Archive for December 21, 2008

Our Pagan Neighbors

The previous post shows a photo of our back yard.  In case you forgot, here it is:


See that hill off in the background? Our downstream neighbor lives at the base of that hill and rumor has it that he is related to the family that operates the fireworks importer across the river.  We’re treated to regular fireworks displays (and we’re not talking bottle rockets) that originate in just this area, which in a wonderful bit of luck — happens to fall right outside our big living room windows.

So as I was sitting here just now, poking around the web – I hear the unmistakable sound of small shells exploding outside. Turning around, I’m treated to a lovely display.


An unexpected solstice treat from our pagan neighbors.

December 21, 2008 at 3:48 am 1 comment

Snow Day

It’s been snowing regularly here since December 1 – the meteorological start of winter. Eight inches have fallen already today and it’s still coming down.  Cooking, shoveling, bird-watching and a walk with the dogs in the snow filled up our day.


A pair of Northeren Flickers have been regular visitors here this winter. They’re quite shy, so this picture taken through the kitchen window, is the only way I could photograph one. They’re very striking birds, this photo doesn’t begin to capture the briliant colors of this fellow’s feathers.


This Pileated Woodpecker is another shy visitor I caught through the window. Living in a hardwood forest we see many kinds of Picidae here.  Downy, Hairy, Red-Headed and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers are regular diners at our feeders.  We only see the Pileated Woodpeckers and Flickers in the trees.


White-Tailed Deer are frequent visitors here year round. This doe was grazing in our back yard this morning. They also enjoy grazing on the acorns — and vegetables — in the front yard in warm weather.


It’s a great yard to watch wildlife.  This is the view out my back door. 


And a view of the Training Center at the end of our drive.  The snow banks will be much larger — and there will be more of them — by spring.


Audie shows how deep the fresh snow is at the road end of the driveway.


A good romp in the snow.


Then a full belly and a place by the fire. A good day to be a dog.

December 21, 2008 at 1:57 am 2 comments

Because A Dog’s Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste


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