I am a uni-directional hammerer, so to get to these shingles under the door, I have to turn my upper body upside down to get the right angle.
The Natural World
In the natural world, spring is rapidly progressing toward summer.
The wild blackberries are in bloom.
The mountain laurel is just starting to bust out. I love how the buds are pink, and then open into white flowers.
And a pair of Phoebes is raising a brood in a nest under the eaves in the gable of the south wall. Really, from the moment the roof was on, they were checking out the real estate.
I rode the Genie up to get this shot, but startled the adult in the process. It is going to be quite a challenge working around them as we go to close in the section. Our experience with Phoebes at our old house is that they do launch go from nest, to eggs, to launching the fledglings within a few weeks time. But we will have to be quick, because no sooner have they launched one brood, then they start on the next.
We are always amazed by Pumpernickel's ability to tell time. She has an amazingly accurate internal clock.
After sleeping under the porch all day, at about 4:30 PM, plus or minus 2-3 min, she comes to find us where ever we are working, to let us know she is ready to go home. Seriously, she is never off by more than a few minutes of 4:30!
Anyway, she gives us the look that says "are you guys ready to drag up. because I am?"