Monday, May 18, 2009

forage / find

L - 200mm / T - 30mm you'll have to click on the image to see the birds

I love watching the birds from my dining room window. Today the Nuthatches where really active - flying about and searching for food. They would go to the feeder and then fly off to a tree where they would crack open the seed. Did you know they get their common name from their habit of jamming large nuts and acorns into tree bark, then whacking them with their sharp bill to “hatch” out the seed from the inside. They're interesting to watch because they often turn sideways and upside down on vertical surfaces as they forage for bugs.
This past Saturday T and I went to a yard sale, but not just any yard sale. It was Elizabeth's from Gifts of the Journey. Do you know her? I have enjoyed experiencing the coast of England through her eyes – she is a talented writer and photographer. We formed a friendship through blogging back in August and when I met her for the first time in November I felt like I had know her all my life. Saturday was a messy, rainy day but we had the best time visiting while T browsed her items for sale. T is looking for things to furnish her home for next year and Elizabeth was too kind. T would be eyeing something like a pretty vase, or nice bowls and Elizabeth just said, "hey go ahead and take it." Thank you Elizabeth. It was so good to see you. Hope you have recovered from the hard work of the yard sale. / i'm so excited about this piece elizabeth had for sale at her yard sale. it's a cool bird cage on a stand. i'm going to give it a fresh coat of white paint and i'm thinking of either putting christmas lights or candles in it. actually i have a lot of ideas – what would you do with it? thank you for the fruit biscuits and chocolate mint gum, elizabeth!


SE'LAH... said...

The sentimental value alone will bring joy to your heart every time you see or use the pieces Elizabeth so kindly donated. That was very sweet...and a lovely post.

p.s. thanks too for visiting my necessary room and for leaving such kind notes.

elk said...

yard sale find is amazing ...i think your mom wants to make it a bird house T...

hope all is well with the two of you "nesting" at home

Georgia B. said...

so nice. see? this to me is what blogging is all about. the connections you do form are priceless.

i love the mini-lesson on nuthatchers. i took a shot of a bird recently that was upsidedown on the side of a tree. i had never seen that before. i'm not sure what kind of bird it was, but i thought it was interesting how it defied gravity like that. very spiderman-like. :)

thanks for bringing us what we have come to love and appreciate at Spread Your Wings—both of you!

Char said...

love the nuthatch - my window allows me to watch birds all morning and today I reveled over a blue jays bright feathers and a red head woodpecker (pixelated I think)

anyway - both shots are gorgeous

Gayle said...

I didn't know that is how Nuthatches got their name! I just love watching and hearing the birds in the spring. How cool that T found that bird cage at Elizabeth's yard sale! T, show us what you do with it!

Anonymous said...

Hi you was so good to see you on Saturday. I was so excited that you came way outside the Perimeter for my sale and to say hello. I really appreciate your support.

I love what Taylor has done with the piece so far...I hope we'll get to see more as she plays with it. She is the perfect person to have it and I'm really glad it was still there. A lot of people admired it, but it takes a bit of vision to see the possibilities and take it home. The picture you posted with the lighting is stunning! It never looked that good in my space.

Relyn said...

L - I found my way to Elizabeth's once and I thought to myself that she would be a perfect match in friendship for you. I wondered if you knew each other. How nice that you do, now. Isn't it wonderful the way the blogworld makes our world so much cozier, and friendlier?


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