A personal record of what's going on in my Northern Michigan zone 4 gardens. I use raised beds and grow organically. Nothing fancy--just trying to garden with nature in mind.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April "Doings"--so far.

The camera focused on the branches, but you can see his white back 

April 1--NO FOOL---We had an ALBINO black capped Chickadee at our feeders. It was early                          morning-- barely light. The quality of the pic is horrible, but you can see the whiteness.

April 2 --Awoke to 54 degrees.  That was all I needed to get started in the garden.  Hubby and I spent
              the morning with the chipper/shredder grinding up all the sunflower stalks and corn stalks.
              Note to self:  Next year just dump the corn stalks out back. Despite being very dry, the
                shredder kept clogging up. Corn stalks are VERY fibrous. Not worth the hassle.

April 5--Easter--Awoke to more snow. Free fertilizer. Free Fertilizer. Free Fertilizer (thanks to
               Mama Pea for that mantra. But, it is getting harder to be happy about the snow.......)
                Snapped a pic on our way out to visit friends for a week. Glad to be leaving!
Pretty, but ENOUGH ALREADY!!!
April 6--Breakfast with Dot and Don. So much fun and so many laughs.  Three hours of sheer joy.
The Four Stooges!
April 7--Headed into Wisconsin to do some "waterfalling".  Water levels were good at all the places we went. Temps were in the low to mid 30's--fine for hiking.
Amnicon Falls State Park

Big Manitou Falls--Pattison State Park, WI

Little Manitou Falls--Pattison State Park, WI

We also knocked off THREE more Rustic Roads in NW Wisconsin
 Spent the night in St.Croix Falls, WI

April 8--More waterfalls, hiking, and 2 more Rustic Roads. A very full and tiring day.
Cascade Falls, Osceola, Wi. 200 steps down, 84,326 steps back up. Or so it felt!

Willow River State Park--the waterfall made the long hike deep into a canyon well worth it.

Vermillion Falls, Hastings, MN--just a short walk. It's in town, next to a ConAgra plant.
April 9--Antiquing in Mt Vernon, IA--one of the U.S.' Top Ten Cool Towns. Well, I don't know
              about that, but they do have nice antique stores and a very nice little park made from
              an abandoned quarry. We spent some time watching the geese before heading to the
              Mississippi River. Took The Great River Road all the way up to Savanna, IL.
             Crossed back into Iowa at Sabula. Lots of fun watching the pelicans and cormorants fight.
Pelicans (My favorite!) and cormorants fighting
April 10--Tried going to hiking at White Pine Hollow but heavy rains the night before made the
                  trails a muddy nightmare.
                Next Stop--Pikes Peak State Park.  Nice walk on a boardwalk --lots of steps  and a cute
                 little waterfall-Bridal Veil falls.

Bridal Veil Falls
 Next stop was Effigy Mounds---still on the Iowa side of the Mississippi.  Incredible views after
 an exhausting hike up into the bluffs.  Well worth it, though at times, I found out what
"accelerated heartbeat" meant. Whew. It's been a LONG winter!
The views from Pikes Peak lookout

Hubby on the hike up to Effigy Mounds, waiting for me to catch my breath!

The Views were totally worth it!