Peripatetic philomaths…focusing on what's really important, eating ethically and cleanly, fermenting, foraging/wildcrafting, practicing herbalism, and being responsible stewards of our land. Sharing our photos, musings, and learnings. Still seeking our tribe.
One day a couple of years ago, I spied a small cat sitting on our windowsill. It was strange because I thought I knew all the neighborhood indoor/outdoor and barn cats, including the big orange tabby that haunted the pastures and the Siamese mix from next door. Continue reading “Haiku: The Cat Who Found Us”→
The bitter cold is dangerous for animals, including wild ones. One morning, a small goldfinch hopped into the garage, seemingly seeking refuge from the frigid temperatures (it’s been in the negative double digits with wind chill).
The surprise squash sprout is still growing, becoming straighter and greener. I place it in the window when the sun comes through (and try to remember to move it to a warmer spot when the sun sets, since it’s frigid here at night). 🥶
I sat by the window and watched the sprout, marvelling at the tiny hairs on its stalk; (arguably anthropomorphising) its happiness was almost palpable. While I can’t photosynthesize, the sunshine felt good to me, too.
I’ve been wondering when the seed (shell) would fall off…seems this one has a serious case of helmet head. I’ve been trying different methods to encourage the sprout to shed that casing, like moistening it gently with a wet cotton swab, but will intervene surgically (if needed) as a last resort.
Did you know that this premature sprouting phenomenon is called vivipary? Check out these strawberries!