Saving the Salamanders

Thanks to Shanara, after coming back from our walk today, we found 9 baby salamanders stuck inside the basement window well.

We wouldn’t have known anything about them if Shanara had not jumped out of the car and stuck her nose down there. That’s when Simon noticed a small wiggle.

Poor babies: mama must have fallen down there and laid her eggs and then none of them were able to climb out. We were able to save only three of them. We carried them down to water – one swam away quickly – two others with a bit less energy. The others had died. So sad.

But we saved three – and that’s something. High point of the day.

Other high points: I sowed all the early seeds: radishes, spinach, chard, collards, lettuce, peas. And then I pulled sticks, branches and twigs out of the forest to serve later for bean poles and tomato stakes. The twigs will help the peas go up to their climbing strings.

And a haircut for everyone: Nicky, Simon and me!

And a dog walk. And Simon’s ingenious jimmy-rigging of a water filtration system up at our water box appears to be working. Yay! We have water pressure once again!

Now that spring is here, it’s one project after another.

And tomorrow, I am going to go up Butter – see how far we can get before we get bogged down by snow. With any luck, we’ll make it to the top.

About goodyniosi

Writer, avid(!!!) hiker - living life to the fullest. Love, life, bliss - getting high on getting high (in the alpine that is)
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