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Hearing peeping and cracking noises from underneath my friend's banty hen - she's due tomorrow, but I guess with the heat they were popping early!
 
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#2 Son picked the peaches from our tree and put them on the dining room table. The whole room smells gently of peaches. Awesome!
 
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Homemade peach pie a la mode. Haven't enjoyed that delectable combination of flavors, textures, and aromas for over a decade. T'was a delight.
 
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Almost a handful of ripe blueberries. Second year fruiting - first time I've manged to get more than the birds/mice! That's the last of them now.
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I am finally back home after 6 weeks of traveling. Garden is still alive, last gasp of winter here, I plan to spend the weekend ripping out the winter stuff and planning for spring (with the many, many seeds I brought back with me). It is nice to have dirt under my nails again.
 
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Taking a beautiful,  sunny day to rest, in between 4 days of putting up the best pears ever, and the pending arrival of 2 cases of concord grapes! Maybe putting in some small crops for fall.
 
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I built a hugel barrel beside a stationary run we have a week ago, and crushed a dried Kale branch over the top of it. Today I could see a bunch of kale babies up! I will try to add some other plants as well, but for today, I celebrate what I've got.

Maybe some Oak leaf lettuce and a little Swiss Chard...
 
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Spotted a new (to me) bird in our treefield today:

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The goldcrest (which has the delightful latin name Regulus regulus) is Britain's smallest bird. The adults weigh only 5g. It was certainly tiny, but quite bold, showing no particular nervousness at my presence, just hopping around in the birch trees. I could see it's yellow/red crest quite clearly. The head blends into the body with no neck, so cute! Apparently they do breed locally, so now that my trees are giving a good amount of shelter (and probably providing food via insect larvae as well) I hope that this one will find a mate and stay. Of course I didn't have my camera with me so had to find an internet photo to share.
 
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Almost a rainbow of colours on my Aronia. Leaves changing to scarlet for autumn...
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It's spring! It's spring! Is there anything more enjoyable than realizing that finally, the winter is over?
Today is the first day I find myself working in the office without a heavy sweater. The shiso began sprouting last week (my sign that winter is over, and was seconded by the appearance of two tiny stevia volunteers) so this weekend I ripped out the peas, turned over two beds, and put in sweet corn alongside the winter beans (which didn't grow during the winter, just getting flowers now. I figure I may as well let them finish up).
I have 5 trays of seeds started in the front, and three beds waiting for them. Lots of work awaits, lots of good nights' sleep in my future.
 
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Tereza Okava wrote:It's spring! It's spring! .....



Other side of the marble,..... enjoying a dry, crisp, bug-free autumn day!
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A simple pleasure for today was being outside planting my garlic in the bed I had potatoes this past year.  While working in some organic fertilizer I discovered another hearty meals worth of potatoes I had missed when harvesting them.  It's like finding buried treasure!
 
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Orders from my TCM doctor/ acupuncturist:"Take a few days off from ANYTHING more strenuous than feeding & watering you & your animals, and let your body HEAL!"
Me: "Can I still spin wool for my shawl? I want to work on that, while we go on our trip."
Doc, tapping her toes:"ONLY if you do it sitting down, and stop, as soon as you start to feel any stress to your muscles or bones. "
Me:"DEAL!!"
Charlie - looks at me with her big, soft brown eyes, and curls up snugly, against me:"I lurve u, Nommie"
Yup. I can do this.
 
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David Huang wrote:A simple pleasure for today was being outside planting my garlic in the bed I had potatoes this past year.....



??!!

I just had a text earlier today from my sister saying the same thing....needing to get the potatoes out so that garlic could go in.  Is there some rotational magic about garlic following potatoes?  (PS...don't know why multiple question marks evokes the frownie face....I just typed question marks and that face appeared.... )
 
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Vegan living in Florida went fishing for food purposes (before finding the river to be polluted) for the first time in probably two decades. I saw two sharks breach the surface and a giant ray with a 4-5 foot wingspan hop out of the water probably 3 feet. Remarkable.

