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Roses And Another Blizzard

Hi Everyone.  We have been flat out getting snow removed from roof on the house and the RV and the very old truck, my Dodge broken, sits under a very heavy load.  I was looking to have it towed by a local junk yard for cash but the place burnt down.  So I will wait.

I have that male wild turkey here and as I watched him get spooked by the wind he tried to fly over the barn but his judgment was off really off and he came down hard onto the snow packed roof of my barn/art studio.  It was not until I ran out to see if he was OK that I saw how much snow was still on the roof of the barn.  Here I had taken thousands of pounds of snow off the house but had thought the barn was Ok with it’s much steeper pitch.  I was wrong. There was over 3 feet deep snow on both sides of my barn.  Buildings were collapsing all over New England and if we did nothing I could loose everything.  Our roof rake was not long enough to do much here so I searched the local shops and found a $50 model 12 miles up the road so off we went.

I found a Blue Jay in the drive way when I came off the roof and set up an old Parakeet cage for it to get it warm and give it food and water
He watched me paint all day but sadly he either was so hurt inside or just to old to fight and I lost him.  Even though I was so sad having not gotten to see him fly off with the others, just outside the door, I am glad he had a peaceful day with us.

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He was so pretty

This winter is hard, see it came all at once, usually we get a system pass through drop some snow and leave us to clean up but this one all we do is remove, snow day in and day out even the wildlife are finding it hard to get by or get around in 3 to 4 foot deep snow.

I cleaned off the home with this newest tool and then him and I headed to the barn with JT coming along with her stick but she saw little action as we had so much snow to drop to the ground and then to move it all before it sat and became ice.

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The snow is very high up on most of our windows

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Seriously we have had more than our share of snow and now a foot of more and then another storm on this weekend’s heals.  If you live on the other side of the Atlantic please let me know what happens to these fronts as they head out across our ocean and head for England, etc.

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day

We will go see my mom in the hospital her knee surgery went great but during rehab her ACL let go, praying she will heal up and get her other knee done so she can be whole again.

I am so tired I have to sign off for now here is the art I was working on while caring for the wild bird.
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Yes more trees and paying homage to nature and the love of my wild birds red or blue,  grey or black,  I adore them all

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Back on the roof I went

It snowed and snowed and snowed some more. It was a day of pushing snow around the landscape, that had looked so warm the day before. The sun was supposed to show up yesterday and warm up all that wet snow and I knew what that meant. Yes back up onto the roof I would go. He put the heavy ladder up against the lowest roof line and held the ladder while I went up with cameras wrapped up in plastic bags and placed into a canvas bag, I also brought up the electrical wire draped over my good shoulder and prayed I made it to the top of the ladder with no slip ups. Once upon the roof I found out rather quickly how slippery it was and fell hard on my bad knee. Is that not the way when you have an injury?  Now I had to get real close to the edge as he handed me up not one but two shovels, our Christmas gift from Mom the electric Snow Shovel. I plugged the electric cord into the machine still not thinking it was right to run an electrical appliance in heavy wet snow, I dropped the other end down to him and prayed the wiring was safe and that some of my cheap boots had a little rubber in them.  Now with trashed knee and bad thumb on left hand and bad left shoulder I set out to see if I could do this alone while he used the roof rake on the front of the house, as reaching up hurts me more. When he had the whole roof over the kitchen and spare bedroom completed he passed me up this rake as well so I could do the loft bedroom across the way,  while I stood on the flat roof covered by rubber and 8″ of snow. No one wants us up there mostly us but when you have snow build up then rain or more snow is predicted it must come off or fear of a roof collapse is a certainty and insurance may not pay if they say you were negligent in not caring for your home.  Being poor and injured is no excuse. I pay over $400.00 a year to them,  to protect my home from things I can not but a roof and new batteries for fire alarms can be done so far by us. While I was clearing roof with electric machine it went so much faster than with a shovel, that is for sure. I had been dreading this after shoveling heavy wet snow the whole day before as he  cleared the rest of this place with the gas snow thrower.  We were so tired we went to bed early with our achy bodies. Today I had a game to watch so I went up early but it ended up taking me just one hour using this new tool and a shovel and roof rake,  I was surprised. I ended up falling two more time both down on that left knee. I have been walking on ice for two weeks ever so careful with no falls and today there were three. I was praying I would be able to climb the ladder down. Yes I am too old for this so is he but we have no other choice. So as I caught my breath and let my heart slow down I unwrapped the cameras and began to take in the beauty of our winter landscape. It really was pretty with all the snow-covered trees and almost 30 F. No sun was visible for which I was thankful.
Time to share a few shots with you. Enjoy our chilly landscape if you are having terrible heat where you live and I am so sorry for all of you living with horrible floods or draught. I am not alone when it comes to a winter landscape so many are looking out their windows at scenes such as these.

