But, when you get a glorious day like today (a Saturday that is so sunny and feels like it is 30 degrees), the last thing you want to think about is the end of summer.
But, like it or not, it is coming.
There are signs. Lots of them.
These may seem odd, but they are actually bird's nests (I'm pretty sure they are barn swallows). They are put together with mud instead of straw and grass and it is absolutely wonderful to watch these birds work. These 2 nests were from last year and because I am so "gentle" with nature, I left them for the birds to come back to this spring (I wish I could have shown you how much work it took these small little birds to create these structures...it's actually an incredible process!). After all, who am I to mess with nature...they will appreciate that I left their homes intact and that they didn't have to re-build, right?
Well, guess what? They came back. Many of them. I think they told their bird friends that I am gentle with nature. I think they were so appreciative, that they built 7 more nests...yes, now I have 9 and many, many barn swallows.
But, on the bright side, they apparently eat mosquitoes and they sound absolutely beautiful as they fly low and chirp in circles...like a beautiful outdoor orchestra for free.
But now they are gone...singing for another gentle gardener in a warmer backyard I guess.
Look at what else is changing...
I guess there is something to be said for the end of summer!!