Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Broad-Tailed Hummingbird

Hello everyone!

The hummingbird and forth hand carved bird by my husband is done, and gone to its new home.  My husband made it to give it as a present to a dear friend.  This hummingbird is found in the western United States, and certainly the most common in Colorado.

Broad-Tailed Hummingbird
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These birds come readily to artificial nectar feeders. They are aggressively territorial, and at feeders or flowering shrubs they spend much time chasing other hummingbirds, rather than feeding.

Here's how this pretty bird used to look at the beginning, just a piece of rough wood with some shape.

Taking shape . . .

and some more shape.

This the way the bird is set on a screw when my husband is painting it and to let it get dry.

Looking cute!

I love this photo!

I always have lots of fun taking photos of this precious birds that my husband hand carved.

This is the way he's set.  We found a weathered piece of wood at
Harrison Bay, and the rock like base was carved and painted by my husband.

Right now my husband is finishing another hummingbird.  In the future he's thinking to carve miniature horses.  I can't wait to see all those mini horses.

(Image from a Schiffer book for Woodcarvers)
" Horse Carving "

Have a magical day!

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Welcome Everybirdy

Hello everyone!
This past season was a delight to see all the birds busy building their nest.  My husband built six bird houses this past spring.  And after seeing that the sparrows where stealing the nests from the blue birds, we decided to buy another bird house built specially for blue birds, but guess what?  The blue birds didn't use their special house, they choose to use the very first one they where trying to build a nest at the beginning of the season. 

Do you remember this? You can see it here .

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Here's a little closer.  Every time I tried to get closer to them to take photos they fly away,  (My tiny camera doesn't zoom very much) Blue birds are very different from the Tree Swallows, which I was able to take photos of them two feet away.

The proud parents bringing food for their babies.

Let's peek inside the bird house!

One of them is yelling at me. . . Get out of here! I want my parents to feed me!

I'm looking forward to see them all grown-up, and as blue as can be . . .  perhaps like this pretty blue.
This is one of the many wild flowers we planted this past season.
(Sorry, but don't know the name.)

Mister Blue Bird you have won the fight!
Cheers to you and your cute family!

A new nest that I have just found.

I'm not sure if it's being abandoned.
To be continued . . .

May your day be filled with His splendor!
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Among Summer's Sweetly Scented Flowers

Hello everyone!

It's summer time!  And with such a delightful weather, what better place to have our Lemonade than Al fresco. 

 Here are beautiful gladiolas from our garden for you to enjoy . . .

To decorate the table I'm using flowers, herbs and some half dolls from our little collection. 

Lemonade has been served!  And for the meal . . .  I'm going to leave that to your imagination! 

Soothe your spirit with the quiet pleasures of an Al fresco retreat.

Each place has a small bundle of fresh herb sprigs . . . mint, rosemary & lavender.
Ohhh, such a sweet aroma!

Lemonade & Lavender

~ Lemonade refreshes and lavender soothe the spirit ~

Happiness flutters in the air whilst we rest among the breaths of nature."

~ Kelly Scheaffer

I hope you are enjoying your time here with us!

Linger long, savoring the first fresh tastes of summer

"To be overcome with the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat."

~ Beverley Nichols

"The gardens are like a beautiful woman with a different gown for each week of the year."
~ Walter Bellingrath

Wishing you a delightful Summer!


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Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Sweet Cardinal

Hello everyone!
Today it's raining, and I'm thankful for it, because it is one more chore that I don't need to do.  Pulling that long hose around our yard to water all our plants is quite a chore and time consuming.  So I'm very glad that it's raining. Every plant is looking healthy and pretty.  And now talking about pretty I'll be sharing a pretty Cardinal that my husband just carved.  This cardinal it is my hubby's third carved bird.  And he made it specially for my beloved mother.  Every time my mother sees a cardinal her heart start pumping fast, (I'm that way too).  So now you may want to sit comfortable because I'm going to share lots of photos of this beautiful bird.

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Cardinals, may be the most easily-identifiable bird in the world. Their bright red feathers give them away and make them favorites among young and old alike. These songbirds enjoy warmer climates and, unlike other birds, they do not migrate.  The average lifespan of cardinals in the wild is 15 years.

Harrison Bay State Park, TN

~ The beginning of becoming a beautiful bird ~

All done!

~ Our Daylilies are blooming beautifully ~

God bless us all . . .

~ Precious Beginning ~

This daylily was a gift to our daughter from a nice fellow we met at his Mountain Vista Farm.  He thought that it was very nice that our teenager daughter was accompanying us in such a hot summer day, just looking and admiring daylilies. As a token she received this lovely daylily named Precious Beginning.

Here's the Mountain Vista Farm.

~ Gorgeous Daylilies ~

~ Among the Roses ~

~ Our new Raspberry Plant ~

We bought three Raspberry plants this season, and we are hoping those plants multiply so we can keep planting along the fence.  We also bought three Blackberry plants.

I think he's looking so real!  Don't you think?

~ Among the Blueberries ~

Sir Rupert . . . our curious sweet loving kitten . . .
love him to pieces!

My husband's bird carving creations.

His very first one a Chickadee you can see it here .
The second one a White-throated sparrow you can find it here .

I think he's so talented, and I'm so proud of him.
Well done, my love!

This hummingbird it's his forth one.  And is going to be a gift for a dear friend.

May your day be filled with happy chirping songs!


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