Well now that winter is fading (not that it was much of one), it is time to think about turning the water back on and heading to the schoolhouse.
However that also means we will have to clean up from our furry squatters. This infographic I discovered shares a little bit of why I take such care in cleaning up after the mice. Blech.
What You (Might Not) Want To Know about Mice & Rats
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We will be raking soon so I thought this infographic might be of interest. Enjoy!
Well I came up today to start prepping for fall but besides a chill in the air it still looks like summer here.
Many of the plants are still untouched by frost and the geraniums are still budding. I can’t even take any leaves as they are still predominantly green.
It looks as though Pat’s grass garden did well over the past few weeks and even the hollyhock is still growing though I have been able to collect some seeds. We will see what the next few weeks have in store when we are both able to get here and start the end of summer shut down.
It has taken some time but my holyhocks have finally produced blooms.
For some reason I thought they were going to be dark purple but these have more of a tequila sunrise quality.
In any case they add a little something to the space beside the back porch.
I have also planted another one this year in behind this one. This label says it will be pink, purple, or yellow so we will wait an see.
I found this neat, interactive infographic on bringing wildlife into the garden and I thought I would share it.
Last year I planted some new peonies and they are just about ready to maybe bloom but if they do it won’t be that spectacular.
However my tried and true peony bush has already bloomed and I managed to pick the last of its blooms. This will have to tide us over until the news are ready to pop.
Well we missed much of the spring here but I have managed to at least see a few springtime blooms.
There are no daffodils left but the tulips and lilac are still holding on. It is the last bit of colour until the summer blooms start to show their stuff.
i have always wanted two bathrooms here at the schoolhouse but this isn’t quite what I had in mind.
Our kind friend has provided us with a new toilet (well new to us) and installed it. As soon as the water is up and running we will be able to be a little less rustic than we have been the past few months. And for now this old beaut will remind us of what a cold winter it truly was.
Is it safe to come out yet? Is winter finally over and spring on its way?
Winter is leaving. At least I hope it is.
I generally don’t like to complain about the weather. Partially because Canadians shouldn’t complain about the cold but also working from home means I can avoid most of it. This winter though, has been nothing but a cold, crappy disaster from start to finish when it comes to the schoolhouse. Mice infestations, frozen toilets, no heat and a near propane explosion have tested the limits of patience in our household.
So here’s to spring and with it some vacation time to do some serious clean up.
Ever seen a frozen toilet?
Until last weekend hadn’t either. I can tell you it involves much swearing.
The tank is tanked
While the water was off this winter, a little water remained in the system. Generally we keep a little heat on to avoid this sort of thing but when I arrived at the house the heat was off and at some point, according to our thermometer, had reached -9° Celsius at some point in the past few weeks. Good times. So a new toilet is on my shopping list now as the tank cracked substantially. We will wait until the spring to see what else has gone awry.