Yesterday was May 31 and I wore a tuque when transplanting two packs of flowers and then went for a walk. While trying to be patient and get a decent picture of the snipe that was beaking-off on top of a fencepost along the road, and then the deer that didn’t notice me standing still as a tree trunk, my fingers grew stiff with cold.

It was beautiful for a meander, though; not too hot. The snipe and the deer may have thought so too because they aren’t ordinarily seen in quite the same ways as this. The snipe must have a nest in the ditch and the deer was intent on the thick grass that has greened up overnight after rain the day before.

If you go to this link and click on “Sound” you can hear the noise made by the tail of the snipe as it dives through the air, feeding on insects.

This sound is a constant over our farmyard all spring and summer.


‘Katherine Arbuthnott writes about the social benefits of spending time in nature.  Because we are a social species, we seek out ways of connecting with others. If we have green space readily available, we tend to spend more time outside, creating more opportunities for meetings with others and thus a greater sense of community. Researchers have found ingenious ways of testing their hypothesis that people are friendlier and more helpful in a natural setting–from having the researcher’s covert helper drop a handful of pencils or a handkerchief, to organizing games that test whether we are feeling selfish or generous. We’re kinder, more helpful, more generous, and even more cooperative in a natural setting or when nature is top of mind. We have more self-control; if someone annoys us by spilling a bowl of the soup we have just made, contact with nature makes us less likely to blurt out something rude or hurtful. Being in the natural world correlates with having the energy to make the “nice” choice and to control our feelings. Peace reigns–and you are rather proud of yourself for not taking the bait. Blame it on the ivy growing enthusiastically in your kitchen or on the ferns in your garden.’ -Kathleen Wall at Blue Duets

While I was on Kathleen’s page looking for an email address (the link didn’t work for me so I’m taking the risk) to ask her permission to reprint the above excerpt, I found a link to this YouTube video:

Kathleen is writing a book about Virginia Woolf. I eagerly await its publication.


We had this salad last night with our roast chicken and steamed potatoes:

Celery Slaw

The dressing’s pretty good and easy to make. I’ll try it with tossed salad as well, and maybe potato salad. I’ve never made a good potato salad yet. If you have a never-fail recipe, please do send it to me. I like my potato salad to include radishes and boiled eggs (don’t we all?).




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