Saturday, July 15, 2017

Robin's Roost



Today is the Housewarming Party for Root*Center*Son.  His name is Robin and in late May he bought a little oasis of a house not too far from the Vermont State Capitol.  As you can see, he has a lovely front porch, complete with white climbing roses.  Both sides of the porch came with large hanging baskets.  He never quite managed to fill them with flowers, feeling that whatever got planted wouldn't have sufficient sunlight.  So guess what.  Just a week before his Housewarming a pair of Robins began building a nest in one of the hanging pots!  Then they built one in the other pot as well. We'd already been calling his home "Robin's Roost"; now the name is permanent!
Awaiting word on eggs.  Stay tuned! ๐ŸŒฟ





6 comments:

  1. How very fine! Maybe it should be Robins' Roost rather than Robin's Roost? This past week has been unduly demanding, but things let up on Friday. Next week I allegedly have court in the SF Bay Area on Wednesday, then have to get up at an ungodly hour on Thursday to get to Red Bluff (way up in the Sacramento Valley, too far to drive up and back in a single day--fly from Fresno to SF, then to Redding and drive a half hour south).

    Plenty to do this weekend--I just replaced an optical drive on our computer; an old one (we have two) had croaked. Working fine now.

    Alan

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  2. I'm not an expert, but I should guess that such a bungalow would probably have been built between about 1890 and 1920; the location of the chimney might point to an earlier date. Close inspection of the siding, particularly the grain and nailing pattern, can give further clues. The original foundation would likely have been brick rather than concrete. Looks real nice.

    Alan

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  3. Utterly lovely, listener! ♥

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  4. Wonderful house for Robin and robins.

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  5. Thanks all! BIG nap this afternoon and I am mostly restored.

    ONE egg last I knew! :-)

    Alan, the house was built in 1933 and the foundation is original. The siding is amazing and cedar and the porch is cedar. The wide overhang has kept it in excellent condition with no need for gutters. Excellent design!

    During the Housewarming Party, 4 year old grandson spotted the local fawn about 30 feet away, and awhile later PhD*Son (the wildlife biologist) spotted a large coyote in the back field. The brothers had already investigated a place in the field where the grasses were all matted down and found bear scat. 4 year old Grandson very much wanted to head off (even alone) to see the coyote...! When it was explained that the coyote is not like a pet, but is wild, he said that was okay because he would just use his Cheetah Powers! We had to watch him very closely all day. Silly boy! Then his little sister (age 22 months and recently becoming fairly verbal) started walking up the middle of the long driveway, turned, waved a little wave and said, "Bye! ... Trip!" LOL! So her big brother (the adventurous 4 year old) asked, "Daddy, where is she going?" Daddy (tongue in cheek) replied, "She's walking home, buddy." [Which home is about 30 miles away. Ha!) At which the little feller ran to her calling, "NO! Don't leave!!" and kind of turned to the rest of us like we must be crazy like why aren't we stopping her? It was all over in about 2 minutes, of course, since the little one was only *pretending* to go on a "Trip." Ha! They sure are an adventurous pair!! Wait until they're teenagers!!! ๐Ÿ˜„

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  6. Ah, but after so much rain this season, the day turned out perfect for the Housewarming Party!! Our entire family was present. It was warm and went from partly to mostly sunny. People sat around in camp chairs or inside on couches, or walked the grounds, etc.. Grandad made huge bubbles and I have a photo of littlest Granddaughter trying to squeeze a little more dishwashing liquid into the bucket, saying, "More" when the bubbles were nearly gone. Everyone loved the house, and ALL comments were complimentary. Best of all, the space seemed to bring folks' creativity to the fore with ideas for small improvements to consider over the coming years (clearly with their help!). It was lovely to see everyone being so kind and so very happy for the sibling who has had the least all these years. Warms a mother's heart, y'know?

    Plus, our new Home Owner decided after all to let his three 8 to 10 year old nieces go upstairs and play in the eaves. These are big storage areas that run the length of his house on both sides of the slanting roof upstairs, accessed by a half-size door in each room. He called them "Hobbit Holes" and handed out flashlights to his enchanted nieces. Ha!

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