This morning when I woke up the rain had just begun to fall. I flew out of bed to uncover the garden and headed back into Tiny House Ontario to get dressed and organize my day. My cousin Tracey and I planned on a slumbie at her place in the city tonight, so I had a few things to pack into the car.
I was just about to put them there when I noticed there was a HUGE turkey just beside my door. Instead of going out, I grabbed the camera and took a couple of photos. Unfortunately, he got a few feet from the house… and through the glass the photos are not terrifically clear. Even so, they are better than nothing and I did not want to scare turkey off. These wild turkeys run fast and fly quite well so I am lucky to get a photo from 20 feet.
The turkey was alone as far as I could see. Probably attracted by the mix I put out for the birds and chipmunks. It certainly looked well fed and mature. I would guess that this turkey was well in excess of 20 pounds.
I knew that there were turkeys here on our historical land because I often see their tracks in the snow; large arrows pointing in direction that they left behind. It is the first I have seen one come so close so I am thrilled and hoping for more!
The wild turkey is really making a comeback in Eastern Ontario. I understand from my grandparents that they were once very plentiful; however, as a child I do not recall ever seeing one nor do I recall ever hearing of anyone who hunts ever killing one. Yet, in the last decade they seem to be thriving. I also understand that these turkeys were reintroduced to the area from the United States. Apparently 274 birds were brought in a couple of decades ago and now there are some 35,000 of them in the area.
No matter the details, it was thrilling to have a turkey visit THO this morning! Now I am signing off because I am going to gobble down some lunch… turkey free, of course!
Categories: Environmentalism, Forest, Kingston, Magical, Nature, Off Grid, Ontario, Open your eyes, Simple living, Tiny House Ontario
Tags: nature, outdoors, turkey visit, wild turkeys
No worries, this rural girl listens to the radio and I have it covered!
Pair of dice by the cloth porch light.
A little too long in the forest perhaps?
Seriously though… it is cold today. My friend G, Hj, Sister A and B were over too – we had a frosty lunch on the porch together and were glad to back in the house where it was warm! We have had a little rain and even some hail. Come on back warm weather!
As many of you know, I very much need a shed at Tiny House Ontario. In order to build this, I need to raise some funds. I decided in the winter that I would try to up my income, by bringing prints of my work to the historic Springer Market Square in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. BUT in oder to do this I had to buy a car… a 1999 Golf… and is in the shop now getting a $400 repair done. So much for earning. So far, I pay rent at the market and I am not quite breaking even… but with the car repair and gas… tragic (for me)!
I was speaking about my concerns to fellow artist friend (another Laura) and she made a few suggestions. In short, I have followed her advice. I opened an account with Fine Art America to sell some of my pieces, originals as well as prints.
I decided to keep the prices minimal – marking them up just a dollar or two on each print and the originals are marked to pay for my materials as well as my time. I wanted to keep the prices as low as I can so that everyone in the tiny house community can afford to support me. Too, I think it would be cool to see my work up in other tiny houses! I am really hoping that this will happen!
Melonie Veenstra, a Kingston potter made a magical mushroom for Tiny House Ontario. The Gnome gang stole it when I wasn’t looking. They have been partying since!
This is the story I am sticking too.
You have to find your own humour when you live in the woods.
What a difference a day makes! This morning when I woke at THO – I could not longer see over the escarpment to the windmills on Wolfe Island… I could not even see the Rideau Canal. As a matter of fact, I could not see the end of the ridge. By next week the canopy will steal the sky.
Categories: Forest, Nature, Off Grid, Ontario, Open your eyes, Tiny House Ontario, View
Tags: escarpment, nature, outdoors, rideau canal, windmills, wolfe island
2013 planting is done. I put in four varieties of peppers, five varieties of tomatoes, two varieties of basil, rosemary, sage, parsley, peas, beans, spinach, lettuce variety, 18 strawberry plants, some flower varieties, onion sets, broccoli and swiss chard.
Hopefully there will be rain this summer to keep them live and healthy.
Hj and I dug up the garden yesterday. The chives are coming up nicely, but the parsley winterkilled, so more will have to be put in.
The four supervisors kept their eyes on us to make sure we were doing a good job.
Planting will begin in a couple of days.
I was below the escarpment today and there were four turkey vultures a few feet from me. My camera has only a 3x telescope but I thought I would share with you anyway.
I have never seen so many of these birds in one location. It is wonderful to see them bouncing back post DDT. The increase in the large bird population is proof positive that making decisions based on the environment is the right thing to do.
I got a couple of wonderful tumblers from my favourite potter – Nick Prouse of Prouse Pottery and Soap Company. Thank you Nick! He and his spouse will be having the grand opening of their business on May 4, on Ottawa Street, in Hamilton, Ontario.
I was also gifted some beautiful spring pussy willows from my friend Guillaume when I set up at the market.
I am not normally a big fan of stuff, but with art and nature I make an exception. When I put these two beautiful things together I thought they looked so pretty that I want to share them with you. Friends, art and nature, what is not to like?