Heat Reprieve

It’s raining!

Like I’ve mentioned, May brought some unseasonably hot days for us, so when it started raining the kids charged outside to bask.

Nicely cooled things off for us and even treated us to a double rainbow.



Mama Robin

So I think a few pictures may have gotten into my “future post” folder a bit out of order.

Why do I think that? Because I was talking about the new teen robins the other day and now here’s a picture of mother robin on her nest, still working on that first clutch that we had been worrying about.

As I write this in mid July I’ve seen hints of her second clutch peeping up from the edges of her nest. I bet they’ll be off learning to fly soon.


Spring’s Touch

We have a couple of lilac bushes around the house, and once spring finally came, so did their flowers.

At first we also thought that one of the naturally sprouting bushes where the previous owner’s pool was were nightshade, but we’re not so sure about that anymore. I think honeysuckle is the other contender on these. I suppose we’ll figure it out if it ever shows berries… and then destroy them if they do appear.


Baby Asparagus

The garden hasn’t been cooperating much this summer. It’s mostly because the weather has been weird too. We didn’t get a spring, so with Redflare’s heat sensitivity it’s harder to get out there and plant all the starts.

We did manage to plant some new asparagus roots this spring to expand our patch for the future.

It sprouted!


Teen Birds

We’d been a little worried about the nest mother robin had put near our driveway because we hadn’t seen any baby robins for a little while.

Could something have gotten them?

Nope, turns out they all grew big enough that they moved out and are at the last stages of becoming adult robins.


Strawberry Pickers

School is out, so let’s put the kids to work! 😉

Something tells me they won’t mind this process because they’ll all greatly appreciate the… fruits of their labors.

Okay, maybe some of them mind.

Redflare was having him help with the watering process though, so maybe that’s why.

What I love is how careful even Thunderer was with taking the berries.

It ended up being quite the haul!