Monthly Archives February 2014

O for Orioles

Categories: Birds.

We love it when the orioles return in the spring.   Their vibrant orange makes them noticeable  high up in the pine trees.  The Northern orioles have two very closely related species … the Baltimore oriole and the Bullock’s oriole.  The Baltimore oriole, which we see the most of, has a black hood or all black head while the Bullock’s oriole has orange cheeks. As with most birds the male is the brightly coloured one and the female has more dull colours. We have an oriole feeder but use the same food we use for the hummingbirds, which is 1
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It’s Dishy to be Round

Categories: Crochet.

It is always good to keep a stock of dishcloths on hand, either knitted or crocheted.   They make great little gifts or stocking stuffers added to hand soap, hand cream, or kitchen gadgets.  I have a bag of cotton yarn and the patterns ready to go.  I love these “no brainer” types of patterns for when I’m watching tv or sitting on the deck on a sunny day. For my version of a round dish cloth pattern you will need a 5 mm crochet hook and approx. 50 grams of cotton yarn Round 1 – Ch 6, join with
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What’s Your Number?

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Garden Projects.

Here is a quick and easy little craft to make for the garden. You just need a good sized rock, some flat sided gems/marbles and some strong waterproof glue I laid out the number on a flat surface first, then transferred it piece by piece and glued it onto the rock.  This rock, which kind of reminds me of a house, is standing up but I had laid it flat for glueing and drying. I used E6000 glue. The number rock faces the front of the property and is visible from the end of the driveway.  It has been outside
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F for Fungi

Categories: Plants.

~ Fungi are part of a large group of organisms including micro-organisms including yeast, molds, and mushrooms.    Fungi are not in the plant or animal kingdom any more and have been placed in their own kingdom. It is always fascinating to come across fungi.  Fungus is the Latin term for mushroom. Fungi feed on nutrients from the living or dead organic material on which they live.  Fungi are the new life commonly found on dead trees.  They play an important part in the decomposition of dead things. These are bracket fungus and the shelf like pieces are called conks.
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The Coconut Feeder with Suet

Categories: Garden Projects.

The coconut feeders are very popular in the garden.  Besides putting regular seed in them I also fill them with the all season suet.  It doesn’t take long for the birds to get the smell of the peanut butter in the suet and they start arriving to get some food. Here is the recently made coconut feeder with one quarter of the shell cut away.  I used a binder ring to fasten through the top holes that were drilled to get the coconut milk out.  This ring lets me hang it on a hook or on a branch.     Then I
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M for Milkweed

Categories: Plants.

Milkweed, Asclepias, is an herbaceous perennial named for the milky liquid which contains latex and alkaloids.  There are many species of milkweed and some of them can be toxic.  Milkweed is an important source of nectar for bees and other insects and bugs.  It is the main food source for the Monarch butterflies. We have a large wild area at the back of the garden where milkweed are encouraged to grow.  The plant can be up to 1.5 meters tall and does produce an amazing big underground root system.  It can be an invasive plant and is not recommended for the
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A Coconut feeder

Categories: Garden Projects.

A coconut feeder is an inexpensive and quick way to add a feeder to your garden. We have a couple of coconut feeders in the garden and recently while the grandkids were visiting we made another one. Start with a fresh coconut that can be purchased at the grocery store.  At one end there are 3 almost holes that need to be drilled first.  Once the holes are made you can pour out the coconut milk. The grandkids tried a sip of it but weren’t really impressed with it. The next step us to cut away one quarter of the
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CAL Bunting

Categories: Crochet.

In my never ending quest to use up odds and ends of yarn I participated in a CAL – crochet a-long – a little while ago.  This was hosted by My Merry, Messy Life as a Valentine CAL.  As I didn’t use Valentine colours of reds, pinks, white etc mine doesn’t look very Valentiny (is that a word)! I chose my favourite colours of green, yellow, gold, brown and orange as I seemed to have a lot of little left over balls in those colours. There were four parts to the CAL and you can find them here if you
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