I've got the pictures of that strange bird! I knew if I was persistent, I would eventually be able to capture it on film. I just have to wait to finish up the roll of film before I can post. I have to take about 20 more photos before I can get the film transferred to a CD.
I hope you all are doing well. I have been a "busy beaver" with all the blueberries and the blessings from the garden. I have been trying to do about four to five gourd bird houses each week to keep up with the demand at the farmer's market. They have been very popular, as have the herb plants. We have three new vendors at the market that has really brought a lot of variety in the items available. One is a lady that has bees and offers fresh honey along with the beeswax and honey natural soaps, lip balm and some other products that she makes from those items on her farm. I've tried the soaps and lip balm and they are great! The soaps are all- natural and can be made from just regular household items you could find at the grocery store.
They are not as drying to the skin as soaps (detergent based) that you find in the stores. She takes great pride in the fact that they are "all-natural" and produced by "eco-friendly" means.
Another lady makes and sells jams and jellies as well as bakes the most wonderful breads and sticky buns. She has asked me to supply several flats of blueberries for her jams/jellies as well as for her baking needs. The vendors at the market are eager to support each other by buying "local" from each other.
One of the most unique items that another vendor has is Cypress "knees." Cypress "knees" are the growth on the root of Cypress trees that are found in swamps here in North Carolina and other places. She "harvests" the ones that have died, and then "peels" the outer bark from it and sands and "hand-rubs" it to a very smooth patina. The wood is very beautiful and has the most interesting shapes. She plants shallow-rooted creeping plants in the crevices and they make beautiful additions to "gardens" as sculpture. If I can get a picture if one of them, I will post it so you can see. They are very "unique!" She had quite a brisk business in this unique "sculpture garden art."
Well, I have to get ready for church, so I'd better go now. Have a great day and a great week. I'll try to post in a couple of days to show you the photos of that "strange" bird. Keep checking back to hear more from "Plant Lady's Ponderings."