Hasn't this been a crazy weather year? One day it's as hot as autumn and then it's cool and raining....This first photo is a chair that Norm built for the new deck. We were one shy and he built this in about 2 days.........Lots of varnish...Spar Varnish?? so it should do well through the winter.
Have you noticed how so many plants and flowers seem about a month ahead of schedule? I'm seeing Queen Anne's Lace and Michaelmas daisy blooming when they usually come late summer....Our birds in the Norm-built bird houses have been having a hard time lately. I don't know what happened to the bluebirds.....I thought they were settled in the nest they choose. Now I just don't see them at all. A clue might be the swallows and how they're having to worry about the scrub jays that have discovered there's a food source in that little box. I hear all kinds of panic and the swallows are flying frantically around and there's the nasty jay with his head in the nest box. I don't know how far back the swallows built their nest. I hope it's not on the front wall just inside the opening. I've gone out a number of times clapping and chasing the jays away. It's sort of funny that after I send the jays flying off, then one of the swallows 'chases' the jay further.............Like he had something to do with it. A bird with ego.........I just hope those new little baby birds will make it to adulthood. Could be the jay got into the bluebirds nest too.....I saw it was causing trouble at that nest, too, a few weeks ago
PS.........prayers and healing thoughts for Orlando...........XOXO