Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fall Table With Pheasants and Leaves

My husband just returned from a Fall pheasant hunt in South Dakota. He loves going on this hunt every year or two. My table today is to celebrate his return and give a nod to the pheasants of the hunt. 




The pheasants featured for the centerpiece are from The Huntington Collection by Fitz and Floyd. 






The stoneware dinner plates are Butler's Pantry Gourmet by Lenox and feature a delicate scalloped edge. They are topped with leaf plates from Harry and David's from several years ago. 









I love the fall colors with the dark cherry wood of my dining room furniture. 




The plant is a begonia that I brought in from my porch due to the lower night temperatures. 



I thought the wild game plates would also reflect his hunting trip. 





Fitz and Floyd is known for the detail in their pieces.





Additional pieces of The Huntington Collection are used on a smaller table seen in the upper left corner of the pic below. 




The canape plate plus the gravy boat and underplate are just as beautiful as the pleasant pieces. Such gorgeous fall colors!




Fall always seems so welcomed after a hot summer. The cooler days and nights give us a chance to  pull on a jacket and go for a pleasant walk without the heat. 






I've been acquiring pieces from the Huntington Collection since about 2010. My first post from the collection featured the platter and can be seen here. Then the platter was used again with a fall cloche here. Although the pattern has been retired, I have been happy to purchase additional pieces from ebay. 

Thanks for stopping by - Judy.


Sharing at these great parties:


Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life on Wednesday evening

Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm on Thursday
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch on Thursday morning
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage on Thursday morning

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays







Friday, October 13, 2017

At the Feeders and in the Trees - Week 19

We have been seeing a hawk around the back of our property for a few months but I never can get close enough to get a decent pic of him. Lately, he has been coming a bit closer to our house and I was able to get a few pics of him on the ground. Although they are not perfect shots, I am just happy to be able to try to identify him. I believe he is a Broad-winged hawk. I'm hoping he keeps visiting and that I get lucky for more pics. 



I've had a mockingbird at my feeders the last couple of days, which is unusual. Usually I just seem them in the trees or on the ground.




In the next pic of the Red-bellied woodpecker, you can really see the markings on his back and head. 




The Carolina Chickadee visits every day.



Check out his black cap.


I''m always thankful for the birds that visit my feeders and yard. Thanks for stopping by - Judy.


Linking to:


Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon


Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery


Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life
Sweet Inspiration Link Party @ The Boondocks Blog on Fridays 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hyacinth Macaw at the Nashville Zoo

On a trip to the Nashville Zoo, I captured a few pics of the Hyacinth Macaw. The macaw is such a gorgeous color of cobalt. 




The macaw is a parrot native to central and eastern South America. Notice the yellow ring around the eye. It is an endangered species and there are an estimated 2500-5000 Hyacinth macaws left in the wild today. 





I am thankful that I went to the zoo with my grandsons. It's always a joy to spend time with them and watch the excitement in their eyes - Judy. 



Linking to:

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery


Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life
Sweet Inspiration Link Party @ The Boondocks Blog on Fridays

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon



Monday, September 18, 2017

At the Feeders and in the Trees - Week 18

The White-breasted Nuthatch has been visiting regularly. He loves black-oil sunflower seeds. 




A Mourning Dove let me take a few pics of him on my deck railing. Usually they are on the ground below my feeders but today I got lucky. Do you see the black spots on his wings his big eye seems to be looking right at me. 





I've been filling my finch feeders just about daily with nyjer food. I could watch these American Goldfinches all day. 



I haven't seen any eye disease on them. 






Several juvenile goldfinch are coming to the feeders. They are just too cute. 


This little one put on a show drying his wings. Lots of fluttering.




The Northern Cardinals are visiting and I am thankful to get a few pics  of this beauty.





Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday

Our World Tuesday

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery


Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life


Sweet Inspiration Link Party @ The Boondocks Blog on Fridays

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon






Friday, September 15, 2017

Birding and Boating on Kentucky Lake

We had a chance to go boating on Kentucky Lake today. It was a beautiful day on the lake, the sun was shining, the water was calm, and it was so relaxing to be in the boat just riding around. 




A pair of Pekin Ducks were in the bay where we keep our boat. Are you thinking Aflac yet? Or even Donald Duck?




These cute white ducks are the most popular breed of domestic ducks in the US. They are calm, very social and did you know they can't fly.




A Double-Crested Cormorant seem to be on guard as we left the bay heading out into the channel. 






In another bay, we saw turtles sunning on a log next to the edge of the water.



Kentucky Lake is 134 miles long and has 2064 miles of shoreline to enjoy.




Ring-billed Gulls are seen around the lake. If you look closely, you can see the black rings around the tip of the yellow bill. I wish the gull would have flown closer to our boat so my pics would have been clearer.




His black wing tips are spotted with white. 



When we came back into Cypress Bay on the lake, a Great Blue Heron was standing every so still. You can see his black eyebrow that extends towards the back of  his head. 



We couldn't get as close as I would have liked, the water was to shallow for the boat.






In the next shot, notice the orange blob in the air by the heron. What do you think it is?




Did you guess Monarch Butterfly? Yes it was. So here I was in a moving boat trying to focus in and get pics of a Monarch flying through the air. Sorry I did the best I could!





Thanks for joining me for a beautiful day on the lake birding and boating - Judy.

Linking to:


Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery


Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life



Sweet Inspiration Link Party @ The Boondocks Blog on Fridays






Thursday, September 14, 2017

Two For One Shot

Just wanted to share this pic today. I was trying to take a few pics of this cardinal visiting my feeder and look who flew by. Although it's not a perfect shot, I found it amusing to get two for one. 



I'm thankful to be retired and enjoying life with my family. We enjoy boating with our grandsons and look who is driving the boat (just for a minute) - Judy.




Linking to:


Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life



Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon