Thanks to many of you who agreed the aging bird houses should stay. I'm glad several of you noticed that this Spring the birds had made their nest in the box with the cat ~~~ that is so funny. I recall buying these boxes at Tuesday Morning many years ago - at least eight - so I suppose they have stood the test of time in the elements quite well.
Speaking of the elements, yesterday was a terrible day here. During the daylight hours and then continuing through the night into the early hours of this morning, we received almost 6 inches of rain. The heavens seemed to open, heralded by thunderclaps and emergency vehicle sirens as waters rose causing much flooding. Above is the water cascading down our driveway, filling our cul-de-sac so that it quickly resembled a pond…and below, the Confederate jasmine whipped about the front porch tossing its heady perfume through the soaking wet air.
We had quite a lot of water in the crawlspace of the cottage due to heavy water run off from the neighbor's garden behind the fence, plus the start of a pool in the back garden, all of which needs to be addressed before another storm such as this comes calling.
Mother Nature is so fickle - hanging about for far too long and dumping so much heavy rain. Today the sun appeared and cleanup began. This evening we dined in the gazebo, enjoying the sunset and much cooler air, and compared it to last evening when we felt we were already floating away on our cruise!!!