Thursday, June 4, 2015

Two things that made me smile this morning ;-)

 

As I was sitting here at my computer desk, I heard a strange bird song.  My attention was drawn to the window and lo and behold, I jumped up and grabbed camera and put it to the window and zoomed in. (I need to wash my windows for better viewing/picture taking.) The first photo I took was the best.  I do hope to see this lovely bird again.

It is the Spot-breasted Oriole, Icterus pectoralis. What a treat!

I had to do a google search on orange and black birds in FL to see what this visitor was. I read that besides berries and insects, it likes nectar and there are quiet a few of these trumpet flowers are in boom right now.

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Below, he/she is with the vanda orchid ‘Miss Joachuim’ in the background.  This Oriole was introduced to FL in the late 1940’s.  I am blessed to have had this one visit Plum Cottage Gardens. Hope it comes back.

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The first thing that made me smile this morning was getting an email from Etsy telling me that one of my hearts sold. Smile

It was this one below. Thank you Leslie.

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That’s it for now. Later I’ll post a recipe and pictures for strawberry bread. It just finished baking a little while ago and smelled wonderful.

FlowerLady ~ who is thankful for many blessings, big and small.

27 comments:

Nancy J said...

Wonderful that your Etsy is starting to progress well. No wonder, those hearts are gorgeous. And your bird, what a find for the morning. Thanks for your comment, Lorraine, I treasure your words , Judith was a very special friend, for a short 13 years or so, and her funeral was a true celebration of her life.I was honoured to be a part of the service.

Jane said...

Hi Rainey! I know the orioles around here love grape jelly. Probably the ones in Florida do also. :) Congratulations on the your Etsy sale!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a beautiful bird to wake up to! Congratulations on your first Etsy sale - your hearts are so beautiful! xo Karen

janiceflorida said...


The oriole is just magnificent! It' such a blessing when unexpected sightings like that come our way. Congrats on your sale, hope it's just the beginning.

Stephanie said...

Oh my, the Oriole is stunning! What a delight to see it in the tree - I can see why it made you smile. And the heart is truly stunning, my dear. May you have a beautiful weekend. Hugs!

Jean Campbell said...

A single post with so much beauty. Perfect capture on the Oriole. You have incredible patience and such an eye for the unusual. The Heart is beautiful, exquisite work.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Thanks be to God for blessing you in special ways today.

Mrs. E said...

I love orioles--they are just beautiful! Great photos!

Consider It All Joy said...

What beautifully colored birds, it's God amazing in His creations?!?! Congrats on your Etsy sell, I bought one as well :) Blessings, Cindy

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Congrats on the sale! I love the Orioles. Ours are Baltimore Orioles and live high in the trees behind us. They grace our feeders enjoying the hummer's better than theirs. I have tried putting oranges and grape jelly out for them but they like the hummer feeders better, lol.

I suspect that as the day went on, you found a lot more things to make you smile.
xx, Carol

Lynn McIntosh said...

Oh, what a beautiful visitor!!! I have tried attracting orioles to our yard, but have not had any luck so far. He is so striking and I think you got a wonderful shot! And congrats on your Etsy sale! Your handwork is beautiful!

Susan said...

How wonderful to have such an awesome visitor in the garden. You got a fabulous photo of him! Congrats on your sale. Your miniature hearts are adorable. What a great way to start the day. Have a nice weekend.

~ Dixie said...

Great picture of gorgeous Orioles. I read somewhere that they are fond of oranges cut in half. Might be worth a try to entice them to re-visit.
I love the heart pillows...so intricate and delicately stitched.
Congratulations on your sale and lovely shop!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

What a great photo of the bird! So wonderful for your things selling. You have a beautiful Etsy shop!

Flower Freak said...

Congratulations on your first Etsy sale! The heart is beautiful.
Birds are a perk of gardening.Your pics of the Oriole are great and I'm sure you will see more of him now that he's discovered your nectar haven!
Happy Gardening!

gld said...

Congratulations on the Etsy sale.

The oriole is a stunner. We have had Baltimore and Orchard orioles in the past but they don't stay here long.
We have seen none for the last two years even though I put out grape jelly hoping.

Hope your beauties keep visiting.

Deb said...

I love the heart! So glad it sold. Great pictures of the bird. Have a nice weekend.

Jeri Landers said...

Lucky you! On both counts. Firstly, such a stunningly ORANGE birdy, I have never seen one here. Secondly, Leslie is very lucky to own such a delicate and beautiful piece of work by you, I adore it>

M.K. said...

Yay for Etsy sales!!! I just shared your etsy store on FB, so maybe that will help some too. I'd love for you not to have to worry at all about work and income, but for God to provide for you abundantly with your skills, at home. Beautiful heart, and she is lucky to get it!

Kit said...

Yay! You have your Etsy site up again. Nice to see! That bird is gorgeous. Love it! Having a great day in Montana! Have a lovely my dear friend. Love,Kit

Darcie said...

What a beautiful blessing for you! I LOVE birds, and enjoy hearing/seeing all that we have been given to enjoy in the bird world. So very Pretty!

NanaDiana said...

Thank you for finding me and leaving me a comment about the rose. I am your newest follower and will put you on my sidebar right away. I am taking a couple of weeks off due to a death in our family and some other thngs but I will be back to visit after that. Hugs, Diana

Heather said...

Lovely pictures!! I love birds, too. My daughter's nursery theme was actually "baby birds". :)

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Another blog, with 'Musing' in the name. :-)

What a beautiful bird. Living up north, I don't think I have ever seen an Oriole. Somehow, they do sound as if they love it, down South.

Gentle hugs,
Tessa

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

June 9th

Thank you for your comment, in my blog.

You said that you chose the word 'musings' for your blog name, because you would be writing about different things. I chose it, for the same reason. :-)

And I paired 'musing'... With 'here there be'... ("Here there be musing" blog) Which I love the sound of, in "Here there be dragons"...

And you asked how I found you... I had seen your Icon and comments in other blog. So I popped over. I too am a "lady of a certain age" and I love pretty things. Among other things.

Gentle hugs,
Tessa

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Beautiful shots of the Oriole and your heart is so delicate and pretty!

Elizabeth (*eli*) said...

What a beautiful bird! Seeing him/her would have absolutely made my day - certainly a perfect way to start your morning.