If you're following me on facebook you're probably aware that we're having a little yard drama right now. Our village has passed an ordinance that our grass can not be longer than 7 inches for 7 days or a fine will be issued. The village may also come and mow it, without our permission, for a hefty price. In theory, this doesn't seem like a big deal. In our case we have a questionable patch of land; our prairie labyrinth.
Google earth is so darn cool, isn't it? So there it is in all its wonky spiralness. In it grows anything that wants to grow. This year it is amazing with lots of blooming plants that, if we just let nature do its thing, would grow here naturally, and yes, the majority of it is grasses, most well past the 7 inches tall. We have had somewhat ambiguous assurance from the mayor that, as long as we maintain it, we should be exempt from the mow ordinance. Our district trustee is still concerned that we may, in future, be asked to mow it and let me tell you, that is NOT going to happen. We've got a few ideas brewing in how we can stop a forced mow ranging from neighborhood petitions to me chaining myself to the center tree. It would seem that the main concern is that the tall grass encourages "pests".
We've got a major open door policy here in Muttville. If it's alive, it's welcome here. We've had fox, coyote, racoon, bunny, bat, bird and a rare occasional deer. We get really excited about each and every one of them. If the spiral creates a safe habitat for them, we're all about it.
The real bunch of critters that the spiral draws on a regular basis are these funny bunnies:
Sweet Callum is always on the move.
Mr. Adorable Emerson.
And of course this little fruitcake, Cambria, sporting THE look for the summer, popsicle lips.
There is quiet time enjoying the company of good friends....
...a master of disguise bug....
...and even a little flying, because who doesn't love to fly.
We think our little nature preserve is a sacred place, and the idea that someone who has no idea what it is about (the entire village board has been invited to come walk the labyrinth and so far, no takers) thinks it would be better off a 7 inch high patch of mowed grass is unsettling to say the least.
So, if you see a news article where a strange woman has staged a sit-in in a large patch of grass in Northern Illinois, you'll know what's up. It's just me being a pest.