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As a child, it was one of my greatest delights to visit my grandparents in the spring when the whip-poor-wills began to call. Grandma and Grandpa lived in a remote valley of the Ozark Mountains where there were trees a plenty, and, seemingly, a whip-poor-will, or two, in each one.
My grandmother insisted that a whip-poor-will's call was not "whip-poor-will," but instead, "chip-butter-white-oak." I would listen really hard trying to hear it exactly as she said it was, but all I could hear was "whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will,..." But, I never let on to her.
I remember my grandpa watching and listening, with an amused look on his face, to one of these listening sessions. Shortly after that he began to call me, just for fun, "Chip Butter." It is a name I am proud to wear for I still love to hear that long, lonesome call on a warm summer's eve. And, sometimes, when I listen really, really hard, it seems I can hear quite clearly, "chip-butter-white-oak, chip-butter-white-oak..."

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Longest Day...

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!


  1. What a pleasant little get-away your shanty is becoming. Do you plan to turn it into a place for making your dolls? I'm envious of your beautiful flowers! One would never guess we're in a drought in this area.

    1. Really I'm not sure at all how the little place will turn out. I am not planning to make it a work space - maybe just a mishmash of old things. You'll have to come help me. Most of the water these plants have had was from a garden hose.

  2. So glad you dropped by and found me. I planted a zinnia patch to bring in the butterflies-your flowers are lovely-I need to get out and water this week-we've been sooooo hot here so far Your shanty is a wonderful spot to daydream-love it.
    we'll learn together with the hemp paper making-this project is a new adventure for me
    I loved the story about the whippoorwill when we first retired here I had never heard one before-I love them so much and along with the ponds coming alive in the spring I look forward to hearing them again every summer

  3. I love that poem--thank you for it and the lovely photos. :~) It always struck me funny that the longest day of the year heralds summer, but the days begin getting shorter as summer progresses.

  4. The temporary desk looks so inviting, especially after you have described what wonders of nature are just outside.
    Your photographs and that lovely poem have inspired me to work in the garden today, to savor all the sights and sounds.
    Thank you!

  5. First- I Love the word 'shanty.' It's not used enough. It's wonderful, and evokes long ago days...But second-your shanty is lovely! Even if it's a looking spot-we all need to just sit and look!!! Your little spot on earth is just heavenly. Thanks for letting us see it!

  6. Your garden of flowers is amazing; such pretty colorful and interesting blooms. I bet all this color and blooms help bring in all those tiny humming birds! This year we have had black birds that have taken over our yard. They won't let a squirrel be anywhere in our yard. They fly over them and chase them and ride their backs until they leave. They have hurt the nest of the other birds too. We have some Blue Birds and Doves and earlier we had the common brown birds and some others. The black birds usually leave early and then we can enjoy the others; I hope they leave soon. Such a disappointment they have been. I love how your Shanty is coming along. What a wonderful space for you. It is kind of fun to think of the possibilities of how your Shanty will change over time. The crocheted desk doily is wonderful. My MIL made such fine work. I love your candle stick holder too. And your jacket cover across the back of the chair. So much lovelies to look at. A wonderful post as always!

  7. Your flowers are so lovely! Zinnias are such happy flowers with all the colors mingling so prettily. I save zinnia seeds every fall and plant them again around our mailbox. Mine are just 4 to 5 inches tall so far. Your's are already giving you beauty along with your salvia and other gorgeous blossoms. Your window gives you a first row seat of all that nature brings to your world. How wonderful that you have eyes to appreciate it all! ♥

  8. pretty flowers and great pictures. Love seeing the birds. You will enjoy your little house as a quite space to enjoy. Maybe you will get lots of rain. I hope so.

  9. Your observation desk looks a fine place to sit and dream and pen poetry or stories of wonder.
    Your flowers are beautiful. It looks like Summer has arrived in fine fashion.
    Watching birds is a fun way to spend the day.
    Great poem by Richard Le Gallienne, it describes the whimsy we feel when nature calls out with her wonder.

  10. Such a sweet happy post! What a great place to sit and enjoy all that goes on around you! LOVE your lovely gardens

  11. What a lovely post! My bee balm is just beginning to bloom, and I am looking forward to it shaking its tousled head. Loved your poem......

  12. Happy summer to you as well. It is here today! The zinnias are beautiful. I grew some from seed, too. It is time to put them in the garden now. I just hope the bunnies don't devour them, like they did last summer. Oh, and I like the poem that you put up there. Have a great day!