Sunday, June 26, 2011

ducks, flowers, and the three musketeers hold a sale...

It has been quite an eventful Sunday here @ 612

Duane and I were starting out our morning with  a nice Sunday breakfast
outside on the dock table

and Duane stepped in the house for a minute when I heard a THUMP
and saw that  the cause of the noise was a momma Wood Duck
under the tree about 50 feet or so away.
That thump was followed by 5 more tiny thumps
as I watched in amazement her babies fall from the tree like acorns!
I ran in to get Duane and my camera and came out to find 8 more little ducklings had fallen out of the tree!

It was the craziest and sweetest sight!
I tried to get some quick pics but the momma wasn't impressed with  my paparazi like moves and led her little ones to the bank of the river in a hurry.
I came in and did a bit of research and found out that they are wood ducks and that wood ducks are one of the only ducks to nest in trees.  They live in the cavity of a tree that is near water. 
I am hoping that they make their way back up here so we can see them again.
Our river bank is not easily visible from the yard, but maybe we will go down and visit them soon.
I don't want to upset the momma though, she really didn't want anything to do with me.
can you imagine that ;-)

Then Max and his buddies (we call them the 3 Musketeers) threw together a yard sale and lemonade stand to sell off some of the "extras" in their ever growing stockpile of goods.

now tell me...
wouldn't you buy a weapon or teddy bear from these three?
They have quite a collection of 'extra' nerf guns
and then they threw in books and teddy bears for good measure!
They ended up selling lemonade but alas we are still stuck with the extra toys.
They had fun, it was a good little project and they said they would try  it again
if I put together a sale.
too cute.

I thought I would show you how things are growing around here...

a dear friend of mine made the barn bird house for me.
Thank you Gary! xoxo

I am going to make a confession here people...
I am not a gardener, I don't even play one on t.v. I have been lucky enough to grow certain plants, but the truth of the matter is that I don't know what they are.  Take this crazy, pretty and almost unkillable bright pink/purple lovely.  It will grow in rocks I swear.
A few years ago a friend was downsizing her garden and so was selling perrinials by the box.
You brought a shovel and a box and you could fill it for under $10.00!!!
That is how I got quite a few of the flowers for the garden but I can't tell you what they are.

really, don't ask cuz then I will just make up a name and you will never be able to find them at your nursery!

(o.k. just kidding)

I do not know what these yellow ones are either, can anybody out there clue me in?
They grow like crazy too and I have had to thin them out and I started new little gardens with them.

ahhhhh lavender...

Oh look, here comes Hannah's cat Babes...

and our faithful dog Jazz.

I am happy to report that the dresser garden seems to be flourishing!

One last, albeit blurry look at the momma duck just as she was headed down to the river.

Whew... what a Sunday!

Theresa xoxo


  1. sounds like an action packed day, in a good way

  2. Those are precious little baby ducklings! How blessed are you to have witnessed this. I saw a mama duck with her ducklings crossing a busy highway once. We stopped and waited for the duck parade to cross. Luckily no one else was coming and they all made it to the other side safely. Your garden is very pretty for someone who doesn't even play a gardener on TV.


  3. Wow! That's a lot of stuff going on in one day! Your flowers are lovely! I don't have many flowers, but I don't have a clue as to their names! The ducklings are so cute, and so are the three musketeers!

  4. Fun times at 612 Riverside!! Too funny about the ducks...Guess I had heard of them - but never witnessed them dropping from trees! Funny! Lovely, lovely flowers..uh unh...can't say you don't garden with beauties like that! The first ones are foxgloves (digitalis) and the yellow ones I believe are primrose...Beautiful!!! Have a great week Theresa!! (And hey - I would've probably bought a nerf gun had I been in the hood...can never have too many of those!) Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  5. Your flowers are "bloomin" beautiful..Love the ducks..xx

  6. Wow Theresa! That was an exciting and eventful day. My girlfriend thinks I am crazy taking all the bird pictures I do, but honestly, before blogging, I didn't take into much consideration what was going on around me. Now I find the birds fascinating and am so glad they come to visit our balcony. Jingles likes them too! Who knew ducks nested in trees. That is just amazing! I would like to see how the little ones get up there safely. That must be a hoot! Your dining area in the yard is beautiful and I love the wild and wooly look of your garden. There is one house in Spring Lake near my aunt's that I just love - it has what I think would be called an English garden -- not fussy or manicured at all, yet always blooming, overflowing with plants and absolutely glorious each year. Hope the 3 Musketeers have better luck selling things next time around. Maybe they should had sold the lemonade for a bit more and given a free gift with purchase. Ha! Have a great day. Tammy

  7. Sounds like a wonderful Sunday to me! I can't begin to imagine seeing ducks falling out of the trees! I have to confess that I'm not a gardener either. I wouldn't know one flower from another....yours are pretty though.
    The pictures of the boys selling off their stuff was too cute. I love it....nerf guns and teddy bears. They are at that age!
    Have a great week.

  8. sounds fun and i love the ducks!!!!!

  9. Everything was lovely. The children, the ducks, the garden, and your home. I so enjoyed my visit! I'll be back!

  10. Hey theresa i don't know if you got my othr comments I think I messed up. But those pink flowers are called "rose companions" My cuzin a few years ago bought some at a garage sale and they spread so much I got some. Well I ended up giving three of my neighbors some. Now I hardly have any cuz I keep pulling them up. But they are real pretty! I looked that name up at the library. XO Love,Fran.


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