Monday, March 8, 2010

A New Bluebird House


I know it was the weekend and people are busy, so if you missed my latest bird blog post yesterday, click HERE. As most of you know, my birds are very important to me--and I simply adore feeding them and taking their pictures.

When we moved to this house in 2002, we inherited an old Bluebird Nest box. I have no idea how long it had been in the yard---but last year (after taping it together), we knew that we needed to buy a new one. I loved this particular nest box --so I started asking blogger friends if they knew of where I could find a similar one. Thanks to blog friend JAYNE (Journey through Grace), I found out where to order another Bluebird House.

Laurance Sawyer's BLUEBIRD HOUSING in Ellijay, Georgia is the business I called and then ordered my new house. They are custom-made --and the new nest box is exactly what I wanted. IF you are looking for a neat Bluebird House, contact the Sawyers HERE. Or you can call them at 1-888-835-1207.

I hope my Bluebirds like this new box as much as they did the old one. This one is really safer for them since it is not full of holes!!!! I'll keep you posted --as to what the Bluebirds think about their new home!!!! Hopefully, we'll enjoy many Bluebird families here for many years to come. There is a picture of it above and below, of the new nest box.





The first picture at the top of the page is a close-up of the new Bluebird House. This one was taken from the deck---where I will sit with camera in hand --watching the Bluebirds as they go in and out of the box. I cannot wait... (I'll keep you posted I'm sure!!!! ha)

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On another note, somebody very close to me has a birthday tomorrow (March 9). Wonder who that could be?????????????






And he HUFFED and he PUFFED... This was taken last year on George's birthday... He had to work really hard to blow out ALL of those candles.... We were in Mt. Nebo this time last year --and had a great birthday trip.






See how happy he was??? I hope he is as happy this year --at the young age of 68!!!!! I tease him about being SO much older than I am. For the record, I won't be 68 until August 5!!!! ha ha


We are headed out today on a short birthday trip (a big surprise for George). The only thing he knows is that it involves waterfalls and good food!!!!! We'll be back on Thursday --and I'll post again on Friday (March 12). Hopefully, I'll have some great birthday pictures to share!!!!

In the meantime, why don't you pop over to George's blog (click HERE) and wish him a very Happy Birthday??!! I don't know whether we will have internet service in the mountains --but I will have the laptop with me and George has his iPod Touch, if we do!!!!

Hope you have a wonderful week.

Hugs,

75 comments:

diane said...

Its George's birthday and the Blue birds get a present. Looking forward to seeing those fluffy, blue, balls making themselves home at your place.I'll pop over to George's blog now. Have a nice trip.

Jo said...

What a lovely new house for the Bluebirds. I look forward to seeing their families! Have a wonderful birthday trip. I'm off over to George's blg to wish him for his birthday. (((Hugs))) Jo

√ Abraham said...

Have fun. Am also interested in the Bluebird house. May order me one.

T said...

What an adorable bird house! Can't wait to see if the blue birds like it.

Happy Birthday George!

Big Dude said...

Betsy - Since you guys like to explore, if you haven't been to Ellijay, you may want to drive down and pick up your next birdhouse - it's and interesting little town.

Beth said...

That is a beautiful bluebird house, Betsy. I hope your bluebirds like their new abode.

Happy Birthday to George! Enjoy your birthday trip---looking forward to the pictures when you return.

Jayne said...

I have two of their houses Betsy. One is made of poplar and the other is made from white birch. They seem to prefer the poplar one which I've had for almost 24 years. Marvin Sawyer brought out my birch one he made, just a few months before he tragically passed away. I was so glad to see his sister and her husband picked up the business and have continued to make these wonderful bluebird homes.

Kirigalpoththa said...

That is a lovely bird nest!

Pls convey my best wishes to George tomorrow :D

Sonya said...

Hope you all have a fabulous trip. Can't wait to hear where it is.
Happy BD to George! Ya'll have a great week.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Betsy: Fun birdhouse, all squirrel proof. Have a great trip.

Pedaling said...

some of the very best people - born in March!
and guess what....i have an august b-day too, on the 2nd!

Sunny said...

Love the bluebird house. Have a lovely trip. I'm off to wish George a Happy Birthday!
Sunny :)

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Love that birdhouse...have a happy and safe trip!!!

