Saturday, May 17, 2014

It's Green and Wet

 ~my Mother's Day flowers staying dry and unbeaten~


It's a cozy, rainy morning where John and I have been seated in our respective recliners sipping coffee and reading, he on his Kindle and I on the iPad. For three minutes and a half I was all caught up with my blog reading. 



The azaleas are taking the beating I feared as are the neighborhood trees. Do you see the fallen?


~atmospheric~

I am blaming these old trees for my sports injury. It's the reason we weren't playing on the lawn that fateful day; we were playing in the driveway. I don't allow the children to play under the trees (they don't belong to us) when the wind blows as it has done all week.



For this reason... This branch fell from the tree on the right and up high.



Isn't it fun to take a series of photos? One always sees even more interesting things than one might have suspected. I did. Do you see her? (You may consider this a trick question as now I see TWO hers.)


video
 ~questioning my sanity~

~Look for feathers~

The vultures return every evening to roost. We've been beating a roasting pan all week with some success. However, there is this one tenacious bird. He's trying to dry his feathers, poor thing.

A happy Victoria Day Weekend to my neighbors to the north. ☺ I just hope that the weather cooperates!

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53 comments:

  1. Yep. It has been raining here in NY too. And it is quite chilly as well. Thanks for sharing your pictures. Have I not ever mentioned how lovely your home is? Blessings

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  2. I actually like vultures. They clean up alot. I love your pictures because they look so cool and went. Contrary to desert livin'!

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  3. Thanks for a view of your cozy morning. That was ours two days ago. Now we have bright sun but cool (delightfully so) temperatures. I see now why the boys play in the driveway. Wow.

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  4. WOW and double WOW on both that tree branch and the vulture. And all the rain. A nice, cozy rain sounds soo nice to this deeply sizzled So. California gal, haha. Actually there is a break in the heat today. Only suppose to be 88. I can take that just fine...Air conditioner man fixed our air conditioner (for now) for under 200. I was dancing a jig even with these hobbly knees! But he thinks it has only got 1 more season left in it. He said that last year though too, lol. He doesn't know it's covered in prayer. Enjoy your cozy day Vee!

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  5. I don't mind rain when one could be as cozy as you two. Glad the toe is getting better.Have a good day.

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  6. It does look cozy inside your home. We are sunny here today but cool and tomorrow we will have rain most of the day.

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  7. The the entry way of your home inside is so lovely.
    The vultures are actually not killers like the skilled hawks ~
    as a rule vultures just clean up what is already lifeless and rotting .
    They are actually timid of the "live" animals .

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  8. I need to rephrase that Vee ~ to "most vultures" That guy in your tree looks like what is called a Turkey Vulture and they just "clean up"

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    1. Willow, I know that they perform a valuable function, but I daresay that you'd not appreciate having as many as we do (several dozen) roost just 40 feet from your door. They kill trees because their roosting breaks the crowns. And, should they decide to roost on our roofline, it will cause a lot of damage, too. Believe me, I know a lot about these "near neighbors" and so I can say with some vehemence that I don't like them. You are 100% correct. They are indeed turkey vultures!

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    2. Good grief you are right I certainly wouldn't want a whole flock of them practically on my doorstep . We only see one or two in the sky now and again, never in out trees in flocks . I can't even say I have ever seen them in flocks around here. I can certainly understand your point of view ~ as I have never experience flocks in out trees.

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  9. I loved hearing your New England accent on the video!. If you were to hear my voice you would think quaint Midwestern accent. LOL I love all of your green stuff and flowers but not the vulture!

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  10. I did see "her" in both pictures! I also spotted the vulture right away ~ years of bird watching. Inside your home looks like the best place to be and I'll just bet you are soon making something that makes everything smell wonderful, too.

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  11. When I see the vultures circle, I know that a duck or hen or goose has died or been killed on the ground. They certainly do a terrific clean-up job, but they are the creepiest looking creatures!

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    1. When I see them circling, right around 6:30 every night, I know that they are coming in to roost. They seem to love that particular tree just now.

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  12. Your home looks so cozy!
    I just love it when it rains!
    Xo marissa

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  13. sports injury? Maybe I missed a post, need to go back. I did see the feathers in the photo. And... that's not a branch that fell, that's a tree in itself. Raining here too today.

