Tiny Sequoias, Pond Cleaning, and a New Afghan Project

Posted by mrssmythe on April 25, 2017 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

CPT A brought his sequoias home from the office this past week. He has two now (from an original batch of eight) that he’s nurtured from seed. They’re two years old, and it was time for them to be repotted…a nerve-wracking procedure as CPT A has grown rather fond to them. But, here we are, two days later, and […]

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“Benign Neglect”

Posted by mrssmythe on August 17, 2016 in Critters |

Pepper met this little guy on the back patio the other day. I was so glad to see a frog back in residence. I hadn’t seen any by the pond this summer, and it concerned me. When I tried to come up with a reason for their absence, I thought perhaps my overzealous gardening was to blame. Normally […]

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Feed Me Seymour…

Posted by mrssmythe on September 8, 2015 in CPT's Lens, Critters, Garden, Out & About, Seasons |

We were back at Tower Hill Botanic Garden this past weekend, taking in the Carnivorous Plant Show. What an event! Where else can you find barrels full of venus flytraps? Aren’t they cute…in a weird, Little Shop of Horrors sort of way? Turns out there are lots of carnivorous plants in the world, many of them quite pretty. […]

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At the Pond

Posted by mrssmythe on June 25, 2015 in Critters |

Pepper slipped back into biologist mode this afternoon. We were at the local pond, having our first swim of the summer, when she assumed her usual position in the shallows – the one she takes when she’s hoping to spot wildlife. Sure enough, within minutes, she’d found all sorts of critters hanging out amongst the leaf litter. Her favorite […]

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