As the cooler weather arrives we grow less and less inclined to take on any major new projects. Ongoing maintenance and repairs will likely make up the majority of our time for the next couple of years. Certainly, there is nothing this winter on our chore list other than increasing the supply in our wood sheds.
That said, every day, until the rains arrive, we have tried to accomplish something, no matter how small. There is always something for me to do in the garden whether it is, like today, spreading poppy seeds and picking a fresh bouquet, or yesterday, winterizing begonias.
For E, he built a box for the garbage bin ’cause the raccoons have been a menace lately. What a raccoon can do to a garbage bin is nothing compared to what two cocker spaniels can do with the garbage that the raccoons have spilled.
The afternoon today was gorgeous blue skies and relatively calm seas. The rains we were promised were nowhere to be seen until dinner time. Then they arrived.
I rehung the hummingbird feeders for the winter at our door. I didn’t feed them all summer when there was so much food for them in the garden. The feeder wasn’t up a day before two hummers returned. Looks like they are going to be with us for the winter again.
During the hot summer months we normally leave water out for the wildlife, with one of our trail cameras trained on the bowl. During the day/evening we have rabbits, raccoons, crows, deer and cats regularly drinking from the bowl on camera. Every morning E would go up and the bowl would be empty so we added a big bin full of water next to it for them. I put a few rocks into it so thirsty mice wouldn’t drown if they tried for a sip.
I have decided that it isn’t enough to check the trail cams after the fact to see the animals so we are installing a live camera this week. When there is an animal detected we will get a notice on our phones and be able to watch them live. I am really looking forward to watching what is going on around the property, live. Years ago, there was evidence in the driveway dust of two deer having a fight. It’s not that I want the wildlife fighting but if there is going to be fisticuffs between deer, I
want to watch.