1.15.2013

At One With Nature

Normally I would not post on the same topic so soon...however, 
after my last "bird" related post, 
I discovered that many
of my readers share my love for these
fine feathered friends.

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....and what better way to show our love than with a little
assistance....especially in cold, snowy regions.

Bird feeders can be a bit unattractive...and expensive......so why not make a creative, rustic, 
nature-based feeder....a perfect "family" project!
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(These could also double as Valentine Gifts!)


I love the idea of using fruit as the feeder!


A little love in the meadow?


A bit of communal feeding...


Great way to use up leftover popcorn!

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A bag of apples....


Another great Valentine...or Easter Gift or Favor

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Include your family...make memories...

Please don't forget to taper off your feeding as spring approaches. 
You don't want your birds relying on you when they should be relying on nature ;)

Thanks for all of your kind words as I recoup.
I am reading and resting....
I am lucky to have such thoughtful readers.

30 comments:

  1. I put out a bit of fruit and always a tray of seeds outside the kitchen window. Always a delight to watch the birds feeding.

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    1. Hi Michelle. It is delightful to watch them!

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  2. You can even help the birds even more by having fresh water for them. We have several small plastic bowls we have for our birds and I can tell you that this past summer, we were the MOST popular yard in this area. So many birds came down to drink and to bathe, they must have really TWEETED about it!! In the winter, it is a bit tricky, have to make sure they don't freeze.
    Listen, I just found a great blog with great gluten-free recipes. It is at makeit-loveit.com
    She has a recipe for brownies on there today, and I changed the recipe a bit, but those brownies are fantastic!!
    Love,
    KAY

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    1. Hi Kay! Thanks for thee recipe information! Always looking, as I'm sure you are!

      Yes, they sure do need water. We had very clever birds in our garden last summer. We had a serious drought. (Who didn't!)....we had the "scarecrow" sprinkler to keep the deer and groundhogs out of the garden....well I swear the birds are so smart they would fly in front of it to trigger the sprinkler, then they would land on the plants and have a drink. Smart!

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  3. We get the scary London mutant pigeons in our garden (who we jokingly believe belong to some neighbourhood gang as they are so gnarled and scary looking) so I don't really like to attract them but maybe these might attract the pretty little birds that sometimes come into our garden. Hope you are on the mend and feeling better soon!

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    1. Hi Meghan,

      Oh my goodness you have me laughing at the thought of those pigeons! I wish I knew how you could just attract the sweet little birds! Let me know if you have any luck....

      ...and thanks, I am definitely on the mend!

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  4. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I'm glad to have found you, too! Your blog is lovely. I will be back to explore older posts, as well.

    May God bless and heal you and grant you peace as you recover. Perhaps you'll always look back on this time as a quiet oasis. (Well, never mind. That has never worked for me, either, when I've been knocked off my feet for a while :-).

    Thank you for your kind words. I hope you enjoy the stew!

    This is a great post about feeding the squir...ah, birds. :-) I particularly love the photo of the orange cups in the evergreen.

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    1. Thanks for popping in and for your kind words!

      I agree about the squirrels.....those nasty bird seed hoarders.

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  5. What creative feeders! Unfortunately those would be devoured by the squirrels in our woods. We rely on a fancy squirrel proof one but it broke last winter. You are reminding me to order a new one. The birds are busy dining on the berries on our burning bush now.

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    1. Yes, my husband strung up one of our feeders from the fishing line we had our pretty sparkly Christmas ornaments hanging on....he said "squirrel proof"....and was actually correct for a while...til the line snapped.....

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  6. I am so glad you did this. I don't feed the birds because I believe that you must do it all year or not at all. Because I won't do it over the winter, I think it would be cruel to feed in the nicer months.


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    1. I agree...nature vs. us pesty little bird hounds ......we try to go "easy" on the feed and seed....allowing more nature than "nosey humans".....

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  7. Hi N.D.!
    I keep seeing your name turning up in the comment areas of a number of my blogging friends' posts. It always catches my eye, because I love daffodils and I've always wanted to see Nantucket. So I went to your post and discovered that you really like birds. Reeled in - I'm following now. I'm looking forward to reading some of your older posts. Have a good evening!

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    1. Hi Fundy Blue...

      Thanks for stopping by! Just read a few of your posts. You are very witty, and you are very passionate. Love the sock story!

      Good night!

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  8. my family always had bird feeders next to our kitchen windows! it's definitely something i miss now that i live in new york.

    xox

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    1. Yes, a bit different in the city! Thanks for the visit!

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  9. I am so doing that heart one for Valentines day!! So precious!!!!

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    1. Love Pinterest! I am going to do the knotted friendship bracelets (on my pinterest under valentines)....such great ideas!

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  10. Those have to be the cutest things ever! People are so creative. Thanks for sharing the ideas. The reading and resting sounds like it's treating you well. I hope you are back in the swing of things soon.
    Liz

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    1. Thanks Liz...wish they were all my own ideas! I have been reading and resting, and training my kids to vacuum, empty dishwashers, flip laundry, etc...hopefully long term results! It's hard to not lift anything heavier than a milk carton for 6-8 weeks! Especially when you are the mom.....

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  11. I love these links---what a great selection of fun crafts. I especially like the seeded heart, I'm going to try them, thanks!

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    1. Good Luck Sue....I am going to try them too!

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  12. Such a sweet post. Love the oranges.

    - The Tablescaper

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    1. The oranges brighten the landscape! (and make me think of warm Florida ;)

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  13. Oh I so love this post! WE LOVE BIRDS here at Rabbit Hill, my home, but the squirrels (bless their hearts) eat all the food for the birds!!!!!!!!!

    I would LOVE to make one of those wedding cake shaped goodies for my feathered friends, but I can see Timmy Tippy Turd (as my husband calls them), eating it until there is nothing left!

    Thank you so much for coming to visit me; I typically use more ocean-related images come spring and summer, but please drop in again! Anita

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    1. Yes, those nasty squirrels! Timmy Tippy Turd sounds like a real character (as does your husband!)

      I loved visiting your blog! your words and photos are motivating!

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  14. I'm so sorry to hear that you had surgery. I hope you have a very speedy recovery. Make sure you follow all your doctor's orders. Rest, sleep & don't pick up anything over 10 pounds!

    I love the bird feeder ideas! Especially that heart!

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    1. Aw thanks! you are too sweet! I am being a good patient!

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  15. Love this post! I'm glad I found your blog.

    Hope you have a blessed week!

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Thanks for chatting!

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