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The Whitehurst Diaries: Tea With the Bluebirds
An elegant afternoon tea, with Bluebirds, Blueberry Tea, muffins and brand new - to the Goulds - lawn furniture and brand new - to Ninah and Bubbie - bluebird house helps while away a lazy Gradyville, Saturday, May 5, 2012, afternoon.
Click on headline for complete diary entry with photos of Willis' Maine Coon competitor and his accomplice
By Sharon Whitehurst
A lazy Saturday afternoon on our front porch was interrupted by a phone call from son-in-law Matt Gould. I was summoned to appear--with my camera--to view baby bluebirds. As an added inducement to bestirring my somnolent self, daughter Gina was planning to serve tea al fresco.
Gina was recently gifted with an assortment of lawn furniture by a neighbor who was moving; in addition to a metal table and bistro chairs, there was a birdhouse condo on a sturdy wooden pedestal, all to be acquired for the effort of dragging them a few hundred feet from the property boundary.
Gina set the birdhouse near her back door the better to attack it with soap and scrub brush. Carefully lifting off one of the bird boxes she found it occupied by three huddled youngsters with a skirting of blue feathers.
Quickly she replaced the nestbox and spotted the mother bird perched with anxious watchfulness on an over-hanging limb.
We set out our treats--applesauce/date muffins, fruit salad and iced blueberry tea, while keeping an eye on the birdhouse and on Gina's Maine Coon Cat, Bubbie, and his housemate, Ninah.
Bubbie was torn between the butter being spread on muffins and the attraction of the birdhouse.
Ninah, in soft-spoken blandishments, tried to coax the birdies out to play.
Needing to establish backyard harmony and calm the distressed mother bird, we created a chicken wire fortress around the birdhouse and moved the garden furniture.
The felines continued their bird-watching from a safe and respectable distance while my daughter and I sipped our iced tea and watched the mother bluebird sweeping in with nourishing tidbits for her brood. -Sharon Whitehurst
This story was posted on 2012-05-07 07:05:43
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