Tuesday, October 14, 2014

On Fishing Creek in October 2014

Ominous clouds and wind this morning, but plenty of pockets of sunshine so far. I hear we're in for some weather. The hickory nuts are looking ripe on the tree across our fence. Anything falling on my land is fair game I think. I will go out after it is all over and see what's available in the way of driftwood, nuts, seeds and interesting whatevers. :)  I have been collecting seeds all over the place this summer. I don't know if I will plant all of them but I just find it a fun hobby and I may put some in my etsy shop or send them as gifts to gardening friends.

Had to run to town early today, but took the Dawg Pack out walking when I got home. I managed to pick up some red bud seeds near a neighbors. I could hear her rooster-- proud husband to 13 hens I hear tell. (Yes I did say "hear tell")  

I really want to talk to her about the chickens as Hubby finally is interested in getting those-after I had given up pestering him for the past 30 years. There are details to work out however. -he wants to keep them on Pokeberry Hill,  and I'd rather just sneak them in here where they would be easy to tend. This reminds me, I don't think I have named our new house yet. Its been almost 2 years I think since we moved here I think it needs a proper name. We are definitely not 'on' a hill. We do have a pretty wretched slope-- if you happen to be backing out of our driveway you will understand what I mean by wretched.  We are also on water--which is the big attraction. I guess I need to come up with a name and paint it on a sign for the front door. 

                                         Welcome to ________ 

I've done my thinking on the chicken issue,  and spoke to  the neighbor to the east of us. He does not care if we have them, he grew up on a farm and so he figures we can do whatever we want since we are not in town.   If things go my way that's the side they would be living on, so his opinion matters most.  My Japanese  neighbor to the west doesn't speak good English and her husband is rarely home--so I doubt that's a big deal. Most likely she would not know they are here unless she sees the coop from her boat some time.  Anyone else can be bought off with eggs most likely. Honestly--we are outside town here so its probably not even illegal and the 3 town cops have better things to do hiding by the gas station and catching speeders.  (we all know where they are--so they catch mainly folks who are 'not from 'round here'.  

Will our new home get a proper name? Will I become mom to a few chickens? or Will the house blow away in the wind and waves today? 

We shall see...

Hope everyone has a great Pokeberry day-- Pray that North & South Carolina are tornado free today. and God Bless!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

On Fishing Creek, Nesty Business

Hubby opened the grill to cook our lunch the other day and spied the nest of a Carolina Wren inside. I carefully moved the nest to a little better spot nearby and the mother bird has since added two more eggs so I guess she's OK with it.

After lunch we went for  ride on our pontoon boat from Fishing Creek Lake on upstream to the Catawba River. I was able to get some neat pix of  Some Cliff Sparrows who were very busy building up their old nests underneath a bridge.

We also saw a couple of Osprey nests--one in a tree and this one atop an electric pole.

Love day to enjoy life on Fishing Creek and all the wonderful Nesty Business going on around us.

Have a great Pokeberry Day!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

On Fishing Creek A Warm Weekend in Late April

I slept late this morning and the sun was already up and shining on the water, the birds singing. A bout half a dozen bachelor ducks came by the dock as I was sitting down to have my first cup of coffee. Not much time this morning, Hubby is already pacing around waiting for me to get started so we can head out to town. We are needing some good soil for planting and a new lawn mower. My experiment with the rotary mower was a failure. I could not get it to cut much at all which I know it probably needs sharpening and does have a dent in it that might be a problem but I could tell I'd never be able to tackle the hillsides in the front with anyhow. We are buying something with an electric start that is self propelled so that perhaps I can handle it and if I can't, it will be easier for him when he comes. Either way it will be better--I also want it to mulch and to bag. I plan to use it to chop up fall leaves and grass and help with composting that way.  It all works out. Later today at some point we will go for a nice boat ride, perhaps do some fishing. I have bait and poles on hand should we choose to. Well, I need to drink that coffee now so we can be off! :)

Have a lovely Pokeberry Weekend.