April 13, 2009

Good Friday - Beer Saturday - Easter Sunday

Friday April 10th, 2009 - Sunday April 12th, 2009

We took off for the ridge on Friday night prepared to stay over for two nights. The nights were clear, starry and cold and the days were sunny and warm. A perfect weekend for working outside and huge bonfires at night. Friday night was really great. We had a huge roaring fire, a full moon lighting up the woods, and Caramilk smores. It was almost dark when we arrived, and we had to walk back in from the Woods' farm because the road is questionable and a culvert still needs work before we will attempt to drive over it.

Saturday was our work day, and we got up early and started digging out and improving the firepit Jared made for burning brush. It would have been a great spot for an outhouse, you could dig a huge hole without hitting bedrock. There aren't too many places on our property we have encountered like that. We dug out a massive tear-shaped pit, lined it with big rocks and spent most of the day cleaning up the woods and burning piles of brush. This firepit will also be our cooking pit because we don't have a lot of room in our campsite for the custom cooking rack my dad gave us. The BrownTowners came up for a day trip and hung out with us for a few hours. It was a gorgeous day. Jared made it a new holiday - called Beer Saturday - and we did drink beer!

My crocuses were blooming all over the place! In my original rock garden I had shiny violet Crocus vernus 'Flower Record' waiting to unfurl their petals, my second campsite rock garden had Crocus vernus 'Jeanne d'Arc' partially opening their white blooms by the afternoon, tiny Crocus chrysanthus 'Blue Pearl' and 'Snowbunting' glowing amongst the leaves of the forest floor like gems, Crocus tommasinianus 'Whitewell Purple' and my clump of Crocus vernus 'Vanguard' were fully open displaying their gorgeous flowers and taking my breath away. I am already making a shopping list for more crocus in the autumn. They are my favourite spring flowering plant. My snowdrops fell over on Sunday so I think they are pretty much done for the season and my daffodils are growing so fast, and each clump looks like it has multiplied a little compared to last year.

On Sunday we had to pack up our stuff and go because we were going to have Easter dinner with family. A red squirrel came around for a bit, but the chipmunk we saw briefly on Saturday never came back. We had 3 Dark-Eyed Juncos (Junco hyemalis) hanging around pecking at the ground, a Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) climbing the trees looking for bugs in the bark, and a pretty male Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureaus) hogging all the sunflower seeds at our feeder. I have never seen these birds on our property before so it was exciting. We also had a male Downy Woodpecker visiting our feeder, plus all the usual Black-capped Chickadees, White and Red-breasted Nuthatches.

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