Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ospreys, 1; Eagle, 0

We finally got to take the kayaks out today.  The weather has been OK lately, but windy enough to raise quite a chop and we're wimpy kayakers.

We didn't take a camera out today--in one way, a pity.  But OK--I don't think we could have caught today's wonder on film anyway.  Some things you just have to experience.

We are at the height of osprey nesting season on the lake now, so are used to many ospreys flying overhead.  But today one of them was much bigger, darker, with a blinding white head and tail.  In other words: a bald eagle.  Who was chasing an osprey that was carrying a fish.  After quite a fight (oddly silent--much thrashing of wings but no screaming or smack talk) the osprey dropped the fish.  They went their separate ways for a moment--then the eagle hit the water and tried to grab the fish.  At that point, three more ospreys joined in the fracas and the eagle finally departed.

Alas--no one got the fish  :-(

Meanwhile, back at the ranch--the Great Cottage Cleanup has continued.  No before pictures of the dye room, but here's the finished product:

Then, last of all, I tackled the closet.  During the rest of the Mad Cleanup, anything that went in the closet just got tossed in there.  The final result was this:

So all of that got dragged out (into my nice clean sewing room!), sorted, tossed, set aside to find new homes), and the remainder returned to proper places.

So the cottage is done!  I'm just waiting for inspiration to go make stuff and mess it up again.

Now if I could just do this to the house.  The cottage is only 400 square feet.  The house is filled with a lifetime of detritus.  Do not expect "after" pictures anytime soon.

Finally--we have a wren nest in the hanging bag meant for squirrels.  If you look closely at the second picture you can see some eggs.  Hard to believe that in about three weeks little birds will be flying from there.

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