Welcome! Grab a cup of tea, and enjoy browsing some of the photos and stories. As the 'teawife,' it is my duty to watch and listen and be a supportive friend, and a loving mum and wife. I should post more often, but sticking my nose into everyone's business keeps me busy! Kathy the teawife

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sunset on the golf course

A couple of evenings ago, I got a call from our neighbor that there was a family of elk lounging in the Mariana Butte Golf Course. Lately, I had been so inundated with moving boxes, unpacking, and finding cubby holes for all our stuff that I had not done much walking or found my camera to take photos. I thought that grabbing the camera and having a wee walk in the neighborhood would be some much needed therapy. As I was walking toward the elk family, I also caught some amazing cloud play with the sunset. I think I need to get out more often!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Proud Robin

We've had so many robins, which are normally very territorial, diving into our bird feeders for suet pellets and sunflower seeds. They wait for us in the morning to fill the feeder. They will even come up to the kitchen window and look in if we are running late. Then they practically fly on top of us as we come out with the goodies. I will miss the English robin when we move to Colorado. 

Bluebells in Norbury Woods

 As the pages of the calendar are turned, the flowers of the seasons also change here in Surrey, England. Snowdrops in January, crocus in February, narcissus in March, daffodils in April, and bluebells in May.

Okay, so it doesn't always go as smoothly as flipping a calendar page. In fact, this year's British winter was long and chilly, and spring seems stuttering to take off. I've run heaters and used the fireplace in this month of May. I have the heaters running again today.

When hubby and I walked in Norbury Woods two weeks ago, we didn't know if there would be any bluebells because it has been so chilly, gray and wet. We were gleeful when we approached the meadow, where the bluebells usually bloom, and saw the blanket of blue!

In addition, March and April are the lambing seasons, and it is wonderful to see the new lambs in the fields. By May, these lambs are a little braver and curious. There are fields along the Norbury Woods and we enjoyed seeing mum sheep with their offspring.

Living in a land that changes with the season makes each walk in Norbury Woods a treat and mystery: what will we see today? Here are some photos that hubby and I took on our early May stroll.

If you like our photos, I invite you to 'like' my Teawife Facebook page, where I post even more photos! In particular, you can see more photos of our stroll in my Facebook album.

Our five-year expat experience in Surrey, England, is coming to an end in about six weeks when we relocate back to the US. I'll then be posting photos from Colorado and other places that we travel.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Black Fox, White Snow

I've crossed the 'big ole pond,' from our Hillside home in England to our lakehouse in Colorado. Although Easter is just around the corner and it's officially spring, I was surprised that we had a snow storm and about 8 inches of the white stuff. Looking out yesterday morning on the expanse of white on our lawn, I saw a magnificent black fox run across the property. Unfortunately, it was too quick for me to grab my camera. This morning, after the snow had stopped, I decided to walk down to the nearby golf course to snap some shots of the snow-capped mountains. As it turned out, they were well-hidden behind the mist and clouds; only the foothills were showing. As I was snapping some photos, out of the corner of my eye, I saw movement. It was the gorgeous black fox with its thick rich winter coat. 

He didn't look too pleased to see me, and he dashed across the golf course. Too bad I didn't have the zoom lens, instead of the wind angle; but I still very lucky to capture this rare encounter.

You can see more photos of the black fox on my Teawife Facebook page

The snowy conditions also were also encouraging the birds to grab some grub at our neighbors' feeder, which they have attached to their upstairs balcony. The red-breasted house finch is especially pretty!

 Below is a bird perched on a snow-covered branch on the lakeshore.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Chaffinch sitting in a tree

Five Chaffinch sitting in a tree . . . can you spot them below?
Although the Chaffinch is a common garden bird in England, I don't think I ever grow tired of watching them, with their sort of hopping motion on the ground, looking for a bit of seed or goody. They sport earthy and warm colors, spiked with white and black on their wings, and the males have a rich color of rust on their bellies. The colors brighten and fade throughout the year, depending on the season.
Even though we have an easy-to-access raised table feeder filled with enticing seeds and suet, the Chaffinches always peck for food on the ground, along with the greedy wood pigeons. Seems that life would be easier and more fulfilling if they could just manage hopping into the raised table feeder.
These photos were taken on a blustery February day, as the Chaffinch hung onto a naked plum tree. Once the leaves fill in, our garden birds are much harder to watch and photograph.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Garden Guests

We keep seed and suet feeders in our back garden in England. We attract a wide range of birds, including Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Parrots (Ring-Necked Parakeets), Starlings, Pigeons, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Long-Tail Tits, Robins, Nuthatches, and more!

Here is a little stop-motion movie I made of a Blue Tit visiting our feeders today.