Mary said...

Love the bluebird house! I'm still hoping to get bluebirds in the one I put up....if I can keep the sparrows away. I'll say Happy Birthday to Geeorge here and then on his site too....that way he gets the wish twice :-) My hubby has a March birthday, too (30th)

Busy Bee Suz said...

I think the bluebirds will love their new casa!!!
Have a wonderful trip with the birthday boy!!!

The Incredible Woody said...

Hope you have a fantastic trip!!

Randy and Jamie said...

Love the house Betsy! BTW were you ears burning? Jamie and I were talking about you guys the other weekend when we were at Amicoloa. :-)--Randy

Roses and Lilacs said...

Good morning Betsy. Good luck getting a bluebird family in your new house. I like the natural look.
Marnie

Di said...

Hi Betsy, love your new feeder. Can you send a few bluebirds our way to test out our new one? ;)

I just wished your 'love bird' a Happy Birthday and hope you two have a wonderful birthday celebration. Diana

Daisy said...

I love your bluebird pictures, Betsy. It was so fun watching the little ones grow up last year. I bet they will love their new home. Happy birthday to George! Hope you have a nice trip! :)

Catsngrams said...

What wonderful pictures. You are a master at capturing those beauties. I will go over to George's blog and wish him a happy birthday. Take care and have a great trip.

Together We Save said...

Have a great time!! Tell George Happy Birthday! You two just seen to have such a great time together. You asked about my family... we are all doing well also.

carolina nana said...

What a neat blue bird house! Hope you and George have a wonderful and safe trip! Have a blessed day,
marilyn

Susie said...

That's a neat looking house Betsy. I've never seen one like that before.

Cicero Sings said...

Happy Birthday to George! That cake he had last year looked YUMmmmeeeeee. I'm sure that the surprises you've cooked up for him will make him even happier than last year.

Mingus turned one year old yesterday (Sunday).

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Have a fun time and take lots of pictures.I'm sure George will be treated royally by you.
BLessings,Ruth

Ginny said...

What a stunning bluebird house, really blogworthy! My birthday is March 9, as well!! I will pop over and wish him a very good one, and with you planning a surprise, I'm sure it will be! Beverly is taking me out for my birthday dinner tonught! I can't wait to see her.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Happy birthday George! I'll be sure to pop over to his blog to wish him the same!

I love your new bluebird box and evemn more I love that you two lovebirds are going away again! Have fun!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I look forward to seeing how well the bluebirds like this house.

I hope you and George have a lovely time away in the mountains!

happily retired gal said...

I'm sure you'll have a great time celebrating George's birthday and look forward to the photos you'll share after the fact! His birthday is a day after my sisters. Her's is the 8th! Loved the kewl birdhouse, your pretty purple blossoms in the header, the wonderful March birds and waterfalls shared a few posts back. I'm catching up bit by bit this afternoon.
Hugs and blessings,
Small Reflections

FIONA said...

Happy Birthday to your sweetie and have a wonderful trip.

Can't wait to see the fabulous pictures.

nanny said...

What a great bluebird house!!! I love it. Which direction does it face? Someone told me it has to face....(I think east) but don't remember?

Chris said...

Hi Betsy, I bet you will have great fun watching the birds nesting in their new house. The birthday cake looks delicious and absolutely dripping with calories.

Lola said...

I am beside myself Betsy. I saw my first bluebird here. It was in the parking lot of the local eatery. I didn't notice the blue till it flew off. Guess it must have been a female or a very young one. Which--can you help me?
I hope the 2 of you have a wonderful trip.
I thought George & I shared something. His special day the 9th & mine the 29th. How about that!!!!

Mrs. JP said...

Hi, I found your blog after jumping around several others. I love your new bluebird house. I'd love to get one but have a question. Does it open up to clean out the nests when the babies are gone so they can build another one?
http://thelittledogshelterintheholler.blogspot.com/

Deb Murphree/Alabama Politics said...

Happy Birthday, George!!!!! I hope your surprise trip is great. I know that anytime you two go out together..it's like magic!

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

That chocolate cake looks decadent! I hope the bluebirds like their new home.

