Acorns

Acorns

Acorns

I see a lot of acorns this year.  Some people use the acorn crop to try to predict the upcoming winter season.

The acorns are plentiful and look quite healthy right now.  I don’t know what that means for the kind of winter we are going to have later this year.

I am certain about one thing.  After last year’s very long, cold winter with plenty of snow, I know that, in comparison, this winter is going to feel pretty easy.

A Garden Party

Garden flowers

Garden flowers

Here are some flowers I saw this week while out for a walk.  Theses flowers were in a beautiful garden, the kind of place that would be perfect for a garden party.

So let’s have a blogging garden party to celebrate this summer!

Sit down and enjoy some iced tea and cupcakes.

And tell me what did you enjoy about this summer? Did you do something creative, take a trip, or spend hours in your garden?

Before you leave, be sure to post a link to something on your blog that celebrates summer.

Thanks for joining my garden party.

Old Tree House

Old Tree House

Old Tree House

I am fascinated by the history of places.  It is always a nice surprise when I find some history hidden in the forest.

Even though it is now abandoned, I think this was once a grand tree house.  It looks like the house was not very high in the trees.  I bet it had a large entry door and a nice window.

Did the children sit and listen to the birds and the wind in the trees?  Was it a quiet place or a place filled with loud voices?  I bet it was a special place.

Watching Chickadees

Black-capped chickadee

Black-capped chickadee

I’ve been watching the chickadees this week.  Unlike the songbirds that will soon migrate south, the black-capped chickadees stay with us all year.  They show up each morning, in groups of 6 or 8, ready to snatch sunflower seeds.

Rarely do two chickadees visit the bird feeder at the same time.  One by one, these energetic birds take turns flying to the feeder and quickly grabbing a seed.  Then they perch in a nearby tree and pound the sunflower seed to remove the husk.

Chickadees are friendly birds and can be convinced to take a seed from a human hand.  Once I heard a tapping on the window and I found a chickadee sitting in the sill.  The bird wanted me to know that the bird feeder was empty.