Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bluebird of happiness........


Monday morning, standing at the window, I was mesmerized as the frozen snow melted like huge silver raindrops.  Quickly the white garden was taking on Winter color again thanks to the sun in the Carolina blue sky.  We'd filled the feeders and splashed some water on the frozen bird bath.  In no time the finches, wrens, cardinals, and woodpeckers arrived ready to eat after several days of picking through frozen landscape.  Then I saw them, in the little leafless dogwood tree, my dear pair of Eastern bluebirds, glowing in the sunshine.


By the time I ran for a camera and returned, one had flown away, but this one stayed for several minutes and I took pics through the window.  I think it's the male as his beautiful blue was very intense, females are usually paler.

As we know, bluebirds supposedly bring happiness.....and this I believe.  Making me happy right now are thoughts of dear friends coming to visit from far away.  I'm rushing about making the house festive, planning a welcoming meal, and praying it will warm up for their stay so we can get out and enjoy the Christmas festivities around town.


The logs are piled close to the back door........a fire in the hearth is always welcoming.  As we nibble English Stilton cheese and sip ruby port, pull Christmas crackers for the prizes inside, and giggle at the silly paper hats that we'll wear, all will definitely remind us of England and home. 

Posting may be sporadic for the coming week as I'll be very busy! Just know I'm thinking of you as you ready for Christmas.....and I'll be back to visit you online soon.


16 comments:

  1. The bluebird of happiness be with you all this holiday. Will be looking forward to your return.

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  2. Mary, I hope that bluebird did bring you happiness! I love to watch the little bluebirds this time of year and they do seem to stay still for a little while so we can just enjoy them! Have a great day!!

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  3. Oh Mary this just made my day!
    Thank you,, my favorite bird.
    Here in central VA I saw a bluebird on the wire a couple days ago....too far to take a good picture.
    These pictures are beautiful.
    Haven't been blogging but always make sure to stop by your place and see what you are up to!!!

    Mim

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  4. Mary, your pictures are stunning. I would frame one or two.

    I wish you a wonderful time with your friends. I will be thinking if you!

    Xo,
    Jane

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  5. G'day Mary ~ I'd be over the moon floating IF one landed near for a picture here. Your pics are awesome.

    I had a hawk land & rest for 5 minutes on the bird feeder house just outside my bay window ... I was afraid to move that he'd fly away ... when I got the gumption to sneak out of the chair, & hurry back ... he was gone, durnnit. He was awesome ...

    Have a lovely Christmas week ~
    TTFN ~ Marydon

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  6. We have those beautiful blue birds in the spring.
    Wishing you a Merry Happy Christmas.

    yvonne

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  7. Bluebirds always make me happy! So glad that you guys got a beautiful snow. I'm just a little too far south for that right now. Carla

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  8. Oh my gosh, that little guy is stunning! So pretty! Lovely photos! :)

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  9. So glad you are enjoying the season. We are getting out birds back too after the snow let us out. HH says the finches are not full color, of course, but they are out there and will come and go. We keep them feed as long as we can out. Blessings to you and family.
    QMM

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  10. The lighting on that top picture is just wonderful. And the little guy looks as if he has his feather vest all fluffed out to keep him warm, as well he should these days.

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  11. So beautiful..I really thought they were paintings! Such great shots!!

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  12. Oh but you left us with a beautiful bird. I don't think I have ever seen one and I love him. Tell him to come and visit me. We have many birds in our yard, but not this beautiful one. Enjoy sitting by the fire and giggling.

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  13. The bluebird gifted you with his joy of life just as you gifted him with sustenance.

    Enjoy your time with your special friends.

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  14. that has got to be one of the prettiest little birds I've ever seen--sort of a robin adn blue tit all combined. how very sweet and what a site to see.

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  15. Oh my gosh...you got such beautiful shots of this bird. The ones I took were blurry, yours are sooo sharp and wonderful!!! I was thinking of you today and praying all was well! Glad I saw this!!!

    Blessings....
    xoxo Gert

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  16. They are so gorgeous! We always have some that nest in two places here every year. Course we have to get through this winter!
    Take Care,
    Ulrike

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