Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Side Trip to the Country

My mom and I drove out to the country in south Johnson County, Kansas to find a place called Eclectics recently and discovered a beautiful vintage farm home and several unique outbuildings sitting on a few acres that were filled with a beautiful collection of unique architectural elements, and some of the most unusual antiques!  We could not believe the selection of goodies all in one place...

The shed, the barn, a guesthouse, the stables and a chicken coop were filled with all kinds of treasures... 

The grounds were absolutely breathtaking when you first pulled into the driveway of the property.  It took Mom and I awhile to take it all in...the flower gardens, the pergola, the curving brick pathways, the unique garden art, the entire layout of the property...before we even set foot into the outbuildings where the inventory of antique and architectural treasures were hidden that we could purchase...

I love the color of this gate into the old stables!  The owner's cat enjoyed showing us around the property.  Needless to say, Mom and I walked away with a few of the found treasures that we now can call our own!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Another Bird Family Moves In...

Our courtyard with hanging ferns under the
pergola where a momma and poppa house finch found their home. 
Here is Poppa bird overlooking
the courtyard from the nearby redbud tree.
I never imagined when I called our little group of like-minded friends "Friends of a Feather," that I would be able to witness actual "birds of feather" making their homes in my garden courtyard.  The courtyard that my husband and I designed in the front of our historic home is a beautiful and serene sanctuary for human and birdlife alike!  This is the third family of birds to call our courtyard home (see my cardinals and robins in previous posts.)  These little house finches found a special place in one of my hanging ferns under the pergola of our courtyard.  They are funny, quirky, high energy little birds who love to "chirp, chirp, chirp!"

What a beautiful Momma!
I was able to catch her in mid-flight,
finding her way to her nest in the hanging fern...
...where her little ones were waiting for breakfast!
The natural beauty of these little birds are breathtaking!
It was so interesting to hear their constant chirpful bird language...
they seemed to be discussing who would go for the next food run. 
Poppa was bringing in the next nibbles for their little ones.
Here is Poppa again in the redbud tree, looking down at me...
knowing by now that I am no threat to their babies.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

My Beautiful Belle...

Just this weekend, we had our beautiful Annabelle Grace, our second grandchild, spend the night...she isn't quite crawling yet, so we still can keep her "maintained" in basically one spot.  It won't be long, and she will be as busy as our little buddy Max!
I love this hand sweet!
She loved checking out the the black-eyed susan's
from my garden courtyard.

How sweet is this...with Grampa BooBo's hand.
She seems to never tire of me snapping photos of her...
it's a good thing, because I won't be stopping anytime too soon!
She loves to share what is left on her highchair
tray with Cooper, our Great Dane.
"Take me for a ride, Lolli!"
She is my Beautiful Belle-girl!

My Little Buddy...

My little buddy Max...what a face!!  Max is my first grandchild - it is hard to believe that he is now 17 months old.  He spent the night last weekend...always so much fun...but also tiring keeping up with this little guy...busy...busy...busy!!!
He played for hours with the hose.

Loves Lolli's daisies!
He was in his own little world...exploring things...

Giving Cooper, our Great Dane, a big, ole kiss!

Sharing his snack with "Daise" as he calls her.
Daisy is our female Great Dane.
More water fun!

Beautiful little boy!
He can be full of the dickens too!  Mixing chocolate milk...