Red-Tailed Hawk…and one relieved squirrel

One of the faculty just came into my office for me to check out the “penguin” on the lamp post. Whhhaaa?

Red-tailed hawk, aka "The Penguin"

Red-tailed hawk, aka “The Penguin”

Spots mid-day snack.

Spots mid-day snack.

Woosh.

Woosh.

Sorry so blurry…zoom on camera doesn’t go as far as hawk caught her snack.

Snack nabbed...

Snack nabbed…

The squirrel I've been feeding is very relieved he's not the mid-day snack.

The squirrel I’ve been feeding is very relieved he’s not the mid-day snack.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ 20 August 2014

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wild bumble


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thistle, boca


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wild roses

Osprey at Boca, CA

We have a spot on the Little Truckee River, near the old townsite of Boca, that we like to go to.

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While looking at how much the water has gone down, due to the drought, a huge bird swoop overhead. At first all I saw was a white head and immediately thought he was a Bald Eagle. He landed on a tree, just a tad too far for my camera to get a nice clean shot (too grainy)…but here they are. He’s a beautiful Osprey who was eyeing all the trout in the Little Truckee…not very fair fishing, Mr. Osprey, but you go for it. 🙂

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca.

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca.

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca

Osprey, Little Truckee River, Boca

Wild Nevada Blackberries

Saturday, on our way to our favorite spot on the Little Truckee River at Boca, we stopped off at Verdi to see if there were any blackberries still to be picked. The bears and other people picked most, but, YAY! I found enough to make 2.5 pints of juice to make jelly.

To make the juice I plopped the berries into my stainless steel pan, added water to almost the top layer of berries, and simmered until they were starting to pop. I smashed them with a potato masher then ran them through my cone sieve (found at an estate sale long time ago). I added the strained juice with pulp back through the sieve this time using cheese cloth to catch the small pieces.

I’ll be making jelly sometime this week. 🙂

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Finished Plan C Briar Rose Baby Quilt

While I was working on a quilt for a raffle I found a quilt top I made back in February. I rummaged through my closet and couldn’t find a piece of batting large enough, so I slapped it up on the design wall to remind me to buy batting on payday.

Saturday I stopped by Hancock Fabrics on the way home from a movie…50% OFF batting!!! Woot!

The pattern I used was Plan C from Carrie Nelson’s Schnibbles Times Two. The fabric is Heather Ross’s Briar Rose.

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Lucy and Briar Rose

Lucy and Briar Rose


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