(photo courtesy of National Geographic)
I had this rather glamorous view of porcupines in my head until I actually saw one in person. I didn't realize they had tails (silly me)! They're rather...cumbersome looking, a bit awkward, slow, and apparently, quite destructive. We all arrived in the garden one seemingly innocuous morning, and were walking around inspecting and chatting as we tend to do first thing....and came upon this sad sight:
At first we (Winslow, Jenna, and myself) thought it was the bear that roams the property. But then we saw this:
Which is obviously not a bear mark. The clean cut made Winslow immediately claim porcupine. Upon the mention of which, we immediately found the proof!
quill in Jenna's hand
There is actually a porcupine den in our woods. I'm trying to decide if I want to brave a hike there....hmmm...thoughts? Have you had any experiences with porcupines in your woods/yards/gardens?
Tasha had many incidents with porcupines, who loved to steal her raspberries. It was always a fight to get enough to make raspberry jam! Of course, homemade raspberry jam is the best in her thumbprint cookies (from her friend Linda de Christopher), available in the Tasha Tudor Cookbook! I love reading the story behind all of the recipes in the books, and this one has a good story, too. Pick up your copy and take a look. These are so lovely on the porch with a glass of lemonade! Or...of course, Stillwater Punch, which also requires Raspberries for the syrup (recipe also in cookbook).
On yet another hot Vermont day (is it fall yet?),