Much to our delight, there are now new sights and sounds along the trail following the oh-so-wonderful rain that fell here a few days ago. I recently updated my Hilltop Trails Map for the new journal, so I am posting it here for reference. The picture below was taken just north of the pond where a spring of freshwater, which ceased to flow in the two-month long drought, is now back in business. The soothing sounds of falling and trickling water, along with the croaking of happy frogs are welcome sounds along the trail for sure.
I have added other pages to the journal as well. My granddaughter who gave me the journal did write that it is for "documenting my fun adventures", didn't she? " I have been both writing and sketching, usually on facing pages, but here I will just post the sketches. I estimate at the rate I am working, I might have the pages filled in one hundred days. One hundred adventures? Ha Ha! What an exciting life I must lead for someone who rarely leaves these old trails I walk!
As I have written here before, Millie and I do enjoy watching the coyotes. They don't have many friends here, except for Millie and me. We respect them.
Farm work can be a real adventure, often times a bit too much of one, so there will be pages for those times. Here the first of the heifers has just gotten a new purple ear tag (it's a bit like getting one's ears pierced.) and her vaccinations. The rope is only a prop and was used no way in the process. The fence is made of strips of cloth, as is the purple ear tag.
We all know how much I love the summer tanager, so it's no surprise to find him here. I like the depth I created here. The bird is cut from a tiny piece of rosy red linen.
Now, I am wondering what new adventure there will be for tomorrow. Maybe we will spot a magnificent Red-Tailed Hawk, or could it be the day that we finally encounter a bear on the trail...
Until next time,