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  14. Just watched the video, nice to hear you and John dialogue.

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  15. It does sound cozy reading about you and John on your recliners, reading on a wet Saturday morning.
    I've been meaning to mention that the township which is on the nw border with mine, Hinckley, has an annual Buzzard Festival, and has for years. It's to celebrate the return of the turkey vultures....San Juan Capistrano has the return of the swallow and Hinckley has buzzards! http://cleveland.about.com/od/clevelandareaparks/p/buzzards.htm

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  16. I do see her and hopefully that's a waterproof jacket she's wearing. I am so ready to be sitting sipping coffee in my own chair in my robe in my home. Those vultures are huge! Ha! and I wonder what the answer was to John's question. Glad the beating of the pan has made some of them re think their roost!

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  17. We have turkey vultures all over our area, and if they were hanging around our place, I'd be unhappy! They often times are just riding the thermals when we see the circling, they don't always circle because of carrion. I am thankful for the job they do, just wouldn't want them as near neighbors!

    We had all that rain yesterday. Our land is so wet, the water table so high, because of all the snow of the winter and rain of the spring. We have areas that I don't think will dry out this year at all.

    Thankful for you and John that you had such a cozy morning together!

    Deanna

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  18. First of all, I YEARN for rain, so this helped me. Secondly, I LOVED hearing your Maine voice, and John's addition in the background.

    I love vultures, they're God's clean-up crew.

    Sharon

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  19. Wow that is some big branch that fell down.
    Rain here too but not during my walk. : )
    We have turkey vultures too but I usually see them flying. They are so graceful in flight.

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  20. Wow--what a frighteningly huge limb that fell nearby! We had a similar one fall last weekend in our yard after working outside. My husband reminded me that they are called "widow makers" ! Thank goodness you don't allow your grands to play under those trees! Hope your toe is feeling better! ♥

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  21. Rainy days are nice, as long as it's not day after day after day ... :) For us, today was bright and sunshiny. We went for a ride (duh, right). Hope you can scare off the Turkey Vultures without too much trouble. And I agree about not being under trees on windy days. As a hunter and nature lover who spends a lot of time in the woods, I know how dangerous falling tree limbs can be. ~:)

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  22. Very wise of you to prohibit the grands to play under the trees. That is one huge branch that fell!
    I was trying to take pictures of birds in trees this morning too so could relate to trying to locate them in the viewfinder. I sure did enjoy listening to the conversation from your cozy family room.

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  23. You'll just have to embrace nature Vee; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Nice conversation you and John had in the video - kind of cool watching the vultures puff out their wings.
    Today was cool, but at least not raining and the sun is out again. Yay!

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  24. You and John chose a very cozy way to begin the day. I can see why the grands should not play under those big old trees in a storm. That's one big branch that came down. Your neighbour must have duck feet to be out in such a deluge!

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  25. That is some huge branch! Glad no one was walking by. Hope you get some nice sunshine this week. xo

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  26. Love a cozy rainy morning with time to sip coffee and chat. Of course if it rains every day that cozy bit gets a tad shop worn. You made the blog rounds and didn't have a word to say about our local color throwing festival? I think Maine families would need such events after being cooped up all winter. Bet the grandsons would love it.

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  27. Nice to see things greening up, though.
    Tree limbs and fallen trees... ugh.

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  28. I am so sick of cold rainy days! Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny with no clouyds - hope so as I am going to a neighboring city's Home and Garden show! : - ) Wish jme luck, getting rained on is not my idea of a good time.

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  29. Hi Vee!

    So sorry to hear about your toe!! Ouch!

    The rain looks lovely - we need a little of the wet stuff here! I do see her - why is she out in the rain? She really needs to stay away from those huge vultures!!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  30. Thank you for talking to us! I loved hearing you both even if it was about vultures. They are rather hideous aren't they? They should go find something that vultures like to eat.

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  31. Oh, I see you are practicing "stormy weather" photos! Yikes on that tree branch. Huge! And with the wet weather, it would be safe to send a bottle rocket right at the varmint. Ha!

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  32. Your room does looks nice a cozy. That limb really could have hurt some one. I think about how tall our trees are here and wish I could get them topped some what. Enjoy your weekend, xoxo,Susie

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  33. That's a big branch to come crashing down, we were discussing branches falling off trees the other day, common with our gums. They are called widow makers here, so I asked the beer fairy why the got that name and he said because women are not silly enough to stand under them only men, he may be right.
    Merle..............................

