During another walk recently. My son and I went for a walk and actually discovered a new trail. It seemed to go on forever. And look what I found, more droppings! Who can identify these for me? They were quite big by the way, I'd say around 10 to 12 inches.
I've been talking to the locals and bears have been sighted left, right and center it seems. Two days ago, one was spotted near a mail box, across the street from someone I know. And yet another one was trying to get into someone else's freezer that is left in their garage. There are also an abundance of droppings, more than usual. Probably because it's their to pre-hibernation time.
We've been freezing our buns off the past week in Montana. Setting records left and right. Caught us by surprise before we'd blown out our irrigation system, and we had to replace a valve that froze and split.
It snowed 2 inches here and the view out the window is so unusual. Trees that haven't even turned colors yet -much less dropped their leaves - have snow on their branches.
Our winter is longer and snowier than coastal locations, but no where near as cold and snowy as Wisconsin where I grew up. The snow drifts were over my waist there (of course I was a bit shorter then!) Here, we rarely shovel our whole driveway, just a single shovel's width out to the mailbox. The downside is we have to get in the car to go skiing.
Well, they are very old trees, Bixa. It's easy to break a small branch off with just your bare hands. I think they are so bendy because of all the severe winter weather we get here, yes. The snow can be heavy and I've seen some trees down to the ground with the weight. Not those particular ones though. I'll post pics of them when the snow comes. And then we have days of very stormy weather, enough to break the big branches right off, and then there is the ice.
so all in all it's not an easy life for these trees!
That's a pyracantha, Kerouac. I could have sworn I saw one in a thread of yours -- one of the hidden Paris ones, I think. I recently posted a photo of one as well, here -- Reply #2, the ninth picture down.
I love rhubarb crumble with custard (so fattening though). I know people who will eat it raw with sugar, I couldn't do that. I'll post some more pics of it as it grows, and hopefully my pumpkins too (if they grow this year). I've decided to plant them in my son's old sandpit (as he doesn't use it anymore). Hopefully, as it's slightly raised and has borders of wood, it will keep the slugs away.
Today it's SUMMER in England...I am sitting in my garden soaking up the sun, suddenly the plants have sprung into life, my acer palmatum is a pretty pale green, bluebells are out and my 3 year old apple tree is covered with blossom. The roses are getting ready for their May presentation, blackbirds and robins are visiting me and as the gentle wind blows I am covered with cherry blossom from next door. Bliss indeed after the hard winter.