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I’m sure you all recall how much slerks like to be outdoors. I was out taking photos of some of my flowers today. The slerks were having so much fun that I had to get some pictures of them as well.

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The little pink slerk had climbed up in the little apple tree that is growing in a pot. This pot was left here by the former owners of the house. This little tree came up from seed in it the first year we were here. I have just left it there. It has bulbs and irises planted around it.

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They hyacinths are really beautiful this year. This little guy was having a good time checking them out.

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The hellebores are still in bud. They’ve been kind of stuck at this stage. It has gotten cooler the last couple of weeks. This little guy had fun climbing up into the future flowers.

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This slerk loves the daffodils. He was hurrying from plant to plant, checking out the beautiful flowers. The daffodils are getting close to being finished, so it is good to enjoy them while it is possible to do so.

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The heuchera is pushing up some new leaves. Flowers are still quite some time off, but the leaves are always beautiful.

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This purple slerk was playing in a potted fairy garden. The hens and chicks are his favorite.

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The berry part of the snow berries are faded, most have fallen from the bush already. This slerk enjoyed the climb up through the newly emerging leaves.

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My goodness! Trying to get all the slerks together for a group photo is almost as difficult as getting the snottlings to cooperate. They finally gathered together in the muscari for a quick family photo.

I hope you enjoyed the mini garden tour with the slerks. If you love them, you can order one here. You can see more of my work on my facebook page or my web page.

 

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Happy Friday! Winter, who has mostly not shown up this year, has decided to descend this weekend. We are expecting snow tomorrow. How is spring coming along in your neck of the woods.

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Today I have a photo of a bubbly, delicate looking, slime mold. Slime molds are pretty interesting. Some are quite lovely and some are not. They are cool though. As with most of my fungus photos, this was taken in the woods around Priest Lake, Idaho. It is now less than two months until my next vacation there. I’m hoping to get a few new fungus photos, but it may still be too cold up there.

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We are so excited to have a new member of our family here at Woodland Whimsy. Keeta came to live with us a bit over two weeks ago.

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Keeta has just turned six months old. She is a German Shepard/Catahoula mix.

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She is pretty big. She already weighs over fifty pound and is quite tall.

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The other dogs have gotten used to her. Evelyn(my daughter’s dog who is living with us temporarily) will play with her. Keterlyn will sleep with her. Heinrich ignores her.Which is what he does with things he doesn’t really approve of, but knows he has to deal with because they belong to us.

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Keeta is a real sweetie, but dealing with a puppy, especially a large puppy, is something we have to remember how to do properly. Puppies chew, and tall puppies can get things from places you think are out of reach.

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This used to be Elvin. You have met him here on the blog before, and I still have two other adventures to write about him. I’m not sure how she managed to get him, since he was up high in a room she wasn’t supposed to be able to access, but get him she did. I’m hoping that he can be cleaned up and repaired, but I’m not sure that it is possible. I lost a couple of felted mice as well, but I’m doing better with remembering how very tall she is.

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She really is a wonderful dog. My pillows seem to be where she wants to hang out. She tends to jump up there as soon as I move.

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We are so happy with our new addition(this photo is when she first came home, I removed that collar pretty promptly). We are her fourth home, including the one she was born in that she left at five week(sad). We are glad to be able to offer her a home where she will be loved and cared for always, not just until someone decides she is too much trouble.

 

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Happy Friday! It is the first Friday of spring(in the Northern Hemisphere). Is is spring like where you are, or are you still covered in snow? I know my posts have been a bit spotty the last couple of weeks. A new puppy has come to live with us. She is taking a lot of my attention right now. I’ll have a post about her next week.

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This tree is covered in fungi. They look like they are having a party. I really don’t think that their party bodes well for the tree though.

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I really like to be outside. I also love rocks and digging. We are fortunate to have a crystal mine close to Woodland Whimsy. Most of the crystals I use in my work were found there by my husband. I do not seem to have the same crystal magnetism that he does. It has been a warm winter here, so we decided to take the drive up the mountain to Crystal Peak to see if there was bare ground to dig. It is a long drive up a dirt road that was much damaged by the winter weather. There wasn’t any snow until we were getting close. Then it was an icy, snowy, slippery mess. We could tell that other vehicles had made it up though, so we kept going.

The place that we normally dig still had some snow cover, but much of the area was clear. It was a great day to find crystals. I usually don’t find any at all, but I found several really nice, though small, crystals. I found some nice fat points that were broken off, but will still work for terrariums. It was windy and cold but totally worth it.

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Here is a photo of some of the things we found. The ones that are greenish have copper deposits on them. I would guess the brownish ones have iron, but I could be wrong. I have already used one of the points that I found.

Seymour the Wanderer

Seymour the Wanderer

This is Seymour the Wanderer. His walking staff has one of my finds at the top.

 

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Happy Friday! It feels like spring here at Woodland Whimsy. Is spring starting to happen where you are, or are you still buried in snow?

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I really need to start finding out the names for all the cool fungi that I see. I need a Western US mushroom guide book. These little guys are really cool. They are not as fleshy as mushrooms normally are. When they dry they are pretty leathery. I like them a lot.

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