Well, like most of you, it’s been yet another week of working and entertaining ourselves at home. We have still been enjoying daily walks and even a couple of bike rides during the warmer days, which are treats indeed! I’ve also been enjoying almost daily visits from my precious little Tufted Titmouse friend, Tinymouse. She’s been coming around for over six years or more now and loves trying to gather locks of my hair for her nest. Thankfully she only gathers it and doesnt pull it out, otherwise, I’d be nearly bald by now . . . Ha Ha! I captured the selfie of her up above and the cute video of us below, one evening this past week, while on the back porch.
She comes and hangs out with me a lot when I’m sitting in my lounge chair and reading on the front porch. Sometimes she sits on my knee, shoulder and even toes, but mostly she sits atop my head, just hanging out and at other times trying to gather hair. Recently, one afternoon, she flew nearby and sat in the flower bed while I was pulling a few weeds, and so I talked to her as I often do, and she always appears to be listening. Well, suddenly she flew to the front porch a few feet away, then flew over and landed on the back of the lounge chair and tweeted, looking over at me like . . . “Your hair is a mess, get over here so I can try and do something with it!” It’s the best way to have one’s hair professionally done during isolation, but only if you like the “Phyllis Diller” look . . . Ha Ha!
There continues to be a lot of bird activity in the yard, and we got a chuckle out of our resident screech owl, Shivers, as she was looking out her sleeping box late one afternoon. She appears to enjoy the warmth of the sun many times, but I thought it was funny how she looked like the one eye wasn’t quite ready for the bright light! We always know when she’s in the box during the day, as a flock of other birds gather around and start fussing, taking turns peaking inside the box, as if it’s some sort of adrenaline challenge!
Our Carolina Wren Elvira (above) is sitting on her nest of five eggs most of the time now. Since she knows us, she doesn’t mind at all us passing by and talking with her, checking to make sure all is well in her beautiful little moss castle. The baby squirrels left their box recently, and we really enjoyed watching them looking out the hole whilst checking out the outside surroundings before leaving the security of home.
We’ve been working in the yard and gardens quite a bit during our recent lovely weather, and I so love walking the paths daily and seeing what new flowers have opened up that day.
Our Clematis and rose bushes are both looking gorgeous!
More butterflies are visiting the yard as well, enjoying the tasty assortment offered in the nectar buffet. We’re still awaiting the arrival of our hummingbirds though, and I must say that I can’t wait until they get here!
We have several clumps of different Trillium species blooming in the yard presently as well, including this beautiful, large white one.
I have just planted over fifty hostas along the paths, which were a kind gift from our neighbor friend, Kit, who was thining his out some. It’s a great gift indeed, and will make our resident bunnies very happy since they love eating them! I just happened to be up in the front yard at the right time one evening and noticed how lovely the sunset was, so I took this photo of it to share with you. Well, I hope you enjoyed another relaxing stroll through our gardens this week!
~ See our miniatures in these shows (currently online only) this week ~
(Other shows have closed with upcoming exhibitions pending. Check the website for updates.)
The Art of the Miniature XVIII
May 3 – June 14, 2020: Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
29th Annual International Miniature Art Show
May 2 – 30, 2020: Seaside Art Gallery, Nags Head, NC
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Until Next Time . . .