Friday, February 12, 2016

A good day

We don't feed the deer during the season because we'd prefer not to coax them out of the shadows with the promise of food and into the crosshairs of a high-powered rifle. 

But beginning in February, when their food source gets scarce, we feed them under the apple tree down in the field between the house and barn. They are still too skittish to come out in daylight by summer, they're almost eating out of our hands.

This evening when I walked down, Caillou almost knocked me down as he scooted through the back gate between my legs. He weighs close to 80 pounds now and he's a lump.

After dumping the corn, I leaned against the apple tree and watched the sun dip ever lower. A few feet from the tree, a shaft of sunlight fell on a patch of moss the size of a basketball. Pulling my phone from my pocket, I snapped a few shots for grins and giggles. 

When I started back toward the house, Caillou was watching me expectantly. I hurled the plastic feed bucket as far as I could throw it. He was off like a shot and almost caught it before it hit the ground. Snarling and growling, he gave that plastic bucket a piece of his mind before bringing it back to me for another toss.

The cooler weather suits him and he will fetch until my arm is weary.
Jilda is feeling much better and she called us in for supper from the back deck. All in all, it's been a good day.



  1. Clearly there is no rolling stone under that moss.

    glad to hear your Jilda is recovering.

  2. So glad to hear Jilda is feeling better. Have a terrific weekend.

  3. Glad to hear Jilda is gettig better. Maybe soon you can get a photo of the deer but im not sure Caillou will let that happen.

  4. There are so many deer out in the open right now. In places where I would normally see maybe three or four there are more than a dozen. I watch carefully for the ones crossing the road.

  5. It does a body good to have a nice end to the day like that.

  6. We used to have deer coming around and eating the garden but since my son has a big dog, we don't see them close to the house. There are still some but they stay their distance.

    Good to hear that Jilda is feeling well enough to cook you supper.
    Have a great weekend.

  7. I'm with Lisa, Glad to hear Jilda is feeling better. I come here for a good story, I am never disappointed. I could see Caillou talking to the bucket! What a kick!
    Love the green, looks like a promise of spring. SOON!

  8. Anonymous1:47 PM

    I'm happy that Jilda's feeling better, too!!

  9. I love the beauty of your simple pic. I'm glad Jilda is feeling better and I hope you both have a wonderful Valentine's Day! I also love the simple joy a pup gets from a game of catch!

  10. So happy Jilda is feeling better! Have a great week!

  11. Today it is stinking hot here, temp around 37°C so turned the air con on when I got up

  12. I am glad Jilda is getting better. Glad the deer will have some food. I like the bright colours of the moss. Here we have some snow but it is a high of -12C


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