Snow On a Tuesday

And you may ask yourself, “Where is that beautiful spring?” Last week I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt. I was drinking coffee outside in the garden. Today I’m wearing winter clothes. It’s cold. It’s snowing. O Spring where art thou?

Jimi keeps checking out all the special places in the garden, just like Mr. Bowie did. While walking on this high gabion wall he can spy on the neighbours.

Meanwhile, I declared war on those pesky blackbirds. Each morning, they keep destroying our catnip plantation. Jimi’s also kind of in a foul mood. We need to take some action asap…

A few days ago I came across this remarkable phenomena of nature. This tree fungus is called Tonderzwam Fomes fomentarius. According to a specialised website this is lethal for the birch in a long term. I’m always enjoying my daily walks in the nature. There are always new things to discover. While walking is the most underrated form of exercise, it improves fitness, cardiac health, alleviates depression and fatigue, improves mood, creates less stress on joints and reduces pain. And when you get back home there’s always chocolate and an espresso waiting for you…

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

Any Way the Wind Blows

I’m very lucky. There are a lot of intersections in my neighbourhood where you can switch from one trail to another. I do this on a regular base so I can go from one beautiful spot to another. I love to walk in areas where there are rivers, canals, lakes…

 A few days ago I followed a trail on the Albert Canal. It passes an industrial area with big petrochemical plants. On the left side of the photograph you can see the new bridge. I wrote a post about it some time ago. Thank goodness you can also find a lot of windmills. But I switched very quickly to another trail and got back in the nature.

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

Left Alone

Let’s go for a walk! A friend told me recently the Department of Nature Conservation (re)opened a new hiking trail that follows the riverside of the river Grote Nete (aka Molse Nete). The hiking trail crosses a natural region where you can see a lot of different wildlife animals. That’s a bonus for me because the trail is only a few km away from my house.

 

Last week I went walking for hours on this trail and I had a great time. I had a lot of encounters with all kinds of animals. I also met this strange dude. It’s a sculpture made by a retired stone carver.

Pleased to meet you!

 

Coming back home I saw that Jimi was very disappointed he had to stay at home. Well, if you were a dog you could join me for these long walks, my furry friend.

   

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

Sea of Green

Goodbye winter, hello spring! Well, this post is not about SOG, a gardening method that cannabis growers use to grow the maximum number of plants possible in the shortest amount of time. This is about the fresh, new green colours I see in nature while I’m walking in the first days of spring.

Green is not my favourite colour (it’s grey and black) but I love all the new green colours of spring plants, first leaves and grass. Spring wakes me and I’m calm again, just like Gustav Mahler said.

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

 

Is It Safe?

Safety check. Ensuring that the garden area is safe after the gardeners team left requires careful planning and monitoring. Materials such as sand and wood chips are soft enough to fall asleep. Provide some shade, cool water and treats in the play space, and an espresso machine for the human. Keep children and other little creatures safe indoors.

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Thank goodness forecasters say summer is here to stay!

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Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

PS: The catnip plants are in a safe place.

Newsflash #9

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Today I noticed something wonderful. Four years ago, I planted a Magnolia grandiflora tree in the garden. This week, the beautiful white flowers appeared for the first time. This just made my day and made me happy!

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On Your Mark

IMG_7694 Cats on your mark, get set, go! Monday. Ready to start a new week? Weather forecast looks very promising and temperatures are set to soar above 30 degrees Celsius. We’re not going to spend much time with electronic devices in the recording studio. Yeah, we’re gonna be so cool. Twisting by the pool. And ice cream. Do I even need to say anything more?

Bees

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Bees in trouble. Counting bumblebees is a mental exercise used in some cat cultures as a means of lulling oneself to sleep. Unfortunately, some of the species of bumblebee and honeybee are in big trouble in this part of the world. We should help bumblebees and honeybees by planting some of their favourite flowers in our gardens.

Lavandula

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How to make yourself yawn. It’s great when a plant not only makes your garden look better, but also contributes to your health. Many plants are known to soothe and calm. In a recent study, performed by Mr. Bowie, the smell from lavender got very high marks in improving the quality of sleep.

Don’t Mess With…

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Don’t mess with the bull… Blackbirds are usually welcome in the garden, until they become a nuisance. Besides making an ugly mess of things, they must stay out of the catnip plantation. Mr. Bowie must send out a very tough and unequivocal signal and must take action.

“Don’t mess with the catnip, you’ll get the claws.” – Mr. Bowie

Winter Amnesia

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Fantastic day today. I had breakfast and lunch outside. Mr. Bowie kept a low profile today. He appears to be suffering from a mysterious condition known as “Winter Amnesia.” Guess it was already too hot outside for my furry friend.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to be in the garden, reading a book. I’ll deal with recording the drum track when it’s time to deal with it. I have to admit I’m fabulous at relaxing.

Quality Control

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Food safety. To ensure the safety of food or catnip, cats should be alert to the possible catnip safety problems and take appropriate measures in the production. Mr. Bowie manages comprehensive quality assurance and food safety programs.

Route 67

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Something in the air. The best things in life are unexpected. Be prepared for the unexpected. I was walking home on Route 67, a promenade through a natural area, when a goose flew over my head. There was no time to change lenses to capture this decisive moment. Thank goodness for Lightroom.

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Blooming

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It’s springtime. The garden is coming to life again, with many beautiful things blooming. Yeah! It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Come and celebrate the sunshine with Mr. Bowie.

Meanwhile, Mr. Bowie’s checking out all the plant to see if they are related with Nepeta cataria, a species of the genus Nepeta in the Lamiaceae family, commonly known as catnip.

Ready for Spring

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Getting the garden ready for spring. Spring is the busiest time of year in the garden. It’s also a great time to start planning and preparing your garden. The first and possibly most important spring garden task is to clean up the garden. After you clean up, and before you plant, it’s time to amend the soil.

We could certainly do with a paw, Mr. Bowie…

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Toads

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Killed by traffic. Many toads are killed by traffic while migrating to their breeding grounds. A study on wildlife that is killed on our region’s roads in Belgium has found that toads are the animal most frequently killed by traffic, (7,118). The rest of the top 10 is made up of the hedgehog, the fox, the blackbird, the brown frog, the squirrel, the polecat, the rabbit, the stone-martin and the wood pigeon.

In some places special tunnels have been constructed so that toads can cross under roads in safety. In my neighbourhood, local wildlife groups like Natuurpunt, run “toad patrols”, carrying the amphibians across roads at busy crossing points in buckets.

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