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SPARROWORKS – an Illustrated journal

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Mr Macgregor’s Vegetable Garden

Sunday, July 19, 2020|Categories: Garden, Gardening, vegetables|Tags: , , |

We are now a couple of months into our learning experience with high density successive vegetable growing. Quite a success so far and perhaps this is a good time to publish an update for those who have been asking questions. In May we started with the installation of three raised vegetable beds - the wood is 2in [...]

Snowberry Clearwing Moth

Sunday, July 12, 2020|Categories: Garden, Insects|Tags: , |

Following a long and very heavy spell of high heat days with health warnings to stay indoors etc there was rain today and afterwards this wonderful moth was working the flowers on the milkweed plants. About the size of a thumb and an absolute gem of an insect - we have seen them before but not managed [...]

Communication – Missing the Postman

Sunday, July 12, 2020|Categories: commentary|Tags: |

I happened, thanks to the internet, upon this article from the London Review of Books that I felt was worth sharing with my friends, many of whom will understand. I am a huge user and fan of all that the internet has brought us, I don't yearn to go back to blotchy pens and stamps on envelopes, but [...]

Sunny Day with Birds and Deer (*Video)

Sunday, July 12, 2020|Categories: arboretum, birds, flowers, Insects, Landscape, mammals|Tags: , , , |

Not that we have any urge to escape from the garden - this lockdown business is not causing any mental disturbance at all - but occasionally we like to check up on what the wild world is up to and so we take ourselves five minutes down the road to walk the trails in the arboretum. Today temperatures [...]

Let it Grow

Sunday, June 28, 2020|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, flowers, Garden, Gardening|Tags: , , |

Mid-summer Progress Report We are now in our second full year of letting what was once a scrappy lawn have the freedom to just grow while we wait to see what's there and what has arrived. Mid June is a good half-way stage in the process of creating a "mead" and to pause and record what is happening. [...]

Virtual Mid-Summer Birding

Sunday, June 21, 2020|Categories: Baie-D'Urfe, Birding, birds|Tags: , , |

Bird Protection Quebec regularly has guided birding field trips each weekend but, with social distancing and groups being forbidden for the past ten weeks they have organised "virtual field trips" restricted to the birds in our gardens. These have been surprisingly popular with many more people taking part than ever come out in person. This week there [...]

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