Friday, June 8, 2018

Vinlands Icelandics - June, What is so rare as - -

Frankie and Warhol came up this week for a short visit. They never stay long enough - which, I suppose, is both bad and good. I really hate to see them leave though. Clicking on photos will enlarge them.

Frank

Frank

Warhol

This Bluebird has been fighting his own reflection in the windows for days. Even our attempts to cover the windows with construction paper don't work, he perches on it to peck at his image. I think he's going to exhaust himself when, IMO, he should be catching insects to feed his family.



We had a wonderful tour of a garden in Port Sanilac a few days ago. They have amazing Hosta, poppies, irises, daylilies, ferns, groundcovers, and some very old trees including the largest sugar maple I've ever seen. Their house is located on a former old gravel pit right on the shores of Lake Huron. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me.

Here are some recent shots from my yard.

Spirea

Dame's Rocket

Dame's Rocket

My cousin Kathy lives in a new home on the old family farm in Willis. Cousin Andy lives in the 150 year old family farmhouse which just burned down so Andy and his dogs have moved in with Kathy. I heard that the house was a total loss. The barn is OK. The horse is also OK. Hopefully their insurance will pay for everything and they can rebuild either on that spot or further over by their pond.

Baptisia

Baptisia

Japanese Iris

Japanese Iris

Japanese Iris

Chives

Chives

Christine just got back from Great Britain. Sandi went there earlier in the spring. I'm envious of both! Maybe one day! I have been thinking it might be nice to visit Quebec City! I wonder how hard it would be to get there by train. And to find a dog sitter.

Daisies

Daisies, Forget-me-nots, Ranunculus

Red Osier Dogwood

I'll be driving to Port Huron to pick up parts to repair my Honda's air conditioner. Bad engineering for the tube/pipe to wear out so soon. I realize that also happens to other cars as well as Hondas but don't engineers get paid big bucks? Just wondering.

Sunset looking east

Sunset looking east

Sunset looking east




Saturday, June 2, 2018

Icelandic Sheepdog Book

Today - sunning on the west porch with my Icelandic Sheepdogs -  (The photos are from an earlier porch book reading) Clicking on photos will enlarge them. There are still copies of my book available. You can email me if you're interested in one - or two. jaimehansen1@frontier.com

Korpur

Kata

Kit

Totty

Pila

Bear

Lake Huron


Volunteer Viola

Rununculus and Forget-Me-Nots

This is the fourth summer for this same Geranium.

Went to the Farmers' Market if Port Huron this morning a few interesting plants but nothing I didn't already have and space is becoming rare here. Old people are quite invisible which is sad.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dahlia Couple

Erranding to Raymond Hardware in Port Sanilac this morning in order to fix three very old wind chimes that had major damage to the support strings and the wooden parts. The roads are still under repair so getting through downtown (sic) Port Sanilac was problematic.On the way back the perennial couple had a stand up to sell poppies, balloon flowers, mums, ferns, dahlias, black eyed susans, double flowered rudbeckia, trumpet vines, double pink flowering almonds, etc. Of course I had to stop and buy and later plant my prizes.



The bluebirds are finally back and fighting with the early-arriving tree swallows for nesting boxes.



After mowing the grass the kingbirds were having a field day (!!) picking off insects disturbed by the mower.



Mowing the front yard is messy and many leaves of grass end up in the pond. While I was netting them off the surface I kept hearing a strange noise coming from overhead. Looking up I saw this bald eagle perched in one of my cottonwoods near the bluff and the gully. Two others were buzzing her(?) and all were making eagle noises. She, the Icelandic Sheepdogs, and I watched the acrobatics for a good fifteen minutes. I couldn't help but wonder if Kit and Kria were "attackable".



Monday, May 21, 2018

The Good Years


Wild Cherry Blossoms
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Wild Cherry Blossoms

Wild Cherry Blossoms

Hummers

Hummers

Magnolia

Species Tulips

Species Tulips

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Violets

Violets

Grosbeak

Behnke Creek

Our Waterfall

Our Waterfall

Our Waterfall

Peace, Perfect Peace

The Folly

Jon

Jon & Tracy

Tracy at the Folly