"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sunny Day


Sunny sky sleeps in the mornin', it doesn't know when to rise...

From a James Taylor song.  I love him.  I heard yesterday that there will be a new James Taylor channel on Sirius radio.  

So far so good today.  It is a sunny day. I just want to soak up the rays (and hopefully some of the water will dry up).  Like Texas, we have had non-stop rain since March and more is forecast for the rest of the week.  I have been trying to fill sink holes in and around my garden.  Will have to go find rocks along the side of a road today.  Formally, this part of Oklahoma was coal mining country and I have a fear of sink holes.  They do occur around here.  

I need to go outside.  The songbirds are doing their best vocalizations and the crows I posted about, well, perhaps I started something that I might regret.  They have figured out that I live in this house and call me regularly now.  Woke me this morning.  Waiting for their food.  I have discovered where in the woods they have a nest. Sometimes they bring their friends.  Did you know a group of crows is called a murder of crows?  Wonder who came up with that term... 

19 comments:

  1. We've been washed by the big storm, too, and fortunately not flooded. But all the leaves are washed that lovely green they stay all through June, before they get tired and dusty.

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    1. Joanne, it is just so saturated that any rain just floods. That and we had 12 inches Saturday and Sunday. I hope to see things get dusty.

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  2. We have the same problem with crows - I fed them over the winter - just two of them. Then word got round and five appeared - they look so incongruous in the garden at the side of the smaller birds that come to the feeders - they are very intelligent I have found. If I put out crusts they hop on to the bird bath and given them a soaking before flying away with their treasure - cheeky monkeys.

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    1. Elaine, I am glad to know someone else besides me has tried feeding the crows. I do want to see what will happen. Luckily, I am feeding them up by the barn, but they know where I am most of the time. I waiting for them to bring me little gifts.

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  3. On a clear day you can see forever!
    What a view..
    And I ♥ James Taylor too..since the beginning.

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    1. Me too Monique. No one else sounds like him.

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  4. A beautiful and serene vista.......endlessly beautiful just like the song.
    I wish the rain would just go away for you Donna, as you know Nashville went through a thousand year flood in 2010, and it almost wiped us off the map.
    Sink-holes .....my daughter had her home declared condemned by one last year, most of TN is built on limestone and two years of horrendous floods had opened up the cave systems.

    Upon further investigation, I learned that the term “murder of crows” originates from folklore: flocks of crows held trials to judge and punish members of the flock that had transgressed. If found guilty, the “defendant” was executed (that is, “murdered”) by the flock. There may be some factual basis to this, as crows are territorial and may kill another crow that has encroached on their turf.
    You'd have thunk it !
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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    1. I remember that Jo. Luckily, my nephew's house was okay. Well now I'm worried. This whole part of the state is limestone. Our 50 acre wood doesn't have a single rock on it though. Did they tear down your daughter's house? I was out trying to put wood and rocks where it washing out today, for it did rain and is supposed to the rest of the week. It wasn't heavy today, but will be later on in the week. Love the research on the murder of crows. I figured it was some fool like me that got something started with crows and wanted to murder them.

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  5. Dear Donna- lovely photo. So glad it is sunny. My heart goes out to everyone who has had so much rain and flooding. Never knew about murder of crows. We too have lots of them especially when corn is ready to be harvested. Enjoy your sunny day.

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  6. Thank you Debbie. I did enjoy it for about 20 minutes. After the post, I went out by the garden, sat in the glider and began cawing for the crows. I looked to the west and a darkening sky and quickly hurried to the feed store. By the time I arrived, it was pouring. Same this morning. I need to travel to the city for a few days, but it hasn't stopped raining yet and I don't want to get in a flood. I wonder how they deal with all the rain in Scotland?

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  8. We have a saying here in the UK 'if you see more than two crows they are rooks' - crows in the UK are solitary birds and only go around in pairs. Rooks on the other hand live in colonies (rookeries) in their thousands. They are on of my favourite birds. I really don't know whether you have both in the US.
    Sorry about your rain - it sounds horrendous - do hope it soon stops.
    Those sink holes sounds pretty scary too.

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    1. Weaver, thank you for stopping by. I will have to find out about Rooks. I'm not sure whether we have them in Oklahoma or not. Mine are definitely hanging out with others though I do see two that are together most of the time.

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  9. A murder of crows?! I never! What were they thinking? I am so used to the noise of birds in the morning, what with all the ducks, geese ROOSTERS and peacocks, I sleep right through it. The songbirds don't have a chance to rise above the noise of the domestics.

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  10. My fowl, with the exception of the turkeys, are up at the barn so I usually don't hear them unless the guineas spy something or a hen is laying an egg. I thought the murder of crows part was because they are always eating carrion and roadkill, but then I thought it was probably farmers wanting to murder them for eating in their gardens etc. I do enjoy them though. I won't go back to the farm until tomorrow so I am eager to see if they missed me and my feedings.

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  11. Watch out for those crows! They're supposed to be extremely intelligent. Still having sun?

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    1. Sunny and warm. Heaven. I have been leaving little trinkets (miniature birds and mirrored stones etc.) on the post I feed them on. I am waiting for them to bring one back to me and leave it by the glider on the deck. We'll see.

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  12. oooo it looks so pretty! wow! lush, green, warm. dreamy. x j

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