Monday, November 9, 2009

Autumn In The Back Yard

Today, a short fall tour. In the photograph below is The Swing. I'm very fond of it because late uncle made it for me using a pattern that belonged to my grandfather. It's incredibly comfortable for an uncushioned wooden swing and highly effective when it comes to getting a baby to nap. Add a little warm sunshine. A soft breeze. MawMaw's lap -- and "Zzzzzzzzzzzzz...." Unfortunately, it's also a favorite place for wasps to build their nests, so one has to be careful before sitting. There are a few wind chimes in the maple tree just to add soothing ambiance. This particular tree is lucky to be here. Hurricane Hugo took out its center, and for a long time it looked like a big leafy bowl on a stem. It has recovered nicely.


Another view of said maple, with a dash of pecan tree and an oak tree in the distance:

And here are two of the many reasons why I never get any pecans off the pecan tree. See the two brown blobs high in the treetop? Those would be squirrel nests. The one on the left is in a very precarious location. We may be getting some high winds by midweek courtesy of the late season hurricane (Ida, is it?), so this particular limb choice could be a problem for the nest dwellers. Like many of life's situations, I suppose it seemed like a good idea at the time.

That's all for now.


Liz Flaherty said...

Your blog is the most fun to read--I always wish I'd written it. However, since I didn't...thanks for sharing anyway.

Cheryl said...

You're welcome, Liz. Thank you for reading it. I'm going outside shortly to see if that ambitious squirrel's nest is still in the tree. (We're entering our third day of steady rain and 20-30 mph gusting winds.)

Liz Flaherty said...

Here in Indiana, we're having the lovely weather we should have had in October and didn't. The colors are mostly gone, but the bright sun makes it all good anyway.