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Today I fed the birds. It's sunny and bright, but the feeders are quite active -- lots of grackles and sparrows.

I haven't seen the mourning dove on the nest for several days, although the eggs are still there. Apparently it's been abandoned. :/ But perhaps another dove will start a new batch. There are often several clutches a season in that location, it's very popular.

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Today I fed the birds. There are still two white eggs in the mourning dove nest.

It is cool and mostly sunny, so the flowers are open. :D

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Today I planted a pair of purple tricyrtis in the purple-and-white garden.

The weather is cool and cloudy.  There are still two white eggs in the mourning dove nest.

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I didn't find time to post this on Wednesday. I planted three irises in the wagonwheel garden.

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Today all I did was feed the birds and walk around a bit. Someone was burning off corn cobs, though, I could smell the smoke.

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Today I pulled weeds and cut brush around the septic tank cap.  One of my projects for this season is trying to grow something other than weeds there.  I've been trying grass, and it hasn't worked.  So I'll throw down more topsoil, and try some rabbit-resistant annuals, maybe a rhubarb plant and comfrey too.

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Today I refilled the birdfeeders. Then I mulched around the contorta willow and started putting mulch around the big maple near the house.

I have miniature Dutch iris blooming now, along with snowdrops and a few more forsythia blossoms. :D

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Today I put the protective jug back over one of the oak seedlings that had gotten loose, and mulched around it to keep that in place. I also put mulch around six other seedlings in the savannah garden.

The hazelnut bush has opened its catkins. When touched, they release clouds of golden pollen. :D Maybe this year I'll actually get some of the darn hazelnuts. I saw them last fall but only for a few days -- I think the squirrels pounced on them, possibly before they were even ripe.

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In Session 5, we put together a big gear. The pieces for this finished emptying one of the four slabs of wooden parts.

This is the front view of the gear.  You can see the little pointer on it.
This is the front view of the big gear that we assembled during Session 5.

This is the back view of the gear.  It shows some of the working parts on the far end of the shaft. Wedging the parts onto that cross-shaped set of parts was a pain in the ass.
This is the back view of the big gear we assembled during Session 5.
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In Session 4, we built a long subassembly.

Let's build a timer! )
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In Session 3, we made two subassemblies.

Let's make a timer! )
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This is the subassembly we made in Session 2.  It has gears on two parts, instead of just one part like the previous subassembly did.  We had an easier time putting it together after practicing on the first, although still not really easy.

This is the subassembly we made in Session 2.
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Our current project is assembling a wooden timer.  We got it from a crowdfunding project.

Let's build a timer! )
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We finished assembling the Yellow Submarine!  \o/  We enjoyed putting this together.  I recommend it for Beatles fans and Lego fans.  Young fans or others with low dexterity may need extra help putting it together, as some of the pieces are finicky.  We found it worth the time, though.

We're done playing with Legos! )
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These are pictures from Session 4 of building the Yellow Submarine.

Here are all four Beatles.  \o/
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From this side you can now see the rudder of the Yellow Submarine, which moves.
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Here is a top view.
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This is the bottom.  You can see the propellers.  They really spin.
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This is the upper deck.
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See the top view of the Yellow Submarine with the deck in place.
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This is the side/bottom view.
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Here at Fieldhaven, we're on one of the main migrating paths in central Illinois for monarch butterflies.  When I was little, they would come in their thousands, covering the trees.  Now they are few.  Most years they don't even flock anymore, so it's exciting to see even a few dozen of them chaining up like this.  There are more fluttering around overhead today.  I managed to catch these resting in the shade, so it's not a great picture, but you can see the density of butterflies.

Monarchs at Fieldhaven
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer found a photo and created text for it, as part of the Frankenstein's Family series. Then I used that to make an image of the back. This is something that the village children find, shortly after the itinerant priest is encouraged to leave.

In our history, durable photos were not invented until 1815. The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was published in 1818, and the later entries in the framing stories were dated 17--. Within that canon, and even more so in this series, science has advanced much farther than in our history. So a durable photo is plausible in this context, but it may not be made by the same process we think of as photography.
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Recently I took advantage of a mild sunny day to shoot some pictures of my yard as it begins to come alive this spring.

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