Wednesday, April 16, 2014

On A Mission

One of the side benefits of spending time at my friend's barn is that it brings me new photo opportunities.   Not the coast or breathtaking vistas, but little surprises.   She has a creek bed with lots of large trees.   And she has a barn.   Who loves a barn?   Birds, of course!   Yesterday I spotted two beautiful Bullock's Orioles flying around and fortunately had my camera in the truck.   These are the best photos I could capture of the male because he kept himself pretty well hidden in the branches.   I had to crop these down to identify his features and his name.   Another friend of mine said that these birds are pretty elusive and it's a great opportunity to see a pair.   Now I'm on a mission to capture better photos of him while he and his wife are still around.   Isn't he absolutely gorgeous?   More Spring have to love it!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Break

I think I've been on a Spring Break from blogging.   I just wanted to share with you,  there are California poppies blooming and they are glorious.   Spring is really all about the flowers, isn't it?   I hope to fill my files with lots of photos before they leave us for another year.   

Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Don't Blink

Our hills are green....not as green as we'd like to see, but at least we aren't having 365 days of brown. I had to document it because this color won't last long.   They're (weather forecast type people) saying that the 2014 El Nino could be very powerful.   What about something right in the middle of drought and rain overload?   

Anyway, our hills in all the glory they will see for this season.

Oh yes, and a rose!   Her name is Julia Child.

I hope your Tuesday is filled with color....pretty pretty color.

Friday, April 4, 2014

He Still Rules

Toby is now five years old.   He is still large and in charge, especially in the Spring.   I have to use my voice once in a while to make him leave the girls alone.   When I'm not outside, I guess he can do whatever he wants.   He's been quite a good rooster and the only scuffles I've had with him have been in the Spring.   The problem is not that he comes at me just to be aggressive.   The problem has always been that he walks and stands too close to me, right at my side or behind me.   I have to be aware and keep a little distance with a broom or rake because a sudden movement on my part will startle him.   That's when he has attacked me.   Only in the Spring.   And only once or twice.   And that's the end of it.   Hormones have a way of putting a rooster a little on edge this time of year.   Because I always wear boots and long pants, he has bruised my lower leg but never really hurt me.   I kick him back or hit him with the broom, then leave him to think about what he's done.   

No rooster is perfect but Toby is pretty awesome in my book.   

If yesterday's post was about the color brown, today's is about the color orange.   Isn't he handsome?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

If It Feels Good....

No better way to end a day of grazing...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Soaking Wet

We've had some rain the past couple of days but I thought it was about over.   I went out to feed the donkeys this morning and everything is soaking wet, including Harry and Gunny.   Poor little guys, they looked pitiful.   They must've been caught in a downpour because normally they go in their shelter when it rains.   

Yesterday morning dawned just after the coldest part of the storm.   This little hummer was sitting at the feeder shivering.   I was a little concerned but watched him for a while and saw him fly away after filling his tank.   

The wind and rain has knocked off several of the lilac blossoms, and I noticed yesterday that the Mockingbirds are munching on them too.   I love those birds but I wish they'd find something else to eat since my 2014 lilac blossoms are reaching the end of life already.

I could paper an entire wall with photos of my hummingbirds and lilacs.   Yesterday I was standing right next to the large lilac bush, soaking in the pretty and the awesome fragrance.   Above me, a hummingbird was buzzing around.   All of my senses were delighted at that moment.   Do you have moments like that when you just want to freeze time for a little while and soak it in?   

I hope Spring has finally landed at your place, or at least is right around the corner.   I'm looking forward to all of your photos on your blogs.   Happy Wednesday!

Monday, March 24, 2014

It's Just So Nice

Spring has been early here, basically because we had no Winter.   It's been lovely outside and I've been enjoying the days of March.   

I'm riding Beau more and more, getting used to the Western tack and keeping the Dressage tack on the shelf.   It involves a new way of communicating with him that is less structured and allows us both to relax more.   I took a lesson from a new instructor last week and just a little made a big difference.   

Here at home, the peach tree has some tiny fruit starting.   The tree suffered from the Winter and I'm sure it won't produce as much as I'd like, but I'll take anything it offers.

We planted tomato plants yesterday.   Judging from the lines in the garden center at Home Depot, I suspect we weren't the only ones enjoying the Spring weather.   

Yes, we have almost 5 acres and I could have a much bigger garden.   But I'm starting smaller with these tubs before I launch into something I can't manage.   The next tub will have lettuce and a third...well, I'm still deciding.

My larger lilac bush is showing the usual glorious flowers.   Again, not as many as in past years, but they are as fragrant as ever.   I love love love my lilac bushes and would still love to have a few more when this drought is over.

We fired up the grill yesterday and put on some young asparagus drizzled with olive oil.   Oh boy, I don't think I've ever eaten so much asparagus in one day.   Don't you just love vegetables on the grill?   If it's not something you've ever tried, do it this year.   

I hope Spring is arriving in your area, or is showing signs of coming soon.   Thanks for stopping by today!