Spring Showers

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Two months of winds, three weeks of dryness and then a week of rain and more to come. Spring has sprung!

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sweet woodruff

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Less than a month old and the chicks are down by the spring house foraging with the rest of the flock.

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Leo

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A proud and dutiful protector and provider. I saw him give a little crawly thing to one of the chicks.

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I believe this is the youngest chick.

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See all the marvelous watercress in the spring. I must remember to harvest some for lunch.

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Dave can’t resist and the chick soon settles down.

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Afternoon Walk

It’s been a very wet winter and I noticed an abundance of moss on the trees and rocks near the house.

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These mosses are down by the spring.

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I found a new book in the library – The magical world of Moss Gardening. I’m having a difficult time identifying the type of moss. I guess I need to bring the book with me on my walk. My photos are not detailed enough.

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So I will just enjoy them unnamed.

I’m listening to On Being on public radio. Krista Tippett is interviewing Robin Wall Kimmerer – a bryologist – who described mosses as “the coral reefs of the forests.”

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A view of the house from across the spring.

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Duckies

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Duckies behinds

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Frida followed me down to the spring.

I always feel better after taking a walk outside.