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Tribute to WU USER Endofstreet Fledging Time, SUMMERTIME Flowers, Drink Water

By: WeatherWise , 3:32 AM GMT on June 16, 2014

A Tribute to My Good Friend - WU User - Endofstreet - Jim Bond!
Jim pass away Thursday afternoon after a short month and a half
illness! He got such pleasure from viewing the photo gallery on
WU. He will surely be missed.

James Bond

This is a photo of Jim's dog, Sammy. That is probably how I met
Jim, while he was taking Sammy out. Sammy would always head
straight toward me for a little lick or nudge and then run straight
into the woods. He would come right back when called. Quite
obedient and a constant companion to Jim and family as well.

This is a photo of Jim's apple tree. He nurtured it through the
winter After he got sick, his son planted it outside in the
backyard. I checked on it this afternoon and it is thriving
beautifully! I will try to take new updated photo. He
started it from a tiny appleseed.

This was Jim's second photo on WU and he received an AC for this baby owl shot.

It is almost time for the Bluebird Babies to fledge. Today is Day 11 for 4 of them and Day 10 for the younger one. Last year, the last photo I took was on Day 10. My sister came to visit for the weekend and I did not want to be rude so skipped watching the bluebirds. When she left, I checked the box and they were gone. I am not sure when the baby left. With 5 babies, I hope to get some shots of the babies hanging out of the box waiting to be fed. I have seen some posted on WU like that. My baby never did that last year as it was an only child and did not want for anything. The parents kept it fed and sleeping. I thought about doing what Doesiedoats did and just camp out one day and watch them.

You might say they have painted the town pink!

I am not certain if I will open the box tomorrow as they are quite active and surely don't want one to fly out before they are ready. Will give you updates as to the happenings.

Echinaces x 'Hot summer' Coneflower Still Forming And Getting It's Colors

When it gets its full colors it should be a fairly bright orangish red the best I recall. I was happy that it wintered over. I thought it was quite pretty. It will be interesting to see what color it gets to be this year.

I think this special aster that I got last summer is pretty and was happy that it wintered over. It had a bee or butterfly on it when I bought it at Niche Gardens. Stokesia Laevis 'Klaus Jellito'

Summer is almost here! The Stella de Oro daylilies have about played out. Somehow with the reunion and all or perhaps because they were almost hidden, I missed my first two specialy daylilies bloom completely. When I got home I saw two that had shriveled. With the specialty daylilies, that is exactly what it means - a day. The blossom is open when I get up and the next day it is shriveled. You just enjoy them for a day. However, one plant has many buds on it and give you beautiful joy for a few days everyday. So I am quite sure I will have another tomorrow! I will post some photos as the blossoms come in.

Stella de Oro

My daisies took a toll from the extreme winter - not as many came back this year. I either need to reseed or transplant some that I have in a pot. I have a pot full of daisies that bloom beautifully but would be a big daisy plant if put in the ground. I will count the plants in that one pot tomorrow and tell you. I pulled a bunch up several years ago that were really too near where I had to turn the water hose one. I gave a bunch away and stuck the rest in a couple of pots.

Happy Summer, Everyone! May the flowers keep on blooming all summer long!

So how do you make yourself drink more water? It comes natural for many, but for some a reminder is needed. One thing I like to do is make fruit flavored water. I have been putting a few strawberries in a small pitcher and filling it with water. I place it in the refrigetator for about 8 hours. Then I have a refreshing drink - nice and cool. Sometimes I do the same with lemon, even thought lemon pretty much flavors immediately. Today I am drinking Peach flavored water. Most any fruit works. Also flavored water cuts down on intake of soft drinks. Now, I know you are thinking oh I buy flavored water. However, check out the ingredients. Making your own, you control what is in there and keep it all natural with no sugar or NO artificial sugar. I enjoy it. Of course there are many other refreshing summer time drinks. SO DRINK MORE WATER!

