Sunday, April 03, 2011

Sunday Safari

We celebrate the New Bee Moon today.
We will be in the dark of the moon now until the Full Pink Moon.
Now is a good time to plant root vegetables.
It is very warm today.
Thundershowers are in the forecast for tonight.
We are under a wind advisory.
A strong wind from the southwest has flatten many of the flowers.

I sat with the daffodils just in case the wind and severe
weather damages them.
Having daffodil time is always a delight in the Spring.

I am following "Journey North" as I watch for the
 Baltimore Orioles and the Hummingbirds to arrive.
The Juncos will leave soon for their northern breeding areas.

The Mockingbirds continue to delight me.

They do like raisins.
Soon I will put out oranges and grapes for the Orioles.

The birds are beginning to nest.

The wild violets are opening.
I saw Mason bees in the Spicebushes.

My husband cleaned up a bee box.
It is early for the Mason bees to nest but just in case
we like to be ready.

I have my sun hats out.
The temperatures will moderate but today is hot!

We have had a few nice surprises.
The Christmas cactus has re-bloomed

and a Black Swallowtail emerged.
My husband brought in a chrysalis he found the first of March when he clean up the hops vine. I placed it in a bowl of dried flowers.
What an honor to see this miracle of nature.
I stamped the calendar and made notes in my garden journal.

I celebrate the bee in April.
Each day I do something to honor this noble creature.
I collect bee lore.

In April I am falling in love every day.
Today I once again fall in love with the Moon.

I collect Moon lore.

The New Moon is known as the Grandmother Moon.

I can feel the stirrings of love.
After reading The Illustrated Cottage I have been inspired.

Nina Williams created in her home and gardens a frame work for a fairy tale. An amazing book and a cleaver idea.

I love the Art Nouveau style. Yet my home and gardens are much different.

My home and gardens tell the story of two lovers.
I look around and see my photographs on the wall.  I see the art work my children did when they were young.  I see family photographs and lovely reminders of our parents and Grandparents. I see the woodworking my husband has done. I see the gifts from family and friends. I see birds, bees, butterflies and buds.
I see beautiful. I see a wabi-sabi home.

As I look about once again I am in love with my home and gardens. I am in love with my collections and my passions.
I am in love with our music and baseball on radio.
I am in love with April.

I shall look for the Bee in the sky.
It is near the Pleiades, my favorite constellation.

I am falling in love; head over heels.
I am falling in love with this life I am living.
May you fall in love with your life this April.

Happy Sunday Safari.


Wendy said...

What an interesting post. April sounds like it will be a good month this year. I love your bee box and hope you have bees nest in it.

Your daffys look so cheerful and happy. I hope the wind didn't take them down.

I like the christmas cactus and am amazed that it's blooming in spring! I was going to say "keep warm", but it looks like it's too warm now! Never mind. Enjoy the season.

Mary said...

Hi Sherry,

Love the bee box. Your Spring is ahead of us by far! Enjoy, while we wait for more bees and butterflies. We had a few good frosts this week.


Cathy said...

I will will fall in love with April if bring me some temps and no more snow!! Got snow on April Fool's Day :(

oh new poem on the blog. I usually have a new poem posted on Friday now. if it's not there, then i'll post it Saturday night

Aimee said...

Thank you for this beautiful post. Just what I needed. Alas, my bees did not survive the winter. A storm blew the hive tops off and the cOld rain got in. It is still very cold here and I have been frustrated, not able to garden or enjoy being outside. Your post helps me experience spring vicariously!

Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry, how wonderful to see the bees return to your garden.
My boxes are full of bees.....I am waiting for them to emerge. I do hope they survived the severe winter.

The weather here has been very warm....too warm for April.

April sounds like a fun month in your home.

Tammie Lee said...

the expression on the wee bird in the 2nd and 3rd photo is amazing. Seems like an old mans angry or concerned face.

lovely spring post, i hope some of your flowers have survived. I have no flowers.... yet.

ShySongbird said...

A lovely safari again Sherry, your April enthusiasm is so obvious.

I love your Mocking Bird, such lovely photos!

Daffodils are my favourite garden flower, they are so cheerful after a hard Winter.

Do you think if I put grapes and oranges in my garden you could persuade an Oriole to visit me...;)

Rose said...

What a joyous post, Sherry! I love this time of year, too, with its feeling of rebirth and renewal--sometimes I think I'm coming out of hibernation, too. I hope the storms missed you this weekend; we had the strong winds on Sunday, too, but fortunately got a much-needed gentle rain on Monday morning.

Your mockingbird doesn't look like he's willing to share his raisins with anyone:)

Kit Aerie-el said...

What a beautiful post, full of photos and personality. You are WAY ahead of us in the Seattle area...there was snow falling where I live this morning! Our mason bees haven't even come out of their nesting boxes yet. We'll be catching up to you though, and soon enjoying all the pleasures of spring you have shown us from your neck of the woods.

Judy said...

Sherry, that violet is beautiful! I still have a month, more or less...