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It was so good to get outside the other day and take a long family hike on a sunny afternoon, after being cooped up with coooollld weather and snow. I've totally been nesting for most of the past week (except for while helping take care of the animals), with lots of knitting, spinning, and sewing activity, and have been feeling grateful that I enjoy domestic and creative pursuits so much!
But still, we all needed to get outside.
This track (above right) appeared to be from a coyote; it was good size (too big for a fox) but much smaller than those left by our livestock guardian dogs.
We were always on the lookout for "deer rubbings", places where the bucks rub their antlers on the trees, and have begun looking for antler sheds- it's early but Paul found a perfect pair about 2 weeks ago. Normally the rubbing seems to be on our smaller, newly planted trees which then require protection via wrapping with special tape or pipe. Paul says that the larger the tree, the larger the buck and this was a larger tree to see rubbing on than usual.
It was a great afternoon, and we all returned to the house refreshed and renewed after several grey days.
The picture below was taken nearby on the same day at Glenn's Creek, which flows beside our property in Millville where the new "Addie's Creekside Cafe" will soon be opening.
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