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47. plapman
11:33 AM GMT on July 02, 2014
Good morning.
Summer will be great when it dries up.
The last few years have seen a wet start then hot and dry.
Enjoy your independence day on the 4th.
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46. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:04 AM GMT on June 30, 2014
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45. WeatherWise
4:13 AM GMT on June 30, 2014
Hi Briarcraft. Seems we have so many deer around the neighborhood, I don't know which one to blame or if I even mind if it was a deer. So far, I have not seen a baby deer. This week is the first time I have spotted deer in a LONG time.

Hi GG! Thanks for dropping by. The apple tree is quite neat in that he planted an apple seed and watched it and nurtured it all winter. It was only perhaps first of May when he asked his son to transplant it outside. Pretty neat.

Hi Prosp! Those were cute photos that you posted of Mim!

Thanks, Whitewabit! That would be wonderful if it actually matured to a fruit baring tree. Great of you to stop by.

Hi Barb! It is nice to hear from you. Hope you are still enjoying your remodeled bath and all. Have a great week!

Smiling DeerDeer at DuskMolting? Red CardinalThe Hawk
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44. barbamz
7:24 PM GMT on June 29, 2014
Very nice blog with enchanting pics, WW! Thank you very much and a pleasant new week!
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43. whitewabit
2:13 AM GMT on June 29, 2014
Quoting 39. WeatherWise:

I checked on Jim's apple tree, yesterday, that I mentioned was now planted outside and took a photo.

A lovely tribute to your friend .. may it grow strong and bear the sweetest apples!
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42. Proserpina
1:11 AM GMT on June 29, 2014
So sorry for the loss of your friend, may he RIP. Beautiful tribute.
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41. GardenGrrl
12:43 AM GMT on June 29, 2014
Hi Shirley, sorry to hear about your neighbor. It is always hard to lose decent people from the neighborhood.
I think the apple tree is a very nice tribute.
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40. BriarCraft
11:04 PM GMT on June 28, 2014
That deer in #38 is probably the clumsy oaf that broke off your coneflower. I caught a fleeting glimpse of twin fawns with a deer in my yard last evening. According to a PBS program I watched a few months ago, there are more deer in North America now than there were 100 years ago.
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39. WeatherWise
5:26 PM GMT on June 26, 2014
I checked on Jim's apple tree, yesterday, that I mentioned was now planted outside and took a photo.

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38. WeatherWise
1:48 PM GMT on June 26, 2014
Good Morning, Sandi, from VA though it is past noon for you. The outer yard is lovely. Your shrubbery looks like a major undertaking. Just take it a bit at a time. Don't get in bad shape from trying to do it all at once.

It is going to be another hot one in Virginia. Did my flat mile walk with a friend. Came back home and went back out and did my hilly 1.3 mile walk so 2.3 miles this am It was hot in the sun already. The nice thing about early am is there is a lot of shaded over areas from the trees. I had a short photo op with the deer late yesterday.

Hi YOR, You just might be right as the bluebirds seem to still be quarding the box late yesterday as I was leaving for church.

Vacation Bible School is almost over and I have survived. Kids and teachers have loved the crafts. We have one more night and everyone is making the same craft tonight. I just have to do it with 4 different groups.- so 4 sessions. Then we are through. We only have a small group of children but think they have had a good time and learned a lot.

The weekend is almost here! Have a great weekend, everyone!
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37. sandiquiz
10:46 AM GMT on June 26, 2014

This is a photo of the overgrown shrubbery. I have already moved three shrubs, but many other shrubs and plants, and weeds, still to go... am going to keep a visual record of the work... so watch this space.

