Cooler, drier weather has allowed us to venture into the woods for some of our walks. On a very still morning, parts of the lake looked like a reflecting pool.
We had a little taste of Fall last week, which I really did not mind, as the mosquitoes and deer fly were less active, allowing me to work outside in peace.
I often come across a toad in or near my barn, and the cats, fortunately do not seem to bother them. This fine specimen has to be the biggest one I have ever seen!
The numbers on the ruler don’t show up well in the photo, but he measured almost six inches long.
Hot, humid weather or rain has kept me cooped up in the house for several days, but cooler, drier air has finally moved in and I have been able to catch up on some mowing, and snap a few photos.
My resident Barn Swallows have young in the nest and escort me when I mow, swooping around my head like miniature fighter planes, catching the bugs I stir up. I so enjoy their company!
I decided to see if I could grow some decorative gourds in a container next to the deck. To keep them from spreading all over the lawn, I trained them up the fence of an unused dog pen. It did not look promising at first, but now it looks like I will have at least a few to decorate my table in the Fall.
Areas to the north and south of me have had lots of rain lately. There has even been serious flooding to the north, but somehow the promised rain kept skipping my area. After waiting all day for storms which never arrived, I was really surprised to see a rainbow just before sunset, a couple of weeks ago.
The unsettled weather did make for some interesting cloud formations. I love to watch the storm clouds build.
The Day-lilies next to the barn are in full bloom. They are so colorful and forgiving. They require absolutely no care, which suits my limited gardening skills perfectly!
Looks like rain has set in for the whole morning now, so our mini-drought is over. Hoping it will dry out before the day is out.
Saturday promised to be too warm for working outside, and Lake Huron was calling, so I once again headed East.
I headed north from Port Huron, stopping first at Port Hope, then continued on to Lexington.
The jetty at Lexington Harbor has a paved walk, which takes you right out into the Lake, where a stiff breeze tempered the heat, and offered wonderful views.
Today is going to be even warmer, and I will soon have to break down and put on the AC. I much prefer open windows and fresh air, but as the outside temperature approaches 90 degrees, I reluctantly close the house up and flip the switch, grateful that I have this option.
The weather gods smiled on us for most of the Memorial Day weekend. I was feeling a little down, so I decided to ignore the many outside chores awaiting me and drove out to Port Huron to enjoy the lake and the sunshine.
Took a pleasant stroll under the bridge, then found my way to the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse. It was built in 1829 and is the oldest operating lighthouse in Michigan. It was built to help guide ships through the entrance to the St. Clair River.
The lighthouse eventually required two keepers and the brick duplex was added around 1880 to house the keepers and their families.
By three o’clock, clouds started to move in threatening rain, so I headed home. The chores were still waiting, but I was glad I had taken some time to relax and enjoy the day.
It has been a sad and difficult week for me, and I was becoming quite depressed. But after complaining for so long about the nasty weather, I was determined not to waste a beautiful, sunny Saturday feeling down, so I set off for my favorite nursery to buy and photograph some flowers.
Coming upon an unexpected road closure and getting lost on the way there was just the way my week had been going, but I resisted the urge to simply give up and go home, and eventually found my way there by an alternate route.
The nursery was crazy busy as it always is the Saturday before Mother’s Day, but the colors and scents did help to lift my mood.
We are not usually safe from frost here until the end of May, but since all my plants will be in containers, I can plant some early, and bring them in for a night if need be.
Well, we are now almost halfway through March, and there is no sign of any lambs yet! Last Wednesday falling temperatures and high winds knocked out power to a good part of the state, and I was without heat, light and water from Wednesday until Friday. I heard on the news this morning, that there are many people still out, and I really feel for them.
The lake in the Park, which was completely free of ice a couple of weeks ago, is now almost completely frozen over, and to add insult to injury, we have several inches of snow on the ground.
I finally managed a couple of shots of a male Cardinal as he waited his turn at the feeder. The feeder has been busy and I hope my offerings are helping these tiny creatures make it through the bitterly cold nights.
This Tree Sparrow was almost too quick for me, but I managed to catch him in flight.
Less than a week until the Official start of Spring. If only Mother Nature would cooperate!
We managed another walk at the Conservatory the other day. Still some ice and snow on the trails, so I had to tread carefully, but was glad I made the effort.
The level of the stream was down a little since I was here last, and snow and ice made for some interesting shots.
Scared up at least a dozen deer from the meadow. The most I have seen since hunting season ended. Unfortunately they spotted me before I realized they were there, so all I saw was white tails disappearing into the woods. No chance for a photo. 😦
We managed a walk at the Nature Conservancy last week. As I expected, the stream there was very high from all the rain and snow melt we have had.
We have several inches of snow on the ground now, so I probably won’t walk there again until the footing improves.
I was surprised to wake up to a couple of inches of snow on the ground this morning. Not sure it was in the forecast.
Apart from the inconvenience of having to shovel my way to the barn, it was not unwelcome. After so many dull and gloomy days, it did brighten up the landscape, and I even caught a glimpse of blue sky, which means we might actually see the sun today!
It does make a welcome change from all the foggy, wet days we have been experiencing for the last few weeks.
More snow heading our way tonight, so will have to gear up for Winter again.