Speaking of fireworks....there are terrible forest fires going on in the north of Saskatchewan, in the La Ronge area. It is SO bad, that the smoke from those forest fires travels all the way here, and it even travels further south into the USA. People are evacuated from this area of the fires. They won’t celebrate Canada Day at home this year. Really sad. When I went back to the acreage last Sunday, the sky in the east, where I was going, was awfully dark. First I thought there was a big thunderstorm going on with lots of rain. But no, it was just the smoke in the air, and maybe some clouds. The sun was colored so red. In the evening the moon was also orange red. Its a very different sight. For days the sun and moon are red colored because of all the smoke.
My gardens are doing well. Beans are getting flowers now. Beautiful little purple flowers. The peas are climbing up the rack I put there for them. Potatoes start to bloom, and I added more dirt around the plants.
I did some manure meditation in the past few days. The horses keep it in piles, which is easier to clean up. Flicka came over when I was cleaning up and she pushed the wheel barrel almost over. She is so playful! Hahaha. I told her to leave it alone, said Shoo! And she went grazing. Silly horse. Arena, little pen and half of the little pasture are cleaned. Every day I do a several wheel barrels. I will get caught up. Some day. LOL One time I went to the pasture to work, and Scruffy was running ahead of me. Suddenly I saw a beautiful deer at the end of the field, grazing. I stopped, but Scruffy kept walking on, smelling and do stuff what dogs do. The deer looked up, and I said, Hello deer. It jumped and ran for a bit, then stopped again. Again I said, hello deer. Now it ran off into the woods. Scruffy never noticed the deer. LOL But a raven flies over and she goes nuts. Hahaha. She will see those from the corner of her eye, whatever she is doing. Priorities. Big birds are very dangerous and the yard has to be protected from those. Deer are fine. Hahaha. What a guard dog.
I was having a break on the deck with a nice ice tea, when a woodpecker started to peck on a tree. I ‘answered’ by pecking with my fingers on the railing of the deck. Hahaha, he kept answering my pecking. So funny!
When I cleaned the toilet, I thought to ad lots of water and sand into the holes I use for the waste. With the heat I don’t want anything to combust suddenly. I just keep adding water and sand now.
In the afternoons it is very hot, so I nap for a few hours. I’m so happy my bedroom stays cool enough to sleep comfortable. I keep windows closed as soon the sun gets to the cabin. Keeping coolness in. Around 6 it normally gets a little too humid in the cabin and outside it starts to cool, so then I open up all the windows. Scruffy was not so well from the heat, but she is doing much better now. Maybe she just ate something wrong. She always seems to find stuff to eat around the yard. but when I go into town, I take her with me now. She can go into the basement to cool off. When at the cabin, she can go outside and lay under the cabin in the shade. but I don’t want to leave her there in that heat. I think next year I will build a big kennel for her, in the shade of the cabin in the back. When I go for a walk, I keep them short so she won’t get over heated. Even in the evening, she seems to get warm real fast. Better to do several short walks then one long one. Also for me when it’s this hot.
I noticed a bear walking on the driveway one evening. It was almost dark, but I could see it wandering off and out of sight. A few minutes later the horses came running from the big pasture into the little pasture and stayed there to graze. They don’t like bears neither.
I went to the well again too and filled up everything again. I also watered the gardens, gave everything a good soak. the new seeded carrots are really popping up, and the Quinoa is growing well. Some of the spinach plants started to seed, so I cut those parts off. I don’t want them to seed yet. I want more spinach leaves to eat. Hahaha.
Yesterday I noticed that the nasty flies were way less. What a relief. I didn’t have to spray the horses. Of course mosquitos are always there early morning and early evening. I’m so grateful for the screen windows. When I’m reading in the evening, when it’s dark, they are covering the screens sometimes, trying to get in. We all know how a mosquito sounds, when it comes near your ear......well, this sound but then hundred times worse, is what is going on on my window screen. Hahaha. On this early evening, with no nasty flies, I thought to paint the park bench. So I did. I had red spray paint left over from a long time ago. I wasn’t sure if the paint would still be good, but it came out pretty nice. It’s not perfect. Let’s call it ‘rustique’. I worked with Flicka last night. Freya came for some alfalfa, then went back to grazing. She was like, no flies, I’m taking my chance to eat now! Hahaha. But Flicka followed me into the arena, so I did work with her for a half hour or so. She loves her attention.
When I came back in the yard, I noticed Dizzy had caught a bird. A little sparrow. It was still alive so after a a few tries, I finally got it from her. She is so smart! As soon she saw me coming, she ran off with the bird in her mouth, followed by a very excited Scruffy. Scruffy doesn’t know what to do with a bird, but I know she thought it maybe was a mouse, and she likes to play with mice. (she is very gentle with them carrying them around, she never kills them by biting, until she throws them up in the air like a toy and slaps them with her paw. That is how she kills mice, if the cats didn’t kill it yet) I took the poor little sparrow and put it in a planter that is under the window of the white shed. I covered it a bit with straw, because it was cooling off. Unfortunately it didn’t make it. I found it dead this morning. I threw it in the bush of the woods. At least it died more peaceful then while a cat is playing with it.
This morning, the 3 cats were all after a baby Red Robin, that somehow dropped out of the nest. Wow, those parents were vicious to the cats. I loved how brave they are, attacking the cat to get it away from their baby. I don’t think the little one could fly yet. I hushed the cats all away, and try to pick up the little bird. Wow, did it ever scream and then hopped away from my hands, into the woods. Right away the parents were there, ready to attack me, so I backed off fast, talking to the parents. Mean time keeping those cats away from the spot. It took a half hour, trying to get the cats to the deck. Finally they came and the parents Robin calmed down. I think they got their baby back.
I love my cats a lot. They do amazing work in the yard, catching so many rodents, that otherwise would ruin my stuff in the yard, cabin included! But the bird hunt....I don’t like that. It’s their nature of course, and it’s good for them to know how to survive, for you never know what happens. But still, for me, who loves to watch birds, this is sad. Oh well. Part of farm life I suppose. I have to get used to it.
This morning there was a thick mist outside. Sometimes I love the mist. Everything looks more mysterious. I also like to take pictures with the mist. Sometimes those come out real nice. oh, and I think I know what kind of butterfly, or moth I should say, those caterpillars become. They are a beige colour, small moth, with quiet a fat body structure. I suddenly start to see them everywhere.