Glad all the babies have left and you are now an "empty nester":)
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36. YelloworangeRose
8:46 PM GMT on June 25, 2014
The parents when they are ready will come back and have nest there again that would be sure. The babies when they grow enough to lay eggs will come back too and lay eggs there. It is a comfortable and safe place for them. ^_^ we all enjoyed watching them blue birds. have a nice day! a typhoon maybe coming our way and may hit my place anytime this week.
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35. WeatherWise
5:16 PM GMT on June 25, 2014


Well, the last baby has finally flown the coop. The box is cleaned and left open for airing drying out today. I will close it this evening and wait for them to perhaps come back for a second nesting. Who knows? Oh, they forgot to say good-bye before they left and to settle up their tab. I would probably end up owing them for all the photos that I took of them. However, I could sue them for all that divebombing in my own front yard. It surely was fun watching the bluebirds from nest building, egg laying, egg hatching on through fledging and especially through Day 12 monitoring the box daily. I look forward to the next tenants! This was an excellent set of parents. 45 Days of watching from the first day they showed up on Sunday, 5/11/2014. They actually started moving in the next day! So there is the question - is there time for them to have another nesting cycle?

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34. WeatherWise
11:34 AM GMT on June 25, 2014
Thanks, Sandi! The shrubbery doesn't sound like a fun area. I think all of the winter and spring rains have made all of the undergrowth proficient. We were noticing yesterday as we walked how the little creek access area was completely grown over with underbrush. Can't even see the water in the creek and we don't remember it ever being that grown up before.

My daylillies - the specialty ones - have bloomed like crazy this year. I usually deadhead them each day but way too many blossoms to deal with this year. They have been just beautiful!

Soft Sweet Peach Chiffon Ruffles - My Barbara Mitchell Day Lilies are blooming profusely - So many blooms.

Soft Lemon Ice Chiffon - One of my specialty daylilies It may be called Ice Carnival. It has been quite a few years since I planted them.

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33. sandiquiz
5:46 AM GMT on June 25, 2014
Shirley, I am sorry to hear about the passing of your friend. It is always difficult when someone you get to know leaves us.
I haven't been by for a few days, the weather has been good for gardening - dry, warm, but not too hot, so I have been outside battling the shrubbery!

The shrubbery is an area at the bottom of the garden, nicknamed the shrubbery by C, that has grown wild and overgrown. This is the summer I have decided I'm finally going to clear as much as I can and get it cleared, ready to replant next year.

Hope you have a good Wednesday.
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32. WeatherWise
3:27 AM GMT on June 25, 2014

Hi Everyone, I was sharing over on Calpoppy's blog and decided should post it in my blog as well. Two nights down of Vacation Bible School - Two more to go. So far it has been good. Speaking of my coneflower that I have gone on and on about - Something, somebody, or some crtitter took the new bloom that was just beginning in the first stages and tried to take the big coneflower bloom that I have taken a hundred times probably. Evidently the stalk was too tough for them to break it off so they left it broken down. I even tried to go ahead and break it off but would not break. I had to use garden snips to snip it off. It is now in a vase and I will not get to see it go through all of the stages of shriveled petals, cone seeding out and all. Sad - whatever or whoever did it. Here is a photo of the new flower that went missing as well. I took this photo yesterday.I took photos of the red this morning. Did not know it would be the last photo!

This week is fairly busy with all of my regular daytime activities plus I am working with Vacation Bible School each night this week. I am in charge of crafts. Wish me luck!

Oh, and you know how I told you my link button did not work for my linking my photo since NUWU? I have found a way around it which is actually easier.It will not allow me to paste the code in here as it will want to put the photo in as well instead of code. I forget what someone did to make code script show up. At any rate, I have the code in notepad. I just open it and put the number for the new photo in both parts of the code - the linking and the location of photo and paste it into blog and works perfectly without all of the work.

Can't seem to post code in as wants to put photo in. Perhaps you could click quote and get the script out of that except you would put your photo link and photo location in the code script.

This is the coneflower that came to a sad ending today:

Hi Pros, That is quite a beautiful capture of the Magnolia bloom! Thanks for the wishes for summer fun. Speaking of flowering trees, I was in shock to see the Crepe Myrtles trees in full bloom, today. Seems they bloom earlier and earlier each year. I never remember them blooming until August back home down on the farm. I could be wrong about that.

