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Childhood trees

So reading this article reminded me of all the times I climbed a tree when I was younger. Of course the time I remember most is when I fell out of the tree in our back yard.

Anyway, the article tonight is entitled “Climbing trees is safer than organized sports over at Treehugger. Oh to climb that tree again!



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Owl prowl in the front yard

So tonight’s posting is really a story but one in which my daughter and I were involved with. When the kids were younger, I use to take them to what was called an Owl Prowl, courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation and it usually happened around this time of year. The link above is for the one in St. Louis next weekend.

Well, last night my daughter and I had just come home from running some errands when we heard an owl across the street. Rather than go inside the house we stood there for a minute and then I made an attempt to repeat the owl’s call. Within a minute, the owl returned my call and back and forth we went for several minutes.

My daughter also made a couple of calls as well and needless to say, we both had a great time. A few minutes later however, it was over. We tried to see if we could spot the owl and thought we might have but we weren’t sure. All in all, it was a pretty cool owl prowl right there in the front yard.



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In the backyard

Now I was going to include this article in the previous post but I thought then I wouldn’t have been able to sign off with good-bye in Swedish and I loved doing that.

So here we go with what to do when my kids are grown with this big beautiful greenhouse? Well, since I won’t need a lot of room, I’ll just build a tiny house in the backyard.

Sort of like the one in this article entitled “Get charmed by this woman’s self-built 150 sq. ft. home (Video)” also by Kimberley Mok over at Treehugger. As a librarian, I must admit it was all of the books that got my attention.



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Mossy afternoon

Okay, I’ve heard of a lazy afternoon but a mossy afternoon? Well, maybe it’ll catch on one of these days. I mean it’s gotta start somewhere right!?

Anyway, I’ve always been a fan of moss. I do have some growing in the cracks of our driveway and on the big silver maple in the front yard but I must admit, I’ve never though about just watching it grow.

Well, according to the article “Spending Hours Staring at Moss is More Thrilling than You Might Think” by Catie Leary at the Mother Nature Network, it’s catching on, particularly in Japan. It’s also happening here in the United States and the article has some really cool picture.

So the next time your out in the woods or even in your own back yard, check out your mossy space.


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This is probably not your dad’s workshop

While my yard isn’t exactly under control (and I’m okay with that), Matt Conn’s yard is really out of control but he’s good with that too. You see, his property in Iberia Parish, Louisiana is a wetland and that’s what he likes.

Check out the article over at the New York Times entitled “A Hobbyist Whose Workshop Sits Among the Cypress Trees” by John Schwartz. It sounds like fun to me!

Happy Friday!


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Looking around

Now why there is plenty of nature to be seen if you look hard enough in unusual places, lets not forget the nature in your own back yard. This article is an excellent one on that very topic. It’s entitled “So Much Life on a Little Patch of Earth” by Carol Kaesuk Yoon at the New York Times.  


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