Wednesday, August 15, 2012

scenes from a country cottage: the squirrels find the corn

i was about to go for a walk yesterday, when the late summer sun cut the prettiest glow across the yard and i had to run back inside for my camera. the dog days ended yesterday and there is a new whisper of cool in the air, so faint you have to strain to feel it, but it is certainly ahead. as i walked around, i noticed the corn shavings and peelings and pieces littering the ground. it seems the friendly squirrels who patrol our trees have discovered the glorious, delicious cornfield that flanks our cottage. the other morning, i stood silent in the laundry room and watched as one hopped up on the old well with his treasure, then nibbled and devoured a tiny little ear, leaving just dust and old kernels as he scurried away.

squirrels were the bane of my sweet nanno's dedicated attempts to build a bird feeder on the lamppost by the front of his house. they would climb and swing to get to the top, taunting the babies that lived inside. he built a little silver disc to keep them out, and we never saw them again. but this week, i'm thankful for the little creatures. for bringing me a moment of laughter, a reprieve of silliness. a moment to remind me that this world is really not about me, but about all of us living our day-in, day-out lives, eating, socializing and running. from the biggest to the littlest of us.


Erin {pughs' news} said...

I noticed the slightest hint of a chill in the air last night, too. Autumn is on its way. I hope it takes a while getting here, but when it arrives, I'll welcome it with open arms!

Blondie's Journal said...

Squirrels are just too funny. We are surrounded by walnut trees so I get a lot of entertainment well into the fall! I love when they climb on the window sills and freak my dogs out!


Tiffany said...

So beautiful! I always love your scenes blogs. :)


annaKristianne said...

Dearest Courtney,

I completely relate to how you feel about the little creatures. I love to take a walk around the neighborhood I live in and watch the little baby squirrels.

The way you write always inspires me, and it is so beautiful.

Hope you are doing well.

Much love,


p.s. Pablo is adorable! Please tell him I am a great fan already.

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