Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Roswell update, and my sweet pet chipmunks

Little by little the backyard is coming along...

Mulch is being spread and garden paths are being staked out (photo from 2 weeks ago)...

A few years back when we took down our old above ground pool, we were left with a crater that I nicknamed Roswell because it looked like a flying saucer had landed in our yard.

Here's the yard several years later, slowly but surely looking less like a crater and more like a garden-in-the-making (Photo from last night, after the gravel was put down in the pathways.)

Another photo from a few weeks ago, showing the paths without gravel. We held off working on this section of the garden until Mr. & Mrs. Wren and their babies moved out of the house pictured above (which has now happened).

There are still so many plants I want to add between the gravel paths...

.. but all in good time.

One of the highlights of working in the garden is being surrounded by the sweet little critters and birds who bless us with their presence. I always carry peanuts in my pocket when I'm watering and such, and that means that my Chips and the Bluejays (HUGE peanut fans) scurry around and/or watch from the trees for me to toss them some treats. Here are several 15 second clips taken over the past week or two of my garden friends.

Chip eating out of my hand.

Check out Chip's cute little tongue while he positions 
the peanut in his cheek! haha

Chip literally leaping into my lap!

My smart little Chip!

A visit from Mr. Bluejay

Another Day, Another Chip...

I just can't get enough of my little Chips! 

Hopefully I'll someday have the camera handy when there are 2 or 3 Chips visiting at the same time. It gets CRAZY as they chase each other around!

Please stop by to visit Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend :)



BECKY said...

Oh, Donna! I love your little Chips!! We have lots of bunnies and squirrels in our yard..but not that tame! Love your beautiful garden, too!

lvroftiques said...

Oh my goodness! How adorable is that?!! I keep trying to get the little squirrels in my backyard to come to me but I think my dogs make them too leery *sighs*

Your former Roswell is looking great!....That cracked me up! Vanna

suzeeez said...

I love your garden! I'm still smiling here after watching all of your chipmunk videos. You sound like me ....I'm always talking to birds and my pond fog and fish. That is so adorable how they are not afraid of you. Love it !

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

I just love your garden!! It is so beautiful!
I am loving the sweet little chipmunk too ~ how totally precious!!

Darla said...

Your garden is coming along nicely. You have great grounds. The chipmunk feeding is awesome!

Anonymous said...

I love how you worked with your Roswell crater and made it work for your yard!! The yard had made such a beautiful transformation!

My sis actually does live in Roswell-

bee blessed

jean said...

You've done a lovely job with your garden. I'll take a pretty garden to any kind of pool any time. Love the chips. So cute!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Oh you KNOW I loved every word, improvement pics, and of course, the chips. Love it all. Wow, what a great new garden you've created. Move over Roswell, hello garden of Eden.

All joys,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Annette said...

Oh the yard looks so inviting. I envy your ability to plant just the right things. Great job and the chips are so cute!

Charlene said...

Love the bird house! And that photo of Mr J with snow on his face is a HOOT!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love the birdhouse & the gardens are lookin' great ! !
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Brenda Pruitt said...

How wonderful that outdoor space is looking now!

Melanie said...

Your videos are so adorable that I watched each one several times, lol. I have tons of chipmunks here by my house, but never knew you could get them to come to you like that. I have to get to the store ASAP and get some peanuts - I want my own little Chip! :-)

Heaven's Walk said...

Beautiful job on your garden, Donna! Is that lavender or catmint you planted? Feeding little Chip must be so much fun for you! Don't let him think he can get in the house, though! That would be disasterous! lol!

Southern Lady said...

Your chipmunks are adorable. I can't believe that they eat from your hands. They must be such fun. Carla

Rhondi said...

Hi Donna
That little chipmunk is so cute! I'm having a porch party tomorrow. Hope you can stop by!

Pamela said...

Donna these videos are sooo sweet!!! I love chipmunks!!!!
Your garden is lovely too...i like what you have done with it!

Hope Baby doesn't get jealous over Chip!!

Pamela xo

Linda said...

the chipmunk reminds me of my childhood. One day my sister's cat Friskie brought home something. It was a chipmunk alive. So I went to the neighbors where my mom helped her; and the lady gave me a small cage. My dad put it on the ceiling hanging. I do not know the time frame but soon she had babies in that cage! I kept one as a pet, my dad let the biggest one out in the woods and the small one with part of it's arm missing at birth died. I had two bird cages wired beside each other. And he would eat in one and the other sleep and potty. Yes! he would hibernate in the winter. I would leave each summer to care for neices and he would not eat much while I was gone. He lived 3 or 4 yrs. I have just one picture of him. It was so much fun,my special pet. Thanks for letting me share. And I enjoyed your web blog very much

Debra at HOMESPUN: said...

well it appears that my lunch break at work will be watching chips. Sheesh I can't believe how tame they are / this is wonderful!