Early yesterday morning the back garden could have been dreary. Not a ray of sunshine, a light misty rain clouding the air, grey and somewhat foreboding with the threat of possible damaging hail and tornadoes coming through by late afternoon. Having seen the terrible tornado damage over the past few days, including other parts of North Carolina not far from here, as well as the South and Midwest, the garden was not friendly until I saw him/her tucked under the wing of an angel.
I like to think this is the same chipmunk who, with its family, hibernated underground in the front garden bed all winter, and is now out and about enjoying springtime.
Soon he was shuffling about under a bird feeder, joined by a mourning dove……
……and then a squirrel, one of a large family nesting in a large oak close by.
Far right you can just see Mrs. Towhee joining the breakfast club!
Playing (well at least eating!) together made the garden so friendly despite the grey weather - and note the quotation on my stone. This was the quote my maternal grandmother actually wrote in my childhood 'autograph book' - anyone recall them? I have always thought these words perfect and they should be somewhere in all gardens.
I had to take these pics from the window knowing all would scurry away if I went outside. That tiny 'chippy' is much smaller than a squirrel and boy can it move quickly!
We fared well regarding the storms that went across our state yesterday - terrible flooding in some areas nothing bad here. Today however once again we'll have an ear on the news and weather forecast much of the day - could have severe storms later. Thank you to all the kind friends who wished us well knowing we were at risk…and perhaps still are.