i know what you did last weekend…

I am soooo happy it’s springtime and the robins have come back out to sing! My toes are particularly tickled when I get to visit Canada’s jewel–the Okanagan–at this time of year. I lucked out marrying an Okanagan farm boy, ’cause I get to go visit the in-laws on their beautiful farm in Armstrong, at least a couple of times every year. And that’s exactly what we did last weekend.

The view from one of the top fields, looking south over Otter Lake

Jane on her favourite farm toy!!

Happiest dog on the planet when she's at the farm--doggy DisneyWorld!!!!

Look what the Easter Bunny left on the wood pile!!!!

Our weiner roasts always involve some epic mooching!

There are always cool little things on farms, like this haunted bird mansion!

birdsong…

Yesterday afternoon, I heard a sound that I listen for every year…a robin singing! Nature is leaving wake-up calls all over the place–in the Pacific Northwest it’s daffodils and tulips cresting the soil, and crocuses and cherry trees blooming. I’m enjoying all the activity that’s stirring in the garden, and thinking about all the weeds I need to deal with pronto!

Now I’m on the hunt for a bird house worthy of my warbling robin! I love this little gem by photographer, Bill Dalton.

photographer: Bill Dalton

New York artist, Paula Hayes, creates stylistic garden sculptures, including these exquisite bird houses. I love her tongue-in-cheek interpretation of nature. I love the combination of Hayes’ futuristic birdhouse sculpture and the aging brick high rise in the background.

photo courtesy of Paula Hayes

bird house by Paula Hayes

Even though there’s a pile of snow, apparently, a little bird has been hard at work getting ready for spring.

photo courtesy of Dan {Durango99} on flickr

What bird wouldn’t be attracted to this little rainbow charmer?

from NatCat13's photostream on Flickr

Oh Joy featured these adorable ceramic egg birdhouses by artist, J Schatz. He uses egg shapes to design a whole collection of bird feeders, planters, bird houses–charming.

photo via Oh Joy blogspot

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