October’s Party Love this Poem! Monday, Oct 24 2011 

October’s Party
By: George Cooper

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came—
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly “hands around.”

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Bees ‘n Bamboo Who Knew? Monday, Oct 24 2011 

Here is a very simple way to accommodate pollinators in your yard:

cut a long piece of bamboo reed into 18 or so 6″ tubes

bundle the tubes together using waxed twine to secure

place the bundle between tree branches

attract bees!

Some varieties of bees do not build hives–learning something new everyday!–so this bundle of bamboo reeds provides the shelter they need!

Fall Colors 2011, Willow Springs, IL Monday, Oct 3 2011