Friday, May 7, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Tiny Harvest


A teeny-tiny selection of blueberries and strawberries from the garden. The strawberries are very small but very tasty--one has to harvest them before the critters (not sure what!) eat them. And in years past I have gotten about 10 blueberries from my two bushes, but this year there are a LOT of them on the plants...fingers crossed that they all ripen (they are so tasty, not like the ones you can buy). 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021


 Sweet! (This is a school...)

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Feather Crowns

Do you know about feather crowns? They are found in feather pillows, often after someone (who has lain on the pillow) has died. In Appalachian folklore, they are thought to be a sign that the person has gone to heaven: they have earned a feather crown.
I found this feather crown at an estate sale...I knew about them, and I felt like I needed to rescue this. 
This is the box it came in.

The Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, Tennessee, has a small collection of these, and I hope to donate it to them. 

(By the way, Bobbie Ann Mason, the amazing Kentucky author, wrote a book titled Feather Crowns--I highly recommend it!)


Monday, May 3, 2021

Friday, April 30, 2021

Pink and Blue All Over


(This is a pink trumpet tree, I think, not a jacaranda or cherry...)

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Isn't She Lovely?


This lovely little female yellow warbler (or immature male?) flew into our bedroom window yesterday. I heard the bonk, and there she was standing on the ground, obviously stunned. She then flew behind the row of vintage watering cans and huddled there. (That's why you can see cobweb on her head and beak.)

We let her be for a few minutes, but she was still there when we next checked. B. got her to climb up on his hand, and there she sat. She was calm as could be, and she let me remove the cobweb and stroke her little head and chest. 

Suddenly she flew into the pomegranate tree...she seemed fine! We checked later, and she was gone. Whew!
(We've now ordered window decals to prevent birds from flying into the windows.)