Thursday, May 10, 2007

walk with me wed, behind the wheelbarrow

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Eastern Ribbon snake (i think) found in the garden.

I didn't get my leisure walk in yesterday. I walked and walked in the garden. I have been spending as much time in the garden as I can. There is so much to be done in the way of repairing beds and transplanting. It is good to get these chores out of the way before the warmer weather arrives. The cool of the mornings (along with bird song) makes it my favorite time to accomplish what needs to be done....and there is much that needs doing.

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My hands have been taking a beating, and I have not been knitting or spinning...much. However, I have been scouring some kid mohair that Judy gave me (long ago I fear). I spun up a small amount~ just to see how it was (who could resist?)

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The females (Pheucticus ludovicianus) have arrived.They make a handsome couple now, but rarely feed at the feeder together. The female hummers have not been spotted yet.

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The male (Rose breasted Grosbeak) wears his rose bib, which is getting brighter each day. I am reminded of something an old friend once remarked..."in the animal kingdom, it is always the males which wear the flamboyant colors to attract the females. The human species got it backwards...the females wear the makeup and the color to attract the males." hummmmm.....


flwrhead said...

So true, so true! Isn't it funny, the way that works? My husband took a picture of a very cool salamander in our yard yesterday but it was gone by the time I got home. :o(

Artis-Anne said...

I actually think that things are levelling out more these days with men competeing with women in their display !!
Great photos ,keep them coming I so love looking at what birds etc are in you neck of the woods. Snakes? mmm not so keen on those , unless they are harmless

Judy said...

When you are done with your garden you can come do mine!!!! Started rototilling yesterday but got called away, hope to finish tonight b4 the rains come. And I hope they do come as we need it. Oh and that is 1 pic (you and snake) you will never see on my blog, as you know I stay as far as possible from them.

Pat K said...

Lucky you! It's already hot here -- in the 90's -- and the garden work is nowhere near done.

Anne said...

Well of COURSE you had to sample. :) And it looks like a fun spin.

Lots going on in your garden right now!

meresy_g said...

haha. I posted about snakes today. Very nice snake you have. I wish I had some of those. We need a pond or something. I love your bird photos too. I have never seen a rose-breasted grosbeak here. Maybe they are more northern PA.

KnittingJones said...

I think the male grosbeak looks a bit like Bela Lugosi in his tuxedo!

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