Saturday, April 21, 2012

a bunny, goldfinches and the breakfast of champions!


 found this little guy chowing down on peanuts and clover - we haven't seen a bunny all year. the first summer when we were here visiting (2009) for 2 weeks - we saw bunnies everywhere! i am glad that this little guy is back - and yes, Stephen, if i need the protein, i will eat him! for now he can fatten up on peanuts!

 

i love these little goldfinches that come to eat at our feeders - sometimes there are 20 of them in the apple trees and they look like flowers!!! we also have purple finches that visit regularly. soon our hummingbirds will be back - that really means that spring has arrived!

jambaloney got these babies the day before yesterday - they are sea-run trout and having been feeding mostly off of shrimps - they have beautiful red flesh like a salmon.



and last but not least - Trouts and Sprouts - the breakfast of champions!!!!

 

it's another gorgeous day, i started some more seeds. jambaloney cleared an area for our outdoor kitchen (Sue - he promises to do yours too!) and worked on building additional protection for the the mason bee house. as soon as some more flowers and clover appear, we will set out the mason bee house. i'll have a full post with many pictures about the mason bees - i can't wait to set them out. anyway, it's time to go naked suntanning, reading and napping in the sun. i hope that you are all having a gorgeous day!

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  1. Here, God threw a switch. No more cold, rain, unpleasant. Now it is HOT time. Until October. Summer veggies will do well.

    Enjoy the fish. And don't scare the wildlife too badly.

    Winston

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    1. Winston - your weather sounds divine - i love HOT! what veggies are you growing? how big is your garden? you can reply in email if you want.

      we always enjoy the fish buddy and jamb will gladly take you out if you come to visit!

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  2. Hey Kymber - What a beautiful cheery post to start the day with ! Bunnies in the yard, birds in the trees and tasty fish for breakfast - Really, who could ask for anything more ? I am so coming to visit - that's a promise my friend.

    Sorry that the post office is so far out of your way. Maybe a parcel every month then might be a bit much ! Bahahaha !!

    Happy naked suntanning - Sounds heavenly !
    Love ya ... Helga xoxo

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    1. Helga - thanks for that! we love working in the morning and then afternoons are for reading, suntanning, hottubbing, swimming in the river or at the beach, or just talking. we certainly can't ask for anything more...except maybe a visit from my dear friend!!!

      ya - the post office situation sucks. but if you sent a parcel a month it would be well worth the drive!

      love you back, hon! xoxox

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  3. Look carefully. Is he a CHOCOLATE bunny ? He could be the Cadbury bunny who visited here very briefly at Easter, and said he was planning to spend some time in Nova Scotia with you. He heard about your loving hearts and the wonderful things you do with vegetables !

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    1. ah Jane - you say the sweetest things! but i hope that jamb doesn't read your comment - he's a chocolate fiend - he will chase that bunny until he catches it and eats it - bahahahah! lots of love always, xoxo

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  4. Nice Easter Bunny you have there!

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    1. thanks mmasse, buddy - i think so too!

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  5. Mason bees are neat. Oh, don't forget if you get a mess of those finches, gut but keep 'em whole, season with salt, pepper, Cajun spices, then saute in a mixture of olive oil and butter. They're tasty and have a great 'crunch.' Bunny rabbits are best braised. Sprouts? Really? With trout...make it 'taters and onions...goodness, girl.

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    1. dear sweet one - i can't wait to get the mason bees set up - just need to wait for some flowers to bloom - should be soon! and honest to goodness there's not enough meat on those goldfinches to bother - i rather eat reeds - more filling! oh ya need to try trouts with sprouts - it's really delicious. we do tomatoes and onions, too, and often fried potatoes - yummeh!

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    2. kymber, you a 'bunch' of 'em, or what we used to call a mess of finches. Set a net trap....

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    3. no way, jose! i love watching them - they are very entertaining. however, if there was nothing else to eat - i'd eat 'em!

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  6. That bunny looks just like..... VERMIN!!!! Shoot it now before it breeds and devours all your plants.

