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!