by Leslie Cox; Sunday; February 20, 2022
Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.
~ Mrs. C.W. Earle, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897
by Leslie Cox; Saturday; February 5, 2022
This Cooper’s hawk has been a frequent visitor to our garden since the fall, when this photo was taken. I was so lucky to get some great shots of the hawk in our birch tree while he was drying his feathers out. (Remember the rains we had in November?) It is not often these raptors pose so magnificently for you…and definitely not as long as this one did for me. I think I shot close 100 photos and I only stopped because I was getting chilly having run outdoors in my slippers and without my jacket. My camera battery was running low too!
by Leslie Cox; Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Buried deep in the history behind Candlemas and Groundhog Days:
If Candlemas [February 2] be mild and gay,
Go saddle your horses and buy them hay;
But if Candlemas be stormy and black,
It carries the winter away on its back.
Just half your wood and half your hay,
Should be remaining on Candlemas Day.
On Candlemas Day,
The good goose begins to lay.
When the wind’s in the east on Candlemas Day,
There it will stick till the 2nd of May.
On Candlemas Day, if the thorns hang a drop,
You are sure of a good pea crop.