If you find a baby owl

Monday, July 3, 2017 4 Permalink 1

This probably applies to exactly no one but me, but it really did happen, so I feel I should prepare the rest of the world, just in case. Because I learned alot today. If you find a baby owl that is not obviously injured but only young and wobbling around on the ground looking cute as ...

Around Solstice

Thursday, June 29, 2017 1 Permalink 0

The days are impossibly long now, with dawn by 5:30 and twilight past 10:30. The sun rises through the north windows of the house, at a place on the horizon across the river where you could never imagine it going in winter, when it rises maybe 45 degrees to the south. Before the rains came this week, ...

The Bees

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 1 Permalink 0

The bees are in their full fervor this week, after the heatwave has subsided and before the predicted heavy rains to come. The flowers are doing their best to be available for any and all dates with them. The delicacy of this operation, repeated over and over by thousands of callers on each stem, is mesmerizing. It ...

Canicule

Thursday, June 22, 2017 2 Permalink 0

It has not really been a heatwave (une canicule, in French) in the same devastating sense as the other parts of the world have suffered this week, but it has been assez chaud, and particularly for the season. We have been going down to the cave each evening to keep cool until bedtime, and have ...

Massachusetts & Maine

Thursday, June 8, 2017 2 Permalink 0

We had a wonderful trip in five distinct parts, prominently featuring maple syrup, heirloom turkeys and pigs, beaver dams, much rain, rocky beaches, skyline views, great coffee, Harvard pomp, fiddlehead ferns, a kazoo finale of the 1812 Overture with a raucous balloon-popping cannon-crescendo, black flies, one seal, two cemeteries, a multipurpose reredos (with a built-in Jesus Pantry and ...

Friends, frolics, fossils

Friday, May 5, 2017 1 Permalink 0

We have had a few weeks of visitors and lots of sightseeing, in addition to getting the garden into shape for the season. Today we are just back from Andorra and the cavepainting site at Niaux, which I have wanted to see for years, and now finally have. It did not disappoint. Photos are not allowed inside the ...

Late April Investigations of the Micro

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 3 Permalink 0

Spring, which so recently seemed stalled, is barreling forward with alarming speed. I can barely seem to keep the weeds at bay, much less organize the beds. It's like this every year: It seems like it's too early to shape the beds and move the plants around, and then suddenly it's already too late, as ...

Middlespring

Thursday, April 20, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Spring seemed halting and fidgety this year, the buds swelling for what seemed like forever, and then popping in fits and starts. A big rain took away the pink plum blossoms in the chicken pen right at the peak of their bloom. But looking back over the past few weeks, the overall result looks fairly normal, ...