Thursday, July 11, 2013

Talking Turkey

I'm so glad you all liked my Fatty Breadkins post from yesterday...I think she would be pleased to know that her legacy lives on through my feeble attempts at silver polishing.

I awoke this morning at 4 am, and could not for the life of me fall back asleep for over 3 hours!  In case you are wondering I watched a little bit of the movie Babe and realized that it's not the happy go lucky story of a pig that I least the part I saw had a much darker tone when I was watching it pre-dawn.

I also can tell you loads of info about Lewis and Clark's expedition, the show I found on PBS, which I opted for once the sheep dog in Babe was muzzled and drugged and I realized I had probably traumatized my children by letting them watch that movie when they were little and we had herding dogs like we do now!

It turns out that as the sun is coming up there is a heck of a lot going on in the field next to my house which I can see outside my bedroom window.  None of the pictures in this post are what I saw then, these are all from later in the day, but I'll give you a rundown of what I did observe at about 5:30 this morning.

Eagles were flying, 2 deer were chasing one another, bats were flying (which would normally freak me out if I hadn't been so exhausted), songbirds were flitting about, and the neighbor's cat was doing a balance beam routine on our fence...which would normally drive our dogs nuts, but they were exhausted because I had been awake half the night.

When I did finally get up around 10 am, after just a few hours of actual sleep, I was greeted by turkey vultures sitting on our fence, hmm should I consider this a bad sign I thought?

Then, as I mulled over the possibilities of why turkey vultures would be sitting on our fence when they never have in the past, my attention was drawn to a juvenile eagle making his way across the field.

His mottled head feathers made him look almost vulture like I thought.

Turns out they weren't here for me, they were just feasting on something dead in the field, so that's a relief.  They aren't the prettiest birds in the world, but I know they serve a purpose and who am I to judge right?!

English Shepherds are not fans of interlopers in their yards or on their fences, so after taking a picture of the 3 vultures on the fence through the french doors, I slipped outside and took a few more pics of the two remaining before letting Mr. Quinn and Misty out to inform the trespassers that it was time to move on.

All was quiet for a few hours until our resident wild turkeys showed up...

Accompanied by some deer.  I think it may have been a party of sorts, or maybe with the rain we've been having I could say that in this picture they may have been looking for an ark.

Whatever their purpose for being nearby, it wasn't good enough for my ever attentive watch dogs.  Misty Belle says that her work is never done, and she thinks she and Quinn deserve a few extra hugs and treats for their very full day!

Thank you to those of you who left comments yesterday, you guys make me smile and I just think I have the smartest and most amazing readers on the planet!  And for those who asked, I did try the foil, soda, salt thing for removing the tarnish, but it was no match for my tarnish, though it did help a lot.  I ended up using Twinkle silver polish and then using a special polishing soft cloth, because when I tarnish, I tarnish big! :)

Also, Phyllis is an eagle eye, because my chandelier is by Solaria!

Oh, and I read this quote on Pinterest today and thought, how perfect for my sleepless night...I wonder who was dreaming of me?!!!


  1. Oh, I'd never heard that one before.

    Lots of goings on at 5:30 in the morning at your place. Hope tonight is an easier time of it for you!

  2. What a busy place you have that early in the morning!

  3. Greetings from Maine, my friend :)
    I thought of you numerous times while hiking in Acadia National Park. Each time I saw a bird, I would tell Tom about your bird portraits. The landscape is magnificent here. I've taken way too many photos. We leave Mt Desert Isle tomorrow and head to Portland for a wedding.

  4. Those turkey vultures just kind of creep me out for some reason! lol What great pictures you got in the early morning though. That last saying is wonderful. I am going to remember that and wonder whose dream I am in. xo Diana

  5. Wow, I would love being in the middle of all that nature...amazing photos!

  6. They have got to be the ugliest bird for sure Kat. It also gives me the creeps when I see them circling over-head (meaning some poor creature has died)
    Your dogs are beautiful. I love herding dogs. We used to keep them when we farmed and had cattle. Such smart dogs, and sweet too!
    I watched the Lewis and Clark episode too. I told my husband that I couldn't believe how much of the history I had forgotten since grade school, and then we had a good laugh because there is much that I don't remember from grade school.
    You live in an amazing place my friend.
    hugs from here...

  7. Those photos are just awesome, must just love where you live!

  8. Kat- there is nothing like a beautiful morning in the countryside-- love the photos-- love your sweet dog!

    I've never heard that quote before-- but I think it's wonderful--

    Have a lovely weekend//


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