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The side of the home along the river we can not reach to clear it off but this is also where the sun will do its work and melt it over time.  One good thing about clearing the roof is we no longer will have horrible icicles or ice damming  occurring and causing water damage.

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The wild birds flit to and from the forest to the feeders some scared by me up above them.
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Many run to the Apple tree as I move about trying to capture the yard below.
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The row of bushes I keep all along the southern edge of the upper yard is for the backyard birds to run into for cover as well.  Hawks have to usually throw themselves into my plantings to get one of my pretty little birds they usually leave hungry and have to go in search elsewhere for easy pickings.  You know me by now I shall never take a photo of death by any means.  I am just about the beauty and joy playing out around me.
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We sure wish the yard was not so flooded, as this week all of this water will freeze solid, as a new cold front slips south and over our area.  Did I forget to tell you another 3 or 4 inches of snow is coming on Tuesday night and into Wednesday as the cold arrives.  We will not do the roof if that is all we get we need to rest our bones.

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Looking out from the windows I sit in front of when I make pretty things no wonder I work in such BOLD COLORS!

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Thanks for stopping by I really appreciate all of your visits  as you can we pretty much have the dog and cat and wild birds and each other to keep from going stir crazy on snowy days!

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So Many Left Their Nests

As all the student leaving for college left their families behind to strike it out on their own they left their parents sad and some in tears.

Empty nests happen elsewhere
I now have not one but two in the Lilac out front just outside the kitchen window.

I watched the male Cardinal teaching them how to fly.
Offering chirps of encouragement. Cheering them on.

There was one last baby not wanting to go.
I was also sad to see them out of their warm little spot in front of my window.
Washing dishes would not be the same.
You see they had three clutches of eggs this year but this will be it till next year.

I will add the photos but sorry I could not get too close and the glass with this Nikon was not going to let me get all I wanted to show you but know this the Mom was beside me in a tree and having heard and seen me each and every day speaking to her through the window they stopped their noise and sat silently still as I snapped two quick photos to share with you all.

They will not travel far just to the feeders in our back yard so the Bear will have to go elsewhere

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Isn’t it too little to go I wanted them to stay just a longer

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It was so quiet when I did dishes today.

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Still Waiting On Spring Type Temps.

Well here in New Hampshire some at higher elevations got a few inches of snow we had temps. in the 20’s F.

I came home sick from the 10 days of meditation then got better and poked around the yard with JT.  I sent him out detecting as he had her for 12 days.  They went on walks and hikes which was so nice for them but he missed his treasure.  So JT would grab a Frisbee or a stick depending upon her mood and me my camera, rake and shovel.  It was spring and things had to be done before the Black Flies arrived.  So I took a stool into the garden and set about digging out more rocks that had surfaced from the fall tilling he had done for me and threw something for the dog to chase.  She will be seven on Mother’s Day do Border Collies ever slow down?

Now I took the larger stones out and the peas are in now to add some peat moss and compost and move that into the soil then I will lay a tarp over whole garden bed to kill all weed seeds but not the Peas!

