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Life Amidst the Milkweed

Posted by mrssmythe on July 29, 2019 in Critters, Garden |

So, let me tell you about my Swamp Milkweed. First of all – my Swamp Milkweed is not in a swamp. My Swamp Milkweed is along a busy road, in a sunny part of my front yard, in soil that is not the clay-rich, wet soil that Swamp Milkweed is supposed to like. And, yet, […]

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A Jumping Guinea Hen, A Visit to a Cave, and Lots of Insects

Posted by mrssmythe on July 21, 2019 in Books, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Travel, Week in Review |

Greetings to you! I hope you’re staying cool in all of this heat – that is if, like us, your area of the world is currently sweltering! For once, it’s too hot even to go to the pond, so we’re all hunkered down inside, cuddling up to the fans and window A/C units. The chickens […]

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A Shift in the Color Scheme and a Shaved Cat

Posted by mrssmythe on July 9, 2019 in Crafting, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

Quick! Does anyone know what sort of tree this is? I was walking in Holyoke last week and came to a full stop when I caught a whiff of its flowers. They smelled divine and the bees loved them! Meanwhile, in my own yard, the color palette is shifting from the purples and pinks of […]

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Not For the Faint of Heart

Posted by mrssmythe on June 24, 2019 in Chickens, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

Today’s blog is not for the faint of heart. Shall I give you the worst first? Or shall I save it for last? I think I’ll just go ahead and get the creepy photos out of the way. Here goes – Creepy photo #1 – The Snake This guy literally fell into the basement this […]

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Fair Isle Progress, the First Butterfly, and a Traveling Nest

Posted by mrssmythe on June 11, 2019 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

The fair isle sweater continues to cook along swimmingly. Here is my progress as of last week. I think it’s interesting how the colors in the sweater echo the colors I’m seeing in my yard right now. The purple of the irises… and of the clematis, which opened just a few days ago. The orange […]

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