Turkey Tracks: It’s Arrived!

Turkey Tracks:  January 27, 2015

It’s Arrived!

Some years back, I gave my Mike/Tami grands an amaryllis.

Talula was entranced with it–watching each day as it grew and the flower bud developed.

On the morning it bloomed, she woke everyone up with the announcement that “it’s arrived.”

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So, this past Christmas season, I gave some amaryllis to several people I know who I thought would get a kick out of them.

A reminder:  I don’t “do” Christmas gifts, but try to connect with all the people in my life in some meaningful way over this season of dark delight.

One amaryllis went to Linda McKinney’s granddaughters, Addy and Willow.

Well, this week, “it arrived,” and Addy, who had been following it with much interest, was delighted.

Here’s the picture Linda sent to me this week.  She’s been telling me for some weeks not how interested Addie has been in this flower process.



I am so happy that I have, again, participated/facilitated in drawing a child into the magic and power of the plant world.

Margaret Rauenhorst and Ronald VanHeeswjik host a magical solstice night with a HUGE bonfire and special drinks every December.  So I tucked an amaryllis into a sack for them and left it on their kitchen table.

Here’s the pic Margaret sent me today:


What a cheerful, cheerful, lucious reminder that though a blizzard is coming, that spring will, once again, also come!

I like to give timely experiences…


Turkey Tracks: Winter Flowers

Turkey Tracks:  January 13, 2015

Winter Flowers

It snowed all yesterday.  We didn’t get many inches–only about three–but it was a definite snow day.


Some of the turkeys hung out beneath the big pines all day.  They were hunkered down, but when I opened the door started to come to me.



In the kitchen, winter flowers are blooming and bringing lots of cheer:



Look at this exotic beauty of an amaryllis:



More importantly, these blooming bulbs are not drenched with pesticides, as are commercial flowers.

Sad, but true…

Turkey Tracks: Winter Pleasures

Turkey Tracks:  December 17, 2014

Winter Pleasures

Before I left for Charleston, SC, for Thanksgiving, I bought three amaryllis bulbs and left them, each in a brown paper sack, on a counter downstairs.

When I got home, this amaryllis had grown out of the bag by about a foot.

I put it into this glass vase designed for amaryllis, and soon it straightened itself out and grew tall and straight.

Here it is in the kitchen.



The drama of an amaryllis bulb never fails to fascinate me…

Sister-in-law Maryann Enright and cousin Ann O’Callaghan were here for Christmas By The Sea weekend in early December.

We did some shopping, and I came home with this little tree–made of wired and shiny glass beads.  I added the little finches for decoration, and the whole thing makes me smile every time I pass by it.



My little flock has come together nicely now.  That’s rooster Pumpkin with the grand tail.  The three (red) Buckeye hens remain unnamed, but loved, as I cannot tell them apart.  The darker Cuckoo Maran is Chocolate, or lotte, and the lighter one is Cocoa.  The Americauna on the far side of Pumpkin is his beloved, Ginger, who lays blue eggs.  She’s older and was so not happy to shared her coop with upstarts.  These young hens are starting to lay now, but only a little.  They won’t lay fully until the days grow longer again–or unless I extend their day with added light in the coop, which I don’t do.




Chickens are master beggars and know how to hang out at the kitchen door for a handout:


On the J&E Riggin this summer, Jeanne Gervais gave me this little green bag for my knitting when she determined that my plastic sack was way too prone to being blown away in the wind.  Here it is at Camp St. Christopher.  It carries my handwork with such style:



The HUGE/TALL amaryllis fell over, and the glass vase broke all over the kitchen.  I cut off the bloom stems and put them in another vase.  I don’t know if the bud will open or not…