Music and Farm, The Cycle of Life

Rick and Lavinia Ross Farm & Music Newsletter for March 2018

The transition from winter into spring brings forth a profusion of wildlife, blooms, and rainbows amid wild, kaleidoscopic skies. Our feature photo this month is a shy but comely daffodil residing by an apple tree near the house.

A single daffodil, tucked in near an apple tree in the previous year, presenting us with a smiling face this spring.

Over time, these individual bulbs planted here and there will continue to divide, forming colorful islands in the sea of green.

Protected from gophers, the old barrel of crocus did not disappoint us, putting on a spectacular show this year.

A half-barrel of crocus on a sunny afternoon in March.

A cluster of crocus from the same barrel, in full orange-throated song, as only such a joyous spring flower can do.

News from the farm

February passed the baton of cold weather on to March, although spring cannot readily be held back as the days lengthen and sunrise moves north along the eastern ridge towards equinox. Perhaps a blessing, cool late weather and early spring weather have kept bush, tree and vine in check from breaking bud and blooming too early.

February 26th, another light covering of short-lived snow.

Undaunted daffodils, silently waiting to open their buds.

Early March brought slightly warmer weather, and a return to green.   Stinklesby II, the first skunk of the season, came calling early on; inquisitive and hungry, he left his unmistakably scented calling card behind in many places, including the shed.  He seems to have spent some time investigating that outbuilding, unfortunately.

Stinklesby II, a handsome striped skunk, came to visit. I kept the flash off so as not to alarm him. Click on any photo in this post to enlarge.

Stinklesby II investigating the solar path light.

Stopping to smell the roses, although there are no roses blooming yet.

Showing us the business end. The photo shoot came to a close! It is said they can accurately spray up to 10 feet.

While the earth remained cold and wet, the first round of seeds were started indoors in preparation for warmer times.  Tomatoes are ready for transplanting into larger pots, making room for ground cherries, something I have never tried to grow, in the seed start rack.   Late winter changes continued to make themselves apparent in the local plants and animals, including myself.  Like the skunk, I feel ready to shake off winter’s torpor and wander about, soaking up the still angled but warm sun.  Everything is to be investigated, noted and logged; every ephemeral rainbow and passing cloud present a feast for the eyes to be appreciated.

Daffodils and grape hyacinths were a bit dismayed at encountering snow again on March 23rd. Hopefully this storm closed the final chapter in winter’s book.

Bright sun and a passing storm two days later produced an intense rainbow, as well as a fainter second rainbow.

Cirrus clouds quickly formed after sunrise one morning; the sun shone through the layer of ice crystal cirrostratus as if it were a light source behind a sintered glass filter.  A quick look about the sky with polarized sunglasses revealed a bright ring around the sun, and a faint cloud bow.  Nature provides a wealth of memories to those willing to take the time to look.

An evening just past sundown was noteworthy, captured in mind’s eye; sound and scent will be remembered. A sliver of growing moon hung in the fading light to the west behind the thin, long sweeping tails of cirrus clouds while the first frogs of the evening tuned up for their night-long performance; the scent of geosmin rose from the damp earth. All was as it should be.

News from the Cats of Salmon Brook Farms

Mr. Nano, ever watchful.

Resident Feline Correspondent Mr. Nano has called upon Correspondent Miss Nod to file her report for March.  She will be 5 years old this August, and has been learning the valuable skills of observation from the crow’s nest.  Very little has escaped her sharp-eyed gaze.  Without further ado, Miss Nod will present her findings.

Feline Correspondent Miss Nod, keeping an eye on news from the crow’s nest.

In early March, I sat transfixed one morning as frost appeared to thicken into a solid white patina and sparkle as the sun rose; perhaps the mists added to it, or it was the illusion created by Old Sol’s gaze cast upon it.   The rising sun quickly dispatched Jack Frost’s handiwork; eventually the green below emerged, and all traces of the ice kingdom were gone.

Our daffodils by the old garage that bloomed in January had already begun to die back in early March, while others in less protected places were in the fat bud stage, or just emerging. Mint was slowing forming shoots and leaves from wandering rootstock, still keeping low to the ground. Crocus and other spring bulbs continued to push upward into the light, while other green shoots came out of hiding like Muchkins upon discovering Dorthy was not the Wicked Witch.

