Well, the grackles are at it again... remember how we saved two grackles that tried to nest in the unusued old brick chimney in spring? They managed to get through the chimney baffle in the basement and we opened windows and let them fly free...
So then they nested in a hollow spot on a big, old silver maple outside the kitchen. Of course the maple tree is in the middle of the dog run area... but also on the perimeter of the invisible fencing, so you'd think all right... this could be okay.
Well we are accustomed to rescuing silly babies from picking REALLY BAD areas to hang out and chirp for Mama. It's like saying "Come get me, I'm silly and can't fly well yet" to the farm cats. And farm cats have excellent hearing! So when we heard the "Peep! Peep! Peep!" of a fresh-from-the-nest fledgling, we paid attention... There were two! Here is one, huddled in the doorway of the family room:
Oh, silly baby!!!! The dogs would have a field day with this, right?
So we kept the dogs in and shooed babies back toward Mama, who was nervously grackling in the tree...
A few hours later, this is on the other side of the house...
Kitties live here!!!!
Hunters in training, the last two kittens have gone to homes and there are no reportable kitten events on the farm right now!
Chrysanthemums come today, ready to be planted in happy pots so by the time this post goes live, there will be 550 baby mums set out on black landscape fabric behind the house... and this means daily watering and guarding from critters.... And irises are just finishing here, a long cold spring delayed them... Isn't this gorgeous and delicate looking?
And a cherry pie last weekend, RECIPE HERE.... and we've been making multiple batches of jam to sell at the roadside and people are so happy to find it again.
And we love making people happy!
And just re-released for Kindle or paperback, Ruthy's beautiful full-length stories at great prices:
Link to Amazon!
AND A WONDERFUL SALE ON WISHING BRIDGE!!!!
Multi-published inspirational author Ruth Logan Herne loves God, her family, her country, writing sweet books, laughing with friends, dogs, some cats, donkeys, frogs, toads, coffee and chocolate. She writes in the middle of the night when the house is quiet and lives on a pumpkin farm in Western New York with her husband, in and out kids and grandkids and some great fur babies! Visit her online at ruthloganherne.com or friend her on facebook where she loves to chat with readers and writers!