Wednesday, 22 June 2022

No Bed Of Roses

For a few days last week, I was housebound. The City of Ottawa was spreading it's biosolids (a.k.a. humanure) on crop fields upwind of my place. Mega tankers delivered tons of it to fields in my area. Free fertilizer for crop farmers and the City gets rid of it's treated sewage. Cow manure is unpleasant but bearable. This, however, is a whole other level of stench!!!! Even the cat chose to stay indoors. As Mom would say, "It was no bed of roses!" I pity the workers who handle the stuff. At least the odour lasted for only a few days and sweet country air has resumed. 
Speaking of roses, the peony roses are in full bloom now. They make short lived but oh, so lovely bouquets.

While I was making lunch, I spotted a doe grazing her way across the lawn. I took a few pictures and put the camera away. Then I noticed a yearling following her. The doe saw me move and they both scampered into the undergrowth. It looks like she has not yet dropped this year's fawn. They'll find plenty of hiding places in my mostly uncut grounds.

It looks like she has not yet given birth to this year's baby.
Are there prettier lawn ornaments? I think not!
And I do appreciate her help in mowing the lawn.

 

A friend once told me, "If the only reason you're hanging on to something is sentimentality, then take photos and move on."

And so I took pictures of my four outside doors which ushered in and out so much of our family history. They are familiar and lovely old things, but --- they let in a lot of cold drafts and last winter's propane bills were wicked. Fuel prices are unlikely to reduce so I've ordered four new entry doors that are Energy Star rated. The supplier said that I'll have a nine month wait for them due to demand, the supply chain and labour shortages. So I'll have one more winter of chinking the dear old slammers against the cold.

 

My east facing doors: Kitchen on left and hallway at right.
The west facing doors. Their replacements will have windows in them.
Door-knocker Owl will be relocated when the new doors arrive.

11 comments:

  1. Florence, I'm sitting here in a little bit of shock. Is humanure what I think it is?? I'm going to google this as soon as I exit here, no need to answer! My god, I can't imagine the smell! On a happier note, I love your flower pics and that doe is beautiful. So much peace in these pics, sometimes I really envy the world you live in compared to mine. I love those doors too, I need to show those to my sister. It's probably a good thing you're replacing them, but you can just see all the history there. I'm glad you made a record of them. 🙂👍👍

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    1. So-called Biosolids is treated sewer waste. All over the world, municipalities that treat their sewage transports the result to farm fields. Better than the untreated stuff going directly into rivers I suppose. Yes, good advice to take pictures of old stuff. My old doors will still 'hang' around for many months though. I hope my nerves don't give out when the installers start to rip out the old door frames. (sigh)

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  2. Hi Florence, thank you so much for sharing your peony rose photos. Sigh……they are so beautiful!
    I have smelt the air when a septic tanked is being pumped out so I can sorta imagine the smell of the humanure. Horrible!
    Your photos of the fawn are lovely. She does look a little wide in the shots.
    What can I say about your gorgeous doors?? The hallway one is incredible! But I know how drafty they can be. We have lived in older homes (1920’s) and we would put a towel along the bottom of the doors in the winter. First thing we did when we moved into our current home was replace all the doors.
    Are you enjoying this current heat wave? We could really use some rain but what seemed to be coming petered out by the time it got to Brighton.
    Take care Florence!❤️
    Robin

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    1. Yes, peonies are sumptuous, arn't they? I'd love to reduce myself to bug size and go swimming in their petals. My house was rebuilt after a fire in 1910, so it's an old gal. What type of doors did you have installed in your current home, Robin? I ordered pre-hung steel ones. Three will have privacy windows and one will have a half window of clear glass. I can use more light in our dark winter months. We got a good, all day rain yesterday. Didn't have to water my tomatoes.

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    2. We had steel doors put in too. Two have half stain glass sort of panels and the other is a solid door.
      Lucky you receiving a rainy day yesterday. I am going to have to haul around the hose tomorrow and water all the gardens.

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  3. Oh how I remember that smell. They use to treat crops the same way in Florida. Just driving by the smell would breach the car A/C. Can't imagine living close to it.
    My, she is a bit chubby isn't she? Hope she brings the new baby by for you to see. You are right, they are amazing lawn ornaments.
    Wow, that is a long wait for your doors. Hope you are surprised with an earlier delivery.

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    1. Just awful, isn't it Patti? At least the odor only lasts a few days and they seem to allow at least a decade between applications on the same land. It was a surprise to see that doe in the middle of the day. I usually see them in very early morning. Sure would love to see a young fawn. I also was surprised by the long wait for my new doors. Apparently it's the new normal now. We Iive in bewildering times, Patti!

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  4. We've a neighbour who put out manure that just stinks. There is an issue with it, it's a cow farm, and apparently they don't treat it properly. I feel for you!
    Good luck with the doors. You will feel so much better for it.
    (ツ) from Cottage Country , ON, Canada!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. Just wish there wasn't such a long wait for custom orders. One more winter of chinking.

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  5. Lovely post, Florence. Back in Kinburn territory, we had that smell late spring but haven't smelt it around here. Of course, there are many horse farms here not so much the growing of food kind. Oh, your bouquets are so beautiful. My neighbour has a perfect ring of peony flowers on the ground around his biggest bush...I think the blossoms were heavier than the stems. Aren't those old doors lovely looking...shame to replace them but you must keep warm in a more economical way. Perhaps choose new ones with some charm to them and a window is useful too.

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    1. Well, the bad smell is long gone now, Jocelyn, and it will likely be years before this area is targeted again. (fingers crossed) I've chosen four new EnergyStar doors that will match my house's style. Only trouble is, I've got a nine month wait for them. (sigh) After another winter of chinking the old doors against the cold, I'll likely be glad to see the back of them.

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