Saturday, August 19, 2017

A little visit


Not much happening up at the playhouse these days. It's no fun playing in this hot humid August weather. Miserable!  That's what it is.

My plans are still to add a small table and couple of chairs, and something I can call a heater that will burn a stick of wood and heat a kettle of water.


It's been a fun summer up at the teeny tiny garden. Why, I must have potted up 200 plants, maybe more.


and lots of Beauty Berry bushes that are beginning to bloom, or grow purple berries.

We have a maple tree down by the pond that was damaged back in 1996 during Hurricane Fran. The top was broken out, but we left the tree alone. 

Last spring a big pileated woodpecker moved into a hole in that maple tree. We have enjoyed watching this bird as it flew in every night around 6:30 and left out early every morning around 6:30.


During a rain storm last week a big dead limb broke off that maple tree and landed in the edge of the pond.


Poppy pulled it out of the water.


Soon after, a mushroom began growing where the limb broke off, and has kept growing. It almost looks like Mr. Woodpecker had an awning installed, except his hole is further up the tree.



A few days ago we saw two pileated woodpeckers on the tree. He, or she, must have found a mate.

Thank you for visiting.


Love,
Henny 








21 comments:

  1. It's always fun to see what's happening in your neck of the woods. I envy you getting to watch those big pileated woodpeckers!

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  2. your little area is looking sweet and welcoming. I think it will look wonderful with lights at Christmas time. I think you could string some solar lights on the fence and make it very festive.

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  3. I love your playhouse area but I agree it is way to hot and humid to be out and enjoy it! We have a pileated woodpecker that lives near us. I have gotten a few picture of it before but they move fast.
    Hope you are doing good. Love you bunches!!

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  4. I just love your little playhouse! What do you have growing in the pots sitting on the bench? Well, I guess I just never thought a mushroom would grow like that! How fun!

    Grace & Peace,
    Pam

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    1. Hey Pam. I have rooted several cutting of the chocolate vine. That's the pots on the bench. Thank you! ":)

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  5. It is always the little things that give so much pleasure, a family of woodpeckers setting up house is a delightful thing to read. We had woodpeckers very close in my last house but I have not heard one close here.

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  6. I remember hearing a woodpecker a few times, they can be loud

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  7. Delightful, about the woodpeckers!

    and a delightful mushroom too. Bet there will be more...

    Hope your heat/humidity break soooooon......

    "It's commmmmmming" ,-)
    Luna Crone

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  8. Yes, it seems we are in "the dog days of summer", the humidity takes your breath away.
    I love visiting your farm Henny, there is always something interesting and beautiful to marvel over.
    We've had a pair of Downy Woodpeckers stopping by lately, I think they are feasting on the Ash Borer larvae :(
    Have a wonderful day !
    ~Jo

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  9. I am in awe of you seeing the woodpeckers, what a delight.

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  10. I hope Mr. and Mrs. Woodpecker raise a family in that tree. Or maybe it's too late in the season for that to happen.
    We have a couple of hot days coming up this week then hopefully some cooler ones. It's so hard to feel like doing much when it's so darn hot.

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  11. Nice to see what's happening around your place.
    I like watching woodpeckers.

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  12. Beautiful photos, Henny. I love the mushroom on the tree! Your garden is great! Have a great week.

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  13. It hasn't been much fun to be outdoors here either. Yes, when the days began to grow cooler, you'll be wanting that little wood-burning stove to warm up the pretty little playhouse! :~) I've cut way back on potted plants so I don't have so much watering to do.

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  14. Henny, your blog list seems to be messed up. I always read you first, then go down your list to read others. They are not readable! PS love your blog.

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    1. Thank you Donna. There was something wrong when I tried pulling up the first blog too. It finally corrected itself. At least I hope it's corrected. I am lost when something goes wrong. :)

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  15. Your little playhouse looks so nice and orderly. By this time of the summer I am just tired of the garden, flowers, and outside in general so things here generally go to pot till cooler weather comes along. But you're hanging in there and keeping everything looking great!

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    1. Hey Vic. I am pretty much the same way. Everything starts looking overgrown and old. Right now, I am looking forward to fall. Thank you!

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  16. Love your little post and pix. Hugs, lj

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  17. I like the idea of burning a stick of wood outdoors and making a cup of tea. Sounds campy.
    For some reason, fall weather makes me feel good and fresh. I think it's because that bite in the air wakes us up. I feel prone to naps in August.

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  18. I love watching woodpeckers and I like the noise they make while pecking on wood. I think your playhouse is beautiful. I can see a couple of chairs out there and a table. It would be a sweet spot to sit and string beans, or sit and enjoy a cool lemonade while working in the garden. Everything around your place looks so lush and green . . . so very pretty :)

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