Last year started out cold but that did not
deter us from our appointed rounds.
The year brought many bird visitations
and required lots of bird feeder fillings.
The first robin sighting is a sure sign
of springs arrival.
I always look forward to visits from Ann and Joe
in March after their return from the South.
(another sign of springs arrival).
In Late spring I await the arrival of "Quackers".
She seems to have designated my pond area
as her nesting place..(5 years now).
She and her "hubs" spend the weeks before
egg laying languishing around the pond.
Soon after hatching,
she sneaks them down to the wetlands.
There were nine this year...
I think that six of them made it to grow up.
My year included several farm visits to
Bee Haven Acres.
The spring visit always includes
welcoming the newest additions.
Karens "farm" brings donkey visits
and an occasional ride.
Tough getting on and off these days...
and record amounts of rainfall...
We took some trips down memory lane,
traveled to West Virginia for family
time with Ann and Joe,
saw beautiful sunsets,
and enjoyed pretty flowers,
and yummy food...
(makes my mouth water).
This fall, we had an early snowstorm
that devastated many trees and shrubs.
It was wet and heavy.
With the leaves still on the trees,
the weight was too much.
People were without electricity for days
and many trees were beyond saving.
Thanksgiving was celebrated by Tom and Edith.
"Phew, we made it through another one".