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Waiting for wild life to pass by

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Back in our Grey Woods is a tiny ‘park’. Just an area I try to keep clean of dead-falls. Years ago, my Mom loved this little area. She found ‘ghost pipe’, also called ‘Indian pipe’ (Monotropa uniflora), growing there. These are parasitic plants without chlorophyll. They are small, less than 20 cm high. The ‘pipe’ is an excellent descriptor since a plant consists of a nodding head on a slender stem.

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My Mom tried to protect these uncommon plants from trampling by putting shingles in the ground to mark the location.

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The ghost pipes no longer grow there. The shingles have rotted and disappeared. Change is inevitable and in this little park, change is likely related to nutrient conditions. My Mom is also gone but I keep the little park to remember the day she tried to save the ghost pipe.

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One addition I made to the area is a small bird feeder. I installed the feeder on an old red maple tree. The feeder is painted iron, moulded in the form of Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis lived in Italy at the turn of the thirteenth century and is known for his love of animals and the natural environment. He believed nature was the mirror of God and the animals were his brothers and sisters. He even preached to the birds (Source: Wikipedia).

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ghost pipe

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in grey woods

Saint Francis

cast in iron

watches wild

life pass by

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red squirrel

ceaseless motion

white-tailed deer

pauses, listens

a chipmunk

runs the log

fallen tree

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time also

passes by

Aralia

and bracken

replace white

ghost pipe, once

grew here, all

nature a mirror

of our lives

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All my best,

Jane

Written by jane tims

June 13, 2018 at 7:00 am

Safe place for a nest

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No surprise to me … a robin has built a nest in the eaves of our house. Eighteen feet above the ground, this is a safe place for a nest. The robin does not think so. When I sit on the deck for my daily cup of tea, the robin sits in a near-by tree and scolds me. He gives a single annoyed chirp. If a robin could scowl, he is certainly scowling.

Written by jane tims

May 28, 2018 at 7:00 am

What’s in the bag? The answer …

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Thank you so much for all your guesses. If you saw my blog posts about my AeroGarden and the mystery plant, you may have guessed the right answer. I also gave a hint in the comments … Fannie Flagg. So if you know the title of her best known book, one of my favourites, you may have guessed correctly!

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The correct answer is: green tomatoes! I have harvested about sixty tiny tomatoes from my AeroGarden, and they ripened very well in the paper bag. I have had about ten ripe tomatoes per day for the last week. All this from my mystery plant.

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Fifteen people guessed what was in the bag, nine correctly. The answers were generally entertaining, so this is what I will do. On Friday at noon, at the Authors Coffee House (see below), I will draw for one copy of my book ‘within easy reach’ from those who answered correctly. Then I will draw for another copy of the book from all those who answered, correct or not. If you happen to win and already own ‘within easy reach’, it would make a great gift for someone you know.

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Thanks for guessing what was in the paper bag. Lots of fun!

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All my best,

Jane

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On Friday at noon, Pat Post (a.k.a. Rosalie Lawrence) will be reading from her memoir “Scent from Above” at our Authors Coffee House, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Nasonworth. Chili and rolls for lunch! Free will donation to Cat Rescue Maritimes.

Written by jane tims

May 22, 2018 at 1:57 pm

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What’s in the bag?

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Hi. Guess what is in the bag! If you have followed my blog for a while, you might guess! Email me at timstims@nbnet.nb.ca with your guess and have a chance to win a copy of my book ‘within easy reach’ (Chapel Street Editions, 2016), all about eating local plants. A random draw from among the correct answers will determine the winner. Postage included! Draw to take place May 25, 2018. After that, I will post a photo of what is in the bag!

Best wishes!

Jane

Written by jane tims

May 12, 2018 at 7:59 pm

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Available now – Meniscus: The Village at Themble Hill

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For those who are reading my Meniscus science fiction series, my new book Meniscus: The Village at Themble Hill is now available at Westminster Books in Fredericton and from Amazon, in paperback and Kindle formats here.

I will be launching this new book at Westminster Books on May 25, 2018 at 7:00, so mark your calendars!

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Humans on the planet Meniscus have had it hard. Used as slaves by the Dock-winders and Gel-heads, they live without hope, deprived of family and community. A few Humans have escaped and band together to build the first Human community on the planet. Odymn and the Slain are part of the community of Themble Hill but can they escape interference from the Dock-winders?

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You will enjoy the continuing adventures of Odymn and the Slain, as Odymn tries to recover from a parkour accident and cope with the Slain’s former girlfriend.

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Find out who is lighting a line of purple gettle-shells (the Meniscus version of the Jack-o-lantern) on the heights of The Fault where the Dock-winders can see them!

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For more information and an excerpt from Meniscus: The Village at Themble Hill,  click here.

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five books

herb growing in winter #5: tomatoes and lettuce

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Since my last AeroGarden update, I have baby tomatoes and leaves of romaine lettuce in my garden.

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In a couple of weeks, I’ll have enough basil, lettuce and Tiny Tim tomatoes for a salad … if I can stop my ongoing snacking!

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Copyright Jane Tims 2018

Written by jane tims

April 11, 2018 at 7:01 am

500th follower contest progress

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Since I announced my 500th follower contest, I have 39 entries in the draw to win a paperback, postage-paid copy of my upcoming book ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’. To enter, just comment on any of my posts since the contest began (Oct. 15, 2017). One entry per post per commentor. If you have commented before, you can enter again by commenting on today’s post. I have only 491 followers, so there is still time to enter the contest!

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To give you something to comment on, just say something about any of the three photos below:

Photo 1: beams and internal architecture of a covered bridge.


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Photo 2: Avid reader enjoying the poems of ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’.


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Photo 3: A familiar bridge to folks in Sussex area … out of service but a great park/picnic area.


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Thanks for all your support and hope you like the book!

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

October 26, 2017 at 2:25 pm

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