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Wildlife in the Yard…and the Tail End of Summer

Posted by mrssmythe on August 20, 2017 in Critters, Seasons |

The yard has been brimming with wildlife these past two weeks! One visitor I’m still not thrilled with – the snake. This is the same snake I’ve mentioned in earlier posts. But he’s larger now. CPT America insists he’s only big enough to be eating insects, but, if that is the case, insects must be […]

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Pond Doings, a Rabbit, and Cosmos

Posted by mrssmythe on August 7, 2017 in Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

Last week was a great week for the pond. We had warm, sunny days and plenty of free afternoons for swimming. A huge “field” of water lilies sits just outside the main swimming area at the pond. Pepper and I swam over one afternoon to investigate and found that many of the lilies’ stems curl […]

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A Lazy Fourth…plus Odds and Ends

Posted by mrssmythe on July 4, 2017 in Books, Cooking, Crafting, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

We’re enjoying a warm, lazy Fourth of July here in Western Massachusetts – nothing on the agenda besides hamburgers and the finishing touches on a room swap we started on Monday (vacuuming corners, putting books back on shelves, that sort of thing). The past week has been equally (and pleasantly) low-key. I finished and framed a […]

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The New Babies

Posted by mrssmythe on August 24, 2015 in Critters |

Eight weeks ago, we brought home two goldfish for our backyard pond; one orange and one black. Over the course of the summer those two fish grew. They grew a lot. Then, last week, CPT America noticed that their number had increased. Suddenly there was an entire school of fish darting about – all varying shades of orange and black. Blast! Being […]

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Fall is in the Air

Posted by mrssmythe on August 7, 2015 in Garden, Mrs. Smythe, Seasons |

I really wanted to title this post “Fall is Breathing Down our Necks.” That’s what it feels like around here. For one thing, the pond will be closing soon. Ginger and Pepper have been cramming in as much swimming as they can, but there are only so many hours in the day. Meanwhile, the stores have […]

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