I have returned from a northern sojourn to see old friends and young grandchildren. It was a wonderful visit, though I am left a little melancholy for not living closer and being more a part of their lives. For now, the brief time will have to suffice to remind them all how much I love them.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Went to our annual pumpkin decorating party last weekend. It was a perfect day for it, warm and sunny, but with the nip early and late to remember it was Autumn, not summer. These are some views of the deck of my friend, Cheryl, who hosts the party. It was incredibly beautiful to arrive to...She has such an interior decorators knack~
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
I saw the most amazing thing on yesterday down in the valley. There were about 80 to 100 vultures all circling in a huge circle as if there were a dead animal below. Only there were so many of them. All around the edges and off in the distance others were flying in to join them. It was a reunion of sorts. I think I have seen a smaller version of this before, but never so many together. They were all planning on flying south together. They don't go too far for winter, some just to the Sacramento area, so the flight would not take them long, and they were all going to go together. What happens on the other end? Would they fan out to their winter favorite places? I think when they return in March that they come to the valley first and then break off into groups to get back to the areas they will live in over the summer. I am going to pay better attention. Phenomenal vultures~
Saturday, October 11, 2014
This has certainly been wildlife week here at the farm. Yesterday I saw an owl, pretty good sized one, in the dead, broken topped, leaning tree on the right in this picture. Of course he wasn't there waiting for me today when I came with my camera, but you get the idea. Rain and cool temperatures due in a couple days, that will really change things around here. Trying to get cover crop planted, tractors winterized, and the last of the tomatoes canned before they start cracking and getting black spots. It is high time for all this, overdue~
Thursday, October 9, 2014
I just figured out why the Ruffed Grouse was going up in the laurel tree to roost. That tree is loaded with berries. You can see some in the first picture, the clumps of orange berries to the right of the chicken-like bird.The berries aren't red yet, but that doesn't seem to matter. It is a Bed and Breakfast for grouse!!!