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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Moss and Ivy

I just took these pictures from my balcony that is off of my "art room". It's the moss that intrigues me. Living in a rain forested area certainly is richly green all winter, unless we get a sprinkling of snow, of which we have had precious little this year. I've seen one small spray of snowflakes that didn't even stick.

I feed birds and squirrels in my basalt based yard. There is one little squirrel in a feeder right now. Normally there are at least a half dozen of them out and about.

The hummingbirds get fed close to the kitchen window. There is a family with a baby wherein I saw the mother coaxing it along as it cried. Have you ever heard a hummer cry? So cute! It makes a popping sound rather like when you do that thing with your tongue to the roof of your mouth, and then the little darling hummingbird winces a sad little cry. The mother was hovering about 10 feet into the sky. Baby is so happy in this yard, and it has its own feeder, because it alone uses the one in the middle.

The ivy takes over the yard, and now in the state of Oregon we're being implored to remove it as it is dangerous to our forests, but as my yard is not part of the forest, I allow for some of it to remain.

Incidentally, all of those bird houses were made long ago by the wonderful Ludmil Marcov of Willow Nest Farm.


  1. That lush greenery looks so inviting! How I envy your weather right now!

  2. Love your yard...it is so lovely and naturalistic ...thanks for sharing...blessings

  3. I remember when we visited you, my "rock hound" DIL got some of your rocks. She loved your yard and now she has fixed up her yard so it is beautiful. Maybe you can come visit us at her home when we are there in June. I don't think I've ever seen a baby hummingbird. How sweet! I love hummers.

  4. Thank you for sharing these lovely pictures of your special "view" and for the sweet story of the hummingbird! On my walk today, I heard so many birds singing and thought how happy I am that Spring is just around the corner!!


  5. Christine ~ what a beautiful sight you have just outside your home! Thank you for sharing these photos. It makes this cold, snowy day much more bearable. :)

  6. Wow! I can't even dream of having an area like that in my garden!
    We are having 43.C today with very hot northerly winds. A thunderstorm came in early hours of the morning and the humidity is now very high.

    The pleasures of living in one of the hottest continents of the world - Australia!

  7. This is SO pretty!!! It looks like a fairy land and you are so fortunate to have this view!!!!

  8. Christine ~ I am trying to
    buy the pincushion on the
    stand in your shoppe and it
    will not go through. Please
    email me at heritagehall@

  9. Such memories of reading Beatrix Potter to my daugther!