Mar 14 2013

Officially Spring on Gabriola Island

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There’s always something new to see on my walking circuit. Today it was early cherry blossoms, narcissus and crocuses, but best of all I was able to pick my first bag of nettles — soon to be streamed like spinach. And of course, Mara’s goats are always bleating for attention.

 

 

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Mar 06 2013

An Original Use for a Derelict Camper Trailer

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Neighborhood free-range chickens

Here are a neighbor’s free-range chickens.
And there is their chicken coop.
Note the wooden ramp leading to the chicken door.
O
n Gabriola, there are many derelict trailers cluttering people’s yards. At least this one had been put to good use! 

Gabriola camping trailer cum chicken coop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb 11 2010

Pet for a day. This smiley rough-skinned newt stole my heart

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On my walk, I rescued a torpid rough-skinned newt from the road, warmed him up in my hands and carried him home to identify. I named him Newton, rigged up a temporary terrarium with moist paper, pureed cat food and a water dish for drinking and dunking. Despite his ever-present smile, he wouldn’t eat, so the next day I released him in my neighbor’s small pond across the street. He took to it immediately. His ear flaps opened as he swam happily away.

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