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Yesterday, I was working away on the computer when I saw some movement

wild bunny, July 2013

wild bunny, July 2013

out the corner of my eye. I have a mirror that reflects the door behind me and I could see one of the bunnies had paused next to the currant bush. It’s rare for us to see them that close. I grabbed the camera and snuck out to see if I could get a picture. I was able to get fairly close, while it was sitting beside the asparagus, (I’ve seen one, a couple of times, hiding under the ferny parts, like a giant bun in a miniature forest) and took a few photos. It was pretty cool about my playing paparazzi and posed a bit before hopping off. (while keeping a careful eye my way and both ears at attention)

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***This event has been cancelled. I will repost if/when we pick a new date for it.***

 

Etsy is having a worldwide craft party on June 20th.  It sounded like a fun idea and, when I talked to the Perth County Visitors Association, they thought so too! They have a great space, in the Visitors centre and we will be making jewellery from 7 to 10pm! The plan is to share a bunch of different ways to make new pieces you will actually wear, from the older bits and pieces that are lurking in the bottom of the jewellery box. If you don’t have any broken or dated bits, you can also bring along buttons, fabric, feathers or leather pieces and we’ll work with those. Take something old and turn it into something you can wear and enjoy instead of keeping it stuffed in a drawer! You can sign up at the Etsy Eventbrite page. It’s free to sign -up but we will probably be charging $5 at the door, for supplies. Everyone is welcome and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me and I’ll try to help.

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The ice storm hit this region badly, and a bunch of hydro poles ice went down, to the north of us. It took days for them to get them replaced and the power back. It wasn’t until Sunday evening that it was back at both the house and the store. We still have some clean-up to do, on the grounds, but we’re hoping to get to it later this week. It was upsetting to lose some branches from the big maple, in the middle of the east lawn, but it could have been much worse. We’re hoping that there won’t be an too obvious reduction in it’s symmetry since we’ve always loved how pretty it is.

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The weather has been warm enough that it’s been easy to forget how close we’re getting to Christmas. We all got reminded that the season is at hand yesterday. Santa came to Shakespeare! This was actually the second year that there was an actual Santa Claus parade here in town but this one was on a much larger scale than last years. It was a good size and had a nice range of floats and marching groups. Even Elvis put in an appearance! There was also food and drinks, along with photos with Santa, at the Credit Union, courtesy of the Perth County Visitors Association. It was a fun time and put us all into the festive mood.

The start of the Shakespeare Santa Claus parade

The start of the Shakespeare Santa Claus parade

Elvis appears at the Shakespeare parade

Elvis appears at the Shakespeare parade

more Shakespeare Santa parade

more Shakespeare Santa parade

Santa arrives in Shakespeare

Santa arrives in Shakespeare

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The blueberry patch still features some pretty small plants but we had to plant

pattypan squash, August 2012

them with enough spacing for it to still work when they reach full size. The large empty spaces that resulted mean that I’ve been able to put in some assorted squash plants for the last couple of years. When we grow chosen squash, rather than random volunteers, they will be zucchini and an especially tasty one called “buttercup”. A total of something like 8 plants went into the ground but we’ve had a terrible infestation of cucumber beetles and they have managed to off most of the zucchinis and delayed the rest. (the drought conditions aren’t helping either) There is only one of the plants that is doing well. Naturally, it turned out to be the pattypan squash I bought by accident, since it was in the buttercup tray. So far we’ve picked a number from it but haven’t had a chance to cook them up yet. I’m hoping they will be tasty since it looks like we’ll have lots coming in!

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We, like a big chunk of central Canada and the U.S., are in a drought.

blackberry, July 2012

There’s been no rain for most of the past two months. We’re on a well and have been trying to resist using it for watering as long as possible. I’ve been doing survival level watering only on the tomatoes, from the rain barrels. The raspberry hedge is about half the height I’d expect it be at this point in the season. It does make me glad that we didn’t do much in terms of new plantings this year, so most things are well enough established that they seem to be holding up well but I’m not sure how they’ll do if the lack of rain continues. We got lucky on Tuesday night, and a dramatic thunderstorm passed through. It refilled the barrels as well as giving us a good soaking. My blackberries had set a fair bit of fruit and they’ve been pinking up nicely but didn’t start to go black until the rain fell. So far, the few I’ve picked have been very tasty. At least the tomatoes seem to be concentrating their energy on fruit set rather than vegetative growth since they are, as a group, pretty small, but have good numbers of little tomatoes, just waiting for some more regular rain to start plumping out en mass. We can only hope that some more rain clouds come our way.

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I had stepped out of the store, a few minutes ago, to help Mother pick today’s crop

young robin, July 2012

of tomatoes, beans and basil, for our lunch salad. When I went back in, I realized that there was a slightly confused and panicked visitor stuck by the window. With the severe drought, the birds are having a hard time of it and one of the few places there are still edible fruit is on the red currant bush, to the west of the store entrance. (it’s shaded by the shed so it’s currants are still plump, unlike the one in the east lawn, where they have all shrivelled up) Throughout the day, I’ll hear the robins coming and going from it, and this is the first time one’s come in, but I guess this young one went the wrong way and ended up in the store. I was able to shift a few things and then take it back outside. It seems to have been okay for it’s little misadventure, and flew off to the fence with no problems, even if there were a pair of small feathers left behind. Hopefully, this little one will develop a bit better sense of direction as it gets older!

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