Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Garden Bounty

Yum, yum - the strawberries are ripe. Went out this morning to check on them and this is what I picked. A few had "birdy" marks in them - guess that's why the garden is always full of robins :o)...but, there are plenty to go around so I don't mind sharing a few with our feathered friends. The rest of the garden is coming along nicely and with this hot weather it should really take off. The tomatoes have blooms on them and there are even a couple of the little yellow pear tomatoes set on. Oooo - I love this time of year and the fresh fruit and veggies.

Monday, May 30, 2011

We Have Babies

Hi Everyone -
We went down to Virginia for the weekend and when we got home today, look what we found.

Daddy Robin caught me taking this picture and was none too happy about it - he squawked up a storm!! I'll have to be more careful in the future. Anyway, looks like we've got four babies and one to go - I'll keep you updated.

Happy Memorial Day and thank you to all our troops, past and present, for insuring our freedom. Have a great week and keep smiling -

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Nest Update

Hi everyone -

Just wanted to let you know that Mrs. Robin has been busy and added two more eggs to the nest - that's quite a clutch!! Now she's busy incubating and periodically turning the eggs - so much fun to watch. Aren't they beautiful??

Have a great day and keep smiling :o)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Hi everyone -
Yes, I'm still here - can't believe where the time has gone. The garden is taking up my time as well as the normal daily routine. Now that I'm in the New Horizons Band (for those 50+), I've also added 30 minutes a day to practicing my trombone...and I'm happy to report that it's coming back :o) Anyway, I want to share a couple of photos with you. We have robins nesting in our front evergreen and also on the railing of our deck. It is so interesting to watch the nest building on the deck - first the nest is formed with twigs and grass, then a lining of mud, which is smoothed out as smooth as plaster, and then another lining of soft grasses. This is the result...

...what an engineering marvel!! Once the trumpet vine is completely leafed out, this nest will be virtually invisible.

And now, look what's inside...
We'll keep an eye on these eggs and try to help the parents keep their babies safe - first of all, from our boys, who have a tendency to chase anything that moves...and then from the neighborhood cats. With any luck, these three babies will survive and come back next year - maybe to nest here again.

Today is quilting day - I have three quilts to put on the long arm and get done for our guild show, which will be in July. Since it's a rainy day today, I don't feel guilty being inside. When it's nice, I like to be out in the garden playing in the dirt!!

Hope you all have a wonderful day and I'll try to keep you updated on our little family of robins. Take care and keep smiling -