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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gone hiking at the Tillamook Spit!

{ Tillamook Spit }

A few weeks ago we took a drive to Tillamook, because I had read online about how there were lots of rivers running through the area, and several boat launches.  Hubby likes to fish, and this is an area of Oregon we hadn't explored much yet, so we made a day trip... and eventually found ourselves here.  Overlooking the Tillamook Spit.  (see the bay on the right, ocean on the left, and jetty straight ahead)  We took this picture from an overlook, not realizing we would end up down there, parking and going for a hike.  I'd call it a long walk actually, but it was beautiful non the less and it was also 8 miles long.  Completely unprepared we did the best we could... only to return the following weekend and do it again.  The second time, we packed water and snacks, but only made it as far as the jetty along the bay side, before we decided to turn around and go back the way we came, rather than do the full loop.  However, I want to do the full loop.  I'm not much of a rugged hiker, but I have always loved walking, add some nature trails into the mix, even better.  I'm not sure when we'll go back but when we do, I will be ready to do the full loop.  No questions asked.  I think I've found a new hobby.  There are nature trails galore around Oregon, and I am now on the search for more of them.

Before we got to the spit though... we were just randomly driving around, following side roads along rivers, just to see where they would take us.  Along the way we came upon this enormous hydrangea farm.  I couldn't believe my eyes.  Sorry the pics aren't so great, I took them while we were driving, but my gosh, it was beautiful.  We even saw them setting up for a wedding, and after a bit of google searching, I found a website with gorgeous photos... It sounds like they are still a very new venue, but I'm sure they will do well once they get their name out there :: Hydrangea Wedding Ranch Tillamook, Oregon.

This summer has been flying by, but we've been busy and enjoying every minute of it.  Getting a few house projects done, a couple of weddings coming up soon, and just the usual digs of summer.  How are things going your way?  Hope all is well!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

adventures in baby birdies!

This spring we hung a bird house.  It's a natural cedar house, and at first I was going to paint it, but it smells so good and the wood is so naturally pretty, that we left it as it was, and hung it up.  We don't have a fence around our property and our trees are still too young for a bird house, so we finally decided upon hanging a house in this little nook.  After that, we pretty much just tried to stay out of the way of the house, and waited.  The chickadees and finches both checked it out, but didn't stay... until finally after a few weeks of being impatient, a couple of tree swallows moved in.

Since then we've learned a thing or two about tree swallows, one of them being, that they prefer their nests be out in fields on fence posts for example... places where they can see all around and their house is protected by the 'open space' - however they are known to take over other nesting cavities too, and so in this case that's what they did.  Another thing we learned, is that it's safer for this size of bird, to NOT have a perch on the outside of the house, because it makes it easier for predator birds to get in.

Luckily we have a street sign in the corner of our yard that they can perch on during the day.  They take turns flying back to the house to check on their eggs, and just recently... we started to hear the tiny chirps of babies.  We've heard that once the babies fly from the nest, that's it, it's over... so I don't know how much longer this will last.  But it's been a very sweet addition to the beginning of our summer.  We can see the nest from the window in our kitchen, and the birds have gotten to trust us being around, so they don't mind us peeking out the window at them from time to time...

On a side note, hubby has been wanting to get a pressure washer for a few years now, and since his birthday is coming up at the end of August, I might just have to surprise him with one.  We realized once we hung the house and birds moved in, that getting to clean this side of the house kind of got put on hold until our little friends moved out.  But it was a good excuse to wait.  It's been really neat watching the tree swallows swoop around the yard in the evenings collecting bugs, and of course the whole experience of having birds move into our new little house, watching them bring twigs and feathers to build their nest, seeing them mate on the post in the yard, and finally hearing that the babies have hatched.  I would say a little dust on the side of the house in the mean time has been totally worth it.  And when they do finally go... I'm sure hubby will have a blast playing with his new water toy too. Ahh the joys of summer...  

What have you been up to lately?  
Hope your 4th of July weekend has been wonderful.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July!!

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to pop in and wish you all a very safe and happy 4th of July!

{ pink hydrangeas }

catch up with you soon.