Wildlife

The Call of the Wild

It is sunset.  Dusk. The twilight colors of soft peach are peering above the tree line as I stand on our stone walkway, gazing out across the meadow at the ridge tops.  Something called me to come outside, and I went. I had been inside most of the day, surrounded by furniture, unmoving, contained air,…

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Poison Ivy, the Protector

I am dealing with an outbreak of – oh joy – poison ivy.  It is having fun hopping from finger to finger, and down my arm, in spots and clumps of spots. Hopefully, it won’t continue to spread. I haven’t had a case of it for over 30 years. The last time I did get…

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Broody

We are trying to get our hens, or at least one of them, to go “broody”.  This means that she will sit on the eggs we are leaving in the nest for her, in the hopes that she will hatch them into little chicks – her “brood”. They have learned to fly low over our…

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When Kali Speaks

As those who live in the country know, we live side by side with many critters.  Occasionally, some of those critters find their way into one’s house, and though they usually don’t want to be there, as it isn’t their natural domain, ( maybe mice like it – lots of crumbs  ) and it can…

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3 Egg Day

Today was a three-egg day.  Each day, it feels like a treasure hunt.  I have grown very fond of these new chickens.  They are very cooperative – I feed them corn, and they roam about our meadow, and they give us eggs.  A fair trade.  And I love the deep cooing, low chuckling sounds they…

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Chicken Patrol

For the next 5 days, I am on chicken patrol and watering the garden maintenance until Hawk returns from a program. We now have 3 little Rhode Island Red hens and 2 big Rhode Island hens ( Henny and Penny ), and one tall Rhode Island Red rooster.  We are waiting to name the three…

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Grouse Medicine

The world is always talking to us, sending us messages, in the wind, in the plants that we find ourselves attracted to, in the animals who cross our path in some way. And in many other ways. Perhaps someone mentions a book that think you’d like, and a few days later, someone else mentions the…

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