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The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest ~ Sir Thomas Moore ~

Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday moments ...

I was quietly sitting at my kitchen table this morning, sipping tea and writing out my morning's to-do list, when out of the corner of my eye I spotted the woodpeckers.
While this is nothing new ... they visit the suet baskets many times a day ... I had never seen them feed their babies ♥
The window blinds were only pulled half way up and I knew that pulling them all the way up would scare the woodpeckers away so I left them as they were.  I had a kitchen chair blocking most of my view, but my camera was at hand, so I didn't want to miss the opportunity to at least try and get a picture. 
Like baby Woodie I felt happy & content.
On our weekend walk, I came across this beautiful Hawk feather .
I thought what a beautiful smudging feather it would make.
We have large patches of Artemesia growing in our garden. The initial few sprigs were gifted to me in the early 90's... and have spread rapidly over the years.
I will make some bundles & let them dry.
I found this beautiful piece at a charity shop.  I think it was originally a tiny frame, although the back was missing. There was something so lovely about it that I had to buy it. 
Artemesia ~ Artemis ~ Goddess of wilderness & woods who traveled the woods in the company of dogs.
The piece was found years ago, and I still have not filled it.  I thought of maybe using it to hold a little pressed flower, or clover . I found a 4-leaf clover in our garden shortly after our Lab Bentley passed. He had a favourite spot in our garden and I was thinking of him, looked down and there it was. I have that clover framed next to my studio desk {now yellowed, faded and paper thin}.
You never know what treasures will be bestowed upon you ♥


Country Gal said...

Lovely photos ! I only feed suet's in the winter as they need the extra fats in them for the energy to stay warm, in summer they feed on seed and keep their instinct to hunt for bugs ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

Julie Marie said...

Hello sweet Deb... how precious is your mama woodpecker feeding her baby!... I love them so much!... and how lucky you got to see them and get their photo... your Hawk feather is gorgeous... what a beautiful "treasure from the trail"... I used to grow Artemesia as well and always loved it... your vintage frame is so pretty!... and what a lovely thing to find a 4~leaf clover at Bentley's favorite spot... so much beauty if we just keep our eyes open for it... much love, xoxo Julie Marie

Deb said...

hello Elaine ~ the woodpeckers only visit us if the suet baskets are filled ... so we keep them filled :-)so happy to find that they are bringing the next generation into the garden ♥
have a wonderful week & thank you for stopping by.

Deb said...

hi Julie marie {my fellow beauty seeking friend} ~ thank you for your visit and lovely comment ♥

Mereknits said...

I have a few hawk features myself and I just love them. Hugs to you Deb.

Deb said...

hi Meredith ~ love hawk features xo {{hugs}}

Lynda said...

Love that you have woodpeckers visiting! :) There are so many treasures if we're ready to find them. Love what you've found! I don't think I've ever seen a hawk feather.


Deb said...

hello Lynda ~ the woodpeckers are so sweet ... baby was bigger than mama. the hawk feather was a wonderful, unexpected find {the best kind} ♥

Heather @ my little red suitcase said...

lovely to find a Hawk feather! I think that represents vision or far sight. I would be most pleased to find a Hawk feather! X

Deb said...

hello heather ~ I love finding feathers ... always senders of a special message I feel & yes, the Hawk feather does represent a vision ♥ thank you for your visit xo