Now this is summer

In between working over the weekend I had time to get out and enjoy the summer-like days. Of course what is summer without a day at the beach, or in our case every day is a beach day.

No shoes needed here.

No shoes needed here.

 

Perfect day for boating, how I miss being able to get into a canoe.

We could hardly hear the engine even though it came right to the edge of the beach.

We could hardly hear the engine even though it came right to the edge of the beach.

No storms lurking here.

No storms lurking here.

Digging holes for turtles 😊

Digging holes for turtles 😊

The weather wasn’t always perfect and chased us indoors from time to time.

This came down Saturday night during a storm

This came down Saturday night during a storm

You can see the damage to my favorite cottage, just wish they would give it some live with new paint for starters

You can see the damage to my favorite cottage, just wish they would give it some live with new paint for starters

We found opportunities to enjoy the wildlife, even rescuing another turtle from becoming road kill.

So far from water.

So far from water.

You can see how small he is compared with my finger.  This is a painted turtle.

You can see how small he is compared with my finger. This is a painted turtle.

We think he enjoyed his ride back to the swamp.

We think he enjoyed his ride back to the swamp.

Chalk is cheap and a creative way to while away an hour, with everyone getting in on the fun.

We had everything from kites and flowers to a tic-tac-toe game here.

We had everything from kites and flowers to a tic-tac-toe game here.

Puddles are natures gift, we always enjoy seeing our footprints.

With all the rain I'm surprised the little ones are still enjoying this.

With all the rain I’m surprised the little ones are still enjoying this.

The birds are rarely ever away from the feeders.

I startled two more away trying to get a little closer.

I startled two more away trying to get a little closer.

This storm held off until I finished getting a section of the garden turned and more rocks removed. I’ve never seen so many rocks!

This one missed us, as it headed north.

This one missed us, as it headed north.

I had my eye on this as I worked in the field.

I had my eye on this as I worked in the field.

Did you know weeding was fun?

Did you know weeding was fun?

How was your weekend?

30 thoughts on “Now this is summer

  1. I have crushed some egg shells together ready to make chalk. Not sure what I shall do with the chalk yet, perhaps put out some positive affirmation statements around Colchester on the footpaths.

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  2. A) I like your pictures of the broody skies!
    B) I suppose I once knew that weeding was fun…
    C) I once got a snapping turtle off the road by getting it to snap onto a hockey stick and then gently prodding it!

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    • Dar, what a great idea to save the snapping turtle! I couldn’t think of anything I had that day and had to leave him to make it on his own.

      I had to laugh when you said you thought weeding was fun for once. I live the look of the gardens when I have finished weeding, but this year we have been getting so much rain I don’t get long to enjoy it. While I enjoy weeding I really do want to move on to new areas instead of having to go back and redo what was done.

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    • Hoarder Comes Clean, what a nice thing to do! I worry about the ones we find here because the cars travel pretty fast on the road out front which they would cross to get to the lake, so I always take them go the swamp. We find turtle eggs back there so I think that is where they come from. How nice to have a pond nearby, I grew up along Lake Erie, as a result I’m never happy if I am too far away from the water.

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      • I’m vastly impressed that you find turtle eggs. How does one find turtle eggs? I got frog eggs in my little rainwater catch-all last summer (getting rain for the house-plants) but flubbed on raising the tadpoles. I’m hoping to get a chance to try again this year.

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        • Turtles dig holes near water so the newborns will easily find their way to water. living in a community with a lake, streams, rivers we often stumble upon them. There is a cemetery near a swampy area, they have sand piles for leveling headstones that my grandkids like to explore. The turtle will come up out of the swamp and dig a hole for their eggs in it. When we happen on a nest of eggs we carefully move away making sure to cover them back up from predators who would eat them. The little ones know we are taking care of new life this way.

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  3. A quiet and simple weekend here in the Show Me state. I made a conscience effort to not do much of anything. The kiddo and I took a trip to a flea market – and you’d be proud – I didn’t buy a thing. Still thinking I have plenty of junk of my own without buying someone else’s old stuff :) But, they are fun to walk around and my son loves his ride in the stroller. Sleeps every time! (Wish someone would push me around in a stroller from time to time. I’d love a good nap!)

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    • That’s sounds like a lovely weekend. I used to enjoy going to our outdoor flea market until people started to use it as a yard sale for their junk and some began to buy flats of cleaning supplies and the like, stuff you find at the dollar stores. I still enjoy going to real flea markets just don’t have any close to me.

      Yes! I used to look at my children when they were that age and think what a great life they had, not a care in the world and wish I could bottle some of it for when they got older.

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  4. How nice to have a beach so close and turtles wandering around! I remember a friend having a very old large pet turtle that used to wander in her backyard. It had it’s address painted on it’s shell in case it wandered away. Having them around as wildlife would be much more special though.

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    • Jen, its great having the beach just across the road. That and the open field in the back give me everything, other than love and friends, I could ever need.

      I’ve known people who had pet turtles before, but this was the first time I ever heard of painting an address on the shell, good idea though.

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  5. Your garden looks like it’s coming along fabulously! I had a great weekend. On Saturday CatMan and I went for a nice bike ride. He seems to be fully healed and is back to leaving me panting and puffing in his wake struggling to keep up. This afternoon we went to hear some old friends at an outdoor mini festival. It was so much fun to connect with old friends and to hear all about how the music school is doing. I gotta admit, hearing about all of the struggles and politics over there sure made me glad that I left when I did!

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    • Cat, I’m go glad Catman is doing better you must have really missed your days together riding. Parts of the garden are doing well, others are fighting to make it. Bike ride, music and seeing old friends…priceless. Whoever said we needed money to have a good time?

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      • Well… tickets to the concert cost $25 a pop – which sorta seemed ridiculous to me. But I figure all the money was going to either help support my starving musician friends or to the organization where I used to work, so i sort of considered it my contribution to “the cause.” But holy moly! I kinda can’t imagine paying that amount of money for entertainment on a regular basis!

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  6. Our weekend was filled with nature (mostly gardening), the warmth of clear sunshiny days and cool spring evenings. In a nutshell, beautiful! Thanks for sharing yours and saving a turtle. Smiles!

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  7. I always remember my mom pulling over the car to move turtles off of the road. We moved some really big turtles over the years. And last year we found a huge snapping turtle on the lawn on its way back to the lake. They’re pretty cool to watch.

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    • Ah yes, Sarah, I too get to wear my share of chalk in various colors. Thank goodness it wipes off pretty easily. 😊

      Wasn’t that turtle cute? I found a much larger one last summer. I had my granddaughter with me at the time. It was her first experience with turtles and loved it. She kept touching the shell and we talked about how it protects him. He would stick his legs out from time to time to try to walk out of my hand and I would have to stop and reposition it because his nails were sharp. She would laugh so, I doubt she will forget this for a long time.

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