We put a bird feeder outside a spare bedroom window. I'm patiently waiting for the birds to find the feed.

Silver said...

Thanks, Betsy.

:)

Love & Hugs,

Silver

The Retired One said...

August 5th is our anniversary!
Happy Birthday to George...I see he likes to have chocolate cake every year...good choice!

SmilingSally said...

Happy Birthday to your George!

Jen said...

Great Bluebird House--I hope it brings you much happiness. :D
Have a fun filled trip!

Small City Scenes said...

A new home for the Bluebirds. Is this pne different than the one where you showed all the newborn pics and the eggs?
It sounds like you have a nice outing planned for George the Birthday boy.

Of course you remember the Tulips but I didn't know how to make a collage last Spring. but I did show a zillion pictures. I drove through the Tulip fields today and nothing yet. The Daffs are in full color and the fields gorgeous gold.

Have fun and be safe. MB

The Muse said...

i am so behind with my posting and reading, and i do ask your forgiveness.
i was delighted to see your name pop up... :) yes, we plan on looking at the agas this spring
...i was thinking red...but it is fire red! so it looks like creme will be the one :)

time is cherished and challenging as of late...dad has been quite ill. he gets a lower gi tomorrow. today's upper gi showed nothing of note. they did get his carotic stint in today! he ate well today...so the doctor's are pleased he is going to be strong enough for the lower gi. they are treating him very well :) and we are happy they are working swiftly to find the problem!

love your bird house...lol guess the squirrels won't :) lol :)

and happy birthday wishes to your sweetie...i think that smile is a true cake anticipation grin! :)

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Tomorrow is our sweet friend Miss Blissty's Birthday too. A little bluebird flew by to tell you. LOL. Happy birthday to your very special husband. You two are amazing special people. I wish for you a very beautiful day tomorrow....smiles and hugs...m..

ladyfi said...

That bluebird house is such a delight1

Catherine said...

What a fun and cute bird house. A bird is lucky to live around your house Betsy!

A big Happy Birthday to George. I hope you both have a terrific day!

PS: I can't believe you and George are the ages you are ~ you both are so active and youthful. Age... it's all just a number right?

Arkansas Patti said...

Hope you have a wonderful time on George's birthday. Happy Birthday big guy.

What an interesting bird house. Wonder if it is any better at keeping the English Sparrows out. I have such a problem with them.

Bird Girl said...

Hi Betsy! You have been getting some WONDERFUL PICTURES OF BLUEBIRDS in your past blog posts!!! I've been enjoying!
Happy birthday, George!
Hope you get to watch a family in your new nestbox!

Betsy said...

Happy day to George! :)

Love the bluebird house...hope a couple make a home in it this spring..how fun! Do you have purple martins? I'd love to put up a martin house.

Tipper said...

Love the little bird house-so cute. I bet they like it as much as the old one.

And guess what-we share a B-day-mine is Aug 5 too :)

mothernaturesgarden said...

Your new bluebird box looks very safe from predators, Betsy. Mr Wonderful was telling me of seeing bluebirds checking out the boxes. It was totally spring like temps here yesterday. Happy Birthday, George! Actually, George looks like he is happy everyday.
Donna

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Betsy,
What a lovely home for the bluebirds. I love those birds. I sure hope George has a very happy birthday and you have a nice trip. Loved this posting.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

I'm just now getting to read your post, and have to take time to tell you, I absolutley LOVE that Bluebird house, and sure to bring many a visitor !
I'm off to read your link, where I can buy one....hope you are having a great "St. George's " day....giggle.
I'm getting all kinds of Jabberwocky at the bottom of your homepage, is it the same for everyone or am I special ?
lol

imac said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEORGE
Blow man blow.

Cheryl said...

I love the new bluebird house! I was fortunate last spring to receive three brand new bluebird houses, which were made by my uncle. And Happy Birthday to George! You two are an inspiration!

Tina said...

Wow, I do like that new blue bird house, Betsy. So different and rustic looking! Can you lift the top part off so you can peek in or clean out those nasty bugs?
I bet you will get some neat photos from your deck of those bright blues!
Tell George I hope he had a nice B-day..last year's cake looked pretty yummy!

Velva said...

