We’ve seen some pretty warm temps the last few days which worked out great for the July 1st Canada Holiday this year. On Tuesday we celebrated our country’s 147th birthday by not doing much other than enjoying the very nice day. As we were sitting in bed reading last night we heard all the fireworks from across the lake, although we’d need to cut down quite a few trees in the ravine in order to see the show. Maybe we’ll have to arrange that for next year.
We’ve heard a lot of people complaining about the weather around here this year, but I still can’t figure out what all the fuss is about. I was reading on the local news sites that our total accumulation of rain in June was only about 60% of normal, and substantially less than the last 2 years that we’ve experienced here in the Okanagan. The average temps last month were slightly below normal, but by only less than a degree from the historical averages and certainly no worse than we’ve experienced in the last couple of Junes. I guess our glass is half full rather than half empty.
We’ve been hearing lots of birds all around our yard, and have been waiting for our resident quail to finally make an appearance with the next generation. That finally happened this week, and we’ve seen two different families wandering around the yard. One group is at least a week or two older than the other, and is already starting to fly so we’re surprised that we haven’t seen them until now. They sure are cute.
I finally finished spreading the last of the mulch around our gardens, and the dark colour really looks good. Or at least it did until our least favourite rodent decided to leave his mark. What I thought was a vole ended up leaving us a tunnel about 2.5 inches across right in the middle of our front garden, far too big for a vole. I haven’t seen the varmint, but I figure it’s got to be a gopher as they’ve been reported in the news as a problem here on the Westside. They sure leave a big pile of dirt behind which doesn’t do much for the overall look in the garden.
My last attempt at discouraging them involved spreading mothballs around the garden which I’ve since covered in mulch. This seems to have worked at the back of the yard as we’ve not had any more mounds of dirt growing in the lawn, but obviously didn’t work in the front of the yard. We’ll see what happens next, but I’m still tempted to sit outside in the dark with a shotgun and see if I can collect enough pelts to make my own Davy Crockett hat.
After reading in a couple of the comments on our last blog that Bounce sheets discourage mice from hanging around we purchased an economy size box and I’ve spread them all over the inside of the trailer. We’ll see if it works, but in the meantime the trailer will at least smell April Fresh, whatever that is. I just hope the mice don’t decide to use the sheets for bedding, as there’s lots of material ready and waiting for them.
Our local deer has continued to leave our roses alone, but they’ve finally discovered our lettuce, as a lot of the romaine we planted has been cropped off about 6 inches from the ground. Oh well, the fresh greens have been nice while they lasted. I haven’t been able to find Deer Fence up here, but I’ve been given a few other ideas on what to use to discourage them. We’ll see how those work, but I’m not holding my breath. The interesting thing is we haven’t seen the deer at all, but our neighbours keep telling us that they’re in the yard regularly. They’re sneaky devils I guess.
The roses do smell wonderful.
Today we checked another item off our to-do list and cleaned all the glass panels on our deck. We’ve had an ongoing issue with window cleaning stretching back almost 40 years as I can’t seem to get a window clean without leaving some streaks behind. Last fall we purchased a Karcher WV50 powered squeegee, and after doing the windows and panels we’re convinced it is the best thing we’ve ever used on glass. I just looked at the item online, and they’ve dropped in price by about $30 since we bought ours, so it will be interesting to see if they stick around or if they’re clearing out stock before they discontinue them.
Shortly after I finished the glass Mr. Murphy reared his ugly head and what started out as a brilliant sunny day turned dark and stormy just long enough to drop about 84 large raindrops on the glass and ruin what I thought was an almost perfect job. Oh well, at least the spots are surrounded by a lot of clean, clear glass.
We hope you had a great Canada Day, or if you’re south of the border enjoy the upcoming Independence Day long weekend.