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What a difference two weeks make

Hi Everyone. Happy Wednesday.  

Lou and I are finally back into the swing of things.  It always takes us a couple of days to catch up, unpack, tidy up, clean house, give lots of love and cuddles to the cats, get settled in back at work - and just generally get used to the fact that we are home!  

I haven't been any where near my craft room - and won't get there until Friday afternoon and I must admit, I am looking forward to getting my hands all inky and having some crafting fun!

In the meantime, I wanted to share a couple of photos of the wetland with you.   My!  Lou and I couldn't believe the difference that greeted us when we got home.   When we left, there were no leaves on the trees, the wetland was still brown - but showing a few touches of green.  Even some of the trees were only just starting to show the smallest, tiniest, hint of green..... here's what it looked like the morning we left

First of May (1 of 1)

Few little hints of grey... but still very much winter... (You can see the turkey taking advantage of dropped seed under the feeder!)

Well..... here's what it looked like when we got back on Sunday - just a short two weeks later:

16th of May (1 of 1)

What a difference!   It's lush and green and, even though some of the grassland hasn't come in yet..... so much of it has.  

Not only that... but we have new birds - returning birds - gracing our feeders:

Oriolemay2015 (1 of 1)

Yes.... the Orioles are back!  We hadn't even had the chance to pick up new feeders, so we stuck out the old one as soon as we go home, filled it up with jelly and fresh juicy oranges - and they were at the feeder immediately.

Of course, that made some of the other birds really happy, too!

Redbelliedmay2015 (1 of 1)

The redbellied comes purely for the oranges and loves to sit and eat them whilst they are juicy and fresh.

Then... I saw a flash of black and white - with pink!

Grosbeakmay2015 (1 of 1)

He and the female have taken to feeding at the cattail feeders that we have at the front of the house.  The chickadees and goldfinch love these feeders, but we were surprised to the see grossbeak's at them, too.

So, a little update on our little piece of heaven.  It's so nice to be home and it's going to be wonderful to be able to sit out underneath the deck and watch it all this weekend.  Hopefully it's going to be warm enough this weekend... it's been FREEZING - literally!  here the last couple of days, so we are hoping to celebrate the weekend with some nice warm weather.

I'll be back with a couple more photos for you tomorrow.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.