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It was a white crowned sparrow nest all right!
I was out picking loganberries again yesterday evening (oh good HEAVENS loganberries!!) and thought it a little bit odd that there was some straw caught in the canes just south of me. It hasn’t really been windy enough to blow the straw around.
Then, out of the corner of my eye, I caught the sudden movement of something brown into the undergrowth around my lilac bush. Oh no, I did NOT just see a rat!!
But unless rats start to chirp when they’re disturbed……
Then I saw the piece of fuzz, someone seems to have lost some acrylic fuzz from inside a comforter, caught up in the loganberry canes. THEN I saw the new nest.
This one is an active nest. I got scolded all the rest of the time I was picking over there. Which means that I’m not going to pick that end of the loganberries for the rest of the season. Oh well!
Which probably explains my perfectly execrable luck with starting peas on that end of the garden. I’ve started peas three times now and I might have five pea plants.

I’m still willing to put up with it! 😀


From This Year’s Independence Day Celebration

Uncle AndrewUncle Andrew
Filed under: @ 2:32 pm

This was without a doubt the most hazardous July 4th we’ve ever hosted at 121….well, technically it was only almost hazardous. Two aerial fireworks managed to go waaay off course and fly into the garage, nearly tagging two of our guests, both first-timers. Ah well, try not to hold it against us, guys….

After our niece Anastasia (okay, she’s really our friend Shawn’s daughter, but that whole crowd is like family to us) narrowly avoided a Close Encounter of the Burned Kind, she retreated indoors. After a particularly rambunctious 500-gram cake seemed to—finally—spend itself, Don, Rob and I (none of us the petite type) all sort of crept towards it. Noting our progress from the living room bay window, Anastasia was overheard saying to no one in particular, “sneaky potatoes….”  😆

Other than that, it was lots of fun. Much food and good cheer. We got to show off our new patio, which worked exactly as planned; we easily seated 8–10 people outdoors, and everyone seemed to enjoy the new setting. Many thanks to everyone who came out.

Here’s a clip of one of Don’s FrankenFireworks, two 200-gram cakes duct-taped to a 300-shot Saturn Missile Battery. I think it was one of the missiles that almost took out our niece. 😯

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