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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

And the backyard pets get bigger

As I mentioned previously, Mrs. Wolves is housesitting (mostly dogsitting, really) for a friend who lives even more out in the sticks than we do. Naturally, then, more nature stuff happens in their yard than in ours, right? Wrong.

Yeah, we have a groundhog and a bunny as backyard pets. But we get much larger backyard pets, even if they aren't exactly in our backyard. Mrs. Wolves came home from housesitting on Monday (to let Jeb the Wonderdog out to pee and stuff like that) and caught these two guys, not in our backyard, but in the area behind our backyard:


Mother and child, right? Bambi and mama. We got it.

Butterflies are still free

Mrs. Wolves is housesitting for a friend who lives in an area that apparently has other butterflies not present here. Which means she got a picture of a Monarch butterfly:


And another picture of some kind of swallowtail butterfly:


So there you have it.

Friday, August 11, 2017

She does like her clouds

Mrs. Wolves recently shared a couple pictures with me that, naturally, I have to put on the blog. The first was taken last Wednesday after she dropped me off at the commuter bus stop. It was sunrise, and it looked like this:


The second was taken near home. Different day, I think, but also a sunrise, looking out over Farmer John's (whose name is almost certainly not John) cornfield next to our house:


Quite nice, I think.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The backyard pets get together

We have a couple wild animals that apparently consider our backyard to be their personal domain. Both are juveniles, born this season, and both apparently have set up burrows under the shed of my neighbor, since they come out from under the fence. One of them is a groundhog:


The other is a rabbit:


Mrs. Wolves considers both of them to be her "pets," even though they both pretty much are ignorant of our existence. Nonetheless, she takes a motherly attitude toward them and will not let me mow the backyard for fear of reducing their food supply.

The other day, we had what amounted to a once-a-century alignment of the planets. Both of Mrs. Wolves' "pets" were eating in the backyard, and could be fit in the same picture frame:


I certainly hope they move on so that I can mow the back yard before the homeowmers' association jacks me up for having my grass too long.

Butterflies are free

Mrs. Wolves likes to wander the wilderness, or at least our local version of it, searching for things to take pictures of. Like butterflies. Like this oen:


She told me what kind of butterfly this is, but I forgot:


But it is a purdy butterfly:


Is it not?

Monday, August 7, 2017

I went to The Farm today

OK, so it was yesterday, because I am slow to post, but anyway, there it is. The Farm is proving to be both very rewarding and a little discouraging. Several crops are doing well -- most, really -- including the early crops such as peas, lettuce, Swiss chard and kale. Others have done well, but below expectations, such as the potatoes, onions and garlic. Others, like the beans, okra and carrots, have blown up and been great. Still others, such as the squash, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes, are not setting the world on fire but have time to recover. Not sure what is going on with those crops. Hope we can turn them around.

In any event, I went to The Farm yesterday and did some harvesting. Here is what we got.

The corn is growing nicely. I expect a harvest se=ometime around the end of September:


Okra coming in well, producing big fruit:


And more on the way:


Beans like you wouldn't believe:


Second-crop kale and Swiss chard, but I am not convinced:


Yes, I brought in a boatload of beans:


Also squash, zucchini, garlic and our first tomato:


The carrots come from thinning the field; can't wait for the actual crop:


The peppers are starting to come in. These are drying as we speak:


All in all, I am not unhappy with the garden. Hoping some of the crops improve, but I guess we'll see. Deer are a big problem, and I am not allowed to deal with them the way I would like, alas. Anyway, I'll keep you posted.






Saturday, August 5, 2017

Last farming catch-up post

I didn't make it to The Farm last weekend because of work and stuff, but I still have an update from the previous weekend. I also expect to get to The Farm this weekend at some point, so you have that to look forward to, but right now, I have some stuff that is two weeks behind.

The corn I planted is doing nicely. We are trying to protect it from the deer, but I think we are looking good for a late September/early October harvest:


Wasn't much to do around the beds last time I was at The Farm except to harvest stuff. So I did. got a bunch of onions:


A decent amount of green beans:


Some garlic:


A few bell peppers:


Some carrots, as well. These are just the carrots I get because I am thinning the bed. The real thing will come later, but for now we have these:


And, of course, okra. Can't wait to make some gumbo:


More harvest stuff coming.