July 23, 2014

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‘Woodies’ provide entertainment on the pond PDF Print E-mail

By Kay Brown
The Garden Gate
I wish you could have been here last week when the pond had 20 “woodies,” wood ducks floating around. I watched for a while and then went to the greenhouse to water.
When I got back I checked them out, and there were 10 males and four females still on the pond. Mallard ducks are pretty but I think woodies are prettier.

 
Games kept children occupied all day PDF Print E-mail

By Kay Brown
The Garden Gate
When I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep, I start thinking about childhood happenings. The other night I thought about going to my aunt and uncle’s. They lived in Pittsfield, and when I was 10 I would go visit for week.
I met a girl that lived in the same block as my relatives, and was my age. She had two brothers, one older, one younger, and in a few years a baby sister. We did go to the city swimming pool once or twice a week, other wise we played boy games.
I was a “tomboy” so that was fine with me. They taught me to play marbles, you know, draw the circle in the dirt-toss your marbles out into the circle then everybody had what you called a shooter. It was a bigger marble and some of them were really pretty. I had a black leather bag that had a drawstring in the top, and a collection of marbles. When you shot the “shooter” you were supposed to knock a persons marble out of the circle and then it was yours. You had to be fairly good or you would end up “losing all your marbles.” Do you suppose that's where that saying comes from?

 
Spring in Illinois PDF Print E-mail

It’s Sunday morning and a beautiful sunrise is beginning over the pond. The first two ducks of the season are swimming around. I’m fixing breakfast for my dog and myself, so I don’t stop to get the binoculars to see what kind they are. Last week after the pair of Canada Geese, who come every year were here, a second pair came and took up a spot on the other side of the pond, across from  our regular pair. They got quite vocal with each other, probably discussing just whose pond it was. It’s fun to watch the seasonal wildlife come and go.

 
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