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Nature's Notebook

Five faces

I came downstairs at about 5:30 a.m. as usual, provided sustenance to cat and retrieved the daily newspaper from the delivery box in front of the house. I let cat out on the enclosed back porch, chocked open the screen door and went back inside, shutting the kitchen door.
I had barely looked at the front of the business page when I heard a thump and a door slam.
When I went to check, cat was on a shelf by the door, in humpy Halloween pose.

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Nibblers

Leslie Ditmars recently saw unusual animal activity in Sharon.
“I have been witnessing the oddest behavior from a squirrel in the last two weeks,” she said. “I was curious as to why there was an abundance of leaf clusters underneath an old maple tree.”
Looking into the canopy of the 250-plus-year-old maple, she spotted a gray squirrel “methodically chewing off twigs with a bunch of four to five leaves and attached seed pods, aka helicopters. 

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Grasshoppers

Late summer, way back when, was when grasshoppers appeared in the field behind our house. Among my other amusements, I sometimes found a half-day’s preoccupation in collecting a few in a Mason jar.
I of course put some grass, and maybe clover, in the jar for them to cling to. Then I set out to gather.

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The last and loveliest flowers

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Lost cow bell

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The August of my life

I am in the August of life, that broad stretch of middle age where the vigor of spring is still a recent memory and the scudding clouds of winter lie just beyond the horizon. 

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Foldboats around the bend

Some 198 adventurous individuals paddled 18 miles down the Housatonic River, through 50 rapids, in May 1937. The pioneering “faltenbootpaddeln” paddlers were mostly New Yorkers who arrived in Falls Village on the New Haven line’s first Foldboat Train — proclaimed the first such railroad excursion in this country.

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Beat The Heat

Fine hot weather is great for vacations but we all need the rain. The extended hot and dry weather this summer has been stressful not only for us but also for many plants and animals in our region. 

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Peas

Donna planted snow peas in April. They grew rapidly, nestled against the anti-hungry-animal plastic mesh that surrounds our small vegetable garden. They reached the top of the fencing before they decided to flower.
We picked the first peas with great anticipation, stir-fried them in a little olive oil and mixed in almond slivers. 
Oh. They were very tough. Re-read the seed packet. It said edible. Hmm.

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Chalet de Poulet

Chalet de Poulet

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