We used the holiday weekend to tend to a few projects in the yard.
Birdfeeders must be hung.
The trick here is placing them so the squirrels have limited access and the people can see them from various vantage points on the deck and screened porch.
Yes, that's about right (although the we did make some adjustments after this photo was taken).
By the end of the three-day weekend, I had logged 15 species of birds without moving from the deck!
Birdbath must be leveled.
Look at that view!
If I were a bird, I'd sit in it all day.
Except for the lavender waiting to go in the ground, the deck plants are all in pots and growing like crazy. They are on the deck to keep the raccoons and deer from munching on them at night.
Three are tomatoes, peppers, sage, pineapple sage, parsley, thyme, and sweet basil. Both tomato plants have tomatoes on them.
Clearing a spot for raised beds and a fenced area for the main garden.
The big tree came down in a storm while we were in Minnesota. Fortunately it fell away from the house!
It was a popular dining spot for the pileated woodpeckers and other woodpeckers that live here and I'm sure they are missing it.
Paul is 6 feet tall. The base of the tree where it broke off just below ground level is taller than he is. It's a monster, beautiful colors and now a base for many interesting spider webs.
We didn't just work all weekend, though. I met some of the neighbors when we were invited to a picnic featuring boiled shrimp -- possibly my most favorite food! Besides the humans, I got to meet the roosters that wake up the sun every morning, and their harem of egg layers.
I started my first class through FutureLearn, "World War 1: Trauma and Memory," this week. So far, it's excellent! The videos are short, well done, and very interesting, but my favorite thing is the discussion. Because students come from many countries, generations, and areas of interest and expertise, I am learning so much from them. The first video showed some of the horrible wounds and made me wonder if I wanted to continue, but I definitely do.
As a retired teacher, it's fun to be on the other side of the desk for a change!
If you're interested, go here: https://www.futurelearn.com/about. It's free and they have a big variety of classes in different areas of interest.