    Luckily the stray dog who refused to leave, otherwise known as Miles is keeping the bunnies scarce from my yard this year. The cat who wouldn't leave and is now the size of a small spare tire otherwise known as Sasha refuses to do anything these days but take brief walks and lay around to be worshiped by her subjects. I think we are her subjects.

    Good luck on the bees. So far the mini-swarm appears to be still alive. I think I will actually disturb them enough tomorrow to check for the queen if it is warm enough.

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    1. bahahahahha - i was hoping you would comment about vermin, buddy! i actually want it to bring it's family here so we can fatten them all up before we are forced to eat them!

      i saw one of those "LOL Cats" things once that said - "the cat doesn't hate you because of your religion, race, political or sexual beliefs and practices. the cat hates you because he is a cat!". that one killed me. if you have a cat - you are a subject! my two cats drive me batty - but i follow them around on command because i am their subject!

      thanks for the good luck - i will need it and it coming from you means a lot. good luck with your mini-swarm - i can't wait to hear how it goes with them! thanks a lot buddy!

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  7. Interesting, the bunnies by us have slightly longer ears. Sorry can't send you any, postage would be really expensive. Can you imagine answering the standard post office questions?

    Is it perishable? Yes
    Does it contain liquid? Only if it has to pee or you squish it when you cancel the stamps.
    Is it hazardous? Only if it bites you.

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    1. that's cool about your longer-eared bunnies Mrs. S. and oh my - i can't even imagine what would have to go through to send them in the mail....no let's just stick with seeds eh?

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  8. Kymber,

    I agree with Stephen on the rabbit. It would make for a great rabbit stew, YUM!!! Gold Finches, wow....I haven't seen any of them flying around any where I've lived. The only time I've seen Gold Finches was at the pet store. I love Hummingbirds, their just so small and beautiful. The Hummingbirds down in New Mexico when they fly in to a sugar feeder, they sound like fighter planes flying in. When visiting my Mother In-Law, I had several fly past me on the porch and I thought a plane was coming in for a landing (because their so loud). The Trout and Sprouts look yummy for breakfast. Bulldog Man (Hubby) and I love to fish and have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Fishing is just so relaxing.

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    1. Sandy - i love rabbit stew, too. but jambaloney and i have an agreement that we don't shoot animals on our land unless they are destructive - when he goes hunting he will go off of our land to do so. so we feed all of the animals that come to visit and so far none have been destructive. we have goldfinches and purple finches that visit every day - they are so beautiful and their flying patterns are entrancing! i love the hummingbirds that return every year - but man are they nasty! they chase each other off of the feeders and nip at each other - just nasty! but i love them! the trouts and sprouts are a delicious meal and we eat fish whenever jambaloney catches them - so very good for omega 3-6-9 and chondroitin! i am glad that you and Bulldog love fishing too!

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  9. My wife's first husband died of melanoma. You might want to rethink TOO much sun-bathing, naked or otherwise.

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    1. Mr. Smythe - i appreciate your sentiments and thank you for the advice. i worked with an Australian gentleman once and he suffered with melanoma as well. jambaloney and i know that when one of us starts to tingle, it is time to go in the shade. we are sun babies and love to be out in the sun. we do take precautions, though. thank you kind Sir, for your advice on this matter. we take everything you say very seriously.

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  10. Saw my first hummingbird of the year yesterday. Yep, spring is here. Nice trout! I'm planning on doing some fishing myself this weekend. Maybe I'll land some sand trout or speckled trout. Yum...

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    1. oh Craig - i can't wait for the hummingbirds to return - i love those nasty little things! i hope you have an awesome time out fishing this weekend - be sure to take a lot of pics and tell us about it on your blog. jamb lurks on your blog but doesn't comment - he's not a big commenter. but he is a big fan of the boat that you built - he's probably your biggest fan!

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  11. Speaking of dangerous and edible humming (and other) birds. This was a post I did about the dangerous side effects of erecting my new bean trellis last Summer.

    http://smallhold-pioneerpreppy.blogspot.com/2011/07/hidden-bean-trellis-danger.html

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  12. PP - i had read that post previously but didn't comment - i have since gone in and commented. chainmail, my friend, you need some chainmail - bahahahahahah!

