I have a little catch up, and a pretty special (to me) story to tell. As most of you know, my Dad died in August. He was cremated, but ultimately will be with my Mom when she passes (in about 50 years I’m hoping!). In the meantime the conversation turned to where would be the best place for his urn for now.
My Dad LOVED his garden, was an active member in the local garden club, and was an avid bird watcher. My mom and their close friends concocted a plan that they would build my Dad a “birdhouse” and he would stay, for now, in his beloved garden. My Mom and Dad’s good friends Gordon and Jerry poured their hearts and souls into building the dwelling, to ensure the urn inside would be completely protected from the elements, from birds, raccoons and anything else that may be in the garden year round and that Dad’s remains would get peaceful placement and all the respect he deserved.
What seemed like a simple idea became a true labour of love for these two amazing men and Mom and I are so grateful for all the thought, work, care and heart that went into it. After many many conversations, prototypes, schematic drawings, discussion of materials, pouring of cement, etc, etc….Dad was placed in his birdhouse yesterday.
Here is Gordon with my Dad’s urn and Jerry with the birdhouse (and Gordon’s wife Mae).
There was of course, discussion as to who’s tool was bigger…
Here is Mom with the guys…
And here is my Dad’s temporary “home”. His urn is safe, warm and protected.
It is beautiful and I KNOW he is smiling down on everyone! We cracked some bubbly and toasted the incredible project and my Dad. It was a very special afternoon.
I’m also catching up on my Photo a Day Challenge and my 365 Days in Nature pictures.
October 11th’s prompt was “K is for…” I went with the archived pictures of the Neva lookalike kittens and mom that were up for adoption, but have all now found their forever homes.
October 12th prompt was “L is for….” Again, I’ve pulled an archive shot and gone with a ladybug.
October 13th’s prompt was “M is for…” (yes, there is a pattern this month) I took this picture of miniature mushrooms on the weekend.
And today, “N is for…..” Neva’s Nose. (to go with her eyes and ears on “e is for…” day)
It is “flowers and trees” week over at the 365 Days in Nature group. I skipped one day, but here are the three days worth that I posted. All archives, as fall is kicking in and there are fewer and fewer blooms every day.
But that said….there are still a few flowers around, I took this shot today. Pretty!
I went for my normal lunchtime walk today….there was a little drama down at the bird pond (not really but the squawking and flapping made for a couple of decent pictures)
And a heron going….
It looks like the seagull is dancing and shaking (again, not really…..but funny)
And this guy just stood there and watching all the action going on around him.
I’d never seen these tiny little chairs that have been carved in logs by the park…
..there were also TONS of mushrooms in the park. I intentionally put Gumby in my bag this morning, thinking he’d make the mushroom pics a little less ordinary. :)
Life is far too short not to have a bit of fun…..thank you Gumby!
Hmm…saw this on a wall on the way home. Any ideas?
This tree is just outside of our building. The crows LOVE the berries, hence, the crows are cawing A LOT outside of our building. And look pretty pleased with themselves.
Dennis and I split a pumpkin beer when we got home from work tonight.
Yesterday, we bought a dozen REALLY fresh eggs from a roadside stand next to a little farm in Victoria. I also had some potatoes in the cupboard that needed to be used up, and turkey sausages in the freezer. We had breakfast for dinner tonight.
I was sorting the pan cupboard in our postage stamp sized kitchen before I made dinner, and as she does….Neva “helped”. Oh NEVA!!!!
I think we’re all caught up now. I’m off to wash my pan…the one above….that I didn’t use for dinner tonight. Oh NEVA! :) Have a good Wednesday everyone!