Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Pulled over for a little bird watching on the way home-a bald eagle having a snack in the field off 96B (or as my husband likes to call it, the Ithaca-Owego turnpike). My neighbor told me one landed in his yard one year, and we’ve certainly seen them soaring overhead here in Danby NY.

Not the worlds best shot (still prefer my DSLR to my iPhone), but you can see the classic American Eagle profile above the large pile of carrion. (Say what you will about that).

  • In 1976 there was only one pair of bald eagles nesting in New York. Conservation efforts have increased that number to 389 territories in 2015.
  • Bald eagles mate for life – which can be over 30 years.
  • Nests are reused and added to each year, growing to over six feet across, eight feet deep, and weighing hundreds of pounds.
  • An eagle’s 2-inch-long talons can exert 1,000 pounds of pressure per square inch.
    (Factoids c/o the NYS DEC)

Fall in Rural NY

My favorite time of year, always has been. For a kid that moved every year, it signaled a fresh start, a situation I thought I was addicted to…until I got a garden. Decades later,this one is mature, and tough as nails.

















– Poem by Dealva Jade

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Crazy collage_jiffknot,jadeknot

Am I going to join the long list of bloggers apologizing to their invisible aka non-existent followers for themselves being only visible in the actual world for the past year or two (or three)? Yes, I am not, and I’m just the gal to do it!

In 2015 I had the stellar experience of tagging along on the Johnny Dowd That’s Your Wife tour. I had a blast, and if you want to read about it, or, well, mostly look at pictures, zero on the posts at Johnny Dowd Fan for April 2015. Here’s one just for my peeps-a cool wattle fence in England:

Photo_wattle fence,jif

Not only did that suck up all my attention in 2015, along with a fair amount of cash spent mostly on clothes ordered from Stitch Fix with the instructions “Please keep me from being embarrassed in public”, it completely knocked me off my homesteading stride. I mean, I was on a ROCK TOUR f’r chrissake. Who needs ordinary life?

Turns out I do. Big crash for most of us the election year, and it’s time to get serious. I don’t have the chops to make this a political blog-there’s a million out there, many excellent. But like the kid says: What do I want? Science. When do I want it? After peer review.

See you on the home front!