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  1. Butterflies often visit my birdbath, which has a raised portion in the center that I putt a couple of flat about small palm-sized stones on the top of. They stay wet because that particular bath gets a lot of traffic, robins and sparrows love bathing in it all day long, a constant stream, so I will sometimes add water to it once in the early morning when I rise and once in the early afternoon. It gets the most traffic on the hottest, sunniest days (like today). The stones are not underwater, but the flat tops stay wet either because of splashed water from the other birds bathing or slight waves caused by a breeze rippling across the water’s surface. The butterflies will land on those stones and bask in the sun. They also like to bask in the sun on the leaves of the Japanese maple and one shrub that I don’t know what the name of it is that are close to/overlook the bird bath, near the water’s surface. I assume it’s because they are able to catch some kind of ambient cooling effect from the evaporating water.

    1. I’ve always wanted a Japanese maple. Maybe I’ll get one for a big container. It’s wonderful that you take so much care for your nature friends.

  2. The book sounds interesting, but I’m waiting for you to give it a review.
    We, too, are going to be hot & muggy this weekend. Not looking forward to it. I hope we can get some good rain out of it!!
    Stay cool & love your plants & your photography!!

  3. I hear wrens here a lot too but rarely see them; they are quick little creatures. I enjoy their silly chatter.
    Many of my plants are not looking great, but some moss roses that reseeded themselves recently started to bloom in my rock garden, and my phlox just began to bloom (which is a little late but they are in partial shade). It makes up for the things not doing so well. Your hibiscus looks nice with those big fat buds! I too like foliage and stems with red as a nice contrast in the garden.

    1. Every year I tell myself I’m getting phlox. Then for some reason I don’t. I believe it was my great-grandmother’s favorite flower.

  4. Maybe you’ll get a pic of the Beswick wren soon – it’s always an “of the moment” thing, or luck, that presents the photo you’ve been trying to get.
    And love the driftwood too! I “see” a half profile of a fox face. The ears,one eye, and a rather long snout.
    I hope you and little Charlie have a nice week-end.
    Mary

    1. I haven’t been able to get many good photos of birds this summer so far. I’ll have to go look at the driftwood and “see” if I can see what you do!

    2. Hi Brenda,
      I see the profile of the fox! So cool. Our air went out this week and it’s been so hot and humid here in Florida. We broke down and had to finance for a new system! Ouch but with me having an autoimmune disease I just can’t take the heat.

      I can relate to what you said about running the fans and not moving around to stay cool. The temp inside got up to 89 in the house. We’ll sleep well tonight with the new unit.

      Love your post! I always look forward to them.

  5. I love watching the birds at the feeder and Annie Belle does also. Cloudy day so I’m inside and resting as I’ve pulled my back again. Getting old isn’t for sissies is it! Think I’ll read as I’m ready to start a new book.

    1. I’ve been outside pulling out some of the mess in that blue raised bed. So now I have an ice pack on my back. I use it every night before I go to sleep to relax my back and neck. I’d love to feed the birds, but it always attracts mice.

  6. Hot here and we sure need a good soaking rain. Maybe tomorrow! Your patio still looks so pretty and the driftwood plantings look so green and healthy. After I read a few of your past posts, I decided to put an additional saucer of water out for the birds/squirrels; I do believe if they could write, they would leave me a thank you note. They have thoroughly enjoyed the extra water and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them.

    Cannot wait for the review of this book; sounds like a very good read.

    1. A few weeks ago I set some additional saucers out on the cement. Then a reader told me that Charlie could drink out of that and the bird could have been sick. So I’ve raised all mine up

  7. At my home here in central Va., we have Carolina wrens -happy, loud, cute .

  8. Good morning Brenda and Charlie,

    I hope that you are having a great week, is your apartment finally cooling off?
    The patio looks beautiful, I love the piece of driftwood with the plantings, it reminds me of a piece of coral.

    This books sounds fascinating!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    1. I can stay cool as long as I keep all the shades drawn, the fans on, and don’t move around a lot!

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