Long-Time Friends And Uncooperative Peacocks

Shirley was a classmate of mine through elementary and high school. As so often happens, we lost touch for many years, and recently reconnected. Now we get together occasionally with our mutual friends, Linda and Donna.

Shirley lives in her family’s old home place, and last week, I was invited there to take pictures of the peacocks. Apparently, it’s getting-together season for boy and girl peacocks, and supposedly, their feathers are “in full bloom”.

We’ll get to that later in this post.

First, here’s Shirley’s family home, over 200 years old; what a beautiful place.

shirleys house

I love this view from one of her windows.

from shirleys window

Her sunroom is so bright and cheerful. She, Linda and I had a nice visit there, reminiscing about old times. (Donna had joined us for lunch earlier, but then,  returned to work.) Then, the time had come: we went out to see the peacocks.


Shirley’s late mother named all the male peacocks, George, and all the females, Georgette. At this time, Shirley only has two peacocks, and they’re both males. George Number One wanted nothing to do with us. After teasing us with a quick glimpse, he made his way to the farthest corner of a shed, where he stayed during our entire visit.


George Number Two flew to the top of a drying trailer under another shed, where he decided to flaunt his feathers.

george on trailer

I have to wonder if anyone has ever taken pictures of a peacock from that angle before.

george bottoms up

Thankfully, peacock displays aren’t a requirement to spend a nice afternoon with long-time friends.

george last

Maybe next year…

24 responses to “Long-Time Friends And Uncooperative Peacocks

  1. Oh that house is beautiful – gorgeous sunroom too! As for that particular “George” – I must admit it’s the very first peacock rear end I’ve EVER seen….. 😀 …….nice that he managed to put his tail feathers DOWN long enough for you to get that last shot. They are incredibly beautiful birds.


  2. I was going to say that too! Never have I seen a photo from that angle before! LOL Great shot! Did you get the chance to hear the peacock shake its plumes? It is the neatest sound in the world! I saw my first peacock while on vacation in Cancun, Mexico and was blown away with how beautiful they are.

  3. mollieandalfie

    All your comments are going to read, what a beautiful house 🙂 and it truly is..How lovely reconnecting with an old school pal xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  4. Great post today! Birds of a feather….;-)

  5. I think I’m going to remember for quite a while that somewhere in VA are some beautiful birds that share my name living on such a lovely place. How fun is that? Thinking beautiful peacock thoughts today. Have a great day, Dianna.

  6. Still some pretty cool peacock shots though Dianna! It is an interesting feathery angle.. 🙂 Did you hear the noise they make.. 😯 You know I love sunrooms and that one is darling! Enjoy your Monday!!

  7. Gorgeous pictoral and story up. Shirley cannot wait to see it! Even the “backside” of George was beautiful. Soooo wish the profesional peacock wrangler had been there (me!). Hope to see you soon.

  8. Peacocks are so temperamental! Love the sunporch. I know you did a lot of catching up in that bright and cheerful room.

  9. she lives in a gorgeous place! wonderful!

  10. OMC! You know how much I luvluvluv peacock feathers! Hope you picked up a few for Sundae. Purrlease come by my blog today, Monday…I have an award for you Sundae.

  11. What a lovely place to live. That sunroom is do relaxing and cheery! Peacocks are fascinating birds. 🙂

  12. What a treat! Friends, a beautiful old home, and peacocks, all in one afternoon! Can’t imagine living in a home that old…obviously there have been some updates. Still, it must be amazing to be in a family home of that age. Our house was built in 1920, and I often wonder about the people who lived there before us, and what history our home has seen. But compared to this, it’s just a baby! Love the sunroom and the feathers! ~ Sheila

  13. A beautiful place – it wears those 200+ years very well; the porches are a nice touch.. I guess the peacocks were antisocial that day- but you still got a view that I know i’ve never had before 😉

  14. You don’t always get what you want
    But if you try sometime, you just might find
    You get what you need!

  15. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Shirley C’s house is beautiful. It has been a long time. Would live to see her. The peacocks are lovely. (sending you a message)

  16. Well. that peacock bottom was something, wasn’t it? Not a very accommodating fellow at all! But he still was quite handsome. And you friend’s home is just gorgeous! I’d love to ‘sit a spell’ in her lovely sunroom.

  17. What a fantastic place to visit your friend. The peacock “bottoms” shots add fun to the post. Your photography takes you to wonderful places. 🙂

  18. Wow, what a beautiful house! And so are the peacocks!
    Tell Shirley & Donna both “Hi” for me:)

  19. The setting is the perfect place for the beautiful birds.

  20. oh I could lounge in that sunroom for a spell, too and no, never saw a peacock from that angle before – wow!

  21. Glad you were able to reconnect, and what a beautiful place your friend lives in. As for those pesky birds, beauty doesn’t mean friendly, does it!

  22. What a wonderful day!

  23. I don’t remember ever seeing a peacock moon before now!

  24. That was certainly a peacock shot I have NOT seen. You always have something new and different!

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