Category Archives: autumn

Autumn in the garden of Dell and Craigys


Its that time of year..the garden is starting to go into winters slumber..

NC dells_016Some of Craigys hearts hanging from the entry trellis,

Craigy makes hearts for Sicksta..

NC dells_046Sicsksta Dell likes garden statues and art..

Anyone want to contribute some garden art?

NC dells_017Camellia’s bloom this time of year.

NC dells_048The grasses showing off their dried mops..

NC dells_045NC dells_043The old shed in the back yard is falling apart slowly..

One of these years it will be torn down..

NC dells_044Another Craigy heart on the entry path…Sicksta embedded it between home made pavers and shiny blue glass beads.NC dells_018

Craigys blue bomb~I mean truck..;0

NC dells_019Another piece of garden art..NC dells_020That gets moved around from time to time, when things need moving to the dump.

NC dells_022I wonder how he sees out of these foggy side mirrors..

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I wander out of the yard and into the field next door..Its for sale…the field and 20 acres that go down to a small stream.

NC dells_034NC dells_029It’s a pretty used to be mowed and planted with crops to attract deer for the neighbor who was a hunter.

The neighbor passed away and the field has gone to the grasses and wildflowers..

Good place in the spring to look for Indigo buntings and Blue Grosbeaks..and other purdy birdies.

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Back in the yard I check out the area near the home made rock patio..

When I am here it is always filled ….its strange to see it empty.

This sandy space is waiting for Homey and Jeff…and so am I ..

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Fire in late Autumn..

Howdee all,

Its nice to finally be here in NC at Sicksta Dell and Craigys.

When we arrived the Oak and Hickory trees had let most of their leaves go and it was a big leafy mess in Sickstas garden.

NC_001So…Sicksta raked…and Craigy burned some of the leaves..

NC_005NC_007Jack supervised..

NC_004I took this particular day off..


The following day I raked leaves, put them on a tarp and dragged them to the back yard . I cleared the area in preparation for Jeff and Homeys arrival next week.

I set up the bird feeders.

I am wondering where the Robins and Cedar Waxwings are..they seem a bit late this year.

NC_010Jack and Kali in their new orange scarves. 

Its hunting season here…and one cant be too careful.



Nature walk~South Park

Howdee all,

We needed a bit of Nature…so Sicksta Dell, Jeff and I drove to

South Park near Pittsburgh…

Dell and I took a little stroll.

It was a gray day…

nature walk southern hillsPitts_001Crunchy walk on the bed of oak leaves..

nature walk southern hillsPitts_002X and a Y crossing the path..

Do you see them?

nature walk southern hillsPitts_003Sicksta Dell walks on the Y do da do…

nature walk southern hillsPitts_007Spotted Oak leaves..

nature walk southern hillsPitts_010Gnarly ..

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Beauty in the imperfect..

nature walk southern hillsPitts_012It was nice to get out and be recharged by nature..

nature walk southern hillsPitts_015I has been stressful for all of us..

nature walk southern hillsPitts_018Nature~perfect in its imperfection…

nature walk southern hillsPitts_020Just as we are..

nature walk southern hillsPitts_022Tomorrow Colin has surgery to reunite him with his skull piece..

nature walk southern hillsPitts_024Thank you all for your continued prayers and support.

nature walk southern hillsPitts_028If all goes well~we plan on driving Colin to NC for some recuperation time.

Jeff will fly to Ct and pick up Homey and drive to NC on his own and meet us there.

We are HOPING to have Thanksgiving together in NC.

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Wishing you all a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

Once in NC, I hope to be back in the Social networking swing of things.

See you all then!

Its Raining leaves and nuts

Howdee all,

It is Autumn here in North Carolina.

The hickory leaves and nuts are falling..I love the way the leaves nestle themselves in the front of our Homey..

autumn dell and craigs_002autumn dell and craigs_003Ballie goes for walks on the harness…he likes chewing on grass.

I gave him a bath yesterday,so he looks a bit scraggly.autumn dell and craigs_006The hickory trees in the photo below have lost their leaves…can you see all the nuts still on the tree?autumn dell and craigs_009These are the Hickory’s above our Homey..leaves and nuts falling now..

Sounds extremely loud from inside when a nut falls on our roof.autumn dell and craigs_010Yesterday we had hundreds of what looked like Turkey Vultures flying overhead in the thermals. I changed the contrast on the photo below so you can see just the crazy amount of birds.autumn dell and craigs_017Wish I knew what else was flying with them…autumn dell and craigs_018

One more bird added to this visits Yard list

Turkey Vultures


It was very warm and breezy yesterday…lots of Hickory nuts and leaves falling..


Fort Nature Refuge,North Smithfield, RI

Fort Nature Refuge

North Smithfield, Rhode Island

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Howdee all,

This past weekend Jeff and I visited our daughter in Rhode Island. We share a love of the outdoors and hiking,so we chose this Audubon Refuge for our hike of the day.