HiSandi Thanks! It was a lovely coneflower. I fell in love with it at Niche Garden's last year and brought it home with me. It wintered over well and bloomed fairly early. It had really brought me a lot of pleasure and an excuse to walk to the side of my yard near the bluebird box. Speaking of the bluebirds - this morning, there was one baby in the box, still. I am guessing it is probably the baby that was born a day later. If so it is 19 days old now. Guess it is enjoying being an only child. Hard on the parents watching out for 4 little babies out of the box and keeping them fed plus making runs back for this baby. Hope they don't forget it. Am thinking perhaps it will be gone by tomorrow. We will see.

Hi Briarcraft, Thanks, I had taken a photo everyday so decided to pop them in a comment to share. It is hard to capture the true color of this flower. I get a more true color when I can get the flash to fire. Of course, my camera has a mind of its own and decides when a flash is necessary and usually does not flash.

In #27, I cheated. The bluebirds are so fussy when I go out in THEIR yard that they forget they have food in their beak for the babies and just start fussing at me. So, I set up my tripod in a chair so it was above the bottom screens in a front window. I used a step stool to snap photos. That particular afternoon they were making deliveries constantly. So I stayed there and snapped quite a few shots through the window. I also got a shot - not a great shot but not one you get to try over - one you are lucky to get at all - luck of the click of the camera at just the right second - the bluebird removing the fecal sac from the nest. I captured it last year, too, but was a through the screen shot. This year's capture is below. Briar, thank you for your kind words about my friend and WU user and the tribute. I want to stop by and get a photo of his apple tree in the backyard to share on WU.

HiYOR Good to hear from you. I was reading over on your blog about your daughters coming for a visit. Did not know you had daughters. Sounds like you had fun. Re: bluebird photos - I had thought I would get photos of the fledglings too but those parents I guess have them sleeping on a tree limb somewhere. I think I know the small tree they are using. It is across the street and down just a little bit. Perhaps when the baby fledges they will begin to have family outings and maybe I'll get a shot. Bluebirds are quite challenging to get a good photo. One thing you are not even sure it is a bluebird from a distance as they are so small. You just start taking photos and hoping it is a bluebird. Usually they are high up on a powerline. Another thing is they are never still - forever flitting and turning this way and that. Then there is the lighting. If it is a grey day, you may have grayish blue instead of their beautiful blue! It is always amazing what makes the lighting perfect for getting that beautiful bluebird hue of blue. Thanks for dropping by. Have a good week!

I got a new food delivery from the farm today - will try to share what was in it, perhaps tomorrow. Need your help, Briarcraft, in identifying one of the greens. Never had it before in a delivery.

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31. YelloworangeRose
9:21 PM GMT on June 24, 2014
It is the first time i saw a picture of a seedling apple and the poor owl is also cute.
Sorry to hear about the passing of a wumember a good friend of yours. His name is really James Bond? I thought it was just a nickname here Wu. You did a good tribute. He is with out pain now and will have a better life promised to all of us. Personally I do believe there is a life after earth.
Hope when the blue birds would start to fly we get to see some photo.
Have you joined the group in flicker?
Good evening Shirley. Hope you have a nice sleep.
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30. BriarCraft
8:12 PM GMT on June 23, 2014
The progressive series of echinacea blooms in #24 is wonderful. Echinaceas are fascinating blooms to me. I had a couple of pink ones that started out quite pale and darkened as the season progressed. Other plants produce blossoms at different times, but to my knowledge, only the echinacea and some zinnias have developed a way for one bloom to last all season long.

Nice capture of the busy bluebird parents in #27.

You really did a fine tribute for your WUmember friend. He will give you a surprise many years from now with the apple seedling. Apples never breed true from seed, so the apples you eventually get from this will be a total surprise and an absolutely unique one-of-a-kind variety.
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29. sandiquiz
3:52 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
Just love that deep, ruby red coneflower!

