Well, today the Dovecakes babies fledged! Thankfully the rain ended last evening and it’s a beautiful sunshine filled day for their debut into the real world. They are so precious, and Wes was able to get a nice photo of the one baby with the proud parents sitting in the Peach Tree above secret garden. Now their work continues as they feed these cute little eating machines!
We enjoyed a great visit with fellow wildlife artist, Stephen Left, this past week. Vicious and his girlfriend were strategically located on either side of our front sidewalk, soaking in the warm sun, to welcome him. They are quite used to us, so they did not mind Steve’s presence at all and were quite obliging for photos.
We enjoyed sitting and talking awhile with Steve on our screen porch, then walked to Subway for a nice lunch on the porch. Afterwards, we took a walk down to the swinging bridge, where the river is really flowing with all of the recent rain. Then on to another favorite spot of ours along the river where there is a cave across the way. While there chatting and enjoying the scenery, we were visited by three sets of Canada Geese parents with their goslings following close beside. There were twelve Goslings all together. It was if the parents were going out of their way to show off their precious little babies to us, and we greatly enjoyed the show! The funniest part was when a Swallowtail butterfly, thinking the yellow colored Gosling were possibly a nectar source, started fluttering down and landing on the different babies, giving the appearance that it was attacking them. Thus you can imagine the laughter in our group of three, that resulted from that episode!
We enjoyed game night at our house this past week, and enjoyed playing the game of “Life”. It was so much fun and resulted in such laughter at times that both Wes and my side and stomachs were sore that night! These game nights are always so much fun with our wonderful neighbors! I still think the main reason we play games, is to enjoy eating all of the delicious foods that each couple brings!
Bandit has been paying us visits in the evening. He enjoys eating the leftovers that the birds, many squirrels and chipmunks have left from the days munching sessions. Afterwards he’s always such a clean boy and washes his hands in the birdbath, which is quite funny to watch. The Chickadee babies also fledged this past week, and we saw the baby bunny for the first time in the front yard this morning. The Peonies continue to put on quite a show in the front yard as well, and fill vases in each room of our house!
Yesterday, we went over to Gatlinburg to visit our fellow wildlife artist friends Vicki and husband Donny and Joan and husband Tom, at an art show. Afterwards the six of us enjoyed a wonderful dinner while catching up and having a lot of great laughs. It was a wonderful evening!
Wes finished his miniature landscape painting, “Jenny Lake”, this past week. This painting was done from a photo we took while out in Yellowstone and Teton National Park, almost two years ago now. We enjoyed a wonderful picnic lunch in this gorgeous spot along with artist friend Karryl and her friend Diane. What a great time we had! I’m still working on my portrait painting “The Trapper”, featuring fellow wildlife artist friend John Phelps. I’m hoping to finish it up in a couple of days.
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