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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bird's Eye View

 Hello from the hills!
 We've had the best time birdwatching from the kitchen window for years.  I set out water and a few seeds and here they come.
Bluebirds and Purple Finches
There's always a bird or two to be spotted.
Northern Cardinal

  They'll always show up for a morsel of homemade peanut/raisin suet.
Northern Cardinal

 But since installing this window feeder (no affiliation) recently, we don't have to approach a window to see them, so I'd heartily recommend it if you're a mind to do a li'l bit o' effortless, up-close birdwatching.
Nuthatch
 I cook a lot so it's nice to have finely-feathered company when I'm busy, too.
Towhee
 Just add some seeds and be prepared for lots of birds.

Dear Winter, your days are numbered...

They're trying....

So are these succulents.

Sunset sky through one of the sugar maple trees.

More dyed sheep from the hills of Scotland.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

"Angry Birds" & Miss Olivia's Table


 Mine, all the seeds are mine.  Wait who's that near the water dish? 
                         
Squaaaaaaaaaaawk!

 My hawk squeal is evidently getting rusty.

It's too cold to move...

Our budding herbalist came down to visit for several days last week.  She's a big fan of tearooms so we lunched at Miss Olivia's Table in Maryville one day before she had to leave.

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 Here she is with Miss Olivia herself.


Miss Olivia's is a casual tearoom/sandwich shop that you might consider stopping by for lunch on your way to the Smokies.   They serve an excellent chicken salad croissant, my favorite of the sandwiches on the menu, and I love the Summer Tea as did the budding herbalist.

We were seated in the sun room and watched a squirrel scamper among the trees as we waited for our food.  (It was raining so a silhouette is about the best my phone could do.)

Budding Herbalist had the strawberry trifle for dessert.  She gave it 5 stars.

Have a great day y'all!
Some sheep farms in Scotland dye their sheep for the tourists to enjoy as they tour the countryside. 
Link with Eileen's Saturday's Critters

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Smoky Or Smokey, There's a Difference Y'all

  • Hello from the foothills of the Great SMOKY Mountains!  -  Where there is no "e" 
  • in Smoky.  I know, it's a bit surprising, isn't it?  A number of very sweet, well 
  • meaning folk have messaged me over the years to say that Smoky should have 
  • an "e", but it actually doesn't as seen in the photo below in this photo taken at one        
  • of the Park's entrances
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  • There is a place for the "e" in Smokey, though,   We've all seen the ads and 
  • commercials that have imprinted that rogue "e" indelibly in our minds.  
  • Smokey Bear has an "e" in his name so we'll just blame the spelling confusion 
  • on him.  Somehow, it just naturally transfers when we refer to the Great Smoky 
  • Mountain National Park, but truly, there's no "e" in the Smoky Mountains.Image result for smokey bear images
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