Cane Hill Cranes

Sorry for the long delay in posting.  I have been just resting and getting back on my feet, then Phil came for a couple days to visit.  He is now out on the Island in a Condo at Jensen Beach to enjoy the sun and surf for a week.  All his friends that live in South Florida will come to him this year instead of his having to drive around to see them.  He is looking good and feeling good so hopefully the cancer is taking a breather for him so he can enjoy this wonderful weather and friends.

I had another visitor this morning.  Photo on 4-25-16 at 8.46 AM

If you look very carefully at the upper end of the shadow you can see what I saw going past my kitchen window as I was putting away the groceries.  We know the Sand Hill Cranes nest in the green area behind our house but don’t see them too often and this is the first time this year to see the babies.  Mother lead the way, followed in line by two babies and Father bring up the rear watching all the time for any movement or danger.  I ran to get my Mac and get it ready to take pictures just as they crossed the street to the empty lot across from us.  I got into the shade of the big tree so I could see my screen and then just stood still.  Father didn’t much like me there but said nothing and Mother paid no attention. just went on pecking at the ground showing the babies how to do it.  I guess the sun was pretty hot so she began moving nearer to where I stood. Photo on 4-25-16 at 8.47 AM #2

I wish I knew how to get a close up of them but this was the best I could do.  I did have my volume turned way down so when the picture clicked it gave off just a light ping.  Mother heard it and looked at me but I stood very still and she kept moving closer with the babies. Photo on 4-25-16 at 8.47 AM #4

Father never came any closer, nor did he feed.  He kept watch to be sure I didn’t move and I didn’t move at all so got a couple more pictures of the family before I had to move because my back was breaking. Photo on 4-25-16 at 8.47 AM #4 Photo on 4-25-16 at 8.48 AM

Mother started to move off to the left. Photo on 4-25-16 at 8.48 AM #2

And her family went with her and I just had to stand up straight.  Father then moved them on faster  as he saw Norman there also taking pictures with the i-phone and we came in the house.  It was the high light of the day.  As you see we don’t lead a very exciting life here but we are happy.  I am spending much of my time sewing for my story books.  Do you remember “Little Black Sambo”?  That used to be one of my favorite stories and now I am bringing him back to life.  Photo on 4-25-16 at 9.36 AM

Well here he is with one of the tigers that harassed him.  I am working on the other two now.  Did you ever wonder how a boy from the South ever met up with three tigers?  I did.  And come to find out the original story was not about Black Sambo at all but Black Riji a little boy in India.  Thus the tigers lived in the woods right behind his house.  It was never intended to be a racial slur at all, just a very cute kids story.  I hate it that people take all our childhood pleasure and make them into things they were never meant to be.  Anyways Black Riji lives in my house for ever more.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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4 Responses to Cane Hill Cranes

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Hello, Carol, Our lives are not very exciting either but it is good! We have two ducks who walk through our yard and we have had coyotes. We enjoyed seeing the cranes. We also have eagles that fly past to their nest across the lake. We also had an inch of snow last evening!
    I am glad you are resting. We had a Black Sambo book when I was young, too.


    • We spoke of you yesterday with my brother in law. He advised we move to Nova Scota if Donald Trump is elected president this year. I agree- I said I would resign as a US citizen rather than call him my president. Phil has a good friend that is from Canada and he says many are talking about the same move if Trump gets elected. I just think the whole country has gone crazy!! Shirley has an eagle that nests near their lake also. They are the most beautiful bird. Shirley also told me to get some cracked corn and put it out for the Sand Hill cranes and they would stop in our yard to eat and yell at me when they needed more. So when we go out again we will look for some and try it. I love all the animals you see but you can keep the snow – I have had all I ever want of that in my life.
      I am now working on a kangaroo for my Swagman book. He is coming out so big I need to get some more fibber fill to stuff him. But he is looking good. I post a picture when I get him done. I am also just stuffing the second tiger for Little Black Sambo then I need one more of those. I have no idea what I’ll do with all these animals I am making but something will come to me when I am sick of making them. In the mean time it does keep me busy and happy.

  2. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Hello, Carol,
    There will be some grandchilden who will probably love those animals when you are finished! They likely will enjoy playing with them when they visit you. We had a few flurries yesterday and John brought home more wood as there were only three pieces left this afternoon.

    Donald Trump is quite the creature. We watch CNN quite often and he disgusts me with how he talks about the others. His mother would probably be shocked at his actions. I can’t imagine other presidents talking like he does. it is indeed a strange world. Here in Canada, marijuana is going to be lealized next year so we have our share of idiots,too!

    Keep resting!

    • Hi Rosemary, I love getting you notes. I fell like I am connected to the world. It is getting so hot here this week we finally put the AC on which means I don’t go out side at all in the afternoon. I do walk around the Circle each morning so I can keep moving. Phil, Norman’s brother goes back to New Hampshire today. Tom, my grandson and his wife are bringing him to the air port right now. It is such a long mess to get on a plane these days, He has to be there at least two hours before his flight so he leaves home about 8:30 and does not take off until 11…30 if the flight is on time. Luckily he does a through flight so there is no lay over on the way. Then a friend will pick him up in Boston. Hate to see him go but he has a home to go to and friends to help him there. We aren’t much help here.
      Don’t work too hard, but enjoy the gardens. Carol

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