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  34. Yikes, in regards to that branch! I love rain, but it rarely rains here. I once went to BC, and it rained the entire ten days. The green of your photos is so gorgeous that the rain is worth it. Stay dry, and I hope your foot heals quickly. xoxo

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  35. How's your toe feeling, Vee? Thankfully, you and John were cozy inside, keeping warm and dry, while huge limbs were falling!! I hope the vultures depart the premises soon. xo

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  36. Yep, trees blowing in the wind can be dangerous. We've got a 150 yr old oak that is slowly dying and it keeps dropping limbs. Have to get it cut down - it's just so dad blamed expensive!!! But worth it to stay safe. Don't much cotton to buzzards myself either. It's hard to feel sorry for them, but I guess you can if you want :)...I had one eating carrion in the middle of the road a few years ago, and it wouldn't move and I honked. Still didn't move. I eased my car up just a few feet away and honked again. Just stood there looking at me. I got out of the car and walked up close to where it was and screamed at it. It finally slowly ambled off the road. I was ready to do battle!

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  37. Hello Vee, just wanted to say I have stopped by. It is looking very fresh and green and a bit wet in your world. Sounds rather refreshing, except for the falling tree branches. Isn't it such a blessing to have a nice, warm, safe and dry house to cozy up in. I feel sorry for the animals in bad weather.

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  38. You and Jeff are the only ones who noticed me in my pink and white striped nightgown. Honestly, how can anyone wear real clothes when they garden.

    I travel a lot and seldom see real gardens. When I say that I mean most folks have landscapes, maybe even landscapes tended by a crew of workers. Not so at our place.

    Some of my potted trees, bushes, and succulents have traveled with me for over 40 years, actually 50. I got two of my Feijoas when I was a teen.

    Send me some rain!!
    S

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  39. The rain is beautiful to this drought land that Texas is experiencing and the green. Oh my, on the tree falling. Sorry for the sport injury.

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  40. Vultures are definitely creepy and huge - I viewed large groups of them in Africa on the ground doing their cleanup! I certainly agree with you that they are not exactly sweet garden birds to have so close to your home! Take care.
    Sorry our rain came in your direction - we ended up getting almost 6" and some flooding here in the garden, also water under the house!

    Hugs - Mary

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  41. I'm giggling here at your musings - what a cute conversation about the vultures!!! Those things truly are ugly. So glad there wasn't anything under that fallen tree - eek! I had to look and look before I saw her. Hope your toe is on the mend. Your first picture looks so cozy!

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  42. It certainly is a good thing that nobody was under that huge tree limb! That would have been deadly I think. I do see 'her' out in the rain. And, I love the view through the door from your cozy living room. Today is our rainy day so I'll be fairly lazy this afternoon too. xo

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  43. with the fallen tree and those vultures, staying inside with a cup of coffee sounds like a plan!

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  44. I KNOW you have had 47 comments and I KNOW you must be tired of reading but I MUST say......
    OH!!! I LOVE hearing you and John talk!!!! You two are so real to me and Louis Dean - already!!
    BUT when I HEAR your voices it is just AWESOME!! Makes you MORE 'real'?? Does that even make sense?
    So like you to feel for the vulture.......

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  45. It does sound like a cozy way to spend a morning...inside, reading, watching the rain, sipping coffee...
    And I love that you're feeling sorry for the vulture! :)

    That was a large branch that blew out of that tree! I'd not let my grands play there either!

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  46. Hey lady....
    I finally found the vulture in the picture..I am a little slow this morning....reading and rain ..two of my favorite things..
    Love, Mona

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  47. I does look a bit wet there. We are finally drying up a bit. I do see the silly bird trying to dry her feathers.

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  48. The greeness and the rain is making me sooo envious. Oh, how we are praying for rain...several small towns around us are running out of drinking water...so sad...don't have a clue what we can do. Son is on a well here but still, without rain, underground water is in danger.

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  49. We had a lovely Victoria Day long weekend, thank-you very much! And yes...the weather was just fine. Oye...about the limb that came down!

    I think you would have great fun with Elmer's bird scarer...even more fun than banging on pots and pans! It is lying in the garage...just waiting to be used. :)

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