Monday, June 27, 2016

Take Small Bites

Just a tad behind with blogging duties lately however, I am happy to report we are alive and well...exhausted, but alive and well.  In fact, this week we finally got the chance to head to RI to spend some time with my daughter and her honey.  As everyone this time of the year, we have been keeping ourselves busy.

While I continue to pull new shoots of the invasive Bittersweet, the Pres has been busy working to eradicate the Japanese Barberry in the lower section of our yard...a section that is frontage...a section that is about two acres...a section with massive amounts of the invasive plant.



Driving through it with the ATV and the sprayer was the easiest way for us.  Removing it "mechanically" (literally digging it out with a pic) is far too labor intensive for people our age.  After reviewing the various options listed by our CT DEP (ct.gov.special bulletin), our next step was to make a plan and take action.



Section by section,
we began to attack another piece, then another.  

During the process, I came to the conclusion that yard-work is like eating a good steak.  Never bite off more than you can chew because, like steak, sometimes, it can be tough!

As of this writing,we think we took our last bite last week and know that if necessary we will continue to take small bites. 


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Natures Notes



Oh, one more thing.
Remember...

a good invasive is a DEAD INVASIVE.


I can only imagine how old this Sycamore is.
We saw it struggling, being consumed by Bittersweet.  It seems to be doing fine now...:)



Sunday, June 26, 2016

Not Alone

As I began reading Red-tails In Love, the book that my friend Lisa sent me, I had no idea what to expect. It was on my TTD (things to do) list because it had been recommended by another friend who knows "how passionate I am about the Eagles."

Of course, if it wasn't for living in Virginia, my bird watching would not be what it is. It was while we lived there that I began to learn about some common backyard birds and their calls. Then, a few people at the gym I went to got me into a Bird Club. The Bird Club introduced me to hawk watching/migration counting on the Blue Rdige Parkway. It was that day in September when I participated in a migration count that I fell for raptors!

I have to be totally honest here. In Lisa's note that she sent, she told me she thought of me throughout the book. Reading her words made me smile and quite honestly, I thought she was merely being kind. That's how Lisa is.

However, as I read, it did remind me of me!! It was as if I was reading about myself and quite frequently became teary-eyed feeling proud that there was "someone else" that felt like I do.

And then, when I went to the presentation on "Falconry" and met MORE RAPTORS, one of the presenters who was about to introduce their Red-tail hawk, Patrick, began talking about Pale Male from Central Park!  I got goosebumps and chills because I knew who she was talking about.

From the dedication "for Joe" and the prologue right down to the sketches and documentation of other wildlife species, I was hooked. In fact, this unforgettable book seems to have made me love  "my passion" even more and when talking to people about it, I found that was not alone.

READ IT.


Read this book.


Read this book.


Read this book.


Read it...you'll love it!
(Besides, then I definitely will not be alone)



HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Baby Girl!

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Shadow Shot Sunday

Friday, June 24, 2016

Fear Of The Unknown




YIKES!

It seemed to be a good subject for a B & W until I realized it had color.

I have no idea where it went after I took these...fear of the unknown in my own backyard!




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