Friday, May 25, 2018

. . . . . . still hanging out in the potting shed.


I've just realized that the potting shed is now 17 years old!
For those who've followed me a while, you will recall I've told many stories
of its life in the garden. . . . . . and the hours of enjoyment it has brought
me over all those years.



After repairing the door with our good neighbor's help, I did a 'Spring cleaning' 
 and also made a little purchase for my comfort when bird watching/photographing. 
On a recent trip to Charlotte with the usual look around IKEA, I found this folding
 wood chair which is now my 'perch'. I can see the feeders and bird baths 
without the visiting birds, squirrels and rabbits seeing me!


View from potting shed.
American Robin : Turdus migratorius

This female came for an afternoon bathe on a very hot day 
last week. I've noticed robins seem to enjoy a dip more than any 
other backyard songbird.



Gray Catbird : Dumetella carolinensis

A secretive bird that the Chippewa Indians named Bird That Cries With Grief
due to its raspy call. The call sounds like a house cat's mewing, hence its 
common name. It will only nest in thick shrubs and is more often
 heard than seen. . . . . . except it does seem to enjoy coming to my feeders
and the birdbath!




I plan to spend some my holiday weekend out here as more rain is forecast
 and this is a shelter where I can enjoy the backyard visitors.

My painted/stenciled floor has held up quite well all these years -  I recall
the hours I spent on my knees completing that project.
Oh for the days of a strong back and pain-free kneeling again!!!!!

 Mourning Doves : Zinaida macroura

A gentle pair enjoying their perch on the potting shed roof.
Enjoy your Memorial Day, USA and Bank Holiday, UK weekend.


9 comments:

  1. A sweet spot for you to observe. I imagine the fan is used often, too. It's nearly a 100° in the sun here today so I can only imagine how warm it might be for you. Have a very pleasant weekend.

    (I'm commenting using my laptop, which seems the better way to go. So far, no troubles!)

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  2. Your potting shed is beautiful . . . you put me to shame. Mine is a mess right now filled with empty pots and tools and everything left from planting the garden. Now that the garden is planted it's time to clean up the shed. I love that photo of the bird shaking the water from his bath. So glad I visited, your blog is delightful.
    Connie :)

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  3. I love your potting shed and all of it's surroundings. Have a lovely weekend Mary.

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  4. You are so lucky to have that sweet potting shed! Your bird pictures are fabulous.

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  5. Hi Mary :) Enjoy your beautiful potting shed!! It looks so cozy in your yard. Those are some great shots of the birds! :)

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  6. Serene. You really know how to enjoy life Mary. The robin bath made my day. It''s getting hot here too. Spring went by too fast.

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  7. What a lovely shed to watch the birds from. I love the new chair too. Enjoy the weekend and your beautiful birds.

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  8. Beautiful and brilliant pictures as always, Mary! Your shed looks more inviting and homely than some people's living rooms :-) I think even I would feel inspired to work on some repotting etc. in there.

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  9. I adore your potting shed, Mary and I enjoyed this chance to take a peek inside. What a fun place to play in and hide out with a cool beverage while spying on the birdies. You do capture the most wonderful shots. Your action shot of the robin bathing is charming. I don't think I've spotted the gray catbird in my yard. I'd better start paying better attention.

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