Oregon February

It’s time! Time to plant peas. Time to clean up Winter’s mess. Last year’s splendor lay decaying everywhere. Time to wipe it away. And under the slimy leaves and needles, magic is happening.

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Hops shoots, cascade

Little sleeping trees are showing signs of waking.

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Elderberry, blue
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Huckleberry, red

It’s time to start looking for Spring.

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Chives
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Huckleberry, black
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Nature Lessons: Fairy Houses

It’s July. Beautiful, impossible, magical July. The whole forest is humming with life. As I write,a hummingbird whizzes past me and I look up to see two blue dragon flies hunting above. Directly in front of me, right now, is a brave chipmunk barely supported by the thinnest huckleberry boughs.

It gives me lots of ideas for fairy houses! I have just a few in the garden containers and some hanging in the trees. It’s near midsummer and the fairies are preparing for the royal processions. I want to be ready for them! We even have the tent set up under the elder tree.

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Hops Fairy House
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Thyme Fairy House
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Huckleberry Fairy House
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Elderberry Fairy House

The Regathering and The Going On

Back up goes the kitchen. Back up go the tarps. A new delivery of dry wood. Remove some nails. Pound in new ones. Dash outside when the sun shines. Hole up with a warm fire and a movie when the rain pours and the wind blows. I can see spring just around the next bend.

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rocket

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Life feels much warmer these days.