Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The Stellar Jay ( Cyanocitta stellen) has been known to eat garter snakes. Jays will eat anything, basically, being omnivores. And spiders are basically food to snakes and jays.
Garter snakes will eat the spider, and the Cat will catch the snake that lives in the garden . Young garter snakes are born LIVE around August. Sometimes 70-80 are born a season. This year I noticed there were many garter snakes in the garden, more than in previous years. Healthy garden healthy snakes.
Jays come down from the forests where they live to eat seeds, nuts, berries, snakes, and torment cats. Snakes like to slither into buckets of apples. Buckets that sometimes have human hands rummaging inside . Snakes do NOT feel like apples, by the way.......
Ahh yes, there's a water source. Not just cats drink out of the buckets. Snakes, racoons, cats, jays....
And if you want to control the bugs and spiders and things, encourage the garter snakes. During the winter, garter snakes will live in undeground dens, hibernating with other snakes. Garter snakes will live up to two years. If captured they will release a musky scent. They are not aggressive unless under attack.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
This is part of the Inside Passage between the Big Island of Vancouver and Discovery Islands. The shoreline bends into sand and rocks. And toes. Many toes of beachcombers paddling in the ocean. Bringing kites, picnics, (yes, picnics still, even this last weekend in September). This calls for Ginger Water.
GINGER WATER (1880-1910)
(Modern Ginger-ale has two ancestors. One is ginger beer, which was brewed and bottled at home like root beer. The other is “Ginger Water”, or “Switchel” as it was called. It was a non-alcoholic drink prepared to enjoy on hot days,like today.)
½ cup to ¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup cider vinegar.
1 quart of cold ice water to fill pitcher.
Dissolve everything in the cold water in the pitcher by stirring or shaking well.
I would like to say that Ginger Water is incredibly yummy.................it's an acquired taste.
While Mitlenatch Island ( a provincial bird sanctuary), off in the distance, is a no land zone for humans......
"For whatever we lose, it's always ourselves we find in the sea." (E.E.Cummings)
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
With the days getting shorter and the sea greyer, I found his "Morning at Sea" amazed me over and over and over......
"The morning light, the real light, had finally come, and as in Genesis, it was divided from the darkness, which seemed to be heaped up over the horizon.Now that one could see so clearly one could easily tell that night had been left far behind, and that the former radiance had been as strange and vague as the light of a dream...
Here and there in the thick and overhanging sky there were rents like windows in a dome, through which great shafts of golden, rosy light shot down.
This morning, around the little craft.......
reflected rays upon the motionless water...................
...as on a pavement of marble......
...a towering promontory of gloomy Iceland cut out like a rosy cameo........
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Knowledge facilitates action. Action yields results." (O. Shallow)
And chairs to be sat upon. Still. And new water buckets to drink out of.
The sun is setting a lot sooner. The colours are crisper, cleaner, brighter."The sky is the daily bread of the eyes." (Ralph Waldo Emerson) I agree.
..........a family who loves to make shadow puppets,and it will be enough."
(Adapted from Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)