Another solitary daffodil among the daylilies.

Morning sun after a rain presents yet another view of Nature’s handiwork, spilling gold across the green winter grass and and causing the myriad water drops clinging to branch and stem to scintillate.  She sometimes sends us soft, rumply skies with patches of blue and hints of pastel color at daybreak, or dawn’s rosy glow on the underside of lavender-grey clouds.  I recall one dawn colored in Maxfield Parrish hues and a silver-gold sliver of waning moon, captured in mind’s eye.

The black locust tree at dawn on the 12th. The soft clouds in the background have captured dawn’s pink glow.

The aerial rivers of moisture that flow across the Pacific Northwest deposit a variety of cloud forms.  The light plays amid the canyons created by water-swollen cumulonimbus clouds, giving a sense of texture and depth, of places to explore.

Our multilevel sky on March 16th.

March has presented us with two full moons, on the 1st and 31st, allowing many opportunities for observation, even on nights with intermittent cloud cover.  The moon, in its last quarter, hung pale-gold in the sky.   I had seen it over the southeast horizon around 3:30 AM that morning, not long after it had risen, flooding the room with pale golden light. I fell asleep again to the sound of chorus frogs cheerfully serenading the moon’s passage high above through the blackness of space.  We all see the same moon, no matter where we reside, a common tie that binds us all on this one Earth we share.  If only that were enough.

We wish our readers a pleasant evening ahead,  and safe travels to wherever their destination in life may lead them.

Correspondent Miss Nod, on duty.

– Resident Feline Correspondent Miss Nod, reporting for Salmon Brook Farms

Music news (schedule posted on the Performance Schedule page)

I continue to enjoy playing out again.  March has not been any more conducive to finishing projects than February, and I will make no further excuses.  Things will be done when they will be done.

For those readers who are new or catching up, do visit the Salmon Brook Farms YouTube channel.  Our first Tiny Farm Concerts one song music video was posted at the end of March, 2017. I am 15 years older and a good bit more grey since my first and only CD was released back in 2003, but still in the saddle. It has been an interesting ride, with more to come! Do keep an eye on more content appearing from time to time.

For those who have missed previous posts and wish to view the channel content, here are links to the previous two videos.

The Orchard, our distributor, has placed some of our music from the Keepsake CD on YouTube. Anyone wishing to see the entire track listing and stories behind the songs should visit my personal page under MUSIC in the menu at the top of this post. Depending on what country you live in, the music placed on YouTube by The Orchard may be blocked. Readers can also access some songs from the CD via the old IUMA archive site. See

In the meantime, in your area, wherever you may be, please do all you can to help keep your own local music alive. Go out and see someone you don’t know, host a house concert, download songs or buy CDs. Or even just stop for a minute to hear someone at a Farmers’ Market. Live, local musicians provide a wealth of talent most people will never hear about in this age of iPods, Internet and TV.
Lavinia and Rick Ross
Salmon Brook Records / Salmon Brook Farms

71 thoughts on “Rick and Lavinia Ross Farm & Music Newsletter for March 2018

  1. Timothy Price says:

    Stinklesby II looks big and healthy. Our skunks were stinking around in late February, but now they have stopped spraying and I see where they’ve been digging for grubs every morning. We only got on purple crocus and a couple of white crocus this year. All the other crocus are yellow. We have lots of yellow daffodils, also. Yellow flowers seem to survive and naturalize well in our dry climate. I think we have had one dusting of snow this year so far. It’s always nice to hear from your cats.

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Tim! Stinklesby II is the largest skunk I have ever seen come through here. I can still smell skunk from time to time out there, and I see where they have been digging for grubs and other tidbits. I agree on the yellow daffodils – they seem to naturalize and thrive the best. I haven’t seen any sign of the white Thalia daffodil yet. I wonder if we lost it over the winter. I don’t have much luck with crocus unless they are in a barrel, in gravel, or up against a building. They must be tasty to somebody out there.

