Okay, it must be spring because I can finally go for a walk. It has been a while here in Seattle and there has been other opportunities but just until yesterday that the skies and my schedule opened up at the same time.
I noticed some Robbins busy at work in my backyard. It seems they only have one thing on their minds and one alone, building nests. Their instincts tell them to build or cease to exist. There is an urgency to their task. Tireless they work finding a twig here or a leaf there. I have chickens and until recently sheep. Each spring my chickens molt and my sheep got sheered. Needless to say the nests on my property always have a soft lining of feathers and wool. How they decided on which pieces they use is a mystery to me. Do they use the same criteria i do? If they did their nests would be built from paper. I thought for a moment to scatter vintage music sheets on the ground around the barn and see if they would scoop it up and weave it in to their nests with the same beautiful craftsmanship they demonstrate with the feathers, twigs and wool. They probably have better common sense than I do. Like one of the foolish three little pigs a house built from paper would surely crumble; especially in Seattle. But wouldn't it be beautiful? In the fairytale, whimsical land that I create in a paper nest makes perfect sense... and while I am at it why not add glitter, crepe paper and yellow doves.
I gathered up some supplies to make my own nest much like my feathered friends. They did look at me a bit strangely as if to say, "Hey! out of our supplies" but there is enough to go around. My nest rests atop a sturdy platform of branches glued to a base made from chipboard that has been decorated with musical sheets. The nest is made from twigs, moss, paper, vintage flowers and German glass glitter. Thinly cut strips of music sheets weave in and out echoing the same songs the birds fill my yard with. Glittered leaves and crepe paper cherry blossoms add sparkle and color letting me know it is the beginning of spring. A banner declaring "Happy Spring" is just about to be added to the framework of the nest.
My Mother's Day Page is in the background. I will post it on Wednesday.
I must confess that when I started the nest I thought about doing it the old fashioned way, like the Robbins: no glue gun, but half way through I realized that I needed my gluegun. I guess the Lord has gifted each of us with an instinct or skill, the Robbins have their weaving skills and I have my glue gun skills.
You can catch a glimpse of our barn and garden in the background. What a beautiful day!