Monday, November 19, 2012

Hidden Valley

The Hidden Valley turkey troop has acquired an 11th member. In the last several days, a little female has been tagging along with the ten others as they stroll around the neighborhood. She must have been from a later hatch, perhaps from another brood as she's noticeably smaller than the others. She also walks with a limp so she's always the last one to reach the food. There's always plenty so she eats well.
 
I don't know if I've mentioned before that my neighborhood is called Hidden Valley. The "valley" was created when a gravel pit was excavated on the north side of a big hill in the early twentieth century. It is about eight blocks long and bounded by a large cemetery on one end and a large greenhouse/nursery on the other. All the streets running south off the main road end in a cul de sac or a turn at the base of the steep, forested slope. The cliff rises 100 feet just a short way from my patio.   
Google image of Hidden Valley, click to enlarge--the small X marks my building. (The tiny car in the driveway in my old car that I crashed two years ago.) Directly north is the wooded lot that my bedroom window overlooks. The trees across the bottom of the image are on the slope. At the top of the slope is a fence surrounding the cemetery. There is a large woodsy area on the east side behind the apartment buildings, as well.

Tonight we will be watching Homeland and Dexter on TV. They are both gripping series we never miss. Last week ended the (old) British series William and Mary and Call the Midwife which we will miss. I'm hoping there will be a new season of Doc Martin coming soon! Martin Clunes is a really likeable guy.

12 comments:

Linda Starr said...

Can you part out your old car and get some income from it?

What a sweet turkey so glad she has plenty to eat. Hope you have a nice thanksgiving.

Teresa Evangeline said...

It looks like you have a beautiful spot! I miss the turkeys. I think Buddy has kept them inadvertently away. They're so fun to watch, aren't they?

Jane and Chris said...

Poor turkey, I hope she doesn't get picked on because she is different.
Jane x

Linda said...

How sweet! I love turkeys and as you can imagine, I don't see any wandering around in Montreal. The only place I may see a couple is at a nature park. Thanks so much for sharing, great post!

Joanne Noragon said...

You sure have a habitat hideaway for critters.

The Owl Wood said...

When I see animals living somewhere relatively safe, away from cars and "hunting" I want to fence them in to keep them there!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Glad that the little turkey seems to have enough to eat! Nice to have so much woodland around where you live

Mitchell is Moving said...

Don't you just LOVE Google Maps. I feel like I've just been for a visit.

We'll be renting Homeland. Got started to late to get caught up. As for Dexter, we tried it on Netflix a couple of years ago. We loved it but had to stop watching. Talk about an anxiety attack!

Susan said...

I love the name and now "I know where you live" tee hee!

Knatolee said...

I loooooooooove Dexter! Haven't seen Homeland yet. I love that you live in a place called Hidden Valley. And yay for the girl-turkey!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Hidden Valley is a great name for a neighborhood. It's so inviting and lovely.

Glad there's lots of food to go around for the limping turkey... pour thing.

We just got hooked on "Homeland"... What a great show. Claire Danes is amazing! Enjoy

Happy Thanksgiving! xo jj

John Gray said...

there is something rather sweet about turkeys
thick as mince
but sweet