      The cats here all send their best to your kitties, and are asking for hammocks of their own now that they have seen how your cats love them. Those are great photos of your kitties in the hand-crafted cat hammocks on your site!

      Will you be photographing the full moon tonight? I love your photos of the moon over the bosque and Sandias. You live in some spectacular country!

      Give our best to Laurie and Tristan. A Happy Easter to you and your family, Tim!

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  2. I have read that skunks are a sign of a healthy ecology. Stinklesby looks healthy and quite large. I hope s/he isn’t looking for a home…for a brood…of skunks….Your crocuses are fabulous! Enjoy your spring as it comes. Ours is going to be long and cold, I think!

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    • Thanks for stopping, Arlingwoman! Skunks are definitely part of a healthy ecology. They are hungry when they first come out of their winter dens. There are all kinds of places for them to hole up around here. When I was a child, one had babies in a basket in the garage. I remember her little face looking up at me. She and the babies left on their own one night.

      I just love those little crocus goblets! I am glad I got the photo when I did, as a deer ate them recently. Happy Spring to you too, and I hope your cold weather does not go on much longer. 🙂

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    • Thank you for stopping by Jill, and the kind comments. It is a pleasure and a privilege to live here and share the farm with its wildlife. I am glad I was able to photograph the crocus before the deer came along and ate them. 🙂

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  3. I always feel good cheer after reading your monthly updates, Lavinia! This time of year, especially, the news from Salmon Brook Farms is an antidote to the gloom of winter. We had a light snow last night, and the week’s forecast is for more snow. So much for early spring here! Best Easter wishes for you and yours!

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    • So good to see you, Doug! A Happy Easter to you, Dougy and Andy, too! So you had snow for Easter this year? I remember snow on Easter one year, back when I was a child. The neighbor kids had an Easter egg hunt, indoors. One egg was unfortunately hidden under a seat cushion, and I sat on it.

      April could still throw us a surprise snow storm here. That has happened before.

      Elbert’s Garden is beginning to fill in more now. I will be setting up a separate page on this blog site for all these little memorial gardens. That way the photos will be all in one place, and be there all the time to look see and enjoy.

      I’ll check in on what you and they boys have been up to in a bit here. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

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  4. Herman says:

    Hi Lavinia! Always enjoy reading your posts and so nice to see everything is coming alive in your garden. And of course, we’re always looking forward to the contribution of Mr. Nano.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Mr. Bowie says “Meow!” and sends his regards!

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    • Always good to see you and Mr. Bowie, Herman! Mr. Nano and crew send their warmest regards to their honorary Belgian brother, and they are pleased to hear he is back in good health!

      The cherry tree garden is doing well, and each year the flower bulbs divide, and the garden looks more full. I will be setting up a separate page on this blog site for all these little gardens. That way the photos will be all in one place, and there all the time to look at.

      A big “Meow” back from all of us, my friend! 🙂

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    • Thank you for stopping by Derrick, as always! And thank you for the kind comments, they mean a lot to me. Give my best to Jackie, and tell her I am looking forward to seeing more photos of her lovely gardens this season.

      Aren’t cirrus clouds beautiful?

      Since I have started playing music out more, it is getting harder to get around to everyone in a timely fashion. I will visit again soon. 🙂

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  5. Lovely crocus. We became too hot too soon and my crocus sprouted then withered. Hey – you’re right, projects will done whenever!!
    Take care and enjoy! That’s the best life we can lead!

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    • Always good to see you, GP! I am glad I photographed those crocus, as a deer came along and ate them not long afterward. There are days I feel as if I have opened a restaurant here. 🙂

      Michael’s tree is doing well coming into spring. I think of both of you every time I see the little Sequoia, which is not so little anymore. They do that, don’t they? About a foot a year once they are established, I was told, for these coastal redwoods.

      I will be setting up a separate page on this blog site for all these memorial trees and gardens. That way the photos will be all in one place, and there all the time to look at. Since I have started playing music out more, it is getting harder to get around to everyone in a timely fashion. I will visit again soon, my friend. A Happy Easter to you, and I love the Easter Bunny gif! 🙂

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  6. I like seeing our skunks and we all seem to coexist just fine, cats and skunks and people! Ms. Nod is very observant and has a lovely lyrical writing style. I’m interested that she seems to be tutored in the arts, both movies and paintings . . .

