The other day the car croaked (again) so I walked home from the post office the other day. I thought you’d enjoy some pictures of my journey.
The Luge also known as The Driveway. It is, by far, the most expensive component of our itty bitty homestead. It costs more to maintain it than anything else. This year Bessie also croaked (our pickup truck) so we have to pay someone plow it. $40 each time Bill comes, and if it needs to be sanded it’s another $40 for Steve to come up.
March is a particularly difficult month regarding the driveway. The days heat up the snow and start to melt it while the nights freeze it because of the cold temps. Also, rain does the driveway in so we have to have it graded routinely.
But it sure does make a pretty picture, hu?
There are lots of tracks all over the driveway. I’m not sure if they are feline or canine. I’m not thinking a dog per se so much as a fox. Regardless they are all over the driveway so something’s been walking around a lot. These tracks appear to be heading down the driveway.
These tracks start on one side of the driveway then cross over it and up the bank into the treeline at what could be called our front yard. You can see the tracks veer off to the left.
Squirrel tracks. As you’d suspect they are everywhere. I happen to be quite fond of squirrels. I know many people think they are “rats with better coats” but I think they are very resourceful and pretty damned smart.
In a post over at Women Not Dabbling in Normal I wrote about Compost Piles. I quote myself “surprisingly I don’t see many critters out there.” As you can see from the above picture, I have this one squirrel which has found the compost pile and every morning around 8ish s/he hops over for breakfast. I assume the vegetable matter isn’t frozen despite the frigid temps we’re having right now because Squirrelly has been eating out of there regularly.
I’m not one to feed wild animals per se. That is, I don’t put out bird feeders or salt licks or anything. Actually I’m pretty opposed to anyone doing so. The reason I believe it’s a bad idea — and I know plenty who disagree with me on this — is because once you start putting food out for animals they become dependent on that constant food source. This can alter migration paths and change mating times. It also allows for some animals to survive in climates they were not meant to. Think of it this way: If I was to put feeders out when I first moved in and consistently maintained these feeders the whole time I lived there then I moved after say 10 years, the animals I was feeding would’ve come to depend on that food source. And not just one set of animals but their offspring and theirs, and theirs and so on. So I move and someone else moves in and doesn’t want to feed the animals and considers them a nuisance. Then what? Because I don’t want to cause harm I just don’t feed any of the wildlife in my yard aside from my compost pile. Yea, I know my arguement isn’t well written.