Monday, May 5, 2008

Quote du jour/John Burroughs

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
John Burroughs

When we bought this farm I was under two misapprehensions. One, that a lot of stray animals would be dropped off here, and two, that there would be birds' nests above doors, on the porch, and under the eaves. Well, in the twenty-seven years (this month) since we bought this place, we have had one stray cat, and then, Ben. And we have never, ever had a nest near the house. The swallows come year after year to the wooden box we put up on the telephone pole out back, and we've had robins in a nest on the side of the barn, and phoebes in the barn, but this is the very first year we've had a bird's nest really, really near the house. Check this out! It is built on a trellis, which supports the Dutchman's Pipe. I am so, so tickled. I moved the bocce balls and badminton rackets from underneath. I so look forward to baby robins.

This is the nature I have photos of. There are two features I 'just' saw, and heard of, with no photos. I looked out the window today, up the road, and suddenly what I thought was brush started moving, and it was a mother and baby deer. Simply magic. Then, further afield, my daughter was running a couple towns away today, and a baby bear crossed her path. She didn't see the mother, thank goodness.

And then in closing, here is a picture of the animals in the north pasture for the first time this year. They love being there as, I think, shows in this photo.


  1. What a beautiful nest! Art in nature. It's all around us.

  2. It looks so peaceful Nan. How long have you lived on the farm?

  3. do you remember me telling you (and maybe showing pictures) of our robin nest on one of the pillars on our front porch? Rod had named the robins Mr. & Mrs. Bob. We liked having them, but they sure made a mess of our porch.

    Thank goodness Mama bear wasn't in sight!!!!!

  4. I do remember, Les. I haven't seen our robin today. I sure hope she's coming back.

  5. Great pictures Nan. You must have ideal conditions for the wildlife away from the house since they don't nest right beside your house. Ain't nachure grand??

  6. "I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order"
    -John Burroughs
    I'll second that John Burroughs.That is exactly how I feel about nature.
    Your post was very soothing as well-thanks.

  7. I love your daffodil photo. It's a happy one.

  8. OH!!!!! I just gasped as I saw your new header. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!!!!!

    Beautiful picture, Nan. It looks like it could be on the cover of a book.

  9. Oh, this makes me want to go back to the countryside... my bedroom looks out over a farm (so I get the views without the work...!) - all the Thomas family were farmers up until my Dad's generation, when they all went off and did other things, but perhaps there's something in the blood...

  10. I just read about Ben - such a terrific story, very moving. I am so glad he found you.


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