I’m working at Long Branch today and sat down for a minute to rest in the woods. I had to share this lovely moment with you all. I love the music of the birds in the woods and the way the sunlight dances on the ground as the leaves sway in the breeze, in the … Continue reading A Meditation in the Woods
Since the start of advent, I’ve been walking every evening with my neighbor Rita. I usually walked anyways with the dogs, but she started to join me as part of her Lenten promises to get out everyday. It has been a real joy to walk and visit with her and to have that time out … Continue reading Wildflowers
Nature Journaling with Phenology Wheels
Almost a year ago now, I was perusing Instagram when I came upon a photograph of a phenology wheel. It was so beautiful and drew me in instantly. I knew this was something I had to try! So what is a phenology wheel?Here's my first ever wheel, June 2019. The basic idea is that you … Continue reading Nature Journaling with Phenology Wheels
Is it just me or has this been an especially bug filled summer? Maybe I've just been more aware of them. Josh and I were sitting on the front porch the other day when we noticed a swarm of large black bugs flying low over the grass. I managed to get up close and snap … Continue reading Bug watching
The poem of creation is uninterrupted
I was visiting a student in Northside last week so I took the opportunity to stop by and see mom at Spring Grove Cemetery. The cemetery is also an arboretum, and this time of year is absolutely beautiful there - flowering trees, wildflowers, spring bulbs... everywhere you look something is blooming. The entrance to her … Continue reading The poem of creation is uninterrupted
“When the groundhog casts his shadow And the small birds sing And the pussywillows happen And the sun shines warm And when the peepers peep Then it is Spring” ― Margaret Wise Brown We wait for the sound of peepers around here as a sure sign of spring's arrival. The thing is, those darn peepers love … Continue reading Spring fever
So much for a lazy weekend…
I wanted desperately to be lazy for a couple days while my hubby was out of town for a guys trip. I dreamt of days spent watching tv and crocheting warm and toasty while it was frigid outside. Unfortunately having animals means you don’t get to take time off whenever you like and the temps … Continue reading So much for a lazy weekend…
Will Winter Ever Settle in?
Has this not been the strangest, wettest year in ages? I'm beginning to wonder if winter will ever settle in to stay. We had several weeks of temps down in the 20's and had to switch over to our winter mode for the chickens and ducks. When it's that cold, we have to drain the … Continue reading Will Winter Ever Settle in?
A family adventure
We live right next to an old railroad track. It used to be a very active line with large passenger and freight trains traveling up and down it daily. Now it's just a spur line, used to service a factory and carry some grain out from local farms in the fall. Because there's so little … Continue reading A family adventure
New Partnership with Cincinnati Nature Center
Hello all. I do apologize that I have not written more on this blog in the last month. It feels like I've been doing nothing but harvesting and canning for the last few weeks. Tomatoes come in by the wheelbarrow every few days, and pears and jalapeños now as well. I've made lots of tomato … Continue reading New Partnership with Cincinnati Nature Center