I have some time to get crops in as we can have frost up until May 30.  Yes a short season compared to the south.  I decided I will grow tomatoes in Pots and 5 gal. buckets with the mix I whip up.  I will grow peppers, herbs, lettuce the same way.  In the garden I will grow sweet corn, squash, potatoes, garlic, onion, kale, spinach and lots of Zinnias, Sunflowers and Cosmos.

I have yet to dig up my Ruggosa Roses(Beach Plum) and move them I also have Forsythia just starting to bloom so when they are done I will move some to the berm area.  I am trying to get my plants picked out for Cottage Garden area and today I went to a yard sale with boyfriend and JT and bought two trellises from a man who came down from Maine to Massachusetts and had almost sold out by the time I chose mine.  They are made from cedar but I want to coat with sealer so they will give me many years of use.

I tried to pressure wash front of home but could not start my machine shoulder killing me from FRISBEE lol He will get her started so I can spray with bleach mixture and get the green to wash off the paint on east side of home under the pines.  Must take one tree down but with willow having to come down I hate to lose another tree so I will hold off but not too long as a new roof I can not afford it is just 3 years old now.  I have cedar shingles I need to replace so I watched a You Tube video on how it is done now to look for that tool they used.
I have ben pulling dirt away from exposed wood were it rots it away and will add plants far from foundation so it doesn’t happen again.

Well this week I will be busy getting plants ready for our Garden Club yard and plant sale first Sat. in  May but it will be over by noon so I can run to local racetrack to get my pick for the Kentucky Derby in and get home for watching the Fastest 2 Minutes in Sports!  We will offer lilies, annuals and perennials.  Can’t wait to see how much we make as we already added some color to our town but want to have plants done by us in downtown along the bridge and at major intersection as you come through town.  We only have 5 older woman in our group so we do the best we can.

Here are a few photos of what I have been up to lately.  I will go through the reader and try to catch up with you all though most of you never seem to show up on it even though I am one of your followers.

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Forsythia (above)

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Lilac(above in bud)

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Ruggosa Rose Bushes (above in bud)

 

The grass is green

I went through over 400 pounds of bird seed this winter yes it was a bad winter.

Looking forward to getting all the yard and home done by Memorial Day so I can sit back and reap all I get back in return for the 6 months that will follow.  I will make more jewelry and take different kinds of photos I will even use the tripod more.

So nice to sit and share life with you once again.  Can’t wait to see what you all have been up too!

Here is one of the more recent birds to visit here in flocks along with the small cow birds or black with orange and yellow stripes on their wings.  Boy they love the seed but they come and Cardinals leave and I miss them though they call to me each morning from where they have been busy building their nests.

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Pretty right

Hungry too!

Oh I placed my half full hummingbird feeders out last night just incase they arrive early and the Apple Tree has yet to open.
Can’t wait till they come back home.

Have a great week everyone!

Stay safe.

 

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Snowstorm Here

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Down along the rivers edge here at home.

 

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Looking down from bedroom window.  Wildlife is hanging close by for breakfast

 

 

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This gray Squirrel finally ventured out of the Willow good thing we did not cut it down  and stopped the beaver from doing so.

 

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Here he comes over to the bad door to eat and torment JT lol

 

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This is the other end of the lower yard.

 

We had 12″ of fully snow then the rains fell and it  got real heavy so we had to move it before the temps dropped and it turned to ice.   We are do a few more inches tomorrow and there is a full COLD MOON.  Stay warm

 

IS IT SPRING YET?

 

 

 

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Very Cold Jay

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Low quality photos shot early morning through a window that faces the west.

I was cleaning the living room and watching the birds of all types flying to the ground grabbing a sunflower seed  I had spread out for them when I noticed this very cold, puffed up Blue Jay sitting in the Pear Tree.  I knew if I stepped outside they would all fly away and I know all about reflections from glass but he looked so pretty  I had to try to capture him.

I had been a horrible night icy branches and roads snow too.  I  went and filled the feeders really early so when they woke their high energy seeds would be waiting.  This one was conserving his energy even though there was food everywhere, it must have been a rough night.

