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These Days R5F

It’s Friday again. Perhaps I can come up with five random thoughts this week that don’t include estate sales.

1.)  Antoine and I have really been enjoying the sunsets recently.

antoine sunset 10-17-2015 6-25-35 PM

2.)  Motor Man and I took Motor Mum for a ride on the Jamestown/Scotland ferry last Sunday.  The sky has been so beautiful lately; as the gulls flew over, I snapped a few pictures.

seagull best 10-18-2015 1-33-16 PM 10-18-2015 1-33-16 PM

3.)  Earlier this week, Motor Man reconnected with a friend from 40+ years ago. His friend has an extensive classic car collection.  What do you think? Am I the Ferrari type? (Not really: more of an  American muscle car girl.)

DB ferrari

4.) On a trip to the Outer Banks a couple of weeks ago, I managed to get a picture- taken at 55 miles per hour – of the sunset.  I sure do miss the Barn Charm meme, and find myself still drawn to old barns.

barn and sunset 10-8-2015 6-30-10 PM

5.) A photo from this week’s day trip (yesterday).  Hint: beautiful! Details next week.

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Happy weekend, everyone!

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

It’s been another busy week here at the “wildlife refuge”.

1.) While my niece, Donna, was visiting last week, she, Marshall and I were standing out in front of our garage, talking one morning.  We heard a sound, seeming to come from inside the garage. We discovered that “New Swan” was tapping on the side door with his beak. Motor Man has teased me for a long time, saying that he expects the swan to ring the door bell. Guess that will be next.

swan 7-21-2015 8-25-29 PM

2.) It’s been hot here recently.  Really hot.  So hot that bunnies have resorted to digging little cool-off spots in the dirt. Love his little stretched-out hind legs.

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3.) We rarely see this many waterfowl gathered at one time.  This was during evening’s golden hour earlier this week.

waterfowl 8-3-2015 7-13-29 PM

4.) When I shared this next photo on my Facebook page, my caption was: “Liriope: it’s what’s for dinner”.

deer and liriope 8-5-2015 6-17-57 PM

(But, yes,  he’s adorable….) And a friend commented that, because of his “careful” pruning, the liriope will come back even thicker next year.

deer through trees 8-5-2015 6-18-40 PM

5.) Bluebirds may possibly be my favorite of all birds. They’re so quick, it’s rare for me to get a picture of one. I’m happy this one posed for a minute.

bluebird 7-30-2015 4-03-39 PM

Bonus: “wild child”.  Well, she had just attacked the table leg, so she qualifies.

sundae and table leg 7-30-2015 7-47-30 AM

Anything wild in your neck of the woods?

~These Days Of Mine~

Sunrise Swan

Recently, Bride Swan visited right around sunrise. I tried to persuade her to stay in just the right spot. I wanted the sunrise to be behind her in my pictures.

She just didn’t want to cooperate.

But I’ll settle for the glow of golden hour on her white feathers.

And she’ll settle for some bread.



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Remember a couple of weeks ago when I posted that I could honestly say I’d just recently seen my very favorite sunset?

Well, now I’m not so sure. The one last Sunday might be my favorite too. Can’t I have two? They could be co-favorites.

The neighborhood waterfowl were there.

Our neighbors have a tiny patch of  “beach” in front of their house. Their grandchildren were out feeding the swan, seagulls and ducks. And skimming rocks on the water. I love the reflection of the sunset on her hair.

I knew my previous “favorite” sunset was in jeopardy when I saw this picture.

Yes, for the time being, I definitely have two favorite sunsets. 

Weekend Visitors


Saturday was one of those days where you just didn’t know who was going to stop by.

Walking by our bedroom window, I glanced out and saw this.

I recognized that character on the left as an egret, but what in the world was that huge creature on the right?  It’s amazing that the marsh grass could support his weight.

Camera in hand, I headed out the door. That scared him away, but he circled and attempted to land again. As much as I had hoped it was an eagle, I think it was a vulture.

Speaking of characters, later in the day, this guy shows up.  “Hey, ya got any bread?”

Then these two Canadian geese flew in.  I think the one on the left is practicing sliding into home plate.

And two more.  Motor Man and I are in disagreement about these two. I say they’ll be competing in synchronized skiing at the Olympics. Motor Man says they’re drag racing. We’re not sure.

And last, but not  least, a family of ducks came by, searching for any bread crumbs that Groom Swan may have missed.

It was definitely a day to keep an eye on the water.

Start With A Sunset


Start with a sunset.

Invite a few friends.

And a very special friend.

And you have the perfect evening.

Love Song Tangled Up In Blue


Recently, I looked out and saw “Bride Swan”, paddling along the shore line. She was so striking against the blue water, I grabbed the camera and managed to snap a few pictures of her.

When I looked at the photos on the computer, my mind, for some reason,  went to songs with “blue” in the title or lyrics.

Love is Blue by Paul Mauriat.  The version most of us are familiar with is an instrumental, but there are lyrics.  “Blue, blue, my world is blue.”


 Song Sung Blue by Neil Diamond. “Song sung blue, everybody knows one.”

And Tangled Up in Blue by Bob Dylan. Marshall introduced that song to me. “The only thing I knew how to do, was to keep on keeping on. Like a bird that flew – tangled up in blue.”

If you’re familiar with any one of those songs, you will probably now be singing it to yourself for the rest of the day.  Enjoy!