Hardening Those Suckers Off

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  1. Sjoerd

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    The broadies are coming along well now, so out onto the balcony they went this morning and the hardening-off process has begun.

    When I was at the lottie, the snow was melting fast; however, these interesting animal tracks on the sidewalk caught my attention. They are melting-away, so I cannot identify them certainly. Do any of you have an idea?
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    They look like rabbit tracks to me Sjoerd.
     
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    You can’t see it on the foto, but they are much smaller than rabbit tracks.
     
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    It's difficult to tell, but it could be a squirrel at a dead run. They bring their back legs up to their front like that when they are high tailing it. Maybe it didn't like having cold feet :) Tracks expand so much in melt. The day after a bit of melt Angus' look big enough for wolf tracks.
     
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    I thought that they look like squirrel tracks, but we do not have any squirrels in this part of the country. I also thought that it might be an ermine. I just cannot tell.
     
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    yay! garden season!
     
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    Ahhhh my mistake. I ASSumed you had squirrels and didn't have ermine. :) Ermine are definitely more inclined to have them closer together like a wee rabbit in winter. Especially when running through the snow.

    They are good guys...they eat mice and voles. The gaurdians of the spring peas :) Hopefully it was an ermine.
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    Mel—Chuckle.
    Well, we do have ermine. I have seen them. My gardening neighbour man bd I stood for forty minutes one day and watched a mother move her young. That was so interesting.
    BTW—are those rabbit tracks you have shown there?
     
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    Our best thoughts are something in the weasel family. We have those here - magic to watch, especially when the families happen. The little ones are so playful, and difficult for the parents to keep under control.
     
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    Tetters—That is what I am thinking. They really are so cute to watch. “Magical” is the right word.
     

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