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Meanwhile back at the ranch…episode 25

Admittedly less attentive than in past years, we have fretted about the barn owls.  The usual chirping sounds as they fly have been absent; a silhouette atop the owl box missing in the twilight of the evening. 

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Listening for them, we have heard, in the distance,  the hooting of the Great Horned Owl also native to these parts, a natural predator of our owls.  

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Have the barn owls moved on to a safer domain, leaving our box uninhabited for this season???

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Working this past week to clear the wedding path behind the hedge, I imagined (heard?) ever so slight noises coming from the box. 

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Dedicating my labors to making their surroundings as enticing as possible, I vowed to sit outside that evening from the first hint of dusk until I could no longer see the box in the dark…watching…listening…

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and…they came in the twilight!!!…one swooping in silently over the yard, wings at full spread, the other from over the field.  BUT, flying directly into the box – no silent contemplation on the roof as in years past…AND they are quiet, no chirping to announce their arrival.  Are these simply a different pair with their own behavior pattern, OR could the hoot owls be causing them to keep a lower profile this year???  I wish we could communicate – I would ask.

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Actually, I choose to think that we do communicate in a fashion:  the next morning a ‘thank you’ left under the box…perhaps in appreciation of my efforts with the landscape!

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*Great Horned Owl:  photo of reproduction of The Original Water-Color Paintings by John James Audubon for The Birds of America

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Postcard from the Wolery

 Heartbroken last year on March 14, finding a broken egg on the ground below the box, we have been tentative with the barn owls this year…perhaps not wanting to become too attached. 

Occasionally leaving lovely reminders of their presence,

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they remain in residence.  Last evening at dusk they were particularly noisy, inviting us to come out to watch their flurry of comings and goings from the box.  With hope in our hears we wait to see…………..

‘grief is the price we pay for love’

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Random images from the orchard in winter

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left by our resident egret

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rodent bone yard with owl pellets

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plum tree trimmings

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nature’s cribbage board

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mushroom bouquet

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under the nectarine tree

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These black bumps are_______________.  I think I would like to know!

Do you know what they are???????

 

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driftwood + wire +feathers

a driftwood tree expertly crafted by a Carpinteria artisan

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wire and tools….. and inspiration from Pascale Palun of Vox Populi in Avignon

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feathers collected with grandchildren in the orchard

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an organic, natural Christmas tree

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Traces of life

Even in the still-harsh environment of early spring on Martha’s Vineyard, signs of wildlife can be found

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egg cases

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and domestic life

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although we never sighted the owner of these prints we assumed domesticity!!!

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Birds of a feather

  Haven Rose and I share many things that will endure over time; in many ways we are ‘birds of a feather’.

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We share  the same birthday, brown eyes, once curly hair, a love of family, cooking, lipstick, chocolate, and being outdoors.

I would imagine that sharing activities and interests with those you love is high on the list of resolutions and priorities for everyone in the new year.  I know it is on mine.  As time changes all of us, the shared moments change as well.  Although I must confess to nostalgia, I do love to revisit some of our common joys from times past.

Before school filled her time, she came to us for a day each week.  On those days we spent happy hours in the orchard, listening to bird song, the distinct sound of woodpeckers at work, the ‘squeak’ of doves taking to the air, and learned to recognize the haunting sound of the hawk gliding overhead in search of lunch.  We watched quail parents tending their youngsters, and lone road runners on the move.

We discovered nests,

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-some, pristine-

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-others, tattered and wind-torn-

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delighted in finding feathers,

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and loved pouring over exquisite Audubon prints to try to identify what we had seen.

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Once, having stumbled on a large group of feathers, I was casting about in my mind for an appropriate explanation….

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….before I could speak….“Look, Nona, a bird explosion!!”

That explanation worked for me!

Wishing you wondrous moments with loved ones in 2014!

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and again……….

So satisfying to make a positive change to my dining room!  In fact, so exciting that I decided to try another iteration………..

this time in brown

English transferware

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the logos stamped on the back of the pieces are nearly as interesting as the pieces themselves

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even nature provides just the right colors in the form of Sycamore pods and starfish

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amazing crazing

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a different color, a different look

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what might you gather together to create something fresh and new in your home???

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