Tuesday, April 4, 2017


"Behold, my brothers, the spring has come,
The earth has received the embrace of the sun
And we shall soon see the results of that love!

Every seed is awakened and so all animal life.
It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being
And we therefore yield to our neighbors,
Even our animal neighbors,
The same right as ourselves, to inhabit this land."

Sitting Bull

Early flowers of Blue eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)
growing among Nodding Needlegrass (Stipa cairn).
The two female Fawn and White Indian Runner ducklings are three weeks old today. Even though quite a few ducklings have been raised here at MuRefuge, their rapid growth still astounds me. Here is a picture of them before their daily foray to the vegetable garden where they run around in circles, forage and follow Cathie around as she prepares the raised beds for planting starts.

Notice the wing and tail feathers that are just beginning to form.

Yellow flowered Edible Black Currants in bloom
among the native Pink Flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum)
with a trunk of one of the Italian Alders (Alnus cordata) in the background.
On this Spring day, may we rejoice in the diversity and abundance of Mother Earth. And about anything that may be troubling to us, may we 


  1. An email: "Hi Cathie
    I love your ducklings and can feel the joy of spring around you.

  2. An email from the Pacific NW: "Hi, there. I'm glad Spring has sprung in your neck of the woods. Winter is still here and seems to have to intention of leaving in the near future (if weather predictions can be trusted). I'm weary from it. No walk this morning. I stepped out to check on my primroses and was met with a blast of cold air and pouring rain. I've run out of motivation. It took the dogs about an hour to accept the fact and now they are sleeping.

  3. Your little ducklings pics bring me a lot of joy. I can only imagine how happy you must be to see them grow and thrive in their duckling way. I feel that happiness when I see the Nigerian Dwarf Goats do their excited dinner dance, twirling and spinning , leaping into the air as they run downhill for nightly feed and bed .