The Jays know how to keep their young families safe from cruising ravens. They build under, usually under an overhanging roof if they can find one. We’ve been raising Stellar Jays for many years. I like to think it’s great great grandchildren returning every spring. The one on the tree branch is really a squirrel nest but the Jays play around in it, too. We raised two families this spring. I think they’ve abandoned the one in the rose bush that they used for years because we use the deck out there now at that time of the year and they feel that’s a little close, I suppose. But the other two are on opposite sides of the house. The first one is the newest nest. Randy put up the shelf brackets and strung chicken wire between them as a platform. It was in self defense as they wanted to build in his supply of fence panels and we were going to be needing them!
But the subject is architecture. They build rather free form but it is a tight and sturdy nursery. And safe, as I have mentioned. We have other birds around but these are the only ‘house’ birds. I had a house wren build a nest in the pocket of a pair of my pants which were hanging on the clothes line. By the time they were done with it the pants were pretty faded but I could not bring myself to oust them.
I posted again under Pages but it apparently doesn’t send out or post to facebook. I need to explore this option more, I guess. Anyway, if you want to see the bit about weaving with wire you’ll find the link above.
MIL goes home tomorrow so I’ll be spending the last day with her. We’ve had a fun week but naturally I haven’t got a lot done on the looms or in the garden. Hope you are enjoying these brief spring (or autumn) days! It’s been lovely weather here. Two signs of spring.. Lupin and strawberries!
The lesson for today says add some color. There is all kinds of color… and not all off it looks like a clowns wig. I kind of like what are called “earth tones”. In fact, I took that rather literally and gathered some dirt and started painting Dirty Pictures.
Anther blog photo lesson. Water is an important subject now days. Seems like there is either not enough of it or there is too much of it. This year we appear to be edging onto not enough here. And it’s spring with summer not looking wet at this point. But immediately water to me means Treasure Creek, the stream running though my garden. Not very big but a pretty stream, it’s my “white noise”, masking traffic on the road and loud talking neighbors. Dog can get a drink, I can dip my watering can in there to refresh any dry looking plants and local wildlife take advantage of it too. We see frogs and some little trouts.
And last summer we had a family of raccoons wading up steam. Not unusual to see one or two but these were 4 babies and I got some fuzzy pictures. I spooked them and they hid behind an alder and peeked around at me. Of course, the camera focused on the maples leaves in front of me where I wasn’t paying attention. Still a cute, if fuzzy shot, I think. And one with Water! 🙂
The next lesson in blogging is a photo explaining what Bliss is to me. How far back to we need to go? Five years old and seeing the tree lighted christmas morning? My first bike? Falling in love? Holding my first baby, my first grandchild? All of those and more. Bliss been, for the most part scattered throughout my life. There are many more instances of bliss in my life, but I think these days bliss is the first snow, coming with a full wood shed and a full pantry. Add a couple nice yarn projects, a kitty in my lap, Himself keeping the wood stove stocked and that pretty well covers bliss. Well, I could just add that the cookie jar might be full of brownies!
First snow on Dorleska Court
The next theme is to be “connection”. I’ll have to think about that for awhile.
The next stage of my learning to blog properly has to do with taking and posting photos. I don’t think I am too bad at photography, tho I have never made a study of it ‘for arts sake’. But the subject for today was “Home”. I took two pics and grayed them into one. This is home to me. Billy’s Peak and my deck with the roses growing over it. They are red and white as I have shown many times before but am using this occasion to do Art. More or less. Our place is almost directly under the peak, well, about 5000′ under it, but not way out in front as in this shot, but to me it still contains the two most important parts of Home.