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Spring Blooms May 15, 2016

A few days ago I took a walk around the block.  What a colorful array of blossoms – it was beautiful!

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My neighborhood’s blooms leads me to recommend a wonderful book

IMG_0279  Beatrix Potter’s Garden – inspiring for its art work, history, biography, photographs.  Wonderful inspiration for gardening enthusiasts.


My Friends The Squirrels July 23, 2015

Filed under: Artists,Authors,Beatrix Potter,Katerina,Squirrels — Janet @ 2:33 pm

Every day I put out peanuts for the squirrels and then watch the fun.  Squirrels, Stellar Jays, our cat Katerina all visit the deck.

tomatoes 002   that grey dot on railing is a squirrel with the characteristic fluffy curled tail

tomatoes 009              tomatoes 013        tomatoes 019           tomatoes 033    Katerina watches also

tomatoes 045  Katerina getting ready to attack        tomatoes 027    Katerina has a wash before she joins the fun

As I watch the cat and the squirrels and the birds I can’t help but think of Beatrix Potter and her delightful children’s books and illustrations.

Portrait of British children's author Beatrix Potter (1866 - 1943), 1890s. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

Portrait of British children’s author Beatrix Potter (1866 – 1943), 1890s.  (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

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A Little Mouse April 30, 2015

Filed under: Beatrix Potter,Birds,Cats — Janet @ 3:16 am

yellow-necked-field-mouse-34582  photo credit to the internet

vichy 002  the cat’s latest trophy

These little mice are really rather sweet – many were appearing on our deck at night and eating left over bird food.  That is, until I got wise to their nocturnal habits.  Then one even appeared in the daytime.  I wasn’t too dismayed when I found a dead one lying on the mat – but then as I scooped it up to dispose of it, I saw the little body up close and I felt a bit of remorse.  Yes, it looked so pitiful – and yes lovable – that little furry body with the long tail.   I thought of the Beatrix Potter book, The Tale of Tommy Tittlemouse.  Was I truly sorry?  Well, it was better to kill a mouse than another little bird.  But better yet, no more trophies please, birds or mice.