Friday, April 10, 2009
Big Weekend Coming Up
Yesterday morning at 6:18 the sky looked like this. I was standing there watching the pups run around the yard and ran to grab the camera. The old poem applied, 'Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning'. It started to rain a short time after this. It's been very windy all week and was cold a few days ago with snow flurries in the air.
The crabapple trees are finally blooming.
This nest box used to be busy every year, but now there's too much activity in the yard. The birds feel insecure with all the dogs running around.
Those enterprising birds are finding places high out of the reach of snoopy dogs to build their nests. Remember a few weeks ago Bailey stole my watering can? When I took it away from her I stuck it on top of a bale of wire sitting in the yard. A pair of birds started building a nest in it. I was afraid the dogs would show too much interest in the comings and goings of the parent birds, so we moved the can to the deck steps safely behind a gate. This morning I saw a little sparrow going into the watering can. I guess they decided the new location was safe. I'll try to get a picture this weekend of the nest.
My clematis on the deck is coming to life. It has pretty little pink flowers. Unfortunately, Norma Jean is fascinated by the vine and I catch her tugging on it sometimes. I hope it survives.
The bleeding heart has to live behind a cage because it's toxic to dogs and of course they are attracted to the flowers.
These are the guard frogs. They're supposed to be garden seats, but they're a bit inconvenient for anyone over three feet tall.
Our friend Brendan has been serving some of my favorite dishes at the restaurant lately. During a casual conversation a few weeks ago we discussed what foods I liked best. Suddenly they've been appearing on the menu. How's that for service?
The very first strawberry shortcake of the year.
Back when we had five dogs we held an Easter biscuit hunt. Rob took the dogs outside while I hid biscuits around the house. When we brought them in and showed them what to do I was surprised by the results. Four of the five caught on right away and started rushing around looking for biscuits. Monty won. We were amazed that he was so good at finding them. Samba was second and Lucy and Tsar each found several. Morgan didn't understand what she was supposed to do and just followed the others around.
This year we're going to try again. With ten dogs we're going to hold the hunt outside. The forecast for Sunday is rain, so we'll probably try to do it on Saturday. We don't want soggy biscuits. I'll be sure to take pictures and let you all get a good laugh. Norma Jean is looking forward to the great Easter Biscuit Hunt.