Rites of Spring & Luckett's

It wouldn't be Spring if I didn't take you on a little tour of our home and show you what is inevitable here every Spring and what's new. 

 I have a natural area next to the screened in porch with very tall pine trees, nandinas, some kind of boxwoods, hydrangeas, and lirope.  And it's what I call my bluebird area.  I have many houses attached to the pines, some were gifts and some I made.  Sometimes I see a flash  of that brilliant blue in the trees but they seem to be elusive and rarely do I get a chance to snap a photo.

Until the other day.  As I sat at my computer, camera on the desk, this gorgeous creature perched on top of the old umbrella at my work table long enough for me to capture a picture.  Made my day!

And speaking of work tables, this old picnic table is where I do my spray painting and lots of website photo taking.  But I had a problem with it.  I am not supposed to be in the sun, so I could only work here when the trees shaded it.  Then, one day I saw on pinterest where someone had put an umbrella on their table.  Brilliant!  (I am so sorry,  .... I didn't pin that photo and don't remember where I saw it)  I had an old umbrella and stand so Bobby G. drilled a hole, made some adjustments and voila, now I can open the 'brella for shade and work out here anytime.  You can see some projects I am working on, an old wire table and an old flower box. :)

 Ugh!  Every year I dread this job.  Cleaning the pollen laden screened porch off.  It involves dragging all the porch furniture out on the deck, which gets harder and harder every year.  See the green hose?

 yep!  It's one of those flexible hoses you've probably seen advertised on television.  Getting a kink in a hose drives me crazy so I decided to order one of these hoses...not expecting much.  But I love it....it's so light weight and then when you're finished and turn the water off the hose retracts.  It works great on my deck.

Ugh! Ugh!  The other rite of Spring is painting the front porch.  No matter what kind of paint we use, it gets to looking really bad over the winter.  I said this year I was going to hire someone to do it.  Didn't happen!  I thought I had it fixed so Ben, the dog, couldn't get up on the porch until it was dry.  Laying on the front porch and watching for squirrels and deer is his favorite pastime.  And lo and behold he managed to by-pass my ropes and ladders and get on the porch.  That's me, painting over the paw prints the next day.  :)

 My hummingbirds are back.  At least I like to think it's the same ones that return each year.  I usually put their feeders up on tax day, April 15, but this year I did it April 1st and hadn't even had time to put the nectar in them, when I saw a hummer.  Legend says that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. 

And did you know the hummingbirds use dandelion fluff in the middle of the little tiny nest as a soft spot for the babies?  And spider webs too?  Isn't that the sweetest thing you ever heard?  For that reason alone, I don't mind the dandelions in my yard one bit. :)

I have this mirrored lantern on the deck dining table and this little cardinal has become fascinated with her image.  Google says she is trying to frighten away this "other bird" that's encroaching on her territory.  I don't know about that.  I took the lantern away and now she flies at all the windows in the family room.  Her partner just sits on the railing watching her.  It's like he is just watching her to make sure she doesn't hurt herself, until she gets over whatever her problem is. :)

I found the sweetest large church birdhouse at an antique shop.  It was handmade and has a tin roof with a bird statue beside it.  We just put it up, mounted on an antique porch pillar, that I found at auction.  Two days and bam....a wren has built her nest in it.  

I've shown this bicycle before.  Bobby G. gave it to me for Christmas one year.  I dress it up differently each season.  I wanted white impatiens in it this year to show off the white trellis work behind.  The old faithful impatiens were hard to find until Kris at The Junk Chic Cottage blog mentioned the disease that impatiens had been hit with and a lot of growers were not producing them this year.  I did finally find some, so we shall see how they do.

We have lots of geese on the lake but every Spring just one pair ventures up on shore in the back yard.  I am sure their nest is nearby.  While she feeds he watches over her like a hawk.  It won't be long before we will see the baby goslings between the two of them. 

And finally, there's one last thing I wanted to show you.  It was such a nice surprise for us this Spring.  Two seasons ago we cut down some very large boxwood type bushes (builder's bushes I call them) that were growing just under the deck beside the patio.  Beside them was an arbor with a yellow climbing rosebush on it.  The bush was there when we moved here, had never ever did much of anything and it sure never climbed at all.  Two tall branches was about it and it may have produced maybe 6 roses the whole summer.  Well.... this Spring it just exploded and has almost covered the arbor and is just profuse with yellow roses with nice long stems.  The top roses are almost to the deck flooring and I am sure within a month the roses will be peeking over the edge.  How pretty that will be to see from the family room windows.  

