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Archive for June, 2013

Happy Friday! We’ve had a fun week of family visiting here at Woodland Whimsy. They will be leaving today.

It is hot here now, and getting hotter by the day. How is the weather where you are?

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This little guy was growing in my mother in law’s garden. That leaf is from a crocus. I am really missing the cooler temperatures of the North right now.

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I know that most lake monsters are scary, but here at Woodland Whimsy we don’t seem to be able to find scary monsters anywhere. The monsters that arrive in our world are always sweet and cute.

Peaking over the dock

Peeking over the dock

While we were on vacation, our son wanted to go fishing. I grabbed my camera and went along to see what I could see. I love finding new things(mostly flowers and fungus) to photograph in nature. I got plenty of those photos, but I also got something a bit more interesting.

Behind a tree

Behind a tree

I kept seeing this little guy checking out what was happening. He seemed to be a bit shy.

In the bushes

In the bushes

As I continued taking pictures, he hid himself less and less.

What are you looking at

Acting like he couldn’t see me

Eventually he started posing in the open for me.

By the lake

By the lake

I took his photo by the lake,

In the woods

In the woods

and in the woods.  He was fascinated by my son fishing.

Trying it out

Trying it out

He finally introduced himself, “My name is Wiggles. That looks better than catching the fish in my mouth. I’m going to try it.” He made himself a fishing pole, but did not have any luck.

FISH

FISH

I explained that we were taking the fish home to cook them before we ate them. “What is cooking?” asked Wiggles. I told him how you make the food hot and flavor it with spices so it tastes so very good.

In the truck

In the truck

Wiggles jumped up in the truck exclaiming, “I’m coming with you so I can try the cooking and fish I didn’t have to catch myself!”

Wearing the seat belt

Wearing the seat belt

I told Wiggles he was welcome to come with us, but he had to wear his seat belt if he was riding in the truck. Wiggles thought that the fish was much better cooked that it was raw. Now we’ve fed him, I don’t think he will ever go back to the lake.

Thank you for reading my story. You can see more of my art work here Woodland Whimsy or here  Woodland Whimsy’s Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last time the slerks put together the log planter and filled it with soil. It was time for the really fun part.

Flowers

Flowers

The slerks were very excited to check out the flowers we bought for the planter. We used Marigolds, Verbena, Petunias, Alyssum,  and Geraniums.

Checking Out the Flowers

Checking Out the Flowers

They looked closely to be sure we had picked out perfect flowers.

Watering

Watering

It is important to water the plants in their pots before planting. This slerk helped out with the watering.

Decide where to put the plant

Decide where to put the plant

Here is a slerk deciding where to put the next plant.

Dig a hole

Dig a hole

Then a hole has to be dug for planting.

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Remove the plant from the pot

Slide the plant out of the pot gently.

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Slerks like teasing the roots a bit to loosen them before planting in the prepared hole. The plant needs tucked in firmly, but not too hard.

Admire your work

Admire your work

The slerks are admiring their hard work after the new plants were watered again.

 

I hope that you enjoyed the slerks’ garden adventure. You can see more of my work here Woodland Whimsy or here Woodland Whimsy Facebook.

 

 

 

 

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Fungus Friday

Happy Friday! I hope that you enjoy the first day of summer. The full moon is supposed to be incredible this weekend, so try to get out and take a look at the sky.

Under a rock

Under a rock

Three little mushrooms pushing out from under a rock. It was raining lightly while we were out in the woods. You can see some of the rain drops that were on my lens.

The slerks’ log planter gardening adventure will continue on Monday. Have a lovely weekend.

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We got all the new slerks back to the house and settled in. The next day it was time to get started on the project with the hollow logs. We made a planter out of them. First the logs were cut to the length that we wanted. The slerks helped out with the measuring, but I was busy doing something else, so I wasn’t there to take photos.

Ready to help

Ready to help

The slerks all lined up on the porch rail, ready to help out.

All arranged

All arranged

I found a good spot for the logs, and the slerks helped me arrange them in an attractive fashion.

Soil pile

Soil pile

My father in law has a pile of great soil to use in garden projects. We were going to need some.

Shoveling

Shoveling

It is really difficult to help with the shoveling when you are as small as a slerk, but they sure tried to help.

Pushing the wheel barrow

Pushing the wheel barrow

This slerk is helping to push the wheel barrow around to where the logs were.

Helping

Helping

Even though they were really to small to help, they sure gave it their best shot. The logs were filled most of the way with this soil.

Adding amendment

Adding amendment

The slerks were able to help add some compost and mix it in to the top six inches or so.

Please join us on Monday when the slerks help plant beautiful things in the new log planter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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While we were out in the woods looking for dead trees to cut down for fire wood for my in laws, we found something really fun. One of the dead trees was completely hollow. Okay, so that isn’t so useful for fire wood, but we found a great use for it. We also discovered more new friends.

My strong man husband

My strong man husband

Wait a minute, it looks like there is something in there.

View through the log

View through the log

Oops, wrong side. Let’s turn it around.

What is in that hollow log?

What is in that hollow log?

I need to get a closer look to see what it is.

Oh My!

Oh My!

Oh my goodness, it is more Slerks! How did they get into that log? We loaded up the hollow logs and the Slerks and headed home.

Check out the next post to find out what we, with help from the Slerks, did with our hollow logs.

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I have something a little bit different for you today.

Slime mold

Slime mold

I don’t think that I have posted photos of slime mold before. This was a very pretty one growing on a fallen tree.

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