Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend - 2013

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day 2013

For those of you outside the USA, this is the day we remember and honor the men and women who have served our country in the military.

Valley Springs is remembering 8 yr old Leila Fowler who was murdered in early May. Her 12 yr old half-brother is in jail accused of the crime. Purple was her favorite color..


Fence at Leila's school


School sign wrapped in purple ribbons - her favorite color


 I have 2 weekends of things to share with you .. last weekend the 18th I was up there and here is what the baby birds looked like... they have their feathers coming in and they were all big! The parents are amazing, constantly feeding them... all 6 were doing well.
Bluebirds


But this weekend the box was empty including the nest material... I think they flew away, at least I hope they did. Their parents were back looking to make more babies so I moved the bird house to a tree and nailed it up. I have a bunch of these bird houses that my dad made me for my birthday two years ago, but this is the first one that has been used. I went around to the others to secure them higher up and found that they were being used, but by woodpeckers to store their acorns. Probably 40 in each one!
Acorn stash
The garden is a constant struggle to stay ahead of but I have definitely learned some things over the years there. I have a much more contained area and it is doing well. Here are some more pictures of the from yard area. It is a meadow.. at least that is what I am going for.

Watch out - something is stalking you!
No - it is just Casey supervising again..

This is my front steps with all the dwarf mexican evening primroses. Tough desert flowers.



Sunflowers in the veggie garden are doing well
 There are lots of old houses in the area, former homesteads that have been abandoned. This one is on hwy 12 just the double springs historic marker. I have always wanted to stop and take a picture and now with the roses still alive and blooming I finally did!
Those roses are tough! No water, no care, but look at that color!


Classic farmhouse with the big roof eaves and wrap- around porch to fight the heat. And a grape vine.
I wonder about the stories of the families that lived there and did they leave because they were doing better and moved to a bigger place? Or did they just leave?

Julie