Thursday, 6 July 2017

A Day with RJ
July 5th, 2017

Our first day with RJ for the summer was a busy one. We went to Chickadee Trail in the morning. No Chickadees... they manage on their own in summer, but a few ducks, a few squirrels, and dozens of chipmunks. 

I give RJ a bag with a pocket full of sunflower seeds and another pocket full of kernel corn.

Volunteers had a display set up showing the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly. They told the kids a Monarch can only eat one food--Milkweed--so she asked what food they'd pick if they had to eat one food all the time.

One said 'cake'. RJ said 'pickles'. He loves them... dills, olives, gherkins, pearl onions. You name it.

A work crew was in the woods cutting down Ash trees that were infested with the Emerald Ash Borer. Many millions of Ash have been cut down in North America. We watched as these ones came down with a thunderous crash.

With their chain saws and the crashing trees, it's no wonder wildlife was somewhat quiet. Chipmunks were fine with it all though.

Water-rocket time in the backyard. It attaches to a garden hose. Hand on the controller... 3-2-1, launch.

It's cool. Wish I had one when I was a kid. :-)

The secret to get it high is 'slow & easy' on the controller.

Water is a joy for kids. Rockets are cool, but so are your hands.

In my last post our garden was green. Color has burst onto the scene since.

Day-Lily. RJ was asking why they only bloom for a day. I suggested he ask Jane. He suggested setting up a video camera to see when they close up.  

Artificial color, but color nonetheless.


I've asked Jane what these are many times. And I forget what they are many times. Astilbe maybe?

White ones of 'whatever they are'.

Daisies with their bright faces.

Best to all,
Bob & Jane


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