 The Fort Family donated the land to the Audubon Society after they had created a nature refuge for themselves, Ruhren said. Trails wind through a forest of hardwoods, mixed with evergreens. In some places, there are stands of healthy hemlocks and patches of planted pines, white and red. via the Projoaudubon n smithfield RI_001A stream connects three ponds, creatively named First, Second and Third. They are the headwaters of the Woonasquatucket River which flows down to Providence and into Narragansett Bay.via The Projoaudubon n smithfield RI_002We did a loop starting with the Blue trail..yellow, red and back to the blue.

Most of the leaves had fallen…

audubon n smithfield RI_003A bench in the wateraudubon n smithfield RI_004Guess we wont be sitting here..audubon n smithfield RI_006Quartz still life..audubon n smithfield RI_011Pinkness…audubon n smithfield RI_015Anyone know what type of bee/hornet lives here?audubon n smithfield RI_020

We walked on crispy crunchy audubon n smithfield RI_026Through the forest to vernal pools..audubon n smithfield RI_030The water here is flowing over the road..good thing the trail didn’t go that way..audubon n smithfield RI_027Beautiful reflectionsaudubon n smithfield RI_031Duckweed, leaves and Pine needles in water…audubon n smithfield RI_032I flipped this image…the reflection of the trees taking back their watery leaves and needles..audubon n smithfield RI_033We found signs of Beaver in the forest..downed trees, and worn areas where they crossed the path.audubon n smithfield RI_034Still some nice color..audubon n smithfield RI_037Looking for Birds…audubon n smithfield RI_038audubon n smithfield RI_039

Samarrah and Jeff discussing the routeaudubon n smithfield RI_040A Green Island..with mini pine treeaudubon n smithfield RI_041Luscious Loveliness audubon n smithfield RI_045Amazing natural rock Cairnsaudubon n smithfield RI_047Pine needles cushion the ground..audubon n smithfield RI_049The sun comes out and shows us blue skies reflecting in the water..audubon n smithfield RI_053audubon n smithfield RI_052

audubon n smithfield RI_055Everywhere I look…Beautyaudubon n smithfield RI_057

Beauty is Before Me

by Navaho (Anonymous)
(19th Century) Timeline

Original Language

Primal/Tribal/Shamanic : American Indian

19th Century

Beauty is before me,
And beauty is behind me.
Above and below me hovers the beautiful.
I am surrounded by it.
I am immersed in it.
In my youth I am aware of it,
And in old age I shall walk quietly
The beautiful trail.

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In beauty may I walk.
All day long may I walk.
Through the returning seasons may I walk.

Beautifully will I possess again.
Beautifully birds . . .
Beautifully joyful birds

On the trail marked with pollen may I walk.
With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk.
With dew about my feet may I walk.

With beauty may I walk.
With beauty before me, may I walk.
With beauty behind me, may I walk.
With beauty above me, may I walk.
With beauty below me, may I walk.
With beauty all around me, may I walk.

In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk.

It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.

A Navajo Indian Prayer of the Second Day of the Night Chant (anonymous)

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When I saw these mushrooms I thought Morels, of course I knew they weren’t Morels are a spring mushroom and these looked a bit different.

audubon n smithfield RI_060On closer inspection I saw that this mushroom came out of an egg shape..below the ground.audubon n smithfield RI_062Stinkhorn mushroom

by Michael Kuo

Stinkhorns are amazing mushrooms, notorious for popping up suddenly and unexpectedly in urban settings. They are very diverse in appearance, but all of them share at least two features:

  • Some part of the fruiting body, at some stage in development, is covered with a foul-smelling slime.
  • The fruiting body arises from an “egg,” traces of which may disappear by maturity.

    Beyond these shared features, however, just about anything goes, and stinkhorns range from looking rather like Morels to appearing like, um, a portion of canine anatomy, or odd marine creatures with tentacles, or crab claws, Wiffle balls, Chinese lanterns, and so on. Via Mushroom

     audubon n smithfield RI_065We had a wonderful walk..Its so nice sharing our love of nature..…

  • What we weren’t happy about was the ticks we found..both Samarrah and I found ticks..and I was bitten three times by the same tick I actually felt it biting me ..but didn’t find it till after the third bite…lets hope I don’t get Lyme Disease again….ugh..

  • Happy Autumn

  • Watch out for Ticks…

  • View from here

    Howdee all,

    Been busy lately…seems like I am always writing this.

    I have spent less time on the computer, though, some would say that’s not true.

    The view from Homeys window in Mom and Dads driveway.

    Holloween around the block_001The bird house is empty now…The dogwood is showing is fall splendor

    Holloween around the block_005And the last Cleome is blooming…Holloween around the block_007

    There are Juncos, White-throated sparrows, Robins, and Grackles a plenty.

    Today a Junco hit our Homey window… It died in my hand, so sadSad smile


    Just a few weeks and we head south…

    North Carolina…will it still be autumn there? What birdies will be waiting for us?

    Sicksta…Did you fill up the feeders?

    Are my flying Squirrels waiting for me?

    What treasures await?

    Hickory Nuts, hitting our homeys roof?  Sicksta said she picks up five wheel barrels full a week..YIKES..

