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Monday, July 18, 2016

What We Have Been Up To !


I have been puttering in my gardens , keeping the yard up and take walks with my Miggs and of course cleaning house and all that indoor boring stuff lol . But I have lots of fun taking photos this time of year as you all are very aware of that , I know more photos Confused smile   lol !.

The hummers are here and there but don't seem to frequent my feeders like they used to for this summer and I have only seen two Monarchs this summer  , I saw more in the spring when we had that hot spell  . I have seen lots of smaller butterfly's and lots of Swallow tails to and different moths that look like butterfly's  .

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The birds have to share their nectar feeders with the butterfly's to even though we have plenty of blooms in the gardens that butterfly's like , I guess this way it  is less work for them lol !

   There seems to be a lot of wasps this year building nests just about every where they can .  Under logs , in logs to and anything that is stacked waiting to be placed in its permanent home  as Papa found that out yesterday as he got stung on his leg , he is ok no ill affects just an OUCHY ! and a sore spot but it stung him right through his jeans on his leg  these are nasty wasps  so I have had to do the not so nice thing and that is spray the nests to get rid of them for if I don't the nests will get soo big hundreds will be in and out and none of us will be able to roam our yard with out getting attacked and stung .

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                                                                      But they do make  interesting hive’s 

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Papa has been helping his parents still on and off with the move up the road to their new house as they have had this month to steadily move everything over and they are also busy making gardens in the back yard there !

We went to the dollar store , one of my favorite stores , to get a few things and I happen to come across some really cut things so Papa got creative and gave me ideas .  So I got this cute bucket some rocks and these flowers and made a potted display for under our patio porch  to brighten it up a bit .

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                 Then I  saw these and thought that they would look cute in the living room on the coffee table .

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                  And well …. I have something for buckets so I got these and have them on my island in the kitchen .

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Then Papa’s parents told us about this wonderful estate sale just 15 min west of us they were at  . This estate had everything , I mean everything the lady that had passed may she RIP , was an avid collector or as they call them now a days hoarders of what ever caught her eye over the years  as I was talking to her daughters who were having the sale and I am glad we went , we met such lovely ladies and the stuff that was there was fantastic  , all kinds of things from huge pieces of driftwood to spoons from around the world  ,  this place was loaded with treasures  for indoors and out , we loved it and  found some real treasures and brought them home all at a great price  with the odd barter  as the family  wants to just basically get rid of it all . Miggs came with us and had just as much fun sniffing all the new smells and visiting and meeting new people , they  just loved her .

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We brought home two bird baths that fit perfectly in our other gardens  and the birds and  critters have already been drinking from them as it is still very hot and humid here and no rain at all  for us  it has all gone up north  so far .

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                                            I love these bird houses   and a perfect place to put them in our big old tree  .

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We liked the idea of this water feature and Papa is going to get a little more creative with it soon to make  it flow even better ,  it will look great in our new back picket fence garden we are slowly planning  and he is building for next year .

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                                                      More cute bird houses to add to our bird sanctuary we have here  lol .

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   Papa fell in love with this  below and his mind was planning long before we even considered buying it ! It is hand crafted .

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                     He has plans for this to be a working water feature to with a nice plant  flowing over the  end of it .

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I saw these cuties and couldn't resist , plus I brought home a few more  different ones , a fairy sitting on a Lilly pad , a little farm  boy with a basket and ducks all around his feet and a frog pulling a planter on wheels . This place was amazing and Papa is going back to get big pieces of drift wood for our hill that we have been steadily clearing by the road to make a garden there to .  There were treasures all over this property and we had fun looking at it all and treasure hunting for that thing or things to pop out at us and say take me home !


                                      So all in all it has been a good week and weekend despite the hot humid weather !

                                                                                        Until next time



Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Wow, that was some sale you went to. Grat additions to your garden. It is hit and humid again here today, big spots of rain came down for close to five minutes and I thonk some of it evaporated as it hit the ground. Stay cool.

William Kendall said...

It sounds like you have been busy. The doggie welcome sign is irresistible.

Amy at love made my home said...

How lovely that the ladies treasures have found a new home with you, I am sure she would be glad to know they are being enjoyed and looked after by you. Hope Papa is OK after the stinging.

Anvilcloud said...

Wasps. Ugh! That's all I have to say.

Lisa Tucker said...

Beautiful photos! Love the yard and the great finds you found! Can't wait to see more..:)

Linda said...

Oh...I love a good sale!
You got some great things, Elaine...
Birdbaths are so pricey...I would have snapped them up too!
Enjoy your week...cooler today! But still no rain!
Linda :o)