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    • Thank you for stopping by Kerry, and the kind comments! Miss Nod sends her regards. She is a good student of life, not missing much of what goes on. 🙂

      I really enjoy your posts, Kerry. Knowing there are people out there like you that keep the crafts of weaving and quilting alive warms the heart. And such beautiful work!


  7. Oh dear Lavinia, what a beautiful post, flowers fascinating, I love crocus, amazing colours. And your visitor, skunk seems so lovely, but are they friendly? especially for cats… Miss Nod so lovely, different colours eye… like Turkish Van cats..

    I wish you beautiful April days for you all dear Lavinia, it was a great visit to be there as always, Thank you so much, Love, nia

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    • Always good to see you, dear Nia! I would describe skunks as relatively peaceful, but do not like to be surprised or frightened. They can shoot a foul smelling liquid from their anal glands, and dogs (and sometimes cats) end up getting sprayed if they get too close or harass the skunk. Skunks sometimes carry rabies virus, like any other wild animal, so one must be very careful. I admire them from a distance, and they are free to come and go here.

      Your Princess Suriya’s flowers are coming up. The orange crocus have bloomed and gone, the grape hyacinths are up now, and daffodils are pushing their way up. This little memorial garden for her is a new planting, like Easy Weimeraner’s, and will take a year or two to look full. I will send you some pictures this week. I will be setting up a separate page on this blog site for all these little gardens. That way the photos will be all in one place, and there all the time to look at. Since I have started playing music out more, it is getting harder to get around to everyone in a timely fashion. I will visit again soon to see your photos of cats and beautiful Turkish countryside.

      Yes, Miss Nod does look like a Turkish Van cat, and she thanks you for the compliment! Turkish Van cats are very beautiful. Old Klaatu, the white wild kitty who died back in 2013 and was the subject of my very first post, had one blue eye on the left and one yellow-green eye on the right, same as Nod. They are probably related, all from the same feral cat gene pool in the area.

      Wishing you, your family and little Ibis a beautiful April as well. Love to you all. ❤

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    • Thank you stopping by from Equipsblog, Pat! And thank you for the kind comments. The cats do a fine job of reporting their findings. 🙂

      The skunk’s origins are unknown. We had a skunk come through a few years ago who stayed around for a while. That one was the first Stinklesby. They are all welcome visitors, although I keep a watchful eye on their whereabouts.

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  8. At least we don’t have the problem of our crocuses being eaten by deer. I am glad that you got the picture before they were eaten as it was very cheerful. I was looking forward to the full moon yesterday but unkind clouds appeared and covered it up,

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    • Thank you for stopping by from Scotland, Mr. Tootlepedal! Deer often eat plants here they have not bothered with in past years. Usually it is the gophers that attack my crocus beds, which is why I put these ones in a half-barrel along with my tiger lily collection. The deer ate some of them, too, but not all.

      We did have a clear evening here last night, and the full moon was beautiful. By morning, all had clouded over, and it is in the mid 40s and raining again at this time. I wouldn’t mind if some of those warmer, sunnier days came back soon. 🙂


  9. That is the bright side of a cold March – plants are not tricked into bloom only to be zapped by a late freeze. Last year there was a big Magnolia covered with early blooms. After the temps plummeted overnight, the flowers all turned to mush.

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    • Thanks for stopping by from gardeninacity, Jason! It will be interesting to see what April throws at us. We have had surprise April snows some years. Most years we do not get pears as the tree blooms too early, and gets zapped by frost or cold, wet weather. The pear has not bloomed yet, so far so good! We should see the plums and cherries bloom soon, followed by apples. This spring has been very cool so far though, and we may get what also happens some years, everything blooms at roughly the same time.

      All the best to you! I’ll be over to your blog this week to see what’s going on in your area.

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  10. As always, I look forward to finding quality time to sit and enjoy your newsletter. And once again, I experience a series of reactions and emotions as I read. That little daffodil is a real trooper! I have snowdrops now but no daffs. And the photo of the crocus-es — such a rich and uplifting colour. I can hardly wait for mine to pop up. And our correspondent Miss Nod – such an elegant reporter in looks and as she writes on matters of Nature.

