my walk at dusk

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, Mani the fairly small, yet not totally miniature, purebred border collie, filling in for the guy I live with, and here to bring you the latest news from our garden. You may remember me from such posts as “Weirdly Lit”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose.15112312Pretty cute, I know.

Not much has been happening here, because it snowed the other day.

snow, the other day

snow, the other day

The sun came out and melted most of it, though. As you can see. 15112301

There are still a few crocuses in flower. The guy I live with says you can get saffron from these, too.

Crocus hadriaticus 'Purple Heart'

Crocus hadriaticus ‘Purple Heart’

And super-weird stuff going on downstairs in the laundry room.

seedlings of Stomatium meyeri

seedlings of Stomatium meyeri

Oh, and Pinus mugo ‘Carsten’s Wintergold’ is starting to turn golden.

15112303Squirrels have made nests for the winter.15112304Since not much gardening is going on, besides the usual tidying up, I like my walks best of all. The sun is going down earlier and earlier, and so today’s walk was really at dusk. The guy I live with took the camera, hoping to see an owl, but there weren’t any. He says if he doesn’t bring the camera, there will be owls. That must be one of those rules of life things.

The water in the canal has been shut off, from higher up near the mountains, I guess, but there are still ducks in the canal. 15112305They go the other way when they see me coming.

going the other way

going the other way

The farthest east part of our walk takes us this way. You’ve seen this before, but maybe not at this angle. Still some snow on the path, and a lot of mud. Mud is excellent, if you didn’t know. 15112307I had to check to see just how much water was left in the canal, at the sluice. Not very much.15112309There used to be a farmhouse north of where I’m standing, and that’s what the sluice was for. There used to be an old iron wheel to the right of where I’m standing, to let out the water, but it’s gone now.

We walked a slightly different way tonight, and then turned around. Those are wild plums, Prunus americana. The guy I live with says the plums make a good jelly.15112310We take a turn off the canal road and go around a sort of loop, then go back up to the canal road. On the way up, you can see where the creek goes under the canal, with the water glinting in the distance, almost in the middle of the picture. The canal road is over to the left, but it’s hard to see.15112316I think these willows are kind of scary. And you can see the water from the creek, down below. 15112313It was getting pretty dark, and cold, by the time we headed down the creek path, which goes to the south. Fortunately I’ve blazed a new path, which sort of follows the one that Chess, the purebred border collie who lived here before me, started.

There’s still a bunch of water in the creek so we had to turn around where the path was flooded. Really, I wanted to slog through it, because paws are made for slogging, but the guy I live with didn’t want to have anything to do with slogging. It was getting really dark by then anyway. Another scary willow there. That tree you see off in the distance is sort of where the path ends, and we turn around, when there isn’t slogging to do. The area in the foreground is soaked. 15112311Well, that was my walk tonight. It was pretty good, even though we didn’t see any owls. I saw one the other night on our walk, and it was a lot scarier than any willow. It even hooted at me. I didn’t care for being hooted at, much.

And, anyway, at the end of my walk, the couch is always there for me.15112314


Until next time, then.


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a velociraptor’s day

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, Mani the less-than-huge purebred border collie, the “velociraptor in a puppy suit”, filling in for guy I live with, and here to bring you the latest news from our garden, and to talk about me a lot. You may remember me from such me-oriented posts as “Mostly About Me”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in a characteristically horticultural pose.15111403It snowed the other day, about four inches, and some of it is still here. Here I am in the “old rock garden” with a stuffed toy. I like this one being stuffed, for some reason. Don’t ask me why. It’s a purebred border collie thing. 15111404Here I am walking down the path. Those plastic things are “protector deals”, according to the guy I live with. 15111401Here I am behind the “scorpiris garden”, inspecting something that needs inspecting. We have to have the chain link fence there, by the way, no matter how crummy it looks. Flood plain and all that. 15111402Here I am on my walk. My walk is usually really excellent, though I like to leap and lunge a bit more than the guy I live with likes. I can’t help that. It’s what velociraptors do, you know. The guy I live with said that horrible things were happening all over the world, and that I should be glad that I’m here, and not somewhere else. I am, for sure. 15111406Practically at the end of the picture above, the canal, which is to the right of all the willows there, makes a slight curve. You can see it’s still filled with water, which the guy I live with says is “unusual for this time of year”. He says that about everything.

We don’t walk there because the path is surfaced with chunks of broken concrete, for some odd reason. Maybe there was a sale on it. 15111407The creek also has a lot of water in it. There’s a lake to the south of here that’s been drained a bit. 15111405The creek goes under the canal through a culvert, and appears on the other side of the canal road.15111408In fact, there’s so much water coming down the creek that our path is flooded about halfway down. Just beyond the willows there. 15111411

15111410The big roots of the cottonwood have been undercut, some, by all the water flowing down the creek this year. There was quite a bit of water earlier this spring. 15111412On our way back home, the guy I live with showed me a nest. He said it was empty now, which is a good thing.15111409That was my excellent walk. In fact the whole day was pretty excellent. We didn’t take an afternoon nap like we sometimes do. We just did stuff, and went on walks in the morning and evening.

Sometimes, though, at the end of the day, there’s nothing like a good velociraptor attack to makes things perfect. It started out as tug-of-sweatshirt, but ended with a really good, leaping chomp.


Until next time, then.



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