Yesterday I filled my window cafe and thought if I sat very still, I might be able to catch a photo on one of the visiting tits. They are always watching and waiting so there were plenty of visits ... but... This is the least blurred picture through my window. Grab and fly does not take long!
The Brown-eared Bulbuls also have an eye on my garden wall. I can hear them calling before I even get back through the door after setting out fruit or juice.
I started setting out juice about ten years ago after seeing a photo of a Japanese White-eye drinking from a wine glass. I use a heavier glass because the juice also attracts larger birds, Starlings, and Azure-winged magpies. My neighbor might not appreciate smashed glass on his side of the wall.
I have heard that some buildings forbid the dwellers to feed wild birds. I'm not sure why, but maybe they don't want bird poop on the railings? Our family has always enjoyed whatever nature we can lure to our windows.
Whether it was for good or bad, our AC has been broken for the last 5 years so no cat warming its toes there.
Then, about a year and a half ago, the neighbor's gas water heater began to give off noise and fumes and even sometimes smoke. Since our house is only about a meter away, and fire is a scary reality where houses are so close side-by-side, I advised the neighbor to have the gas company check it out.
Finally, last Fall it was replaced and we are no longer aware every time they take a shower or run their bath.
This tiny baby "tokkei" is sitting in the genkan window.
The glass is louvered on the outside so the screen is inside. He looks rather skinny but it won't be long before the mosquitoes will be rushing in each time the door is opened.
Now, just so you don't think I am sitting around contemplating nature, I dug out a nice piece of indigo-dyer shibori cotton.
This will be the base for my next follower block.
And while I was at it, I grabbed some more of those blue scraps to make a tiny runner for my trash bin top.
When we bought our refrigerator we were living in a house with a nice big roomy kitchen. We got one with a door that opened on the right, because the counter spaces were all on the right.
Our kitchen here has a wall and cupboard on the right. In fact, one drawer can't open because the fridge is blocking it. Also, our big kitchen had room under the sink for two waste cans.
There is so little room to put anything in this kitchen (even people) so I was happy to find a small stacking trash bin. Even more happy because this one has two bins, one above the other and it is dog-proof. It is also convenient to set things on while opening the fridge. Here is where I set my coffee while taking out the milk, or my plate while getting the jam.
I found a little mat that had been used on the telephone stand or some other place in former homes. The fit was not right but better than nothing but it was needing a replacement.
This will match the table runner and was all assembled in one train ride to choir and back. (Well, there were plenty of little pieces cut and marked and it didn't take a mathematical genius to figure out 11 x 7 inches worth of scraps).
So, here it sits, just above the "burnables".
I have killed enough time nature-watching and sewing binding. Time to get back to the business at hand!