I also saw the snook I was trying to catch nestling in the shallow mangroves waiting to pounce on a prey. It was exciting to try and catch one but when I finished I bid the snook adieu and felt relief for them.
 
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John Weiland wrote:

David Huang wrote:A simple pleasure for today was being outside planting my garlic in the bed I had potatoes this past year.....



??!!

I just had a text earlier today from my sister saying the same thing....needing to get the potatoes out so that garlic could go in.  Is there some rotational magic about garlic following potatoes?  (PS...don't know why multiple question marks evokes the frownie face....I just typed question marks and that face appeared.... )



That's funny, as I was doing this I was wondering the same thing myself.  Is there some good (or bad) reason to do garlic after potatoes?  The reason that I did it was pure practicality, or laziness.  In digging up the potatoes I couldn't help but to clear out and loosen up a bed making it ripe to plant something else into.  Conveniently I also needed a bed to plant the garlic into right about now so why not use the one I just cleared?    
 
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Today's simple pleasure was seeing the Pumpkins have their family reunion inside rather than in the field. First freeze is expected tonight. None of them have coats or even warm socks.
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Spotting some new plants come up in my hopeful seed pots:  Dystaenia takesimana says the label. I had to look  it up again. I find out this is Korean celery or seombadi Steven Barstow's useful write up. I think the seeds came from Alan Carter - so thanks Alan!
I had a little nibble on a bit of leaf and thought it was quite pleasant: a sweetish flavour. It's supposed to be like celery/lovage - but perennial even in moderately harsh winters and growing to 8-9 feet in flower! Now I need to find the right place in the garden to plant them to grow.
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I saw the tadpoles in the pond wriggling, which was a relief because I thought they had perished in our recent cold and snow.
 
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Yesterday I was out on my bike and saw a robin, which around me is considered a sign of spring.  Mind you I started seeing robins a few weeks ago, which was cool.  This time though it wasn't just a robin, or a few robins.  It was an honest to god flock of robins!  There must have been a few hundred!  I don't believe I've ever seen a flock of robins in my life.  I never realized they would gather in such large groups.  Does this mean spring is coming with force?
 
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David Huang wrote:This time though it wasn't just a robin, or a few robins.  It was an honest to god flock of robins!  There must have been a few hundred!  I don't believe I've ever seen a flock of robins in my life.  I never realized they would gather in such large groups.  Does this mean spring is coming with force?


All my life I've lived in places where robins are pretty common, but have never seen a flock! I didn't know they flocked, either.

During winter we see ravens, red-shafted flickers, Stellar's jays, downy woodpeckers, nuthatches, the very occasional small owl... but robins are a true sign of spring. And this year we've caught sight of just three or four by this point. That's attributable to the very gradual melting away of snow & ice on the ground.

"Spring with force" sounds like a good idea!
 
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I spent the last three days in the garden getting things ready for fall, after 4 months of total neglect due to injury. I mulched at least a ton of things, mostly pumpkins and passionfruit vines (young vine desperately needed pruning).
I found at least 6 big pumpkins, and saw the first signs of fall (shiso flower buds, the first aloe flower spike). These signs are usually solid and it looks like summer's over. I started the fall seeds, and when the rain comes back (late this week is the forecast) I'll put in some starts to make up for the green onions and parsley that got shaded out by all the wild pumpkins. Also time to start Chinese cabbage.
 
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The Japanese Bush Warblers have started singing their signature, "ho-hokekyo" sometimes I like to sing it back to them.

 
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There are numerous owls that live in our region. I once found a Great Horned owl creating pandemonium by standing on the door-sill  of our chicken coop. Didn't have a camera or smart-phone with me, and just put my effort into getting it to take flight!

I've enjoyed hearing or seeing a number of larger owls, but sometimes only spotting one while in flight.