    Congrats on being out with your music again. It is such sweet music, that I hope everyone checks out your YouTube channel. And I mean “sweet” in the best way, which is not at all sugary, but truly touches the heart.

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Cynthia, and for the kind comments! Miss Nod is pleased you like her writing. She is a beautiful little soul, and a very elegant cat with that stunning Paul Newman blue eye.

      I am enjoying being out playing again. It is good for the soul! I am pleased I have touched your heart with my music. That is quite an honor for me!

      All the best to you and your family, Cynthia. I hope your crocus and other spring flowers will burst forth soon, and color your world with their joy. 🙂

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  11. I was so sorry to read that deer have eaten your glorious crocuses! We have had so much deer damage this year too and I can understand how you must feel. The deer must eat, and how pleased they must have been to find such tasty bulbs in a handy container!
    I loved your and Miss Nod’s news update from the farm very much and I am so pleased you are enjoying performing again.

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Clare, and for the kind comments! Deer generally leave our crocus alone, but this year I think the profusion of blooms in the barrel was too much to ignore. 🙂

      Miss Nod does a wonderful job of reporting her observations. 🙂

      Playing music and performing is something I love to do, and I am quite grateful for being able to get out again.

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  12. I comment the first part Lavinia . It is a true poem in prose whom I love both the lyrism and the scientist precision. You lived at the rythm of the wild nature and seasons .
    Your photos of shunk are wonderful ( shunk is said moufette in French )
    And the grape hyacinth is called here Muscari.
    You are wise to think it is good the blooming be late as the last year we got here in Amiens a frost on April 22 and 23 which killed the flowers of all the fruits trees. No fruits at all !
    Love ❤

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    • It is always good to see, Michel! Thank you so much for stopping by, and for the kind comments! We try to live a day at a time, observing what each day has to offer.

      Les moufettes, the skunks, are very active at the border of winter and spring each year. Our visitor this year was one of the largest skunks we have ever seen come through the farm. It is sad, as many are killed in the roads at this time of year. They do not know how to get out of the way of automobiles.

      I think this year, all our fruit trees will bloom at roughly the same time instead of their normal schedules. Pear, plum and cherry come first, followed by apple trees in a normal year. We are still getting frosts at this time.

      Love to you, Janine and your family, Michel! That was a lovely post about several generations of your children helping with your garden at Easter. ❤


    • Always good to see you, Annie! Thank you for stopping by from Animalcouriers, and thank you for the kind comments! The first skunk of the season does herald the warmth to come. Stinklesby II was a big one, one of the largest skunks I have seen come through yet. 🙂 Miss Nod was happy to file a report this month, and sends her best to you and the Animal Couriers team. 🙂

      It has been a very cool start to spring. I just came back in from checking on the fruit trees and vineyard. I am pleased that after a warmer than normal January, the cool weather has prevented early bud break in the vineyard. The golden plums have started off the cascade of purple plum, pear, cherry and apple tree blooms; the blueberries are not far behind. In a season like this, everything blooms close together instead of their normal staggered schedule.

      Wishing you a good season in your own vineyard. May you have sufficient rainfall, a bountiful harvest, and a great vintage year. 🙂

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  13. Dear Lavinia, heartfelt thanks for sharing your wonderful music with us.
    Sorry to be late. I’m having a hard time adjusting to the fact that it is April…since the weather says otherwise. So I enjoyed your flowers all the more.
    My, but Miss Nod looks so mysterious in her photo 😊
    Hugs to you and Rick, and the kitties. ❤

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    • Always good to see you, Teagan! Thank you for stopping by, and please never worry about being late. I am having a harder time getting around to people these days, and certainly don’t fault anyone else. 🙂

      Glad you enjoyed the spring flowers. The deer ate the crocus right after the photos were taken. Little Miss Nod does look mysterious with that one blue eye! Hugs back to you and Crystal. ❤ Spring will be in your area soon. Winter can't go on much longer back there!


