Sunday, January 31, 2010

Welcome to the Neighborhood!

On Sunday, Sarah, our dog Andie, and I spent our first full day in the new house. We have begun the processes of unpacking and getting to know our neighborhood.

Three crows, our first avian visitors, arrived this morning to pull large grubs from our backyard. They later spent the afternoon harassing a Red-tailed Hawk that was perched in a Doug fir.

Much of the day was sunny, so we, along with many neighbors, went outside to enjoy the weather. We noticed that the ratio of people walking dogs to people driving cars down our street was about 10 to 1, a great sign.

We still have a lot of work ahead of us, including a massive exotic species removal along the south fence. English Ivy, Himalayan blackberry, and a type of knotweed have formed a thicket that will keep me quite busy for a while.