This is one of the types of owls we see, though not often. This is a Northern Pygmy owl — the experts say they rarely get any taller than 7 inches, head to tail tip. This shot was taken on a hiking trail somewhat to the east of where we live.
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That feeling when you tell someone at the worky job that you are putting chinampas around your pond and the response is, "yay! fun! "

Also Tulips!
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I was in my new fruit tree area as I had a 1/2 garbage can of Goose shit inoculated chipped and shredded wood chip/leaf mix. I decided I'd dump it in a small area where the shrub I'd planted hadn't made it, thinking that maybe I could think of something else to plant there. Low and behold - my baby Saskatoon Berry* has leaves. It's still alive! Yippeeee!!! Where there's life, there's hope.      

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Obviously spring time sprouting is high on everyone's list of simple pleasures right now.

Something I count as almost a guilty pleasure: coming in from working outside and changing into a fresh dry pair of socks even though I'm not about to get a shower yet because there's more work to do.
 
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….just getting out on a beautiful spring day and working until every muscle in my body aches.   I have got to be weird, but there is something enjoyable about that ….. and the glass of Bourbon I have planned  for this evening ….for medicinal purposes only…
 
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The sudden, happy realization that it's FINALLY time to hang up my HAMMOCK!!!
(Tomorrow, after the nematodes are spread out to take out the insane tick population that all 20 of the chickens can't keep up with! )
 
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When a blue jay or woodpecker swoops in unknowingly 5 feet above me, perched on a large bird of paradise in the yard, whose strange roses collect water like a pool, which they twitchily sip from.

Today, his majesty was caught in the act, but from a distance.

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The simple pleasure of being pleasantly surprised.  

I knew kapok floated (because it was used in life jackets during WWII), but I always assumed it was not THAT buoyant because it is no longer used in floaty things.  Yesterday, I finally got around to testing it out and wow, was I pleasantly surprised!  It's SO much more buoyant than I had thought it would be.  Happy moment of rest on a warm sunny Spring day with my feet in a pale of cold water resting on a floating kapok pillow.  
 
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only got to write about this today, but I spent most of the long weekend (friday was a holiday here) in the garden, removing the beans and preparing for/putting in the winter crops. My husband and daughter both went away for the weekend, I had to work half a day on Saturday so stayed home and had no reason not to spend every remaining moment digging, potting, mixing, fertilizing, dividing, and everything else (also someone has to feed the beasts). The garden was mostly neglected this spring and summer as i got hurt right mid-spring in October, so I haven't actually started anything from seed in quite a while.
I am covered in blisters and crazy sore, but my soul is happy.
 
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My small piece of peace at my rental house.
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Having plans to add 2 raised beds to my garden ….and, leaning back exhausted in my recliner yesterday, realizing I have just added 8.
 
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Watching when one of my chickens gets a worm or large bug and runs off with others chasing to try and eat it in peace.  Chickens can be hilarious.
 
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Getting into bed with freshly changed sheets is my simple pleasure of the day -- well, last night.
 
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I found little Sweet Cicely (Myhrris odorata) seedlings coming up in my tree field. I'd completely forgotten I broadcast a load of seeds last year. I'm hoping that they can stand the grass competition - I love the green seeds as sweet treats to browse on outside.
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Greetings!

In the past few days, I've seen that one of my favourite birds around these parts (Portugal) seem to have taken a liking on the trees in front of the house I'm living in. I've been watching 3 individuals of the Iberian Magpie making their terrible corvid sounds as they explore this area. Here's hoping these beauties have come to stay around these parts!:



and hopefully make company to another favourite bird of mine, the Bee-eater, with its whistle calls:



Don't forget to continue valuing these simple pleasures of life. It's what makes it beautiful every day. It's what you'll wish to have taken pleasure in, if you pass by your life without taking the time to "stop and smell the roses". And it's also something akin to some kinds of meditation, which is proven to make your life better.

So keep on drinking life. Cheers from Portugal!
 
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We're well into soft fruit season here, and I've been picking some raspberries and blackcurrants for sale. The raspberries in particular have done remarkably well. I went into my study (which is relatively cool for temporary storage) and the room was deliciously scented with raspberries!
 
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