Hope you are having a great weekend!
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28. Proserpina
12:45 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
@Maria photo 075jsummer_zpsdff0f3bd.jpg

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
John Lubbock
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27. WeatherWise
5:06 AM GMT on June 21, 2014
Hi Everyone! I am still on Bluebird Watch! 16 days old and still have not fledged. The parents are busy busy feeding them.

Hurrying for More Food 

Delivery Service - Still Going On 

Thanks Briar, it really was funny. As I was looking at my photos, I came across that one with the hand inside the lantern. I looked and thought well that was not in there when I took that shot. Then I thought to myself as this guy is a bit strange - that perhaps he had a weirder sense of humor than I thought. It was after that It occurred to me that was my hand and reflection. Was funny. Hey and had not thought of it as a selfie but guess it is quite and unusual one. HOpe you have a great weekend.

Hi Data, Good to see you out and about. I know what you mean about the mess those sparrows make. Saw a neighbor sweeping and cleaning her porch before going to work. She said they had not attempted to nest this year until she had her siding power wash last week. She has one of those porches with great big tall columns and they are nesting way up high above the column.

I agree ice cold water is refreshing as well as other fruit drinks or colas. Is it just me or do you think drinks of any type taste colder when they are in a real glass in comparison to plastic or paper? I get on these kicks, sometimes.

Hi WTS, Thanks. I had a lot of fun with that one coneflower. Tonight I posted the four shots that the flash actually fired. I was trying to get the true red color as seem like each time it was a shade of pink. I opened my flash but it did not fire except for 4 shots. I think it shows more of the reddish shade. Hope you have a relaxing weekend.
Hot Summer Coneflower - FlashHot Summer Coneflower - FlashHot Summer Coneflower - FlashHot Summer Coneflower - Flash Shot

Hi YOR Thanks for dropping by - yes lots of flowers and bluebirds. HOpe you have a wonderful weekend! 

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26. YelloworangeRose
11:31 PM GMT on June 20, 2014
I see you got lots of lovely blooms! They are all nice. Have a nice week end. Just stopped by to say hello.
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25. WatchinTheSky
9:38 PM GMT on June 20, 2014
That's a pretty cool series of the Coneflower - quite the transformation, you get a lot for you effort from one bloom!
That hand in the lamp is something else :D
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24. WeatherWise
4:17 PM GMT on June 20, 2014
I have been facinated by this Echidina 'Hot Summer' Coneflower! It started out white almost, then yellow, then orange, next pinkish and finally reddish. This is a series of photos of the very same blossom from the beginning up until today.

 Today the red looks fairly similar to yesterday. Now, perhaps, pretty much it will beging to get a bit more scraggly by the day unilt the petals tend to shrivel and fall off one by one leaving only the center seed puff. It probably prevents it from as much flowering but I enjoy watching it develop from beginning to seeding.

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23. DataPilot
4:00 AM GMT on June 20, 2014
Hi WeatherWise! We have a nest full of sparrow babies above our barn door right now, and I can't wait for them fledge. They've made quite a mess of the doorway. Every time I see them, I think about your bluebird babies.

On the topic of favorite summer drinks, good, old ice water is at the top of my list. If I can't have ice water, I'll take just about any fruit or cola flavored drink, so long as it's sweetened with aspartame. Diet Pepsi is one of my downfalls, believe it or not. But I can't stand sugary drinks when I'm hot and thirsty.
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22. BriarCraft
11:11 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
Love your funny photo of the lamp in #14. Some bird was very creative and wanted a public nest in a fishbowl. And another fun one in #15 -- quite an unusual selfie!

Since you are into photography, I thought you might be interested in an idea Calpoppy and I have been batting around. Please go check out her blog, comment #33.
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/calpoppy/comment .html?entrynum=50
I hope you will brainstorm with us!

