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  • Missing in action (for 3 weeks)

    Missing in action (for 3 weeks)

    I called out to Jon as he went to check on our bird sanctuary, ahead of me, “Did they finish the food?” “The Quaker box is gone!!!”“What?! Hoooooooow???? I laid stones in them!”“I have no idea…” I dashed into the kitchen, without taking off my other boot.“Oh, nooooo!” There was a dusty circle on the […]

  • The party will go on…

    The party will go on…

    After making sure that the plants have water for weeks, I started wondering about the rooftop party. How can I provide them with food for weeks? Mr Quaker Oats was empty and seemed like a responsible choice – I cut a hole near the bottom and filled him up with millets. Ideally, millets should pile […]

  • Putting our plants on drip before travelling

    Putting our plants on drip before travelling

    Every time before a long trip, I would have to make sure that every plant has a “water bottle”. The spider plants have been the best and seem to adjust very well. Not too sure about the succulents but they should be quite low-maintenance (we shall see). We started a little kale farm last October. […]

  • White-crowned sparrows join the party

    White-crowned sparrows join the party

    The White-crowned Sparrows have pretty distinctive whistles where the first syllabus is long, followed by staccato notes cramped together – “W-h-e-e-e-e-e phew hue-hue-hue-hue-hue”. Imagine saying “W–h–e–r–e are you-you-you-you-you?” I first knew about them when I started frequenting the Richmond Library. They are always singing. Ever since the start of our rooftop party, I like to […]

  • Finally, the beeping Towhee

    Finally, the beeping Towhee

    This project started because I wanted to get a closer look at the California Towhee. Finally, my first feathered friend arrives at the party. Guess who’s unhappy? “Hey, bird-feeding-woman, do something…” “Hmph!” “Do you hear me?” “Dooooo something!!!” The juvenile House Finch who has been dominating the feeders gets a taste of its medicine. Hee…

  • Hey good lookin’

    Hey good lookin’

    I spotted a Red-shouldered Hawk on the roof of the house opposite. It looked like it had just gotten out of bed – fluffy hair with a look of wonder. Within seconds, it fluttered away. A few days later, another Red-shouldered Hawk appeared. I gasped! It can’t be the same bird! Can it? Where is my […]

  • Glycerin bath experiment – gone wrong :(

    Glycerin bath experiment – gone wrong :(

    Two days into the glycerin bath experiment, I think I might have screwed it up – brown blemishes started appearing on the parts that were covered by mason jar lids. Did the metallic lids react with glycerin? Or was it the aluminium tray? I wish I knew. I’m not even sure if these two days […]

  • Glycerin bath experiment

    Glycerin bath experiment

    Somewhere in December, I picked out some fallen leaves on our walks. I want to bring them back to Singapore for the family leaf book that my father has. I showed him the leaves over a video call and he sighed “If only the colours could stay this way…” Before I found a way to […]

  • Extraterrestrial discovery…

    Extraterrestrial discovery…

    When I saw the grass in the shoe, I thought the birds were going to make a garden out of it. Shortly after, some “yellow dots” appeared. After a trip to Grenada, I have become an iNaturalist convert. Thanks to citizen science, I discovered that this alien little yellow dots were Phycomyces – or what […]