Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

For several months after having moved to a new town I truly missed our home in the woods, missed the din of the birds in the morning, so that the new noises of the new house were deafening. Even though I cursed the deer every time they had a feeding fest in my perennial garden, I missed seeing the doe-eyed animals peeking through my bedroom window during the witching hour. I liked being able to stroll the property in my nightie or walk to the mailbox, which was a fair distance away, in my robe.  I loved sitting in my lawn chair with a good book while the hummingbirds flit and fluttered the boundaries of our small acreage–I missed them most of all, my friends the birds.

After the separation anxiety of the move waned,  I decided to  invite the hummingbirds to join us at our little cottage by the bay. I promised them abundant lobelia, coral honeysuckle nectar, and tall trees to call home–eventually, they came. Soon after the finch, chickadees, and woodpeckers followed. They’ve visit every year for the past six years–now my heart is at rest in our new home.

©Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.

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