Wednesday, December 13, 2017


snipped a few sprigs of toyon and manzanita and decorated the wreath today...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

the trees

the trees stand in silent wisdom
hundreds of years
meticulously recorded
in the very fiber of their being
the chant of an endless, wordless mantra
circling round and round deep within
a secret told only to the passing wind
the breeze picks up
i stand below
and eavesdrop

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

the way home

took the ducklings out to the fig orchard with me today so they could have some outside time and i could get a little weeding done.  

when the sun and the temperature started dropping we called it a day.  staal led the way home,   walking backward and encouraging them to follow.

they raced after him and ran right up onto the front porch and into the house where we helped them back into the brooder for a well-deserved nap.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

making feathers

the little ones are starting to put out feathers (mostly on their bellies, wings, and tails).

here they are sporting little fawn bibs.  taken yesterday 12/2/2017 in the orchard garden

here's what they'll look like when they're completely feathered and a bit older... fawn and white runners

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


one of the ducklings is a much slower grower than the rest.  i was worried about her for a while because she was so tiny and didn't seem to be growing.  she's always been just as active (maybe more so) as the others and behaves like a normal runner duckling.   she doesn't let the bigger ducklings crowd her out from the feeder or bully her.  she's just small.  i'm happy to say she's had a bit of a growth spurt recently and has probably doubled in size since the picture below was taken 4 days ago. 

staal with "tiny" in hand 11/25/2017

she may never be as big as the rest but she's not lacking in enthusiasm and she has a wonderful, courageous spirit.   

taken today 11/29/2017 a much larger "tiny" (right, front)