Thursday, July 11, 2013

Wild thing, you make my heart sing...

You make everything... 

(talk about dating myself!!!)

You've all heard the phrase "you can't teach an old dog new tricks," 
but apparently you can teach a young squirrel some new ones!

At least with the help of my fearless Chip
(who has a bit of an alien "Take me to your leader" look going on in this photo!)

Chip is delighted to come and visit me (it's actually the peanut basket he enjoys visiting, but I pretend it's me). The birds and the squirrels? Not so much. They typically hold back a bit and wait for something to be tossed in their direction.

Needless to say, Chip gets a lot more peanuts than the other critters since he's not one bit shy about helping himself.

One evening a few weeks ago, I watched while Sammy Squirrel, over on the chair, studied Chip's comings and goings in and out of the peanut basket.

 He was clearly in awe of Chip's front row seat at the self-serve buffet.

The aroma of roasted peanuts was clearly seducing him.

And before long, Chip and I had company on the settee.

First one paw on the basket...

...and then the other. Sammy was a happy camper as he grabbed a couple of peanuts for the road.

Not wanting to miss out on this action, Mr. Blue Jay also swooped in for a peanut or two.

All in all, a great way to unwind after a hectic day, 
spending time with all the little critters who grace our backyard with their presence.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

For more posts about our sweet backyard Chip(s)
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This week I'm joining Claudia, Mockingbird Hill Cottage for A Favorite Thing Saturday,
and Cindy, My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday

No, the photos weren't take through a window. I was enjoying the backyard, sitting on the wicker settee right next to the peanut basket. That's the only way I could possibly get decent close-ups with my little point & shoot Canon Power Shot!



Donna said...

It is such fun to watch the critters! And I always enjoy seeing Chip.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

These are great photos! Are they taken through the window? I have friends that have a friendly squirrel who will chatter to get their attention when he wants a peanut!

Susan said...

Oh Donna, those were great photos! You are a Mother Earth mama, for sure.

I do NOT leave peanuts for the squirrels. The squirrel army living around here would clearly LOVE to move to your yard. Can I send them? hee hee

Have a great day. You should submit those to a nature magazine! Susan

Barb said...

Such an entertaining afternoon!

Karen said...

Those are adorable pictures, those critters must love you for leaving them such great treats.

Melanie said...

I love watching the adventures of Chip...he is SO cute! The one of him in the basket with his mouth stuff with a peanut is too darling.

Debra at HOMESPUN: said...

I love your chip and squirrel posts :) No chips around here that I have seen but plenty of of them is a bit tamer than the rest...not sure why/he is just braver, I guess! :)

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Those photos are just adorable--made me smile :)

Suz said...

boy could we be buddies
I just love them!
and that shot of the big cheeked rascal..well Im still laughing
you are a good human
and your piece of earth is beautiful

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Oh Donna, how cute! How lucky to have all those little friends come join you. Great photos!
Thanks for sharing.

Elaine said...

Animal watching is so much better than people watching. What a great time in your backyard!