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Yesterday was my first volunteer went quite well.  I actually woke up feeling good, made breakfast for Steve, got a shower and headed out.  When I arrived, there were lots of people scurrying around and it looked as though some tours were planned.  I met up with Tom, one of the head gardeners and we walked around for a bit, surveying a couple of the areas in the formal garden near the house.  He explained that my duty that day would be trimming all the ivy that was overgrown around the stone walls and step areas.  It was fun, very warm outside, but I had full gear on..fisherman hat, gloves, thick socks.  The great part about being a volunteer is you make your own hours and you can hop from one project to another.  As I was cutting along the perimeter of the stone area, there were so many spider webs and nests, it really amazed me..because last weekend in my yard, I noticed two spiders with egg sacs running across my patio...the wonder of nature.  At one point, my hand shears snipping through the ivy, a bull frog from the nearby pond croaked so loud that I almost fell in the rose bushes, it scared the hell out of

Tom mentioned those frogs are so loud, it scares him at got a chance to see a cardinal’s nest nearby, because those birds are really quite protective and secretive of where they build their nests, at least in our yard, and Tom mentioned that the mother was quite angry at him for shearing the shrubs too close to her nest...she yelled at him for quite a long time.

I spent two hours there and just in that short time witnessed a few miracles of nature.  I look forward to next week and hopefully within a few weeks will be the foster mother of the new Woodland Shade Garden, can’t wait!


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