
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Even when there is nothing to see its a nice walk. Back into our home territory and some more pretty trees
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The last plant to bring inside............
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That one has to be replanted as there are two in there. It's a guessing game who will live now.............and what did I bring inside with them.? The first ones I did wash with dish soap but the last few I didn't bother. Ah well. Everyone needs a warm spot to camp out for winter. At least we don't live where I could bring in a snake or two. Just mice and spiders. I can deal with that...........I think. I just wish the mice would be smarter and avoid the cats.

Monday, October 1, 2018

It's October Already.........................

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A quick wander around the garden today showed that critters had been busy. Where I planted the ivy there was dirt all over the path. Not sure if Squirrels were looking to see if I buried anything they may want or the Poodles had been busy. I did smell the slight odour of skunk this morning? Looking for grubs maybe.?
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A beautiful month for sure, we had to turn the heat on in the house. Fingers and toes were beginning to freeze. My nose was running. Today was a little warmer so I did go out and sweep the paths and I planted the Sweet William that was in a pot, I also brought in the pretty red flower, such a shame to see it die. I am not sure how well it will do inside but will try to save it. I now have to decide what to do with all the rest. 5 Boston ferns, too pretty to die but too big really oh what shall I do.
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I don't like to see things die. I wish in some ways we had a milder climate so things would live outside but we don't. I have a few houseplants that have to come inside.
The problem in the house is the lack of light.
So who comes inside and who does not.
Meanwhile, the bees are still quite active,although not on too many things. They seem to like this plant and I have that in a few colours

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Seed pods are pretty, this is my Garlic Chive
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There is not a lot going on, the Holly has a lot of berries this year. I should pick some so that the Robins have them in the Spring. They were so hungry last year. I will get some meal worms this time.
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The berries on the Mountain Ash are all gone. Already eaten
I bought a new bird feeder to put on the window in the hope of having at least one that the Squirrels can't get to. Also hoping for some pictures.
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The two fish left in the pond have enough cover and are fat and sassy. So good luck to them.
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I will bring this in tomorrow. It's pretty right now and we are not supposed to get frost just yet although it is getting close.
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Bud's flowering tree next door is pretty right now.
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Not sure what it is, looks like a cross between Hydrangea and Lilac.
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I would like something that blooms this time of year but no space for much else.
So these guys sit all forlornly waiting to see what I will do next. Who comes in and who does not
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I have to get some potting soil and then see what I need to do............wish I could store them in the garage but that won't work. So tomorrow I must decide..........