I've set up a temporary desk inside the shanty from which I can observe things...
Things... like this new zinnia that I just love. It's new to me ~ Zinnia Burpeeana Giants Mix which was included in one of the seed packets I planted this spring. It does remind me, somewhat, of the lovely bee balm which is putting on quite a show now, in its somewhat shady corner of the garden.
The temporary desk is also an ideal spot for observing the songbirds that visit the feeders. The beautiful Mourning Dove is definitely near the top of our favorites list. (Don't we all love its low, mournful coo-ah, coo, coo, coo?) But, really, I love them all, even the plain little unidentified brown birds that allow me to come ever so close when they are feeding.
The Eastern Bluebirds, although they do not come to the feeders for they are insect eaters, are our all-time favorite birds. From the shanty window we can see the activity around one of the nesting boxes where both male and female birds are busy feeding their new little family.
These days of almost summer are long and wonderful , even if it is hot and dry. The calendar says today will be 14 hours and 30 minutes long. We will be looking forward next week to the longest day of the year, the onset of summer, which will be only a couple of minutes longer than today. Why, with so many hours of daylight it would seem there would be no end to what one might accomplish just in one long day. But...
"I meant to do my work today~
But a brown bird sang in the apple tree,
And a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me.
And the wind went sighing over the land,
Tossing the grasses to and fro,
And a rainbow held out its shining hand~
So what could I do but laugh and go?"
~Richard Le Gallienne
Happy Summer to you all!