Saturday, 16 July 2016

The rain has been wonderful!

We have been grateful for the recent rains. It's not been much, but the garden is happy. Our lakes and streams are still low. The 'frogpond' is just a mass of water parsnip weeds.
Annie came walkies with me
The goldfish are doing well, we counted 8, so we might have our 10 still.
The bugs are horrid, a  horsefly joined me on the back deck. It hid up above, and moved out of view as I photographed it from my chair. Weird little thing. It was right beside the butterfly chrysalis.
Then there was the teeniest grasshopper I've ever seen.

Last night, it was time to replace the old hummingbird food. I took it down, since there was a massive dump of rain on the way. The silly thing, sat on the hook that holds the feeder and glared at me!

Then there is the hops vine. It is doing wonderfully well. Much bigger than in previous years. It has climbed the back deck supports and has hit the roof ceiling, where we have a pair of gray tree frogs looking for bugs.
On my Reptile and Amphibian's FB site, I called them 'twins' and was corrected as they have different markings.

Tam : not twins- one has two marks below the eye the other three. Love treefrogs and missing them here. Have hardly seen any.

As an adoptee, I was huffed! They are my twins!
Someone else commented, 'hoppers on hops!'


Faye said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog, Jennifer. It gave me opportunity to look into your blogs. You have quite an impressive resume for someone so young. I also taught math but it was long time ago and math has changed so much in the way it is viewed. Life was much simpler in the 50s. Math was easier to understand the way it used to be taught. I fear for this generation of kids who can't add or multiply in their heads. I am taking Lumosity exercises and am finding it to be very helpful with memory, attention, speed, etc. A great tool for us octogenarians.

sandy said...

Love this post and those cute tree frogs! Nice shots of the pond - Nice that you got some rain. We are having a really unusual July other than a heatwave in June our weather has been more like spring. I'm loving it. Haven't got much rain yet the last few months. We actually got over 30" for the whole year in 2015/16 rain year.

Linda said...

How gorgeous, Jennifer! I love the rain and the smell of the air when it rains. Especially after some very hot and humid weather. I saw via a comment you left on William's Ottawa blog that you don't like crowds. We definitely have this in common, I don't, either. :)

William Kendall said...

The rain we've had certainly has helped, though we need more of it!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
...could be the same frog, seen twice.... (just mixin' the pot, y'ken &*P)... Cutesome, whatever! Everything looking lush. YAM xx

Nancy J said...

News from you, coming here on a very windy Sunday morning, is so welcome. Your " walkies" are the best, with one or the other feline for company. I look at YOUR jetty, your chair set out there, and the tiniest wildlife insects you find. Have a wonderful day in your own part of Paradise, faraway from war and strife elsewhere.

Red said...

So if you just sit on the deck lots of critters come by.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

You pretty much nailed it, Red! Then there are the deer, the coyote and the bear, who've had their photos taken in my back 40!

Alicia C said...

OMG the little frogs are so special!!!!! we've had a lot of rain here (southern US) too which is suppsoedly good though it brings with it some bad things like thunder

love the bug pics too!! how fun!

Karen said...

My hops are doing great too! The "one" transplanted to the back of the house is growing into a mad tangle of dozens.

Maria Gloria D'Amico said...

Eu adoro os aromas da chuva na terra.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the fish are pretty. Love the hummers, they are my favorite summer bird. Sorry, I am just catching up after being away. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy day and week ahead!