"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Monday, September 11, 2017

I look out the window and realize that there is not a bird.......anywhere

at the feeder where I just placed fresh feed in..........
I glance over to the watering trough and realize why.
This thirsty and tired hawk

was thoroughly enjoying itself............stomping 
around in the water, and splashing

I think hawks are truly a very pretty birds!........
don't  you?  
The other birds and myself, patiently waited 
for it to get finished..............
then it opened it's large wings and flew away.

I headed on outside to work on painting my old broken shovels
They are rusted and do not have handles........but
they can be made into such pretty things!

I love to paint them and place them out in my gardens

or along paths and up against old fences

They brighten any corner they are placed in

and they add whimsy to my gardens.
How about you?
Do you have any large birds hanging around  your feeders?
Do you decorate your gardens with 
shovels.....statues......or rocks?
I would love to hear!


Granny Marigold said...

A hawk arriving on the scene can clear away little birds in a big hurry!

You've done such a great job of painting those old shovels.
I have a variety of things like sun dials, armillary spheres, a few metal signs ( many of these things I am keeping for my daughter who moved from a house and garden to a condo due to divorce this past year. If she ever gets back into a house she will have them back.)

Nancy J said...

Old shovels, an old pump, some driftwood, and large stones all in our garden. But your painting gives yours all the "once finished for hard work " hope for a continued life, restful and meaningful. Love them all.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I love hawks - any bird of prey, really. Those shovel heads are very quaint. Well done! -Jenn

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I LOVE hawks. They visit often and the birds fly. Lately those big guys have been searching the ground for chipmunks. We have been re-domiciling the little critters to the local county park area. But the hawks are determined to find them in my yard, lol. Love your shovels. There is one on my back porch right now that will not need a new handle NOW!
xx, Carol

Blogoratti said...

Wonderful thoughts and photos and hawk sure are lovely looking indeed. Greetings!

NanaNor's said...

We have Cooper Hawks here, but they tend to kill all of the small birds so I don't care for them that much. We just plant flowers that will feed the birds-I had one summer where Grackles killed all of our Junco's-and one day I found about 20 decapitated gutted birds on my lawn-that was it. Your shovels are so very cute.
Have a great week.
Hugs, Noreen

Chip Butter said...

I love hawks! My favorite is the Red-Tailed Hawk which I sometimes see when we are working in the hay fields. Your shovels are just wonderful!

Henny Penny said...

That hawk is beautiful. The day my husband and I were trying to rescue the baby squirrels, a red tail hawk swooped right down over our heads. He spotted the baby squirrels that had crawled out of their nest. Thankfully, he didn't get one. Oh, I love the painted shovels. That makes me want to go plunder through the shed to see is there might be a couple of old ones there. I could never paint them as pretty as yours though.

Debra said...

I love hawks too. You take the best wildlife photos! Your visitor is very beautiful. We do get hawks here now and then, scoping out the feeders for smaller birds. I think the biggest bird I've seen lately has been a raven.

Lady Jane said...

What great shots of the hawk. Your shovels are wonderful. I think somewhere I have a shovel that the head is loose on. I am going to look for it and paint it up this winter. They are really neat in the garden. Thanks for the idea. Hugs, LJ

Sally said...

Your shovels are beautiful! I so admire those, like yourself, who can create so masterfully. :)

I've not seen a hawk around these part, but yes they are lovely creatures.


Beatrice P. Boyd said...

No feeders, Kathleen, so no birds at all to worry about. We do however have hawks that like to hang around on the top of the mill apartments and whenever we see feathers drifting past our window, we know it was dinnertime for them, sadly for their prey.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Forgot to add, Kathleen, that the shovels look lovely in your garden and what a great re-purposing of a tool!

Karen said...

I think hawks are beautiful and this one is no exception. Your pictures have captured his beauty very nicely. I also love your shovel idea, they are very beautiful works of art.

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

We don't see hawks often, but we do have a neighborhood marauding cat who keeps the birds away when he's around! I do like those shovels. How very creative you are, Kathleen!

Sherri Farley said...

The painted shovels are incredible! Mr. Hawk in such a majestic bird. We several large birds here in the Ozarks. Aren't we lucky to live in places where nature is up close?!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

What a neat idea. That hawk was just hogging the water hole, wasn't he?

Ellen Ross | Ask Away said...

WHOA! What a geat idea with the shovels! And yes I love hawks. We have a marsh out back and we get marsh hawks. They are fascinating to watch. I saw one getting jumped on by a squirrel last week. Then the hawk would squawk and flap at the squirrel. That's one lucky squirrel that he didn't get eaten. I love your blog!
XO Ellen from Ask Away