Pollination Party

April 17, 2012


hi there,

this is the the kind of natural happening that i look forward to in spring; what a thrill to witness nature in action. there is so much happening all around us in the natural world, we just have to be open to it.

i have been reading the earth moved;on the remarkable achievements of earthworms by amy stewart. i’m sure it’s only going to add to my admiration of the earthworm ( yes, it’s true, i generally kiss all earthworms i come in contact with). ms. stewart  is one of my favorite authors having also written another one of my favorite books concerning the natural world; wicked plants; the weed that killed lincoln’s mother & other botanical atrocities. the follow up to that is her latest book and is also next on my reading list;  wicked bugs; the louse that conquered napoleon’s army & other diabolical insects.

it’s a beautiful day today and i should be getting my nose out of books and to work outside now that the strong winds have subsided.

i hope that the weather is beautiful wherever you are in the world.

peace,

julayne

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Busy Bees

March 27, 2012


hello!

things have been pretty busy around here as you can see in the photo. richard and i have been very busy too. the extended warm spell and dry conditions have given us plenty of time to work in the gardens and other parts of the property. to add to our excitement, richard found an add for free red raspberries; all we had to do was go dig them up, so we did and we now have enough for a market garden size raspberry patch. we are busy transplanting them right now, i hope all goes well.

right now, we have:  peas, radish, beets, carrots, lettuces all emerging. we have several volunteers coming up such as kale, cilantro, a few carrots and onions; we leave them where they are and plant or weed around them. the garlic wintered nicely and is looking very happy. along with the raspberry canes, i have planted potatoes and spinach. currently we are in a bit of a cool down spell with storms predicted the next few days. i’m hoping to get in another succession planting of lettuce in the ground today.

the compost heap is working nicely and we have started our second batch. when we moved the first batch to bin number two, it started cooling down. still haven’t figured out why it stopped cooking. i’m going to research that and think we can figure out just what made that happen.

hope you are having a pleasant spring.

peace,

julayne

 
pear blossoms, la salle county, illinois


la salle county, illinois

hello and happy march 1st!

richard grew these birdhouse gourds  a couple of seasons ago and we made them into homes for our feathered friends last winter. i really appreciate how utilitarian growing and using this particular gourd can be. we didn’t get too fancy by painting them, although,  i think a coat of  some sort of weatherproofing  might be a good idea. however, i don’t think i would be able to put them in the compost heap if they were treated with some sort of paint or  varnish. the birds moved in last spring and seem to like them very much and that gives me a good feeling.

we are starting to work on a 3 bin composting system made from standard wooden skids which we have on hand. large amounts of compost are essential for a healthy, fertile, soil and plants. along with the compost bins we have also set up a simple cold frame made from bales of straw and old single pane windows that were laying idle in the attic. i have planted various lettuces and some spinach as well. of course, i’ve got the elusive (for me anyway) corn salad in there as part of my desire to learn how to best make that delicious herb grow.

peace,

julayne

The Best Day Ever Part 2

February 19, 2012


la salle county, illinois

i just couldn’t help but post one more eagle photo. i’m so thrilled over my good fortune.

peace,

julayne

The Best Day Ever

February 17, 2012


la salle county, illinois

oh happy day!  my first eagle photo!

on our way home from town this morning richard and i spotted this beauty on the back road in a pasture. he (or she?) seemed to be a little bit off the beaten path , for an wintering eagle anyway, as i think they tend to stay near the river. we stopped to admire him for just a moment and then zoomed home to grab the camera. when we returned , he was still there. what a thrill!

whatever the reason this beautiful creature was brought to our neck of the woods, i’ll be forever grateful :).

have a great weekend!

peace,

julayne

Birthday Hike 3

August 15, 2010


la salle county, illinois

hello,

even though my birthday was almost 2 weeks ago, i’m still working on getting the birthday hike photos posted.  i’ve been absent from the blog because i’ve been to lake michigan this past week.  it was a lovely time and the weather was perfect for swimming, sunning and exploring. i also managed to get a little rest and reading in too.  i really enjoyed it.

here is another birthday gift from mother nature that i came across on my hike. what beautiful colors! i’m such a lucky gal :).

it’s hard for me to believe but i’m back to work tomorrow. tomorrow!  i’m still trying to wrap my mind around that one. along with the new school year comes some new challenges in my job. i’m looking forward to these challenges and hope i’m able to make a quick switch from summer mode to school mode. so far i don’t feel like i’m there yet. yikes! fingers crossed.

do you feel like the summer has gone by in a blur?

peace,

julayne

October Series

October 11, 2009


delaware county, indiana

delaware county, indiana

greetings! here we are already into the fall season, i don’t think i’m ready for it yet. so far, fall has been quite dreary here in east central indiana. it’s been cool and rainy and i’ve given up all hope for an indian summer. i was reading the farmers almanac forecast for my region and it’s predicting a snowstorm at thanksgiving. yikes! i did enjoy getting out yesterday evening and capturing some fall-like images plus a few other interesting shots. i hope you enjoy them.

peace,

julayne