When we moved here in 1998 there were a number of pine trees planted, including a couple “near” the driveway. At first there was about 4′ of grass between the tree and the driveway, but as time passed the tree became wider and wider and wider, to the point where a few years ago I had to cut a small flat on the side of it to keep it a bit clear of the driveway.

Now to today where the tree was now seriously impinging on the driveway. First step – cut what I could reach while standing on the ground.

Partway Done

Partway Done

I’ve cut it back about 4 feet from the edge of the driveway – the extent can be seen in the overhang over the tractor and trailer. Hopefully it will fill in a little bit, and next time it’s trimmed still be well back from the driveway. Once I’d cut all I could reach from the ground it was time to move the trailer in and  use that as a platform to reach higher.

Ever Higher

Now standing on a ladder on the trailer to reach even higher.

Once I’d cleared it as much as I could reach from the trailer, next level is to work from a ladder sitting on the trailer. (the blocks and jacks at the back of the trailer are holding it steady to stop it bouncing on the springs).


The End Result. Hopefully this will hold for a few years, and from now on be a bit easier to keep up with - all the thick branches are cut now.

The UPS driver will be much happier now that he doesn’t have to scrape the side of his truck through this, and then re-adjust the side mirror. A gallery of a few more images is below: Continue reading »


I looked out the kitchen window this morning and “spotted” this scene.

Bambi and Mum

You Just Know that she's saying to the young'un - come back here in a few months and there'll be tomatoes, pumpkins and all sorts of yummy things!!

another “bambi” was off to the left. They left before I could get another photo.


A few weeks ago I posted a couple of photos of the wrens who were getting ready to move into the Wren House hanging in a tree beside our garage.

Well they did move in, and while we were away, the produced at least 3 chicks. I took a few pictures of them being fed today – Yum!!!!!!

Two Hungry Mouths

Two gaping mouths sticking out through the hole looking for lunch

Who Gets What?

Trying to decide who gets the insect and who gets the caterpillar.

A photogallery is below…

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Mid afternoon yesterday the distant sound of a diesel engine alerted me that someone had decided it was time to cultivate the large corn field behind our house. This field was last cultivated in almost the depths of Winter on 21 December 2009 – see this post for images of the 4″ thick ice that was being “cultivated” along with the dirt and mud.

Looking out I see the now familiar 480 horsepower Case IH coming, with a truly massive cultivator behind it.

The Case STX480 and Cultivator

The cultivator was at least 50 feet wide I think - 16 long paces across the swath of tilled land it left behind.

After it had made one pass I walked across the tilled ground – 16 good long paces, so at least 50 feet – 16 metres – probably!!!! I’m not sure of the exact size of the field – probably in the 50 acres region, and it was “done” in less than 3 hours – now that’s progress!!!!!

A photogallery is below.

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Our neighbour gave me a wren house for Christmas 2 years ago. I hung it in a cherry tree right by our garage last spring and a wren moved in and we got wren babies.

Last Christmas the neighbours gave me another wren house which I hung on the porch, and this spring there is at least 1 pair of wrens singing up a song around the garage again. These 2 pictures are of one in the house in the cherry tree.

Just Peeking Out

Taken through the foliage of a cherry tree right by our garage. A very songful wren is sitting in the wren house peeking out at me.

Still Peeking Out

From a slightly different angle. No blurry branch in the way, but a couple of blurry leaves right in foreground.

Luckily the power of the 12x zoom on my Canon PowerShot S2 IS lets me get these photos from some distance away. They are the full frame of the image.


I spotted these two growths of a fungus on a couple of dead trees in our yard.

The first image below is 1 of 4 fungi that were growing around the base of this dead box elder tree.

Shelf Fungus

Just above ground level on the dead and slowly rotting remains of a multiple stemmed box elder tree that I cut down a few years ago.

These next 2 shots are the same growth on a different tree.

Double Decker

This double layered fungus is on the trunk of another dead tree in the hedgerow on the west side of our property.

Double Decker Again

Another view - see that the bottom one has caught and is holding water from a recent rain.


The trees are in full bloom at the moment, so I’ve taken a few pictures of some of them to share here.

Weeping Crab Apple Tree

This tree given to me in August of 2004 at the death of my Mum has amazing blooms this year. Thank You Friends!!!!!

A photo gallery of some pictures is below (click the first (or any) image to open a larger version in a slide show) Continue reading »


A very intense hailstorm this morning dropped the biggest hailstones I’ve ever seen – still no where near the size that you hear about – golfball size, baseball sized – but yet the noise they made was “impressive” as they hit the roof of the house and banged into the front door as they bounced across the porch.


“Spring is Sprung
The Flowers are Ris
I wonder where
The Birdies Is”

So today is the first day of Spring, and it’s snowing. Yesterday it was 60°F (and for a few days before that too) and today it’s 30°F and snowing.


We live in farming country, with our property almost bordering a very large field/paddock. (See http://lisaandroger.com/2009/05/our-farming-neighbours/).

Today as I went by I noticed a flock of large white birds circling over the corn field – turns out they were swans.

Birds on a Pond

A large number of waterbirds on a pond in a corn field near our house.

shows a shot of the nearest pond, with Mallard ducks, Canada geese and the white swans. I’m not sure if they are Tundra Swans or Mute Swans – both are indicated as being present in Michigan.

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