House Cleaning Day

DSCN5927Today was mild enough to get outside to clean out all of the birdhouses so they are ready for this year’s occupants. The three bluebird houses along the driveway had old nests in them, including one that had the skeletal remains of a baby bird that didn’t make it.

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The bluebird houses all have hinged fronts that make them easy to clean. For the other houses, I just rely on some long tweezers I bought at the flea market  to pull out the nests in pieces.

The nests that we removed today contained a lot of the yarn and wool roving that I put out for the birds last spring so I guess I will do the same again this year. Have to wonder how they would feel about dryer lint!

DSC_0459I’ve included a photo of a round birdhouse that I attached (and photographed last year, hence the green) with a piece of plumbing hardware that is used to hang pipes from ceilings or attach them to walls. Very handy for hanging inexpensive craft-store birdhouses that have no other means of attaching to a tree or post. The hanger strap is attached to two small wooden blocks which , in turn, are nailed to the tree. This particular house is clothed in birch bark and has a pine cone roof. Most of the craft store bird houses require some ingenuity to mount them.

7 toes!

7 toes!

Buster was on hand to supervise the birdhouse cleaning and dutifully raised one of his 7-toed paws for the camera. He doesn’t hang around the bird feeders at all, but I’m not so sure about the houses and I always feel a little guilty about his presence in the garden.

Spent some time picking up sticks and just generally checking out the condition of the gardens. One side of the yard has practically no snow left, while the other side still has a foot of snow and looks like the height of winter.

Still about a foot of snow on this side of the yard.

Still about a foot of snow on this side of the yard.

Most of the snow on the other side of the yard has melted.

Most of the snow on the other side of the yard has melted.

About Susan Guagliumi

I am an author, craftsperson and a gardener. My proposal for a book tentatively titled "The Artful Gardener" was just accepted by Stewart, Tibori and Chang Publishers. Although this will be my fifth book, it is the first outside the area of hand/machine knitting. The manuscript is due early in 2013 and the book is scheduled for Spring of 2014. A somewhat longer process than giving birth to a child, embarking on an author's journey can be just as daunting, exciting and almost as fulfilling.
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