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21. WeatherWise
3:57 PM GMT on June 19, 2014

Hi Sandi, The 3 second tea sounds like a great idea - did not know that was allowed. 3 min they always say - will try the seconds. That is great that you gave up sugar and stuck with it. As I said, really good tea does not require sugar to hide the taste. We are having super hot weather right now so really not getting out to do that much. I run out and water a few plants and head back in. I got up early this am and got my walk in in the cool of the early morn. Caught a photo of a little goldfinch.

Sunshine GoldfinchSummer SolsticeDaddy Bluebird'Hot Summer' Coneflower

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20. sandiquiz
2:31 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
Love your coneflowers and the day lily. My day lilies are still in the "green", but should start budding up sometime in early July.

I spent two hours out in the garden this morning, and noticed that all my roses have "black spot":(
I cut all the rambler back and sprayed the bush liberally, then of course, when i came in for lunch, the sky darkened and it rained for ten minutes, probably washing all the spray off the roses!! grrr!

I haven't had any drinks, tea or coffee, with sugar in for fifty years at least! When I was a teenager, as a family we gave up sugar in our tea (didn't drink coffee then) for Lent. Once Lent was over, only my little sister went back to one sugar in her tea, but dad, mum and I never had sugar in our drinks again!

If anyone else makes me a cup of tea I always say... "Three second tea" please. I mean, I want it really weak and the teabag must be taken out after three seconds! I had a friend who would drink tea and leave the teabag in right until she had finished the cup of tea! It must have been strong enough to hold the spoon upright by the time she got to the bottom of the cup!! urgh!

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19. WeatherWise
10:59 AM GMT on June 19, 2014

The color of my Hot Summer coneflower keeps deepening by the day and even within the day. This is a morning shot.

Late day photo of the same Hot Summer coneflower with even more reddish color.

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18. WeatherWise
3:52 AM GMT on June 19, 2014
Today my Barbara Mitchell daylily opened. It is a peachy frilly daylily.

I figured out I planted it at least as early as late summer 2006 since in a search I found two photos that I posted in June of 2007. The photo below is one I posted, summer of 2007.

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17. WeatherWise
1:22 PM GMT on June 18, 2014

Hi Sandi, I enjoy tea also and even better if it is good tea. Mostly, I drink iced tea. I have not made any at home in a good while. I keep thinking on it and just have not. In the south, most folks love swee tea. I do not need the sugar though and am trying to limit the artificial sweetners that I use. However, I learned to drink tea without sweetening it and enjoy it. Guess that is what I meant by if it was good tea. When you drink it plain, there is no sugar to hide the bad taste. So that is what I meant by liking good tea. I like some of the fruit teas but not as such. I enjoy flavoring a pitcher of tea with perhaps one teabag of fruit tea and the other bags being plain tea. Otherwise, I find the fruit tea alone to be way too strong tasting. Just a little flavor is all I need.

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16. sandiquiz
12:58 PM GMT on June 18, 2014
Favourite drinks?

I am one of these folk who does not like cold drinks...or is that cold drinks don't like me!
When I need to be refreshed I drink a cup of tea, plain tea, no favours.

I do drink hot water, and often flavour it with a dash of elderflower cordial, which is slightly fruity but not overpowering. I can't drink any of the citrus fruits, and only apple in small doses, but elderflower does not seem to upset my system.

Love your "surprise" image photo!! lol
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15. WeatherWise
12:07 PM GMT on June 18, 2014

Double Take
When I first looked at this photo, I had to look twice. I am thinking that looks like a hand and seciond thought was that guy has a worse sense of humor than I had imagined. Then I looked again and laughed at myself as was my hand and reflections. I was trying to get a closer view and perhaps a peek at the little babies I heard singing and chattering in the lamp.

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14. WeatherWise
11:22 AM GMT on June 18, 2014

So, I spoke of Dirnking water in by blog entry and was hoping to have a discussion of your favorite summer drinks. I have been making my own flavored water with fresh strawberries from the farm and this week fresh peaches from South Carolina. I find it quite refreshing. What is your favorite summer drink? Of course, there is always water plain without fruit flavor or easy to make lemon flavored water. I had lemon flavored water yesterday while waiting for the peach to get ready. Have a great Wednesday! I suspect the babies will fly away, today. They were still there yesterday, late.