    Looks like we will make some Hickory nut tea, hickory nut stew, hickory nut loaf, and whatever else we can think of.

    See you Soon!

    Lantern Hill Hike, Ledyard/North Stonington, CT

    Howdee all,
    Still enjoying the amazing foliage.
    Sunday we hiked Lantern Hill with my Sicksta Tammy and her hubby Joe. Lantern Hill is not to far from where we are parked in my parents driveway in Ledyard, Ct.

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    Nearby City:
    North Stonington/Ledyard
    2.6 total miles
    Elevation Gain:
    Minimal around 400ft
    Trail Type:
    Skill Level:
    Moderate, steep climbs and bare rock
    Year-round, weather permitting

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    We started out hike via Wintechog Hill Road. Directions here. I found this online GPS map that is pretty cool. The author started his hike from Foxwoods Casinos Two Trees Inn.

    Check out the graph then x out of the black box to see his route.
    Lantern Hill
    EveryTrail – Find trail maps for California and beyond

    The hike started with a gradual uphill climb.

    Lantern Hill_007The trail splits….the trail to the left goes directly to the summit, we took the trail to the right that skirts around the summit and then took a trail to the summit.Lantern Hill_011First views of Lantern Hill pond.Lantern Hill_019Beautiful oranges, reds and yellows.
    I always think of Trix cereal when I see these colors.Lantern Hill_024Below you see the remains of a Silica Mine.
    Lantern Hill_027Lantern Hill gets its name because its white cliffs are said to shine in the sun when seen from the sea (Caulkins p. 97; Crandall pp. 107-108; Detwiller). Some believe that Lantern Hill was also known as “Tar Barrel Hill.” In August 1814, during the War of 1812, barrels of tar were set ablaze atop a hill to warn residents of the British approach along the coast. It may be unlikely that Lantern Hill is Tar Barrel Hill, being so far (on the border with Ledyard) from the more populated coast. A more likely candidate for Tar Barrel Hill is Jeremy Hill, about 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) to the southeast, on the Stonington/North Stonington border (Haynes and Boylan, p. 51; Heermance, pp. 246-247). The barrels were put in place on May 15 and set on fire on August 9, 1814 (Haynes and Boylan, p. 51). The smoke from the burning tar, not the light from the fire, may have been the warning signal (Grotz p. 32; Haynes and Boylan, p. 51).  via The Story of the Yawgoog Trails

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    The hill’s quartz was first mined by David D. Mallory in 1870 (“A Growing Industry”; Haynes and Boylan p. 74). With a purity as high as 96.84% silicon dioxide, the mineral had many uses, including glassmaking, filter sand and construction aggregate. Lantern Hill quartz was used as an aggregate in the concrete faces of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts (Altamura, Tectonics, Wall-Rock Alteration pp. E31, E15). Paul Slade and his Gang reused narrow-gauge rails from the quarry to build a short marine railway where Yawgoog’s sailing center is today. The railroad was used to move 28-foot (8.5-meter), surplus navy cutters into and out of Yawgoog Pond from the 1930s onward (Williams and Anthony vol. 2 p. 28). Lantern Hill is spiritually significant to the Pequots (Detwiller; “Bozrah’s Healing Waters”); the tribe protected the quarry site by acquiring it from the U.S. Silica Company in 1994. To the south, it can be seen that much of one of the hill’s lower summits was removed before mining ended.
    via The Story of the Yawgoog Trails

    See Foxwoods Casino in the distance?
    Lantern Hill_033Here’s a better view.Lantern Hill_037Jeff and Joe checking out the scene.Lantern Hill_049Lantern Hill_042
    The hill is composed mostly of high-purity milky quartz and it occupies the inactive Lantern Hill Fault, which runs south into the Atlantic Ocean. Analysis of the quartz reveals that it is 238 million years old—the mid-Triassic Period of the Mesozoic Era in geologic time. The formation of the fault and the quartz are associated with the early formation of the Atlantic Ocean (Altamura 1995; Altamura 2003).[5] [6] 
    Lantern Hill_055We continued to the summit…east side
    Lantern Hill_056Lantern Hill_058Back to the western summit and we start our hike down to Lantern Hill pondLantern Hill_059Lantern Hill_061We leave the Reds..for a forest of Gold.Lantern Hill_063To the pond where we see, Wood, Mallards and Black Ducks.Lantern Hill_064Lantern Hill_075The golden forest was busy with Chickadees, Titmice, Juncos, Downy woodpeckers  and Wood thrush.Lantern Hill_065Wowee colors…Lantern Hill_068The peachy colored leaves in the trees below are Dogwoods.Lantern Hill_071Lantern Hill_072We continued that trail thru the forest of gold and green..Lantern Hill_076Lantern Hill_077We didn’t have a we hoped we were taking the right trail back to the car.Lantern Hill_079Old foundation….wonder who lived here…Lantern Hill_080We made it to the road we came in on..the car was just a hop, skip and a jump away..SmileLantern Hill_082
    Happy Hiking!