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"Happiness always looks small when you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and at once you learn how big and precious it is."
Maxim Gorky

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Visitors of all shapes and sizes....

We've had some interesting visitors at our place lately.
The first has become a regular who you may have read about before...
Georgia has befriended a few young deer, these being the smallest...
They are equally curious of one another...(not the best photos...taken with my iphone)
And here she's sharing a bowl of water we put out for the deer because of the drought and heat...
Then the other evening I was looking for something in the grass when I spotted this little creature...
 She/he is a  Northwestern Alligator Lizard, here's a few facts about them...

                                                     Scientific name: Elgaria coerulea principis                                   

The Northwestern Alligator Lizard is a short-legged, long-bodied lizard, with a triangular head (bearing little resemblance to an actual alligator!).  Growing to a maximum of 20 cm in total length, their size and colouration make them quite cryptic.  Adults usually are brown in colour with a pale belly.   Occasionally they sport dark blotches or a broad bronzy stripe down the centre of the back.  Upon close examination, you might see a fold of skin running down each side.  This allows the body to expand when the lizard is breathing, full of food, or in the case of females, full of eggs.  Juveniles often are more metallic looking, with black sides and a bronze back.

Alligator Lizards are very secretive; their first defence is to flee and hide.   If caught, a lizard may release a smelly mix of feces and musk, bite, or even ‘release’ (autotomize) its tail.  The dropped tail acts as a decoy, distracting the potential predator.  Over time, the lizard will regenerate a shorter, fatter tail.   As the tail is an important fat reserve, tail autotomy usually is a tactic of last resort.   As evidenced by the number of lizards with regenerated tails, however, it also is a successful tactic.

I took these photos while it just sat there sunning itself in the evening light...
 I love their little mouth and their head looks like a snake.
I noticed afterward while looking at my photos that it was missing a toe!
...there's that tail that can break off... 
 I've written about visits from them before here and here.
Our other recent visitor is this guy...
It took a few attempts but I finally got a pretty good picture of him.
He's a Long Eared brown bat.
Can't you tell where they get their name?
Look at those ears!!
We found him while we were working up in the loft of our barn.
They feed on moths and have a pretty decent set of teeth from other photos I found on the web.

So there you go...a few of our furry friends that live around here.
All creatures great and small.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

Honey I shrunk the trailer...part 2

Here's a soundtrack for this post to get you going...
As promised, here is the continuing story of my summer project with Stephanie.
Alright...glue out, scissors on hand, instructions laid out...here we go!!
Like I mentioned, this model kit was so detailed and came with
so many tiny accessories that our minds were absolutely blown away...
...books, little pot on the stove, calender, sink taps, cutting board, knife, suitcase, basket...
 ...ok, see the tiny lemons on the cutting board? Yup we actually sliced them off of a little 
clay like roll and put them on the tiny little glasses (made from cut plastic tube) 
complete with crazy straws cut from red wire! Cheers!
The little dining nook we glued from many pieces, made the little cushions, candelabra, guitar, 
added the tea cups and one of my favourite pieces was the 
teeny weeny metal Eiffel Tower just like the bigger
version I bought in Paris!!
Probably the most challenging part, (which just about drove me off the edge!)
was the chandelier...yes you heard me right...THE CHANDELIER!
With working LED lights!!
Every bead and bauble strung onto the wires, glued and then hooked up to a little 
battery pack attached to the back of the trailer.
I told Stephanie that I was allowed one swear word a day while we worked on the project.
This was a two swear word day at least.
One day at the beach we found the perfect piece of wood to make a little deck for 
the patio furniture...
 Stephanie cut all of the tiny fabric triangles for the bunting which we strung between two chopsticks.
Love the awning and the flower boxes!
So there you have it... 
Stephanie and I are ready for our shrinking potion now!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Honey I shrunk the trailer...part 1

A month before my 11 year old niece arrived for her summer holidays here,
I ordered her a birthday present for her upcoming 12th in August.
I found this little model kit on Etsy.
I inquired what it came with?
Everything in the picture was the reply!
So when Stephanie showed up she was absolutely thrilled with our intended project.
It came with many many little pieces of wood and paper...
It came with all of the tools to put it together. Glue, scissors, exacto knife, ruler, pencil, fabric.
Did I mention it came with MANY LITTLE PIECES?
Oh and the directions were all in Japanese! (I think)
But very good pictorial directions.
Were we still in? 
You bet!!
This is how it came. The shell was the only thing put together.
Made out of thin, light balsa wood and painted the most beautiful vintage blue!
We put in the window frames and put together the little box thing by the trailer hitch...
Window boxes...check!
After a few days of sniffing airplane glue and making tiny curtains, pillows
quilts and lawn furniture we were making progress...
But our project would have to wait until we got back from our road trip.
We brought it with us to show a few friends who we were visiting
and took a few pictures of it at our campsite for fun...
 This kit has everything!
Just wait till you see part 2 and the finished product.
But for now I'll leave you at the halfway point...MUCH more to come
 


Monday, July 20, 2015

A tail of two kitties...




So!
 Here we are again with an update on the wonder kitten.
Yes, Georgia is thriving!
Still acting 100% kitten as any normal kitty should...
Curtains? Still a favourite!
Major curiousity? 
Check!
Her Siamese genes are really starting to show with her angular, long face...
But our little Georgia is growing into a young cat now.
Her colour has lightened quite a bit too...
And her fur is becoming short and sleek...
Don't you just love that smirk?!
When they removed her eye, the one side of her mouth got pulled 
up a tad in closing up the gap and it left her with this funny little Elvis lip...
Hello Gorgeous!
Always on the lookout for trouble!
She's become quite chummy with this young yearling buck around our place...
I've observed them a few times nose to nose and playing a little 
game of hide and seek in the bushes...
I wonder how long it will continue?
As long as she doesn't follow him to far from the back door!
Of the 1 or 2 pictures that turn out in focus, I take, about 10 of them are like this...
My oh my...you've come a long way Baby!!
"Thanking all of my donors from the bottom of my furry heart!!"