In my lifetime I have have known the pleasure that pets can bring — of all shapes and sizes.
As a child first it was a Scottie dog — for only 48 hours — as the children of his previous owner wanted him back.
As an adult, it’s Duncan, a Morkie, a cross between a purebred Yorkshire terrier and a purebred Maltese, who is admittedly one of the sweetest and dumbest animals alive. We rescued him when he was one, but he was raised with cats. Need I say more?
Before Duncan there were three goldfish — and each time one passed onto the great toilet bowl in the sky, a local or national tragic event happened somewhere in the world. The only one I clearly remember was the fire that leveled the local Boys Town shelter.
Years later, a friend of ours had a cockatiel that I loved, so I decided to try a parakeet — and then another. Jake was the first followed by George, or Georgette as my wife referred to him/her as it loved to bite.
And now it is apparently back to birds — hummingbirds, if fact, but luckily, I sure cannot count them all.
Delicate petals of pink flowers with Hummingbird
When I was in Denver, Colorado, two years ago covering a photo shoot for Archadeck Outdoor Living, one of the home exteriors we photographed had an exquisitely diverse backyard. As you entered it from the front of the house there was a long, winding faerie garden (tiny gnome villages and all) along the left approach leading to a stone grotto with a Zen-like gurgling water feature.
On the right side in the rear of the yard there was a massive deck and outdoor living room, complete with a majestic fireplace, a Green Egg®, a travertine L-shaped bar, a chef’s outdoor kitchen, dining table and chairs and two outdoor sofas that faced each other.
Along the left edge of the this outdoor living space was an exterior header beam with suspended red and clear glass hummingbird feeders suspended from it. And the hummingbirds came in droves much to my delight as I was supervising the shoot — for it was the very time I was able to enjoy their playful beauty close up.
Recently we moved our residence South a bit and had the rear of our new home professionally landscaped to wrap our rounded patio. In the process of doing that I noticed that many of our neighbors had hummingbird feeders, so I thought it was worth a shot to follow suit.
I went to Lowe’s® and bought a double-pronged black iron Shepherd’s Hook and a colorful hanging pot of seasonal flowers — with those small, red trumpet blossoms hummingbirds are so attracted to, and a clear glass and red hummingbird feeder from Target® which was placed on the opposite hook.
Today is Tuesday. We placed this new installation outdoors two days ago on Sunday — and there has several hummingbirds drinking and fluttering about during daylight (and twilight) hours.
It just so happened that on Sunday afternoon two of my grandchilden were here after the installation. We all stood indoors looking out the glass patio door squealing with delight.
Welcome to my version of Loving Outdoor Living.