Your bluebirds are going to love their new home. I saw my first northern bluebirds of the season just a couple of weeks ago.

Happy Birthday to George! I hope you enjoyed your trip.

Diane said...

Looks like that will hold up for a long time (the bluebird house, that is!) Do you think they'll use that one or do you think maybe they might miss their old house? Diane

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hello Betsy,

I love the new Bluebird home! They'll be fighting over who gets to take up residence first. :0)

I'll hop over to the birthday boy's blog. :0)

Hugs,
Stephanie

dot said...

A late "Happy Birthday" to George. What a happy face!

SquirrelQueen said...

What a cute little bird house, the Bluebirds are going to love it. And it came from Ellijay, I love that little town.

Hope you and George have a fantastic birthday adventure. I can't wait for the photos and stories.

Hugs,
Judy

PS, Thank you Betsy for all of your support and kind words on the photo challenge. I really appreciate it.

~mel said...

I'm sure the both of you will have a great day venturing wherever your travels may take you!
Thank you for all your post about Mt Nebo; because if it weren't for the two of you ~ I don't think we ever would have taken that route home from Texas. It was wonderful visiting "your mountain". Sorry we missed you! I would have LOVED running into you up there. We didn't stay up on the mountain this year ~ we stayed at a little hotel by the Arkansas River between Dardanelle and Russelville... but I can certainly understand your attraction to cabin 60. It's gorgeous up there!! Maybe next time!! Happy Birthday George!!!!

JOE TODD said...

Tell George I said Happy Birthday and may you both have a great year of WANDERING

Shelley said...

THat's a lovely birdhouse - I just know you will have a nice bluebird family inhabit it! And sounds like George is going to have a wonderful birthday! You two kids have fun!!
Hugs,
Shelley

DayPhoto said...

Happy Birthday George!!!!

I randomly think about building bluebird houses, but stop because I don't want the cats to get them.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

Marydon Ford said...

G'eve Betsy ... first, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the big guy! Those candles do get harder to blow out each year don't they ... chuckle!

Always love your writes ... the birdhouse is clever!

Sorry about missing you but the painting is done at home & still working on the other house ... a couple weeks of painting & decorating to go ... love it!
Hugs, Marydon

Wendy said...

Happy Birthday to George! That cake looks scrumptious!!!! My grandson's birthday is the same day. He was 9 this year.

Enjoy your trip. Will be waiting for the pics.
Hugs

Cheri said...

Lovely bluebird house - we have problems here with sparrows taking over the houses so it is very important to monitor them too. Hope you get residents soon. Happy Birthday to George -- great people are born in March (mine was the 3rd)

Carolina Mountains

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Hi, Betsy.
I love your new bluebird house. I just put my new one up this week also. (Finally enough of the snow had melted to get to the side yard where I wanted to place it.
I'm going to go wish George a happy birthday now. Have fun celebrating!
Love,
Adrienne

thesouthernlady64 said...

Happy late Birthday to George. Sounds like you have something very special planned for his birthday. I know he will love it. That cake last year looks wonderful. I really like that bluebird house. I bet my Bob could make one like that. I am showing him the pictures to see what he thinks.

Kelly said...

Rick's birthday was March 10th....so we can add another Pisces to the ranks! Hope you had a Happy Birthday George.

I've been AWOL for so long it seems.....so much going on, etc., etc.

Rosidah Abidin said...

I love the new bird house and how the two of you give each other lovely surprises! I hope George will have a wonderful birthday. Wishing him a lot of joy and blessings as he steps into another year :)

from my front porch... said...

Happy Birthday, George!!!!!!!
Hope you both are having a wonderful trip! Waterfalls and food-what a great combo :)

Love the Bluebird house. I am going to check them out! I lived in north Ga for 8 years. In Canton, right next to Ellijay! I always loved thrifting there. Pretty little mountain town!

Looking forward to your next post, Betsy!
xo, misha

Pam said...

I love your new blue bird house, Betsy. It was wonderful that you found just the one you wanted. I'm sure the blue bird will appreciate their new home.

Happy belated Birthday to George!

Sandra said...

I am back and so are you. that is some yummy cake! i have never seen a bird house like that one, looks great to me. glad you are home safe and sound.