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But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.
There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
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Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
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Friday, October 16, 2015

My Deer ...

Every night about this time, Minette and I go on Deer Watch.
The fields and forest behind my home, and the forest and lake behind the house across the street, are the hangouts of the local deer population.
And to get from one to the other, the deer have to go through my back yard, around through the side yard, stopping in the front yard to have a snack on whatever those flowers are that tempt them every night .. then they have to cross the street.

Minette alerted me to them one night, standing at the window, all stiff and in a kitten hunting pose.
She saw them out there way before I could pick them out in the shadows, the little bit of light coming from a street lamp ..
All the homes are dark, small porch lights are the only light other than the moon .. and street lights.

The first time I saw them .. I was looking straight at them and did not see them, they were so still, under the tree .. then the baby moved .. babies, they just can't stay still.
And I , whispering to Minette, watch them every night now .. we are enchanted by them.
A small family who travel from the forest and fields behind me , through our property and across that scary road to the gardens and woods beyond.

When I see them, Minette and I are really still .. I whisper to her, she is just frozen .. when the deer are out of sight, she relaxes a little. I know it isn't for the same reasons but I relax too .. they made it across the road with their fawn and a car did not hit them.

Tonight Minette was looking, I checked but saw no deer.
Then I heard a car coming and heard the honk.

I jumped up and ran to the window  ... please, God, he didn't hit them, didn't hit the baby ...
Minette is all stiff and alert ...
They were all there, safe ... no cars were coming .. they cautiously ( and too slowly for my comfort) crossed the street, baby fawn and mama, to the other side and on to the bog.

I am going to put a Deer Crossing sign out ... threaten people to slow down. . the speed limit is 35 .. 55-65 is the norm. Which bothers me so much because there are small children living here too.
And this is not a highway.

So tonights Deer Watch was full of tension and a sweet baby fawn with its mama and everyone made it safely across.

I am considering buying carrots and celery and put them out there for them to find tomorrow night.
If I am here this winter, I am getting a bale of hay from the farmer up the hill. For my backyard.
For my deer.


  1. I would love to see deer in my garden. I would buy hay and carrots by the lorry load if it meant I could watch them

  2. LOL ... I know. We have a huge farm up the hill ... just about a block away .. the deer are there with the horse and sheep when things get really bad, there is always hay outside for everyone.. no discrimination :)

  3. How lovely you and Minette enjoy deer watch. I love deers, they are beautiful and I understand you are enchanted by them.
    I'm so glad the deer family are safe after you heard the car and honk. Some people drive way too fast on local road. Sadly, I've seen poor deer hit and dead on road :-( In the area back of our house, I sometimes spot deers. Haven't seen them recently....I hope they'll come back!

  4. Cherie -.. behind my property are farm fields then a forest with a lake of some sort.
    Across the street, behind the neighbors property is a forest and a bog.
    So deer and all kinds of woodland creatures go back and forth , especially at night .. to eat and sleep and maybe they all socialize lol
    In winter I see the deer with the cattle and sheep eating hay so I think it is not a bad idea for me to put some out there, not in the middle of the property but on the border where the trees are.
    I don't want them living in my back yard ... they have ticks etc.
    But I want them safe and not starving.

  5. Love this. I too am happy that they're safe so far. And I so hope they continue to be safe and sound. People do that everywhere.. Often drive way too fast because they think whatever they're on their way to do.. it's super important.. that THEY'RE super important. I don't get it.

  6. And Mary, it is late at night, no one needs to be speeding down our road .. This is where the gigantic snapping turtle crossed and went to the bog ... this is where the little bitty turtle came marching up to my house and kept trying to go up the wall.
    I finally picked him up ( in a bucket ) and took him to the edge of the property, set him down, pointed him in the right direction and sent him on his way - that field must have taken that little bitty thing weeks to cross ! But I try to help without getting too involved .. you know, man / nature etc.


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