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Vetsy is my nickname that my family have fondly called me since my childhood. My blog reflects my personal views about the world around me. My topics may be anything that interest me but the majority of it is about my favorite past times...nature and gardening. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment or becoming a follower.

Monday, June 28, 2010

A Salute to June



It's beautiful the Summer month of June When all God's own wild flowers are in bloom And shines brightly most part of the day And butterflies   o'er lush meadows play. 


Light hearted skylark songster of the wing  High o'er the quiet and lonely moorland sing  Above her nest cloaked by the tangled heath Her charming song so exquisitely sweet.  




 So mellow the gentle breath of June day breeze The birds rejoicing on the leafy trees  And dappled trout in pool bed of the stream  Bask in the sun their spotted skins agleam.   




God gave us June and all her lovely flowers Bright sunny days and pleasant evening hours Shady green glens and serene sunlit dell And leafy  bowers adorned with blue bells. 

But god June's maker has the final say and what he give he also take away.















And God's own larks will trumpet in the sky To celebrate the birthday of July.    ~Francis Duggan 

 
                   



  



These are a few scenes from my garden in June, Thank you for stopping by I'll see you soon.


                                                                                                                


Sunday, June 20, 2010

"Growing Local it's a Good thing"




I am so excited about the Growing local Movement across our country.

The opportunity to purchase locally grown produce, homemade goods, and crafts, appeals to me and many others seeking alternatives outside of the BIG Chain Markets...

 " Yes the Big Chain Markets have their place, "where else are we going to buy paper plates and Microwave dinner's".. But it's high time that we have the option to purchase from other sources when we want a healthier diet!... Here are just a few reasons why growing local is a Good Thing!

 1). Food grown in our own regions taste better! ..Why? because It's not shipped across the country to get to your plate! 

2). It Supports the local Farmers and Artisans who often offer some very unique things that are crafted by hand.

 3). Cuts down on pollution!  All that travel across land and states adds to more carbon emissions, thus polluting our air and our environment!

4). Locally grown foods build our communities, by giving us a closer connection and bond with the Farmers and Artisans serving our communities.  We get to meet new people, make friends, eat healthier and learn a few things along the way.

Below Local farmers and Artisans sale their goods at the
EAST WARREN AVENUE FARMERS MARKET.


Robin Dwight representative for Dan Canmody of A.M Fresh.
A.M. Fresh is a corporation of Detroit's Eastern Market. They bring fresh produce to local neighborhoods and communities through out the city. 
" Now how cool and convenient is that!.. Celery, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions and others were on display.  http://www.detroiteasternmarket.com








Below:  Roman Lopez, representing  Demeulenaere Farms of Romeo Mi.  Herbs, peaches, cabbage, tomato plants, strawberries and blue berries  fresh and ripe! "Mmmm" it's the taste of Summer.







Vandalia Gardens Urban Farmers, LLC



 Above:  Cornelius Williams Owner of Vandalia Gardens is a farmer who understands the importance of growing local and that health begins on the inside-out,  that is why he is also the representative of " the Silica Connection".

  What is that you may ask?
" It's Fossil Shell Flour for Humans" to learn more contact:Cornelius Williams:  
( 313-616-302-0319 )  cwilliams48225@yahoo.com 
  http://www.prosperingtimes.com/VandaliaGardens.html  





Above:  This lovely lady represents " Earth Natural Essentials" You will smell pretty and feel good using Earth Natural Essential products because their products have everything You need and Nothing You Don't!
Soothing lip balms, lotions and yummy soaps  such as  Lavender and  chamomile just to name a few...contact: 248-630-8910  http://www.buyearthnatural.com

 



Above: Jan and Micheal represent Spirit and Faith Farms of Corktown Det, Mi. Their goal is to help feed  those who are less fortunate and beautify neglected area's in the city.  http://detroitevolution.com/friends.html
Homemade Banana bread and self help books such as The Power Of Ancient Foods were offered check it out at http://www.amazon.com




Above: Organic carrots for organic carrot cake," Shut Up!  here's another lovely lady that make all homemade goodies from all natural ingredients, blue berry and banana were offered to name a few ...Yum"
 

Below: These are some of our friendly Volunteers, we appreciate the services that Volunteers provide to our communities.


                      

The  EAST WARREN AVENUE FARMERS MARKET is sponsored by:  The Detroit Food and Fitness Collaborative,  Eastern Market Corporation, Warren Conner Development Coalition,  East English Village and many others... We appreciate all who are responsible for these events and services..  for more information contact Market Master: Jenny Poma at ( 313) -571-2800 x. 1131

The purpose of this blog is to show support for our Local farmers, Artisans and Entrepreneurs in our community and beyond. I try to be as accurate as possible when posting Information, I apologized for any miss-spelling of names or misinformation.

Thank you for stopping by my blog... please  leave a comment  I would love to here from you..

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Cardinal's Make a Nest or two"





The Cardinals in my garden seem to be the same couples that have taken up residents for at least 10 years.
I'm not an expert on bird behavior or habits, but I'm almost certain or would like to believe that these are the same two.




I read that Cardinals may produce four broods between April and August, They are already on their second nesting site this month, This time in the Weigela " Eva Rathke" the first nesting site was in the Duetzia Scabra where they produced and  reared three little babies.

I attempted to take photo's of their first little nest and brood by climbing up on a ladder, My Mom watched me with concern and amusement..."You know you  may get your eyes pecked out! .. "Yeah Mom, but If I can do this quickly, perhaps I won't disturb or scare them, It will only take a second"...So I thought"

  I didn't realize how dense the Duetzia Scabra  shrub really was  until I was high above it on the ladder.."Okay, mooove  slooowly"...

"Oh! there they are... If  I can just get this camera to focus"..

before my finger could even locate and  push the button.. LOUD  PIERCING SCREAMS and SHRIEKS! emitted from the biggest baby in the nest  like a Sonic Boom!...quicker than my cat can say Meow! ...

I had that ladder down and out of the way!  I knew Mom and Pop cardinal would be here in seconds flat after hearing those cries and they were!

I gave up trying to get photo's of this first event for this cardinal family was quick and smart as whips!

I guess I'll  have to leave this to the experts with fancy camera's..  However, once they were away attending to their babies who have now left the nest, I decided to take a picture of the empty nest... I watched the nest for several days, mom and dad returned,  but not to nest and it's single egg"  Instead they began a new nest in the Weigela. I will probably remove the nest and egg and save them as a keep sake.



I have a good view of Mom and Pops second nest site because this shrub is not as dense and is shaped a lot different.  This time I will just observe them from my garden chairs and maybe if I sit still enough,  perhaps I'll get lucky and capture a few pictures......



Daddy Cardinal gets lunch for Mom and the kids... Mom ( below)  takes a rest on a lawn chair as she ponders dinner.


         Below: Mom and Dad take turns watching for enemies high up in the shrubs.







Mom working on her New nesting site in the Weigela.





The nest almost complete.... Stay tuned for my antics and attempts as I try to capture the  the second  chapter  as it happens in my garden.. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.