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.



Thank you so much for your visit. I would love for you to leave a comment so I will know you stopped by.



Monday, August 11, 2014

TOURING THROUGH BLOGLAND








Touring Through Blogland


Last week I was featured at Hyacinths for the Soul, where Sarah invited me to join her in the the series, “Touring Through Blogland.” I am delighted to join you for the tour Sarah!



Sarah and me antiquing in St Augustine, FL





Sarah and I met in St Augustine, FL for the first time where we were attending the Quimper Club International meeting. We have been the best of friends through our blogs for several years and when we finally did meet it was like seeing a friend I hadn’t seen for a long time. We share so many of the same collecting interests and seem to find we both enjoy decorating our homes with the same French country style.

As part of the tour, Sarah asked me to answer three questions and give a little insight into The French Hutch.



What am I working on right now?
Freezing fresh Vegetables

Wow, have I been busy in my kitchen! With so much fresh produce coming into the local farmers market I have been freezing vegetables to squirrel away for a cold winter’s day. I don’t do a lot, just enough to enjoy the occasional summer sides during those cold days of winter. All of my family and friends enjoy sharing these special dishes on holiday gatherings and special occasions. 


Nothing like Field corn to make creamed corn for Thanksgiving






Pink Eye Peas








Limas





Okra
  Another delicious side served with peas and limas
prepared and ready to freeze





Tomatoes
The most important summer love! Served up fresh all summer long, and freezes well for those winter’s soups and stews for a burst of summer flavor and goodness!




Basil, lemon verbena and rosemary
from the herb garden for drying






How does my work differ from others in this genre?
Sharing anything and everything


This is where I could copy and paste Sarah’s answer to this question, that’s how much we have in common! I do love decorating and it has been a challenge over the years. With the company my husband worked for we moved a lot, building six new homes before he retired. With the help of my Dad who was a contractor and who taught me so much about building, how could I not also become interested in decorating. I’ve always decorated my own homes and helped family and friends along the way. Although my home is now pretty much the way we’ll keep it I do still enjoy small projects. The last one being an addition to the back of the house, a veranda  that runs the length of the house.  I keep changes simple, changing out small items or rearranging to give me a new look. Photographing my collectibles, travels and mother nature gives me plenty of blog post material. I’m hardly ever without my Nikon!

Travel
Nice, France
Rooftops, Old Town




Decor
Christmas Tablescape




 Recipes




Veranda addition







Nature
My Roses







Why do I write or create what I do?
I enjoy writing and being creative in all I do, then sharing with bloggers who have similar taste.

The idea of a blog began with of all things, my Christmas tree! Our tree was up and all of my friends and family kept commenting on how beautiful it was. I started looking for ways to share it on all the magazine sites on line, where you could add your own photo. I had never even heard of a blog, much less read one. While searching for photos of other Christmas trees, I discovered blogs! Wow, I thought, this is something I can do. I had photographed my hutch displayed with Quimper faience and also decorated for Christmas. It was then and there The French Hutch was born! A way for me to share all my interests through my photographs. Early on, I found Hyacinths for the Soul and contacted Sarah. As others had done for her, she did for me. She invited me to join Quimper Club International, and was always helpful when I had a question.  Being a little creative with a blog and then hitting the “publish” button, well, it’s a little like publishing one’s own publication. I’ve met and made wonderful friends along the way. All bloggers know and understand these friendships.

The Christmas tree that started a blog



How does your writing process actually work?
Usually beginning with a photograph

For me, writing a new blog post, ideas usually begin with a photograph. I am hardly ever without my camera. I take advantage of all beauty around me, photographing nature, people, architecture, and art.  My latest obsession is photographing my six year old grandson.  I keep a journal with notes about what I photograph and ideas of how to use my photos. Then I sit in front of my computer and let the words flow! 


Using my camera and telling a story










Continuing the tour

Now I would love to introduce you to you three bloggers I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know, all members of Gulf Coast Bloggers. 


Leslie Anne ~ Fairhope Supply Co.


Fairhope is a getaway destination for my husband and me. I love the little town by the bay and when I discovered Fairhope Supply Co. I started following. I got to know Leslie Anne through visits to her blogs. On one of those getaways to Fairhope I contacted Leslie Anne and she invited me to join her at one of the local coffee shops. Of course she was every bit as delightful in person as she is on her blog. Leslie Anne’s blog is small town southern life, with a gulf coast accent. She also writes articles for six newspapers throughout Baldwin county and her column has been picked up by a Sumter, SC newspaper. She recently had her radio debut as a guest where she was invited to read one of her famous southern stories. 





Ellen ~ Scribbler Unfocused



I met this charming lady in Fairhope, after attending the Southern Bloggers Jubilee. A group of members often get together and go to lunch and we were seated together and the conversation was like meeting a friend for lunch, only this was the first lunch! She was so easy to get to know and I certainly hope to have many more lunches with Ellen. 
Ellen, like me shares a love of all things French and European. She shares this passion on her blog, Scribbler Unfocused. A writer, painter and retired interior designer, she enjoys decorating her home in a more daring style. A bit of a Boho interpretation of French style, where she enjoys mixing color and patterns. 



Kim ~ CozyNest



Another blogger I had the pleasure of meeting at Southern Bloggers Jubilee was Kim at CozyNest. We also shared a table at lunch and getting to know her was so much fun. Kim shares through her blog her love of travel, staying fashionable and enjoying life after her nest emptied out!  Kim is an empty-nester who is searching for ways to ease the transition. She recently began her Thoughtful Thursday link party as a way of sharing creative ideas. Simple, Cozy, Beautiful, Home, describes Kim’s blog best!


Sarah, thank you for asking me to be a featured guest and join in the tour series.  I look forward to seeing you soon as we sit and enjoy the view of the promenade de angeles in the Côte d’Azure!
Next Monday, August 18th I hope everyone will visit Leslie Anne, Ellen and Kim when they answer questions and join the tour.