Welcome to Edna Manor
Although we like to call our home Edna Manor, we view it as where we live now, in the future, and previously. The name comes from my husband's name, Edward, and my name, Nancy. ‘Ed' and ‘na' is how we came up with Edna Manor.
As time went by since 1995, we had a sign made and we lovingly hung it up near our back door. We've had wine glasses made, mugs, and aprons. In fact, Edward and I like to joke around. We refer to each other as the ‘Duke ‘and ‘Duchess' of Edna Manor. Okay, we are not that serious about it! But, we do have fun with all this silliness!
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So, what to write about?
Under the people collection, we include about non-human friends. No, not aliens! Edna Manor backs to open space, and we have quite a menagerie steaming through. When we bought the house in 2004, we noticed on the plat map, a designated area between our neighbor's house and our house, where wildlife come through. It's an ancient path. They are welcome to come though our yard anytime.
Move-in day at Edna Manor
We always have little dogs. There was no fence in our backyard. The morning of our move, we arranged for a fencing company to come out and fence off a small, very small, area of our yard. Our fence is only four feet high. We never, ever, leave the dogs alone when we let them outside. One of us is always with them. We also clean up after them right away, to discourage predators, and also, just to be a good neighbor.
Currently, we have two elderly Chihuahuas, Moose and Henry.
Coyotes are around once in awhile
Since we are only one a mile up the road from our previous Edna Manor, we knew there were occasionally coyotes in the area. They have no qualms about killing small pets left alone in the yard! I've seen them only twice, and have not yet snapped a photo.
Our friends, the Squirrels
We see squirrels regularly, and feed them practically every day. They are out and about less often in winter, and we can go days without seeing them when it snows heavily. Nuts.com is our supplier! Last week, the delivery driver actually pulled up in our long driveway to unload a huge box of bags of nuts! No junk food for our little buddies.
Squirrels need to crack open nuts with their teeth, as their teeth grow continually. We don't feed them whole or soft shell peanuts either! They mostly get walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts. We occasionally give them almonds. They quickly tear though them!
Deer, Welcome to Christmas!
We don't see deer as often as we used to. However, on more than one Christmas morning, I've walked into the kitchen and gazed out our huge window to see one or more of these beautiful creatures. “Merry Christmas!” I say to myself.
The area behind our neighbor's house is a place where deer come every year to give birth. Some years, we catch a glimpse of a little one, or even twins.
Bear … Yikes!
I came face-to-face with a bear this summer. But, that is a story for a post I will write!
Bobcat, usually seen in pairs
Bobcats scare me, as much as the bears. Bears are much bigger though. I won't go near either!
Cougars … I'm shaking now!
Years and years ago, Edward believes he saw a cougar, also known as a Mountain Lion, walking in front of the house. They are not welcome! We may have seen one trigger one of the cameras in the back yard a few weeks ago. Going frame by frame, we could see that the animal has a long tail. and it was not small in relation to the size of the trees, so we know it wasn't a house cat out on a nightly patrol. Bobcat have short tails, and coyote are canines. They have a different head and ear shape, plus their tails are not as long as a cougar's tail.
Birds of all kinds
Loads of birds including Crows, Eagles, Red-Tail Hawks, Piliated Woodpeckers, Stellars' Jays, and the usual assortment of Robins and other smaller birds.