I  am all packed and ready to head off first thing in the morning to Lucketts, Va.  and the old store's Spring Vintage Market.  We will also visit Chartreuse & Co., Leesburg and every little antiquey place I see.  Looking forward to spending the weekend with some other bloggers and meeting many more.  I'll be wearing a name tag (everybody should....remember that episode of  Seinfeld?  :)  If you see me ....let's chat.  xoxo

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Michele said...

Oh Lynn I just adored your post today- what a treat to "visit" with all the awesome nature things you have in your life!

So sorry pootchie messed up your freshly painted porch, that's a shame.

What a gorgeous yard you have! And that shot of your bluebird is an award winning one for sure!

deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie said...

Stop by and see me at Lucketts Lynn, I'd love to meet you! I'll be in the Field of Gold, (my store is Mr. P's Emporium).

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Lynn,
Oh have a great time at the vintage market. Oh how I wish I lived closer it sounds so wonderful. Ha Ha I got one of those beautiful as seen on TV hoses and love it. Greatest thing went and got another one for the front yard garden too. No more winding up tons of hose. Target and Bed Bath and Beyond had them and they work so great. Have a great week end enjoy enjoy.

Connie in Hartwood said...

What a great post today! Bluebirds and wrens and hummers ... my favorite birds! Thanks for reminding me that I haven't put out the hummingbird feeder yet this year. I really must get down to see you one day, to experience this stuff for myself.

Have a wonderful time at Lucketts! Be sure to say Hello to Deborah at Mr. P's Emporium (she's such a nice person!) I won't be there this year, so be sure to show us everything you see and do. Have fun!

Pam Kessler said...

Have a blast antiquing! I'm headed off to a bunch of garage sales today and maybe Springfield tomorrow.

Stacey said...

Lynn, I really enjoy posts like this. Our hummingbirds are here and flitting around all my new flowers. We have lots of cardinals too. I have spotted some bluebirds since we moved to this house and would like to make it more welcoming for them. They are so pretty. :)

Tete said...

So many great things at your place! Love the umbrella at the picnic table. Ours has a hole, but its too windy here for one.
That rose just took off, didn't it? And I LOVE that old bicycle.
We need to paint and stain the deck here this summer, but its been too wet to try it so far. Love your blue bird! Have a great weekend!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Your porch will be so lovely to enjoy this summer even if it is a lot of work. Our dog would probably do something like that too. My hated spring job is defrosting the freezer in the garage! It looks like you have a lovely peaceful place. Enjoy your antiquing this week-end! Nancy

Sueann said...

All your vignettes are so gorgeous...I would love to stroll through your gardens!!
Thanks for this wonderful post.

Beverly said...

Lynn, this was so much fun. I loved visiting your place, and everything looks great. You have made your home a very special place.

I know you will have a great time. Tell everyone hello from me.

I am not supposed to get in the sun either.

Alycia Nichols said...

OK, I have GOT to get one of those hoses!!! I will be getting on Google as soon as I'm done here to find them! What a great idea!!! I wonder if that would be an appropriate Father's Day gift for my husband since he'll be the one having to do the yard work this year after my surgery? ;-)

Sorry the pup got on the porch after your great paint job! There's just no stoppin' 'em when they're on a roll!!!!

That arbor is gorgeous!!! I'm so glad the roses finally woke up and came to visit in full force! I would love to have a few of those arbors right beneath our deck to dress it up a little. The deck is so low that only short people like me can stand upright beneath it, so we can't hang out under there. It is basically just wasted space. This would at least make it look good!!!

I hope you're having fun in Luckett's! If I were there, I'd be seeking you out! (And yes, I DO remember that episode of "Seinfeld"!!! SO funny!!!)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I hope you have a wonderful time, Lynn!

Do you know, Mr. Magpie saw a bluebird the other day, too. He didn't have his camera, but he was just in awe.

Have fun...


Sheila... who does not envy you painting the porch. We need to do the same thing!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Lynn,The one thing I hate about Spring.What you are doing now...LOL.
But you know it has to be done.
What a wonderful idea with the umbrella and picnic table.
What a lovely bird.Everything is just gorgeous Lynn.Alot of hard work shows.
My Peahens are hatching out their chicks.I have a couple of pies in the mix.They are so pretty.
You take care Lynn and stay out the sun,
XXOO Marie Antionette

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