I have a funny shot of this one to post today.

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13. kozycolorado
3:52 PM GMT on June 17, 2014
Thanks, WW! I almost didn't post my concern, but I thought I should just in case someone out there reading might think it was okay to get that close. These little guys need all the help they can get.

I love looking at your beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing them.
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12. sandiquiz
1:43 PM GMT on June 17, 2014
The sun is shining here, and the gentle wind is wafting a cooling breeze through the house.
I have to remember to put doorstops against the internal doors when both the back door and the conservatory door are open.... otherwise they slam shut!

Outside my back door I have an "ivy tower", an old post that used to hold the washing line, but is now covered in ivy. C calls it a lollipop as it is bigger at the top... I believe one of the blackbirds is nesting in the top... I have seen lots of activity the last few days!
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11. WeatherWise
11:02 AM GMT on June 17, 2014

Today's news announces a new offering for my area - first Thai restaurant in Danville so far as I am aware of. Moon River Thai Bistro Thai restaurant opening Friday blessed by three Buddhist monks.

Link to Local Newspaper Article Link

The restaurant is located in the Historic North Theater District. Not sure that I like Thai food but will try it. I think it is supposed to be spicey. That is about all I know. I think I have had some Thai dishes in that were on menu of perhaps other restaurants. My friends are adventuresome so I am sure we will try it soon.

Thanks, Kozy. Actually, I am suppose to monitor the box. HOwever after 12th day, it is best not to because they will be exercising their wings for trying to fly perhaps in a day or so. I would not want them to fledge prematurely. I am a trained box monitor. My instructions says:

Don't monitor side/front opening boxes after bluebird nestlings are 12-14 days old, to avoid premature fledging. If you observe parents feeding the babies regularly during the day, that is generally a sign that things are okay.

Thanks for dropping by. Glad you enjoyed following my bluebird nest photos. Hope you are having a beautiful day!

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10. kozycolorado
2:57 AM GMT on June 17, 2014
Hi, WW. As a bird lover, I've enjoyed seeing your pictures of the bluebirds. But I'm troubled by the fact that you are getting so close to them. I understand your excitement, but actually opening the box is not a good idea. I'm no expert but I think it's best to take pictures from a safe distance. I know you would be devastated if something happened to one of the birds while attempting to capture a photo.

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9. WeatherWise
2:29 AM GMT on June 17, 2014

False Alarm This Afternoon

This afternoon, I came out to find what looked like 3 fledglings and the the bluebird parents. I wasn't sure so I decided I had to check the box and see. Probably, pretty dumb of me. At any rate, was not really prepared to check box. I did not have my hat on or shirt with sleeves for protection from the dive bomber bluebirds. With the hat, I really don't see them diving directly at me or something. Anyway it was different when they took a shot at me. It scared me and I jumped from surprise. When I jumped, the pain shot all over that hurt arm of mine. I wilted in pain. I had only reached up to unscrew the lock. I limped back in the house in pain and took a couple of Ibuprufen. Of course, the shock of the pain had subsided by then. I got my hat and a shirt with sleeves and went back out to check just with the camera. Satisfied they were all in there, I closed the box back up. Seems after closely checking with photos, the extra little birds were finches and perhaps their fledgling hovering in the bluebirds' space. I am not sure why.

After that adventure, I thought I would just sit on little play patio and get a photo of them feeding the babies from a distance. Do you think they would feed those babies. I sat there what seem like an hour. NO, those little stubborn parents sat right there on the line mostly and did not feed plus the finches would not budge either and bluebirds dive bomb at them with no luck of chasing them away. Finally, one had a great big long earth worm to feed but still would not go to feed them. I finally just gave up and went inside so they would feed as it was getting pretty late by then. So that is my late afternoon adventure with the bluebirds. I am having a time with them.

