Friday, June 15, 2007

Happenings in the American countryside

This is a pic of the house.

As you can see, I live in the countryside and it's teeming with wildlife at this time of the year.

There's a doe 'breakfasts' on the lawn every morning and the other day we came out to discover she'd had triplets during the night. I'm going to try and get a photo when they're less scared.

Early yesterday morning we had a bit of drama. Police and ambulance sirens shrieked in the stillness and a chopper arrived and began to hover above the house. We ran out to discover it was the news chopper from our local NBC affiliate out of Philly. Turns out our neighbor and a friend had decided to go on a fishing trip to Canada (only a couple of hours away by air) and his plane crashed within seconds of taking off from their house. Turns out his friend was a surgeon and he called 911 on his cell phone but the emergency rescue couldn't find the whereabout's of their plane because it was so foggy. An hour later they found it (and them) hanging upside down amid some dense trees. Both escaped with minor injuries, but the plane wasn't so lucky. Don't think it'll be flying ever again.

Sometimes we just sit on the front door steps drinking spritzers and listening to the bluebirds (beautiful bright blue with red breasts), chaffinches, red wing-tipped blackbirds and wrens some evenings. Occasionally a hawk will soars high in the sky and the birds go ape-shit.

This is a view of the iris beds. Fantastic this year, though they're now done for the season. Next come the lilies.


Martha O'Connor said...

What a beautiful home.

Would you like to come over and garden for me?

Every time I so much as look at a plant, I kill it. :(((( I even kill geraniums.


Damian McNicholl said...

Thanks Martha.

I hate gardening!!! Just love teh results ;)

Gary Xiao said...

I live in LA now .i want to move to a countryside ,bu i have noidea where to. do you have any advice?

Damian McNicholl said...

Gary, there's lots of great country areas in California--Russian River, for example.

But you'd have to travel around the US and see what you like and how the climate suits--East Coast experience is very different to West Coast. And the South is very different.