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Snow gone and the ground is drying up.  Birds migrating north and setting up nests.  Deer coming out of the forest more during the day looking for food and fun times.  Lederhosen weather.  Will soon be out in my leather shorts, hat with a feather and accordion. Yodeling to the music while walking the pastures.

Spent Saturday planting trees.  Two yellow weeping willows out towards the road, river birch and lilac near the house and a macintosh, 2 royal gala, couple pear trees and a second plum tree out back.  If all produce I guess i will be making a lot of hard apple cider, pear brandy and not sure what one does with a plum but must be able to turn it into booze as well. Old man Cam’s roadside emporium will get you toasted.

Checking the trees out back Sunday in the rain and heard underbrush in the forest rustling like something big coming.   Quickly ducked down and out charged this enormous chipmunk.  Scared the bejesus out of me.  Had teeth like a sabre tooth tiger.  I pretended to be tying my shoe in case anyone was looking (although i was wearing rubber boots so not too convincing).  I swear that bloody chipmunk must have tipped the scales at 20 pounds.  Eating all my bird see i bet.

This fellow often walks down the suet feeder and trees looking for food.  Eats and runs for the trees. Bigger woodpeckers seem to scare him off

Nut hatch

Nut hatch


Couple of gold finches starting to moult to bright yellow after the winter.




Grackles arriving.  Very social bird with all sorts of noises.  Quite bright but they look like their pissed off about something




Kill deers seem to next near water.   Always have a few running around during the day.  Nest in meadows apparently.  Distinctive voices

Kill deer

Kill deer

Seeing deer many mornings.  I can never get close enough to get a good picture though. Buggers seem to be able to run faster than me. As do the chipmunks, field mice, squirrels, seniors and cops




The Pileated woodpecker is the largest in North America.  I think !  About the size of a crow. This one is about the size of 2 – 2.5 blue jays.  Comes around once in a while when i put some suet in the old tree stump

Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker


The gray ghost or male northern harrier.   Around daily and they nest out back.   Low flying and like an owl hunt a lot my sound.  Seen him or her pick up some fresh food here and there.   Hard to see without enlarging the pic.  Yet to come and sit on the perch near the house, or at least never does when I’m looking out the window

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier


Meanwhile digging out a  larger potato patch.  Onion patch next.    Seabuckthorn and goji berry shrubs likely coming in a few weeks. Along with herbs: Bergamont, Chamomile Roman, Columbine Plants, Hyssop, Jacobs Ladder Plants and Lavendar.  A few more raspberry and strawberry plants as well.


Written by dcveale13

May 3, 2016 at 12:39 am

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  1. I love your blog Cam. You are so funny. I wish I could do all the things you do.

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    Christine Marleau

    May 3, 2016 at 12:56 am

  2. geez your roots are showing Cameron! lol. Well, I’ve been retired now for a week (this is my second week) and I seriously cannot wrap my head around it! I can’t believe that I wont ever have to go back there. I feel like I am just on vacation. I am so busy!

    Got the wood for the raised beds this weekend, and we will build them next weekend. Just doing two 8 x 4 raised beds (3 feet high – I now have a third dog, a scruffy little jack Russell who loves to leap into my planters!) but I will do square foot gardening, probably the best for the city. I will get 64 planting spaces, plus I have my clawfoot tub (hahahaha yes I will still use it – I have actually already planted it full of arugula) and lots of big planter tubs and a potato thingy as well.

    I also have the cabin, did I tell you we bought a log cabin in PEI? On 1.3 acres.

    PLUS, I have now rented space in this store at Woodbine and Danforth to sell my soaps and bath salt and stuff….geez!!!! No wonder I feel like I was just on vacation – I am sooooo busy!!!! Thank God I don’t have to go downtown to 200 Front Street every day! 😃

    Well it sounds like you got a lot of fruit growing there, in a couple of years you wont know what to do with it all (oh wait – it’s all for booze, yes you will lol – and i’m sure you can make wine out of the plums!) 😊

    did you plant nuts? I want to bring just a couple of fruit and nut trees to the property in PEI this year…when we’re ready to be there more they will be producing well, hopefully.

    k gotta go watch game of thrones….

    chat later



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    Erin Welch

    May 3, 2016 at 2:18 am

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