Deer reaching up to eat oceanspray

Nibblet, Hard at Work (click twice to enlarge & see all the details)

I like to think that everyone who lives here at our place contributes, doing their part of the considerable work needed to keep the homestead running. I plant, weed, harvest and preserve. My husband digs, waters, mows and repairs the trellises and other garden structures. The bees and butterflies pollinate our fruits and veggies, while the birds and frogs take care of the mosquitoes and other unwanted insects in and around the garden.

And now that Nibblet’s tall enough to reach the Oceanspray, he’s hard at work as well – doing his very best to keep the forest of wild shrubbery that surrounds our yard from crowding out the foxgloves and other cultivated plants. It’s great to see him so diligent in lending a hand (well, actually a mouth). After all, we’re not getting any younger, so we definitely need all the help we can get these days.

If you’re on Gabriola Island: about a dozen of my marine-focused prints are on display now, through the summer, at Gabriola’s popular dockside eatery, Silva Bay Restaurant & Pub. I hope you’ll stop by for a meal and have a look if you’re on the island.

About Laurie MacBride, Eye on Environment

Photographer and writer focusing on nature and the environment

5 responses »

  1. Sherry Galey says:

    Such a lovely image of Nibblet hard at work. I love how you live in tune with your environment.

  2. Robin says:

    Beautiful image. It is so unusual to see someone praising deer for nibbling at their greenery. Nice to know your deer are doing their share of the work. 🙂

  3. It’s great if you have trained Nibblet to eat just the Ocean Spray 😉 Guess I need to do a little work with our deer.

    • Thanks, Kenneth. Fortunately he and his sibliings like salal and blackberries too, and we have more than enough to keep them busy (which is good, because otherwise our trails would quickly become impassable!). As for the training – not much of that, but we are very careful about always closing the gates on our fence, even if we’re just going in/out for a moment! 🙂

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