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First Timers

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The day they showed up they must have been very hungry.  I had never seen this type of bird here before.  I actually went in, after trying to capture them with the camera, to check in my book, I always keep in the living room.  Starlings they said they were.  I had cooked  bacon and knew the birds in the yard fought over the beef suet(fat) so I put some on the roof of this old feed and they just appeared from nowhere.  I loved watching them eat.  I was so happy to provide a meal that they seemed to enjoy.  Have not seen them back here at the feeders since then,  MORE BACON MAYBE

 

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Hummingbirds and Me

 

Hummingbirds  and me go back a long  way.

I love the little jewels who make this long

journey here each spring.

 

They arrive just about the time my Apple tree blooms.

It is one reason the tree is still here how would I know when to get their sugar-water

ready and hang out the feeders.  I always have the place ready for them to rest, fuel up

and build their nests and raise their young.

 

The photos here are taken with an  Kodak Easy Share , no tripod and some just in the wrong light

for such an inexpensive camera  but I wanted you to see some of them who call this

place their 2nd home.

 

Salvia is always here waiting for them too.

 

She is so tiny and beautiful as she sits and watches me

 

She will soon have her strength back from her long trip

and ready her nest and raise her little ones.

 

 

A young male sits on a Lilac branch.

I always keep feeders close enough to a bush,  for them to take cover in.

 

I wonder how I will capture them on a tripod

as they dart to and from flower to feeders

must learn to use flash to stop their action!

 

I use a variety of feeders  for their nectar.

Always near plantings or real flowers they love.

As you can see the sugar trumps the Petunia this time.

 

Incoming!

 

Always waits for its turn at one of the open spots in the feeder.

Right now the bees and this female are sharing nicely

 

 

Hoped you liked my Hummingbirds

27 years ago when I had to pick a CB Handle this

was it, Hummingbird is what the truckers knew me by

coast to coast.

I have just one tattoo and it is a life-size one, yes

Born to be Wild!

 

Have a nice day

Don’t forget to plant or place a feeder out for these little ones.

 

 

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They call our place HOME

Assorted feathered visitors who stay and have their young, in our backyard.

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I think this is a  young Coopers Hawk and he swooped in to try to grab a little Juncos or Red Squirrel , what a Naughty Bird,  no I know he was hungry but stayed with me for a long time while I took photo after photo of him, while it was snowing out.

Little Juncos thankful it was not lunch!

They all hung out inside my rose bushes, beside me and my camera.  That naughty hawk scared them bad enough that I made them feel safe!

Male Cardinal munching on Black Oil Sunflower Seeds

I love that all of these birds like our place enough to call it home.  I whistle for these males and in they come for a meal, love being one with nature.

His mate

Who doesn’t like Mallards .   I can hardly wait till they let me see their babies ,

any day now!

They look pretty happy here,  now remember we have a Cool Cat and JT the border Collie.

Baltimore Orioles  have such a pretty song they sing.  I love mixing up sugar and water for them and the Hummingbirds

Love these tiny, full of life, amazing flyers!

Such  cool birds to have all around you in the yard. Saddest part of fall is when they leave for South America.

My CB Handle was Hummingbird, lol   and only tattoo is a life-size one.

This is when I wish I had a $10,000.00 camera set-up

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So beautiful just sitting and waiting for the feeder to be less busy.

I have the flowers for their beauty but in the end they all go to the BIRDS!

Blue Jays love our day old bread!

We have every variety of  woodpecker and they all LOVE SUET!    Then again that is what the Black Bear wanted to rip the feeder down for.

Never saw this one before unless it looks different in the winter.

Morning Dove hangs out waiting for their turn too.

I caught this one in mid slip,  from a frosty roof , OOPS is my caption .  lol

I worried about this Blue Jay, as his head feathers looked horrible .

Well I have taken up so much of your time with the birds who visit  our yard, here in NH,USA  I will let you go but thanks again for stopping by and letting me know what you think.

Peace