Three years ago, on a whim, I decided to try and make dandelion wine. I thought it would be simple. Just pick a bunch of dandelions and throw them in some sugar and yeast. Of course nothing is easy. Research says you have to separate the green from the petals. This is not an simple task and it makes your thumbnails look like they have been burned. I swore I would never do that again. Then four months later I tasted the wine. It was amazing. Now the yearly dandelion de-petaling tradition begins. It took five hours to get five cups of petals. This isn't work for the faint of heart or weak of back. My goal is to make two batches this year. I am actually hoping for dandelions in the orchard. I have learned that one should never say never, because you never know:)
I have a few more birds for the bird list. I also saw two oven birds. The fourth new bird this year. I was not able to get a photo of them. Below are a few more birds to add to my 2018 bird count.
Black Headed Grosbeak
I can't help but take a million photos of the Western Tanager. They are so vivid. I also enjoy his song. It was a great bird watching weekend. With one exception, I cannot get a good photo of the nuthatches. It is like they know I'm trying to get a photo of them. My checkered lilies are blooming like crazy. They have even reseeded themselves into the forest.
This was my weekend project. My brother made this little toad house. I put it on a bed of moss and surrounded it with some stones from Denmark. I think it makes a nice display. I wish we had toads here. I would be in seventh heaven. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.