No matter how small they might be…

the signs of Spring are here!

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Minuscule new green growth {with deer droppings!} in the yard…and not a lot of snow left!

Yeehaw!

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Roman the Garden Dog and I perused the property today…

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 the pond is becoming unfrozen 🙂

{We had two Canadian geese on it this morning…but didn’t have my camera!}

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Roman looked at me as if to say “I’m thirsty for cold water”…

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 “but first I gotta put my feet in it”

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Ahhhh…OK…fresh & cold…

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 “well maybe I’ll just stand here and cool off for a bit”

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Excellent! Perfectly cold!

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 Then we went and checked out new vole tunnels that have made their appearance rather suddenly in the last week.

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 {this is a vole…a critter like a cute little mouse…from Wikipedia}

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 One or more of ‘em have dug their tunnels all over the acreage…

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  and they’re leading right to my garden.

But I have hardware cloth on the bottoms of all the raised beds…so I’m not worried.

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 The tunnels look fresh since the snow has melted in the past week.

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 How do those sneaky critters think?

 You’d expect the tunnels to be connected…of course since they’re underground we only see what they want us to see!

HA!

They must think it confuses us…um yeah it does.

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Just bizarre if you ask me.

And kind of an eyesore.

Nature does weird stuff.

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Riley was watching Roman and me the entire time.

He wanted his freedom too.

But you’re still a puppy Riley…and best left in the garden.

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After we were done walking around, Roman plopped down to guard us from that mean ol’ vole!

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 and Riley gave me the stinky eye when I returned…

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 sorry Riley…you’re not trusted out of the garden yet.

You bulldogs can’t swim…too heavy for your legs…

and you’d most likely run down to the pond and be silly.

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When I left Roman he was still watching for that mean ol’ vole. Good shepherd!!!

You’re such the protector 🙂