Friday, September 5, 2014

AL FRESCO DINING




Al fresco dining
And a little football





With September comes the beginning of fall, Labor Day weekend and college football, so, what better excuse to set the table on the veranda and dine under the lights while watching our team’s opening game. Keeping the menu simple, grilled ribs, steaks and chicken are easy for these evenings. 






Grilling for Labor Day
the cook is hard at work











As the sun sets the candles are lit and ready for guests







Crimson and White flowers are team colors in galvanized pails








Love this blue and yellow Melamine, colors of Provence












I used a burlap table runner and a mix of napkins 




For the wine lovers





Table is set






  



 And, our team won!


Everyone enjoyed the barbecue and all the sides, with lemon pie for desert. Lots of leftovers to send home with guests. A great way to celebrate the holiday.
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Monday, August 18, 2014

HUMMINGBIRDS








Flying Jewels




Fact

The only bird that can hover in mid-air
 and the only bird that can fly backwards.

Hummingbirds are birds that comprise the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring in the 7.5-13 cm (3-5in) range. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5-cm Bee Hummingbird. They can hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12-90 times per second (depending on the species), and are also the only group of birds able to fly backwards. Their English name derives from the characteristic hum made by their rapid wing beats. They can fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/s (54 km/h, 34 mi/h).
                                                                                      Source Wikipedia
               

Wanting to attract hummingbirds to our back yard by providing natural nectar from flowers, well, it’s not so easy with my not so green thumb! However, with a little help from a bright red  hummingbird feeder from Lowe’s it is very easy. With a mixture of sugar and water added to the feeder and a little patience you will be rewarded with a most amazing "hover"show. Here are a  few snaps I managed to capture.




Buzz, Drink, Hover, Repeat






























To make sugar water for hummingbirds, mix one part white granulated sugar to four parts regular tap water. Boil for two minutes and cool. Use your feeder’s instructions for adding the water and keeping clean.



The Hummingbird
by Harry Kemp
The sunlight speaks. And it’s voice is a bird:
It glitters half-guessed half seen half-heard
Above the flower bed. Over the lawn...
A flashing dip and it is gone.
And all it lends to the eye is this--
A sunbeam giving the air a kiss.



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