For as long as I have been in this place I call home, this Great Blue Heron has been overseeing the river, along our property.
Some days he is in the air, talking to others. Most days though he sits here and waits for something good to swim by.
I watch from the bedroom as I wake each day. When they built this bungalow in the 1950’s and added an addition, just before I bought it
in 1988, they placed the windows in such a way that as you roll over and open your eyes, you see out across the lawn, past the willow tree
straight to the river’s edge. I can watch this beautiful creature fish, deer browse and mink scoot along the edge. All
the turkeys head down to the river, after eating what I have scattered for them outside the living room door as well. Ground Hogs are here
too and occasionally I see a very large Raccoon, working the river .
It seems man is not the only one who is drawn to the water. I have seen baby ducks born here playing in this river, the same as children have.
My property was under water for the best part of 10 years till my neighbors sold out to a land trust(I will leave that story for another day as I
must cross my T’s and dot my I’s) I found out a huge dam was over on some of their property and they refused to let me go in to save my home.
So I was able to outsmart them, did you doubt that, lol, I went to the other property owner and asked if I could pull the damn to save my home and he said
“I will help you.” So we spent two days releasing the water that had ruined my yard and 10 of his 17 areas were under water. The beavers have moved
along and seem to be someone elses problem for now, but we are always ready if need be, to pull it apart again. Now you know from my post
Chores Done, why I was so happy to share how pretty she looks now.
Today I placed another gallon of paint on, over the Turquoise, it is starting to look brand new and LOVED once again. With all the flooding, so
much damage had been done and me disabled, it has been tough to even think about trying to save my home. Water back within her banks for 2 years now
and yoga classes to bring me peace of mind, it was time.
I do love the Heron, sitting along the rivers edge, he went through his own hell with all the flooding, he could not walk the river for his food so he stayed on the
other side of the beaver dam but you can see he likes this place, me too.