Nasty Cow Parsnip Invasion

This Cow Parsnip will be a challenge to remove without hurting some of the Perennials in this garden. And this one is going to be a beast with all the thorny Rose bushes surrounding.

Vegetable Garden Seeds Planted

Small mounds where potato starts are planted. I will add soil and build the mounds larger as the plants grow. I have several beds of snap peas, these are Sugar Snaps. Three of the fourteen raised beds are not planted yet. My neighbor is hardening off cauliflower, broccoli, and lettuce for me. She also came […]

Duck at Brunch

Mosquito Hatch

We have had a wet, cool Spring, thus a giant hatch of mosquitoes have invaded. Today I fired up two Mosquito Magnets and soon their mesh bags will be full of the bodies of dead mosquitoes! Yay!!

Nesting Sign Sinking

Ooops! The Rednecked Grebes have built a nest on the support braces of our Bird Nesting sign, and it is ready to sink. In this photo I can see one egg, but I’m sure there are several more. The Grebes won’t let us get near the nest to make repairs, so what will be, will […]

First Robin of the Season

After a nice soaking rain the worms crawled out onto the grass and the Robins were there to greet them. It is nice to see the Robins return.

Immature Bald Eagle Eying Potential Lunch

This juvenile Bald Eagle hung around watching the lake and then eying Princess. We took Princess inside for safety. Her outdoor kennel has a wire mesh roof for just this very situation.

Surprise 80th Birthday Party!

Nancy Kanadys kids threw a wonderful dinner party for her 80th birthday at the new South Restaurant in Anchorage. Great food, wonderful ambiance, and connecting with old friends made it an outstanding event!

Beautiful Bouquet

This beautiful bouquet was delivered today from one of my kids, I’m thinking it was Tawny. Love it!

Quiet Hours on the Lake Start at 11:00PM

Another idiot, where are their brains? This is a residential lake with homes all along the shore. Do they think we love hearing loud speed boats while we try to sleep? Troopers will be called if it happens again.

Nesting Area Do Not Disturb

I hired a helper for the yard and one of his jobs was to put the floating sign out at the edge of our cove. It was produced by Alaska Fish and Game and warns that this is a nesting area and do not disturb. It works very well, the boats stay away and we […]

Mallards and Wigeons

Springtime is when the migrating birds and ducks come back to Alaska to nest, and they often pause on our lake or lawn to feed and rest during the long flight. Yesterday we had our resident pair of Mallard ducks and a visiting pair of American Wigeons.

Barrows Golden Eye Pair Visit

A beautiful pair of Barrows Golden Eye stopped for a rest yesterday, then continued onto their nesting grounds after feeding. This was taken from inside the house, if I tried to get closer outdoors they would have flown away.

Ice Shards

This is truly break-up, the surface ice splintering into sharp shards. It will be all melted by tomorrow.

Slow Down, Idiot!

The rules of our lake include a no wake zone 100′ from shore. This idiot is not only creating a wake, but driving through a critical nesting area. I normally put out a floating sign designating the nesting area and to “keep out”, but the ice only went out yesterday. I’ve got to get the […]

Paper Birch

The gorgeous Paper Birch trees grow in abundance in our yard. I’ve left several areas to grow natural with the Birch and White Spruce trees. Other parts of the yard are carefully planned and planted. I love the contrasts.

Ice Melting Fast

Open water along shore is making the Mallards happy. I’m thinking by the first of next week the lake ice will all be gone.

Nasty Bonapartes are Back

I’m not looking forward to the Bonaparte Gulls building a nest in the big spruce tree down by the dock. I try to discourage nest building there. Once eggs are layed, the gulls will dive bomb anyone coming near the tree. I wear a hard-hat and carry a push broom overhead for protection. Go somewhere […]

Mallard Pair

This female Mallard has a next down by the water in the weeds, the male stands guard from the vantage point of our lawn. It is unusual to see her off the nest. Such a handsome pair!

Redington Commission Begin Painting

I started painting the background on one of the four panels for the Redington School. Then, I ran out of paint. I’m waiting for my paint order to arrive before I can continue. I use Utrech acrylics from New York, and have been for nearly 40 years.

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