Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer







Saturday, February 6, 2016

Country Rides and Cherished Memories~




Our kit-cat...Survhee Pipka, in her fifth year with us~


 Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slideshow presentation after you have read the narratives~

I will be linking up with Judith for:

www.lavendercottagegardening.com

&

Stewart for:
   http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com.au/




I save things that touch my heart, my spirit.  These bundles are one each of the Christmas greetings that I have purchased and shared with family and friends during most of our 46 years of marriage...I am sentimental ;) 

My husband has created watercolour greeting cards for me for my birthday, anniversary and Christmas, as well as some on Mother's Day for many years now.  I cherish them all, and when I am as down as I have been lately, they make me smile~





Our Meaka and Silveit fill up space in our home and in our hearts~



The image below of the people...that would be Bill and me at the age of about 13, a very long time ago,  and a few of my favorite things~


Always ready to go bye~bye~



Red-Tailed Hawk~





Red-Shouldered Hawk~




The first image below is one of our young birds from last season.  He showed up on Tingsgrove the other day and I was so happy to see him.
The next two images are of his parent, not sure which...it shows when I can spot them, often from a good distance and in the woods, yet I am always looking and listening~




American Kestrel~








RSHA~





RTHA~





Taking country rides means even more to me these days, to help clear my mind of any stress, or heartache.  A young man was riding his 13 year old Saddlebred horse, who had not been ridden in over 6 years~  



Black Vulture waiting it's turn~














Saturday, January 30, 2016

January Ending Shares and a Warning~





 Those beautiful, wonderful American Kestrels...this female was hunting here in Oldham County at Foxhollow Farm above~

Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slideshow presentation after you have read the narratives~

I will be linking up with Judith for:

www.lavendercottagegardening.com

&

Stewart for:
   http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com.au/



I have been trying to figure out what my life changes all need to be for this year and beyond.  Walking has become even more important to me and this past week I walked over 17 miles.  One of the walks was at my favorite walking trails in Anchorage.  The Northern Mockingbird, Great Blue Heron and White Tailed Deer were seen there.  
The Bald Eagle was photographed along the Ohio River another time~







Sure evidence that a female Cardinal was taken, more than likely by the local Coopers Hawk~










More of my Long Coat German Shepherds having snow fun~



A Coyote hunting in daylight at the near by Hermitage Horse Farms, where Queen Elizabeth and her family have visited in the past~





WARNING

As I said last week, my neighbor called me to say that I might want to see what was going on in her back yard.  A large hawk... that turned out to be a Red-Tailed Hawk was eating a Gray Squirrel.
When I first walked down my driveway, the first image is what I could see from this side of the lane.  The remainder of the images were taken from my neighbors Mona and Grant's yard~




Here the hawk dropped it's food, just for a brief moment down by the grand children's riding toys~