In the midst of enjoying the beautiful weather we had been having, I finished my still life miniature, “Still Life With Granny’s Pheasant”. The pheasant statue belonged to my Granny and use to sit on a beautiful gold shelf with a mirror behind, that hung above the couch in her formal living room. It was this same room that served as the stage for my painting “Mother’s Love”, painted many years ago. Granny’s piano was also in this room where she and I spent many cherished hours singing, while I played the piano. Needless to say it represents lots of wonderful and treasured memories for me. Many happy thoughts rolled through my mind as I painted this piece. The antique crock in the painting belonged to Wes’ family. We now enjoy owning both pieces.
As the Creeping Phlox blooms quickly fade, the Azaleas are stealing the show with their beautiful blooms in assorted colors, mainly pinks! Moreover, while the last remaining petals of the Dogwoods are falling, the Tulip Poplars are taking the spotlight with their subtle, but amazing blooms featuring yellow, lime green and orange. Our Bearded Irises are treating us to daily surprises with their assortment of blooms. It’s a joy to be able to closely watch the Pileated Woodpecker as he searches the many rotten logs in our yard for tasty delicacies, while occasionally giving out his amazing, boisterous call.
It’s so wonderful to have the Bluebirds nesting in the box by our garden again this year. I believe Mrs. Blue is a perfectionist as she has spent almost two weeks now building her nest, while Mr. Blue sits patiently by and cheers her on with his beautiful songs and chatters of encouragement. I love watching them talk with each other since precious wing movements are often incorporated into the conversation. Mommy Dovecakes is also nesting in our yard in a Cedar tree by our walking path. She patiently lets us have a quick look at her on our daily walks around the garden. While looking at her sitting quietly on her nest, it temporarily whisks you to another world where cares seem to drift away.
We have already been enjoying watching one of the baby Squirrels. The one in the photo below, we named Bob as he sports a bobbed tail. Not really sure how it happened, but he’s a cuttie and gets to enjoy his own little treats of sunflower seeds on the back porch.
Well, the rains started about two days ago and have been almost a constant drizzle and are forecast to continue through much of this week. Really needing the rain here in East Tennessee, it has been a blessing and is making everything grow so beautifully. I must admit however, I do look forward to once again enjoying the sunshine.
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