I am a bit concerned about the arm pain and how just a jerk or jump reaction brought excruciating pain on. I may have to go to the doc about it.

HI Calpoppy! That is good to hear that the soil won't make a difference on the color of the Echinacea, I think I have a hot tomato one but not sure if it survived the winter. I planted a beautiful white daisy plant one year and the next spring when it came back it was lavender pink color. Think it was perhaps crysantheum type plant but looked like white daisies. Nope they are not quite ready to fly yet but I promise you as soon as all of those feathers get in, they will be gone. It goes really fast.Member Since: Posts: Comments:

Hi BriarCraft, Thanks they are cuties. re: baby birds. I love my flowers They make me happy!

Right, I don't think I should check anymore. I hope I can resist opening it..

Hi WatchinTheSky, Thanks for dropping by to check on me. The bluebirds have really been a showcase for me. Yes most of the wild fuzz has disappeared. Strange isn't it? With that much fuzz, you would think the box would be full of fuzz. However, I have not seen a bit. I think bluebird feathers have such pretty markings.

Yes, I think perhaps we are to be 94 tomorrow. No FUN! Will get up early and get my walk in and then pretty much an inside day with air pumping.

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8. calpoppy
11:21 PM GMT on June 16, 2014
HI WW! The soil won't make a difference on the color of the Echinacea, it is what it is, which is a beautiful color. They have done a remarkable job in hybridizing them. They do have that wonderful tomato red one! It may darken some. Soil makes a difference in hydrangea color, that is the most famous one for changing color in acid or alkaline soil.

Neat pics of the bluebirds! They sure don't look old enough to fly yet!
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7. BriarCraft
10:27 PM GMT on June 16, 2014
Baby birds and gorgeous flowers -- that's as good as it gets!

Much as I would love to see how the birds progress in the next few days, I agree that you probably shouldn't risk opening the box and have one leave the nest prematurely. Maybe you can manage to get a shot or two of a curious head peaking out of the hole and checking out the world around.
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6. WatchinTheSky
9:58 PM GMT on June 16, 2014
A box full of Happiness! They look like they are losing their wild Einstein hair and getting lots of real feathers!

Yikes, in the mid 90s - definitely need to mindful of keeping fluids up!
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4. WeatherWise
6:32 PM GMT on June 16, 2014

Hi Sandi, Thanks, it has been quite exciting having a box FULL of birds, this year. And yes the fledging is always bittersweet - you want them to fledge but once they leave, they are gone and don't ever come back to say hello or give you a hug. They don't have the nerve to even tell you bye-bye and that they are leaving. Just an empty nest is the announcement.

Thanks, I love the flowers, too. I thought that aster was so special and probably had a bee on it. Everything I bought that day at Niche Gardens had a bee on it.

Nice that you are having a break from the heat today with a breeze and and sun in....hope it does not get to0 wild.

We are to be HOT today - 93 degrees for a high. Suspect it might get higher. It is 92.2 at 2:30 pmbut one weather station close by is reporting 94.

I took photos of the babies this am - probably the last box check as they are quite active now. It is hard not to open it.

The flower is almost open completely and am hoping it turns a bright shade of red. However soil can make a difference in coloring.

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3. sandiquiz
1:02 PM GMT on June 16, 2014
Hi Shirley,
Great to see your little birds are doing so well. I had been watching my little blue tits last summer, and missed them fledging. They seem to up and go in a trice.
I love your flower pictures especially that Astor. It is such a lovely colour. Hope you are having a good day. It is wild and windy here. I am watching the trees sway about against a very grey sky. Urgh!
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2. WeatherWise
12:31 PM GMT on June 16, 2014
Thanks, YOR. The birds should fly in a couple of days. Yes, you were first! Hope you have a wonderful week!
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1. YelloworangeRose
3:45 AM GMT on June 16, 2014
awwww Cute little birds! they starting to grow hairs.. I am glad all 5 eggs hatched! Fist! weeeee! have a nice sunday.
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