It’s the Winter Solstice, a time when we face the coming cold but also think (dream!) ahead to gardening and growing food as the light returns and the wheel of the year turns. There doesn’t seem to be much going on this time of year outside in the yard and garden, except of course for the animals looking for food and shelter in the cold and ice/snow later. I feed birds and squirrels on my patio every day once it gets cold, and hungry bunches of birds are out there throughout the day till dusk.
This morning something was different: there at the herb bed, beside my shark teeth rock…….ground that wasn’t there before, and I didn’t put there. Hmmm, why is that, where did it come from? Odd.
So looking around at the one corner of the herb bed frame, I discovered a hole.
Ahah! A little creature did a lot of excavating for his size, and dug a tunnel under the frame. When animals dig they have to get rid of the dirt somewhere, and there is a lot of it, so his tunnel must be pretty deep or long. I thought of a mole or vole, but also maybe a mouse. The hole is small but mice can get thru some small places. I then read that voles and moles eat insects and plant roots, and thought maybe a little mouse was planning to have a birdseed buffet right outside his/her home all winter.
Now I’ll be watching around there to see if I can see who the occupant of the hole is. Winter is a little boring, and every little interesting thing counts. A mouse hole might even inspire me to write a blog, lol.
The Solstice is a time of renewal and new beginnings, and I hope that this time of year is good for all my readers and finds each of you well. Merry Christmas, Blessed Yule, Happy Holidays of whatever kind your holidays are. Be thankful for Today, because Today is what we have.