Monday, February 22, 2010

For the Birds...

While we've done so much already to the inside living area of the Squash House, I wanted you to know we also have not neglected the "outside living" areas! When we first arrived, we put out all of our bird feeders from the old house. But there was also a built-in bird feeder (below) that was in very sorry shape and totally unusable. You can see one of the perches hanging loosely from it. At one time it was in great shape and even had a copper roof!
Well, a little searching around the internet, and voila - a brand new copper roof feeder! The birds are all over it today - finches, sparrows, juncos and even a couple of doves!
Yesterday morning we took a drive along the Columbia River in Oregon to Hermiston. There was a Bernina/quilt shop there that I wanted to visit - about 90 minutes away. It was a very nice shop, but I'm so happy we now have our own Bernina/quilt shop in town with a great selection of fabrics and notions! Along the way back we detoured to Hat Rock State Park. Below is Hat Rock from the park side. We understand this is an old volcanic plug.
Here is a close-up from the back of the park.
And here are a few photos of the park itself and the boat ramp.

Lots of fishing out there for large and smallmouth bass, steelhead, sturgeon and more! Mr. Squash was out on the dock drooling over a boat just coming in!
We stopped on the road back to take this photo - most of the drive was right along the Columbia river to the right of the photo - absolutely gorgeous!

17 comments:

Stephanie said...

I love that drive. Will Mr. Squash be wanting a boat now?

Linda B said...

Hat Rock looks like a beautiful park. What nice new outings you get now.

Ulla said...

Seems like you already have spring there. Great views along the river.

Kaaren said...

I want to move there. No snow, the grass looks green and the scenery is gorgeous. I'm soooo envious!

And I'm not forgetting your new bird feeder...I love it!!! And I'm sure the birds do as well.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Lovely lovely photos. That water is amazing.

Libby said...

I can hardly wait until we can get out and play in our yard - time soon enough to plan a garden and maybe even a flower or two. You inspire me *s*

Cindy said...

A Volcanic Plug? Never heard of such a thing - but through the pic, one could understand that.

But, today I think I need a "nose plug"...to stop it running...LOL

Carrie P. said...

I know the birdies are liking their new restaurant. lol
What cool place to visit. That rock reminds of Devils Tower in Wyoming.
I clicked to make the photo bigger. So cool.

Barb said...

You certainly have made your home look very inviting....

Julia said...

What a lovely drive that is..
Looks like a gorgeous place to live,,no snow?
Julia ♥

pratima said...

Beautiful views!
So nice that birds are enjoying their new feeders. We recently put one in our balcony. It's a pleasure to watch happy chirping birds :)

Sherri said...

It's just so gorgeous! Bet you are loving having so many beautiful places so close by!

Mary said...

Don't you just love all the exploring that needs to be done when you move someplace new!

CJ said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures! Sounds like a wonderful day!

I want to add some bird feeders this year too!

Jackie said...

It's so lovely there! My parents have bird feeders and we used to have one. I need to get another one as I just love yours and it's fun to watch the birds.

Mel said...

Charming birdhouse! Enticing pictures, thanks for sharing the drive!

Karen said...

I'm glad to see you are taking care of your birds :) Your Hat Rock looks a lot like our Castle Rock but I can see the hat more than the castle.