  14. Hello Lavinia what a lovely post. So nice to see daffs and those beautiful crocus (truly safe from gophers .. something we don’t have in NZ). Oh that skunk .. what a handsome fellow. Not good news that he found your shed interesting! To think you still have to dodge at 10ft! Thanks to Miss Nod for her update, wish I could give her a huge cuddle ..

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    • Thank you for stopping by from beautiful Frog Pond Farm in New Zealand, Julie! And thank you for the kind comments, too. The skunks coming out of winter denning seem to spend a while spraying and checking out the neighborhood before settling down and going about their normal business. Stinklesby II is the biggest one that has come through here we have seen, so far. They handsome, smelly fellows. 🙂 The crocus, safe from gophers in the barrel, were eaten by deer not long afterward. 😦 I am glad I took those photos.

      Miss Nod sends her warmest regards, and sends a virtual hug to you. 🙂 All the best to you and your family from the cats and crew here.

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  15. Hi Lavinia! What lovely photos, as always. The double rainbow in the lavender-cloudy sky photo is stunning. That skunk is quite handsome, too – I’m pretty sure those markings are different than the skunks I see out this way. Curious about his spraying your shed … I thought skunks only sprayed defensively, no? Or is it like a cat, marking? Miss Nod is quite lovely and her almond-shaped eyes, beautiful. That is where they got the name for cats-eye glasses, no doubt. Thanks for your uplifting update – hope this finds you well. Jeanne

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    • Thank you for stopping by and the kind comment, Anarette! Always good to see you! Our iris won’t bloom until May in my region. It has been so cool this spring though, that I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t bloom until June.

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  16. Mr Nano is both scientist and poet . So he sees a world of ice in the morning with all its beauty ,then he enjoyed to see appear again the green , he motices the succession of blooming of the diffrent daffodils and narcissus, he enjoys to see pearls necklace due to the drops on the grass lighted by the morning sun ! What a cat! And miss Nod gives him a satisfecit to his report . She is the same and what a couple of cats they would make ! 🙂
    Love ❤

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    • Always good to see you, Michel! Thank you for stopping by and for the kind comments! Mr. Nano and Miss Nod make a great team. They see much from their windows. I love your description of a pearl necklace created dewdrops and morning sun. That is beautiful!

      We wish you and Janine a springtime filled with flowers and a bountiful garden this year. It was heartwarming to read about your multi-generational family gathering to dig the garden and plant it at Easter. Much love to all of you! ❤ Lavinia


  17. I didn’t know there were different sorts of skunk! I thought there were just smelly ones.

    Miss Nod looks very elegant with those eyes.

    And finally, I’m told that grating soap into the soil round crocuses stops the bulbs being eaten. I have never tried it but chicken netting also works. Unfortunately, nothing can protect them once they grow up. My parents used to have their crocuses shredded by sparrows.

    There’s always something…

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    • Always good to see you, Quercus! Thanks for stopping by! Miss Nod sends a big “Meow” back to you for the compliment on her lovely eyes. She is particularly impressed with her blue eye, and says it reminds her of the late Paul Newman 🙂

      The parade of skunks is an annual event. They are particularly smelly when they first come out in the spring, argumentative and hungry, digging holes everywhere looking for fat grubs.

      Yes, there is always somebody out there trying to eat the flowers. I’ve heard the soap trick works on deer, but I haven’t tried it yet. At least growing them in the barrel keeps the gophers at bay. 🙂

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  18. Hello there Lavinia and all friendly or furry inhabitants of Salmon Brook 😀 I felt sure, while reading, that I’d read your post here before. But I enjoyed it again. Your writing is always a joy. Or perhaps it was Nod herself, dictating such a lucious story? I’m rather envious that you enjoy such an early spring. Daffodils in January? We are just now beginning to warm up enough to melt the snow. Gah! I wish la vision de la lune was enough to bring the world together. I always think it’s a beautiful common thread. Perhaps that thread has ravelled a bit but it still holding things together 😀 xo Boom PS, Your little skunk, AKA Stinklesby II, must be in heaven I should think.

