baby tree swallow
Here is an update on the Tree Swallow family. They fledged the birdhouse on July 6. I happened to hear a bird chirping in a pine tree and saw this little one calling to it's parent for some food. They must have flown out when I was away in the morning and I didn't see the other 2 again.
The parent flew in and gave this one something tasty to eat.
I noticed 3 other swallows flying around over the back yard so figured it was the rest of the family. They are gone now although I still see some flying over the fields catching bugs. It was fun to watch the family as they were raised. I've cleaned out the birdhouse and am hoping another bird, possibly a Bluebird, might find the home available for rent. I should put a sign up. :)
Well, it's been quite a week following Tropical Storm/Hurricane Arthur's rampage through the province on Saturday, July 5. The weather turned sunny and hot all week although it was nice and cool for sleeping at night.
This is one of our neighbour's homes where about 9 large trees were blown over or severely damaged by the storm. Thankfully none fell on their home or barns. This tree has an iron rod through it near the crotch. I remember seeing it showing over 30 years ago but it's grown around it. They are talking of getting an excavator to come in and lift all the huge stumps and roots out and removed by dump truck. It's a huge task.
a very small pile of wood from one branch
There's way more than this!
There are still thousands without power a week later! It's been a daunting task getting the trees, power lines, poles and transformers cleared up. We've never experienced anything like this before. We had the terrible ice storm over Christmas last year that left hundreds without power for almost 2 weeks but to have it affect thousands and in the summer time is unusual. First count was 2000 trees lost in Fredericton alone but that was upgraded to over 4000. That's not including the surrounding areas and the rest of the province! It's an incredible loss and a very costly one. I expect our electric power bills will be going up soon!
We've been enjoying our deck a lot having meals out there or just sitting and enjoying the breeze.
We had a beautiful sunset one evening. There have been some nice ones but this one was
particularly 'hot' looking.
I picked strawberries Saturday morning and we had strawberry shortcake that evening with friends.
Another game of Mexican train dominoes was played and the guys won.
My sister, Margaret, aka Maggie, arrives on Wednesday evening. I'm so excited to see her again.
I've been busy getting her room ready and cleaning the house etc. I finally vacuumed on Saturday morning. We have carpet in our bedroom and on the front stairs. The front stairs get all the traffic so they are awful to keep clean! One of these days.....I may just rip it out!! Then we'll have to get the stairs refinished!
Thank you for all your kind comments and prayers regarding my last post. I truly appreciate each one of you and your thoughtful concern.
I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. I've been visiting a bit and will post again soon.