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    1. HAHAHA - You my dear have just set at least part of the theme for tomorrows post.

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    2. right on - i am looking forward to it buddy!

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  13. Our garden is full of rabbits! I would kill any though. ;)

    Btw I did put my blog on private last night as I've found my eldest daughter is reading my blog. It was my private place, and now it's not. I may have to close the blog or set it on private for a while I'm really sad to say. :(

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  14. I meant wouldn't kill any!! Another typo!

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    1. i knew that you meant you wouldn't kill any rabbits Joey! as for your blog - yes, that is sad, and i am sorry. promise to send me an invite if you go private or move it?

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    2. thanx buddy - i knew i could count on you. xo

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  15. How do you keep ants from the hummingbird feeder? I suppose I need to feed my bunnies to get them close enough for a picture! Mine all hop around at dusk. I cannot wait until there are little six-inch bunnies hopping all over the yard!

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    1. PracticalP - our hummingbird feeders are up quite high and i have never had a problem with ants (knock on wood). and the crazy thing with the bunnies - i used to save scraps of vegetables for them - carrots, lettuce, and that kind of stuff. they walk right past the carrots and go straight for the peanuts!!! they love the peanuts!!!

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    2. Take a plastic spray can top the kind with the inner circle that covers the nozzle and the outter circle that fits over the can. Drill a hole in the middle circle then thread a line through it and hot glue or knot or whatever holds it in place. Fill the outter circle with water and waalaa the ants cannot cross the water to walk down the line to the feeder.

      You can also buy these devices as well.

      Ants are a super bad problem around Missouri.

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    3. ya know what PioneerP? i have seen those things and wondered why you needed "ant traps" at your hummingbird feeder?!?!?!? i guess down south you guys have probs with ants but i don't think i have ever seen an ant at our hummingbird feeders??? but thanks for the instructions on how to make the trap in case we need it!!!

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    4. kymber,
      Every day my hummingbird feeder would have ants, huge ants an inch long in the feeder, yes, in the liquid reservoir. I suppose I have to start all over with a new feeder and an ant trap. Keeping the ant trap full of water will be a problem since the other birds would be trying to use it. There are hundreds of birds in my yard!

      Standing water would also attract mosquitoes, so that is another problem. even a drop of water is too much to be standing!

      When I had the hummingbird feeder under a tree, ants fell from the trees. I tried for three years and have not tried for the last six or so. Maybe I will try again and get this figured out. Thanks for the suggesion, pioneer preppy.

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  16. MM - they sure were yummy! we eat trout during season every second day if not every day! so good for ya!

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  17. We have bunnies too and they really do minimal damage around here...like the Irishman always says--"Alla God's critters gotta eat!" Now the deer..that's another situation entirely. Last year they decimated my edamame--ate the tops off all the plants !
    Mostly the dogs and the scent of the dogs save us though.

    We have lots of goldfinches and tons of birds here at Honeysuckle Hill, lots of bright red Cardinals and Indigo Buntings and this year our old friend the Pileated Woodpecker is back. So we are excited about that.

    No hummers yet though. When they do arrive (usually the end of May around these parts) we will wind up with about 25-30 of them buzzing our front porch where we hang the feeders. I am their personal servant. If I don't keep those feeders filled, they let me know!!

    Have a good Sunday night, K and J !!

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    1. Akannie - glad that you don't have many probs with your bunnies either - we really don't have any probs as long as we keep the peanuts flowing - bahahahah! and the Irishman is right! sorry to hear about your edamame - that sucks! i am glad your dogs work out - we have 2 of the laziest cats on the planet - squirrels and birds perch on their heads regularly - bahahahha!

      oh i love cardinals! we had a family of them back living in one of our trees back in the city but i don't think there are any here. i am glad that your woodpecker friend is back!

      we get our hummers around the beginning of May - and yes - they turn everyone into personal servants!!! if their feeders are empty they knock on the door to wake us up - bahahah! i hope that you had a lovely sunday night A!

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