A friend recently asked me to post a black and white photo for seven days on social media. A few of the photos here were contenders, but didn’t make the final cut. Anyway, since I took the time to participate, I thought I would share my collection plus a few extras here as well.
Bermuda August 2017 “Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance With the stars up above in your eyes A fantabulous night to make romance ‘Neath the cover of October skies And all the leaves on the trees are falling To the sound of the breezes that blow And I’m trying to please to the calling Of your heart-strings […]
Blue Ridge Parkway Meadows of Dan, Virginia “One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.” ~Henry Miller
Change your thoughts and you change your world. ~Norman Vincent Peale Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. ~Charles R. Swindoll
The song of the Whistling Tree Frog is one of the infamous sounds of a Bermuda night. These tiny creatures create a beautiful evening sound as they accompany the gentle breezes with their sweet symphony—all from the sound of a cent! “Gleep, gleep.” Only about the size of a thumbnail, the tree frogs are slight in stature but big in presence. If you’re lucky enough to see one, you’ll be surprised to discover that such a big noise can come from such a small amphibian. There are two species of Whistling Frogs (Tree Frogs) in Bermuda. The Eleutherodactylus johnstonei and Eleutherodactylus gossei, the first of the two is more common and smaller while the other has almost disappeared. Both are brownish, nocturnal, living in trees near the ground and by day hiding under stones and leaves. They are one of the most characteristic night sounds of Bermuda between April and November. They can be heard island-wide when the weather is warm enough (above 69 degrees) but are most common in the Parishes of Devonshire, Paget, Pembroke and Warwick. They are not indigenous – both were introduced accidentally sometime prior to 1880, most likely on orchids imported from the Lesser Antilles. They can be found elsewhere in temperate and sub-tropical regions, but mainly can be found singing loudly at night. Here’s a snippet of the enchanting Tree Frogs’ melody. Enjoy!
A big thank you to Scott (Farmguy) for capturing this beautiful sunrise on his way to work this morning. “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” ~William Wordsworth
“Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.” ~Pema Chödrön “There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” ~Epictetus “In the process of letting go you will lose many things from […]
“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” ~ Eleanora Duse
I grew up in an environment of “old stuff”–old houses and barns, antique furniture, and heirloom quilts and china. My grandparents lived next door in the family’s ancestral home, and Grandma Rieley loved antiques. Almost every Saturday morning she was either at an estate sale, yard sale, or antiques store. All of this influenced my appreciation and love of antiques and “old stuff” in general. So, when I ran across this craft idea for making a bird feeder from a vintage teacup and saucer, I loved it! This would be a fun craft activity to do with older children (with adult supervision), a charming homemade gift for Mother’s Day, or even a hostess gift for a bird lover or gardener. It’s fairly straightforward, only requiring a few items. Gather: 1. Teacup and saucer–This can be anything you have on hand, mismatched or otherwise. I found a few individual vintage teacups and saucers at a local antiques store for $10.00 or less. 2. Sandpaper 3. Super adhesive glue–I used E6000. 4. Twine, string, or yarn 5. Birdseed–My birds seem to like a sunflower and safflower seed mix. Directions: 1. Thoroughly wash and dry teacup and saucer. 2. Use sandpaper to scratch teacup and saucer where the two surfaces meet. This helps them to adhere together once glued. 3. Squeeze a small amount of glue onto the surface of the saucer. Next, tip teacup onto its side and place on top of […]