Friday, October 19, 2012

Birds and Pumpkins

We have had a lot of birds around the house the past couple of days.  There are the usual chickadees and sparrows but also blue jays and woodpeckers.  It is almost as though something was driving them from deeper in the bush to the perimeter. 
Yesterday,  when I took Heidi for a walk, a flock of robins flew past.  It seems as though they are heading south later each year.  We also saw a couple of partridge which will make my husband happy as he though they might have moved onto another area.
This morning as we were sitting by one of the south facing windows in the new room, having our coffee and watching the wildlife, we commented again on how fortunate we were to live in such surroundings.  It is such a peaceful place and often the only sound outside is the singing of birds.  Of course, at the moment, we do get the noise from our own construction project as well as from one of our neighbours.  Another neighbour is an entertainer and we occassionally are treated to her music courtesy of outside speakers. Usually, however, it is turned down to a level where it doesn't drift our way. The country isn't as quiet as most city dwellers think it is but it is vastly less noisy than an urban area.
We have finished our building until the inspector comes so today we were cutting up and cooking pumpkins.  We still have a couple of large ones and three small pie types left but our hands are sore and the cook pots are full.  Once everything is cooked and cooled, I will puree and freeze where it will be ready for soup, muffins and bread.  I may make another batch of pumpkin butter as well.
Have a great weekend.

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