Discovery Days- Don’t cut your Granny’s Toenails!

July 5, 2010 at 11:21 am 3 comments

ED NOTE: I have learned a couple of things in the last few days:

You CAN escape back to a simpler time. I spent the day with my mother, daughter and grandson walking the soft sand, looking at blue, blue water, watching families and especially children discovering the joys of a summer day just as they had done at this beach for generations. Representatives of 4 generations taking the time to walk and talk and remember .
This beach is really a Gem!

Koi Boy – The Ghost in the Pond
The internet was right and my “Koi” has been happily joining in the spawning rituals going on in the pond and by “his” actions it is on the male side of the reproductive cycle- and on the face of it he seems happy enough- not that he can show his face like these Koi


Beautiful hybrid roses, bedding plants from nurseries may attract the bees and butterflies BUT nothing can compare to the “weeds” in the garden for pure natural bee and butterfly delight.
We let our Privet hedge grow in the back garden due to a “neighbor issue and privacy” . We noticed the hedge produced flowers. These flowers attract the honey bees like crazy and the butterflies. In the fall/winter the fruit from these flowers now provide a feast for the Cardinals and other birds

( they also love the fruit produced by the Deadly Nightshade.)

The neighbor issue “died” but now I cannot cut the hedges back and amongst the roses and Impatients is Bella Donna (SIGH ! bit like life that come to think of it)

Fall will find hundreds and hundreds of bees all over the flowers produced by our English Ivy – Please click on this link for some wonderful photos of the event and more information

And we all know my penchant for Pissenlits.

But I love and so do the bees and butterflies – GRANNY’S TOENAILS

You have seen them lately in your grass, along the side of the road cut and cured so as not to spoil the carpet of green. They have appeared at Settlers’ Watch to my delight


and to the delight of the makers of honey and procreating the planet.

So don’t cut your Granny’s toenails! πŸ™‚


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lisa  |  July 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I remember my grandparents taking me to Gem Beach when I was a little girl! But I didn’t remember it being on Lake Erie. I have been looking for it, mistakenly thinking it was somewhere in Vermilion or Willard. Nobody I asked had ever heard of it before. Thanks for the map! πŸ˜€

  • 2. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 5, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Let me know if you ever want to go – Jim’s family have a ( well they call it a cottage but it is more like an apartment literally on the beach can’t get any closer without getting wet πŸ™‚ great photo ops πŸ™‚

    It truly was like steping back to the 1950’s

  • […] dear! and I had visions of fairy- like pixies scampering about amongst the roses and granny’s toenails – if not my cute little ground hogs( who for the most part mind their own […]

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