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    • Always good to see you, Boomdee! Thanks for stooping by from Canada and for the kind comments! We normally have relatively mild winters in my part of western Oregon, although it seems the coolness has been prolonged this spring. I hope your area melts soon, and you get to enjoy some spring before summer arrives!

      Little Stinklesby II is probably having a grand old time somewhere, out and about. I still smell skunk from time to time, and see signs of digging for grubs. 🙂

      The cats ands crew here send all the best to you and Mr. Boomdee and the kitties. 🙂

      One can always hope, regarding the world. Whatever common threads there are to hold it together, I hope can stop the raveling of the fabric of society.

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  19. Spring being what it is — the season when boat owners demand the immediate appearance of their varnishers — the onset of fair(er) weather has slowed down my blog reading. Still, I couldn’t miss your post, or a nice, leisurely read. The detailed descriptions of seasonal delights, and the antics of the critters around you, always are a treat.

    I always find a little surprise here, as well.Today, it was the mention of the Thalia daffodil. We have a thalia, too — Thalia dealbata, also known as alligator flag. You can see it here. And, I just read the most interesting, detailed post about daffodils on a blog called In Defense Of Plants. I’m sure a second link would throw this into spam, so I’ll wait and add a link to that blog later. It’s kept me up entirely too late, too often. It’s a fascinating site.

    It’s lovely to get the reports from the cats, too. I’m past the point of thinking about Dixie Rose constantly, but I still can’t browse my file of photos of her without breaking into tears. Oh, I do miss her! But that will ease in time. Now, just how much time I can’t say!

    I hope spring’s firmly established now, and that earth and sky alike are pleasant and comfortable. Oh — and I hope the skunk has moved on!

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    • Always good to see you, Linda! Thanks for stopping by, and for the kind comments! Between seasonal work here and getting out more with the music, my blog reading has also slowed down. Things have to get done in groups and cycles.I only wish the days were longer and that I did not need sleep! 🙂

      Your Thalia dealbata is a a beautiful wildflower, and I encourage readers to visit your link. I remember Lady Bird Johnson, and also encourage readers to visit the Texas wildflower center named for her.

      It is hard to lose one of our animal companions. Although they are not on the front lines with us anymore, they still reside with us in spirit, only a thought away. When her iris blooms, I will send you a photo. Being a new planting, I am not sure she will bloom this year, but I am sure next May you will see her.

      I have not seen Stinklesby II since that day, and smell less skunk odor as spring moves along. I wish him or her well. 🙂

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  20. Our daffodils began blooming in earnest a couple of weeks ago, after our last blast of winter. We began planting rows of daffodils around our cabin and gardens a couple of decades ago. Now, we just take the wheel barrow, dig out clumps, and replant the every-spreading bulbs every year. We have covered close to a quarter of a mile of road-edge, a few wheel barrows full of bulbs every year. Happy Spring! -Oscar

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    • Always go to see you, Oscar. Thanks for stopping by! That is a wonderful thing about spring bulbs, especially daffodils. They just keep on multiplying and spreading the beauty!

      I am slow at visiting everyone these days. Between music, farm, and work, my life is a blur. I’ll be by to visit your blog again soon. A Happy Spring to you, too!


  21. That is truly staying close to the nature. I know how everybody hates skunks. Just like somebody mentioned, it shows that it is a healthy environment out there. I have seen a skunk visiting our back yard, too. Even though I had never seen it, I recognized it obviously right away, although it was dark. I checked with Wikipedia, and yes, it was a skunk.
    I have numerous small animals here, probably because we have do not have a dog or cat and that is because of my art everywhere, in every corner.
    Your flowers are always extraordinary beautiful, they must enjoy a lot of attention and love.
    Cats are fantastic! Do not work too hard, so that you can do more of your great music!

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    • Always good to see you, Inese! Thank you for stopping by and all the kind comments! We do try to maintain a healthy environment out here, and I am happy to see the skunks and other wild creatures come through.

      I’ve been trying to plant perennial flowers here there and everywhere about the farm. They are beautiful!

      The cats thank you for your comment on their being fantastic. 🙂

      Work, music and getting enough sleep make a real juggling act, especially during spring, summer and fall. 🙂

      Readers, please visit Inese and her beautiful artwork at


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