We've set up a wintertime feeding hub for the birds, located just outside the kitchen windows. Glenn grabbed this shot of a Red Bellied Woodpecker (who I've dubbed "Thor" because, you know, he brings the hammer and all that) while we were noshing on buttermilk & currant bread french toast (seasoned with cardamom, ginger, and nutmeg-Glenn knows how to bring the flavor) and sipping fresh squeezed o.j..
It's been bird central ever since we installed and filled the feeders. I can't get enough of it. We live in this forest packed full of life and end up so estranged from it. With the addition of the bird feeders, the hummingbird feeders later in the year, the scented plants and bushes I've added around the property, the vegetable garden, the bees and the chickens, we've finally begun experiencing more direct encounters with our winged/feathered/furry/slithering/multi-cellular neighbors. I plan to continue to get to know them all much, much better.
My post on "Winter Preparedness" (or "In Your Face, Jack Frost!") is up over on my "Small Measures with Ashley" column on Design Sponge. Here's hoping we all move out of this frigid foray soon. Have a lovely weekend.