Surprise in our Berry Bramble

I was gathering greens + flowers today, adding to Mother’s Grocery delivery, and came across a Pacific tree frog in the blackberry bramble (our freezer berry supply). Not sure if it’s a thimbleberry or a salmonberry providing a perch, but FYI…their greens last a LONG time in flower arrangements. This frog IS little, maybe half-grown; there’s an ample supply of spiders, fly-bys and creepies to hunt here, but he/she also runs the risk of froggy-eating birds that may come along. Don’t miss Mother’s when you visit Bandon! For you cyclists out there, it’s a convenient spot to stock up, grab a meal in the deli, and just a few doors away is South Coast Bicycles.

=sigh= For freshness’ sake, I decided to postpone veggie delivery ’til next week — the roses a bit paltry too — but I thank our 14 y/o senior citizen, Orphan Annie, for posing (sort of) in the background.

 

Quirky year in the garden…

After a cool, wet Spring, peppers started from seed are FINALLY starting to thrive; 140+ plants, 25 varieties. I confess to purchasing a few, just to make sure SOME peppers come off before August!
Meanwhile, the 11 olive trees are fruiting like crazy — maybe they liked the cool, wet Spring?

Another “Cheetah”…

In January 2014, a stray(?) cat showed up that I named Cheetah Rivera — he was a shy, but frequent visitor and eventually disappeared. He let me pet him a few times, but he would never eat one bite. Not even People Tuna. His photos are filed under “Ghost Kitties” where he has lots of company in the photo gallery — the numerous strays we’ve trapped, altered, and placed in homes or barns. Some friendly, some not. Some grown, some kittens. Six* we added to our family.  January ’16 brought in a 15-pound ginger cat, Henry Huggins, now placed with a woman at local Assisted Living.  January 2017’s stray, a smaller version of Cheetah, goes by the name of Tinker — and sometimes Stinker, i.e. he’s not fully adult and acts like a teenager at times.  Very affectionate, playful and approachable — definitely a Keeper. ;o)   *So make that a 7: Sarah Palin, Shiloh, Olivia, Django Reinhardt, Marlene Dietrich, and Tinker.  Sadly, Sarah’s kitten Mohan disappeared after 18 months (as did Charlie Dickens, an adoptee from Polson, MT.)

A couple more Snow Pictures…

“Puddy” tracks to the front gate — probably Olivia’s, as territorial dispute with her brother Shiloh forces her across the street to “Lurkwood Forest”.Also David’s little Music Studio, originally a family reunion BBQ patio, later enclosed with fiberglass & Lexan, became a hot-tub house. I think it will make a perfect Japanese tea house some day. Our front yard is shaded most of the time year-round and would lend itself to a graveled Japanese garden.

Log pile lichen

Snow …on Oregon’s south coast

We get snow here in Bandon about every 3rd year. Our first Autumn here, 2010 when we were still wandering in our RV, it snowed on Thanksgiving and again very heavily in Feb. 2011.  Knowing we’d just moved from Montana, our friends looked to us for an explanation!