Well, the tree swallows that were nesting in the nest box right next to the front door have gone along their merry way. (I think I heard a parental sigh of relief.) Normally when baby birds fledge (i.e. leave the nest) you will see them around the yard for a few weeks, trying out their flying skills and begging food from their parents from every tree branch. Not so with swallows, who spend their lives finding food on the wing. I wasn’t there for the actual event, but I have a deep appreciation for a critter who, never having flown before, or even completely stretched out its wings in a small nest box with 3 or 4 siblings, makes that inaugural flight by leaping into the air, trusting to instinct that it will all work out just fine…and it does. I was able to capture these pictures a few days before the babies departed, when they were clearly getting big enough to be ready to go.
We took a trip up to Green Bluff, our local U-pick area, for several flats of strawberries. Most were frozen for later use, but I did make a fresh strawberry tart, which included a layer of homemade sweetened ricotta and last year’s jar of strawberry balsamic preserves. It’s OK to be jealous. It was REALLY good.
Garden flowers continue to rock.
Outside the “front” door, I have a recycling center that tends to get piled with stuff that needs to go out to the garage, garden shed or wherever. The other day, I noticed this spider web on it, covered in what I thought were small gnats that the clever spider had caught when the porch light was on. Then all the gnats started to move, and I realized it was a whole bunch of very little spiders. When disturbed, they all drop down their web lines like action flick heroes repelling down a skyscraper. Very cool.
Life, as they say, is good.
Miles Away Farm Blog © 2011, where we’re miles away from understanding mother nature’s mysteries, but we’re always thankful to have another day to wonder at her smallest details.