The thing about living in a cottage, which I didn’t really appreciate until I moved here, is that all of the rooms are on the outside wall of the structure. This means, with the exception of the bathroom and bedroom, they all have windows on more than one wall.

The rooms are fairly open to each other, so some of them are triple aspect.

This makes it fun for the cats – they can spot a bird through the window on the opposite side of the house and start chattering 10 minutes before they get there.

The downside to this feast of gorgeous views, though, is that I tend to get easily distracted.

Why am I telling you this? Well, about 10 days ago I put out a couple of hummingbird feeders. I’ve been following the sightings maps and a few had been seen on the Bay (albeit in a different Province).

The level of syrup had been falling lately and finally, on Tuesday night, I saw my first new tenant at the feeder out front.

The problem is that – even making sure that the feeders aren’t visible from each other – I have no difficulty making sure they are visible to me in the house.

For example, I hung one outside the office window. I wasn’t expecting the amount of activity that happens – when this guy first appeared I quickly grabbed the camera and wildly clicked the shutter.

The results were not wonderful.


The good news is that there are a few trees for them to hide in between feeds. This helps me sustain a reasonable population – assuming I can give them all their own little area. I’ll plant more when I can.

The bad news is that I can already tell I’m going to go through a lot of sugar. I’m also going to have to figure out a way to get bored with them, otherwise I’m never going to get anything done.

I took Jamie out this morning and was surrounded by little buzzing jewels of the bird kingdom. I went back out with the camera (this is before I had my coffee) and managed to get one fair shot.

I don’t need fate or world events to interfere with my productivity. I’m quite capable ofย  doing that all on my own.




  1. that is fantastic!!!! how totally cool!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ and on a related note…. you can have a garden. why not do container plantings? a good part of my garden is in large containers – all the herbs, the veggies, and a lot of tropical flowers. You could plant tropicals in containers. I bet the hummingbirds would like some mandevilla or hibiscus.

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    1. It’s not that I can’t exactly, it’s that I really need to put my energy/effort/money into the house first. Priorities ๐Ÿ™‚ If I let myself start putting in the garden I’ll wind up living through another winter without having fixed the house.

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    2. PS both of those vines are gorgeous but need a Zone 9 or above. I now find myself in zone 5b. The hummingbirds will just have to make do with clematis and trumpet vine. ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. I’m in zone 7a. I don’t expect my tropicals to be perennials. They are a yearly indulgence.


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