Sun Setting On Our Field, by Rainer

Did the rose
Ever open its heart

And give this world
All its

It felt the encouragement of light
Against its

We all remain




Friday, July 17, 2009

We caught wildlife!

On camera. haha

We're happy to know this frog lives among the raspberries! Spring of '08 we raised tadpoles and wondered whatever became of them. There is a seasonal pond between the dry goods store in McKinleyville and Ray's grocery store where many people find tadpoles every year. This year we took home an egg sac that never developed. We all wonder if there was something we did to kill them, or were they already dead? This frog and others will be a part of the pond we're putting in.

How does a frog match color so well?!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bloom Day, July 2009

We're officially a spectacle now with the earth flag.

Bamboo traded with a neighbor for poppy seeds. A nuisance to her, she gave us an enormous pot of 7 foot-tall bamboo that we have separated into pots. And used for cane poles.

Yarrow and flowering thyme


The flower of a French heirloom pumpkin. The pumpkin should be purple and flat like a cheese wheel.

Does this attract wildlife?

Woo-hoo! We really are attracting wildlife!

I suppose with this makeshift birdbath we've got all the requirements covered for a certifiable wildlife habitat. How easy to put a bathroom sink pedestal in the yard with an old lid that just happened to fit perfectly. Inside the lid as perches are a brick we made a long time ago and a plaster impression of Rainer's foot. The birds love it.

This family of birds has a nest under the eaves outside of the dining room window. One day we woke up and saw a little bird struggling with a string or something wrapped around it's leg. It hung upside down and would flap furiously and get nowhere. I didn't know what to do, the kids and I fretting. Outside, other birds dove at us when we got closer to see if a broom could loosen the string and set the bird free. After a half-hour or more, Rose and Keith from across the street saw our predicament. Within 20 seconds, I swear, Keith had stepped up on a stool, cupped the bird in one hand and expertly removed it from hanging upside down. He unwrapped the horse hair and in another few moments set it free! Wow, Keith. I'm still shaking my head that there are people like Keith who have such confidence living with animals. That expertise supports our backyard wildlife habitat. Thanks again, neighbors!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Rose and Keith

Rose and Keith live across the street from us, over the hedge in the background. These are their bees. One day the whole swarm got out, flew over our yard and through the neighborhood until they landed on a bush near a church two blocks from here. Somehow Rose and Keith got the bees into this box and walked home with their swarm.

We've got lots of bees busy in our garden since Rose and Keith moved in. Thanks, neighbors!