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Friday, April 23, 2010

A Tiny Tenant of That Old House

I love how life just pops all around us.

Flowers, shrubs, trees, even the littlest of the little critters spring to life in Spring!

One of the elusive tenants of the swinging singles apartment complex that we
think of as our stone wall was captured -- with a camera -- through our sunroom window.

Can you see the little fella? Here, a closer look:

Isn't he darling?

These little scamps live in and behind the stacked stone walls that criss-cross our yard, and they scamper
all over our borders, much to my amusement and dog Dion's frustration.
He can see them out of the windows, but they pay him no nevermind at all.

Can you see the name chiseled into the stone where Mr. Chipmunk is sitting?
(You might have to enlarge the picture; click on it once, or twice.)
"Robert Tuttle," it says; he grew up in That Old House, back around the turn of the century. The last century.
I wonder if his Mom was annoyed that he carved his name in the wall? I hope not.

I hope you enjoyed my Show and Tell for Friday!
Visit Cindy at My Romantic Home for more showing-and-telling.
But wait! There's more!

It's Fertilizer Friday at Tootsie Time,
and I'm going to Flaunt My Flowers . . . at least some of them!

Looking along the border:

I love April; the border is a riot of sprawling bleeding hearts and nodding tulips.
People often remark on our white bleeding hearts.
Our pink ones are jealous, and want their 15 seconds of fame:

It's pretty clear why they are called bleeding hearts, isn't it?

More pink, this time on the other side of the house:

An azalea.

Brilliant color!
Oh dear, we really do need to do a lot of grooming in the front of the house.
It is weeds-a-popping.

Thanks for stopping by!
I'm off to put fresh linens on our guest room beds; daughter Alida and her boyfriend are arriving tonight from California, just for the weekend. That Old House loves company!
Have a lovely weekend -- Cass


  1. Hi Cass...

    Spring is definitely beautiful at That Old House! I just love all of the stone walls and stairways...gorgeous! Cass, your flowers are sooo pretty! Do you know that I have never seen a Bleeding Heart flower in real life? They just fascinate me...sooo very pretty! I'm tellin' ya...Mr. Chipmunk sure has a fabulous abode at your place! He's so cute! They are so much fun to watch! Well sweet friend, you and Alida have a great weekend together! Enjoy!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design's Sunday Favorites "one year" birthday this Sunday. I'm celebrating with a giveaway...just wanted to let you know!

  2. That's so neat that there is an inscription on one of the stones! Makes you wonder who he was, how old he was when he carved it...very cool!

  3. Your garden is beautiful! I love bleeding hearts.
    The darling little squirrel has a great place to live and he knows it! Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Cindy S

  4. I love the chippies. We have them at the cabin in the summer in their woodpile condo. Beautiful bleeding hearts and azaleas.


  5. Your chipmunk is adorable. I love your bleeding heart. Mine just came up a couple of days ago and I love their sweet delicate flair! Have a great weekend!!

    Susan and Bentley

  6. aloha,

    its raining today so seeing all the garden blooms are a nice thing to do with a hot cup of coffee.

    spring is popping up everywhere in your garden today, thanks for sharing this today

    i have a new challenge on my sari blog if your interested in checking it out :)

  7. Cass, your garden is so pretty. What a sweet story to go with the old stone wall. And the little critter just adds to the charm.


  8. I spotted that little guy right away. That would drive Lily crazy! Your bleeding hearts are beautiful! Our bleeding heart was from my grandmothers house and it has traveled with us to 3 homes! A favorite. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I spotted the chipmonk immediately! :) It has figured out Dion can't get out on his own. I have 2 that visit my courtyard area. When I don't see them for a while, I am afraid one of the neighborhood cats found them - then they pop up again. They are very skittish. Your flowers are beautiful!
    Enjoy your weekend.

  10. Cute chipmunk...the azaleas are stunning!

  11. The chipmunk is adorable, Cass. We have them scampering across out patio all the time. I've never been able to snag a picture though. They drive Milo nuts.

    I love those white bleeding hearts and saw them for the 1st time on Outdoor Wednesday. You took beautiful pictures of the pink ones. I love those close~ups.

    Have a wonderful weekend with Alida. And Happy Spring! ;-D


  12. Adore the stone wall and the tiny chipmunk. He looks pretty content there.

    I'd love to plant some bleeding hearts. My father liked them rest his soul.

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  13. Great pictures!
    Have a wonderful weekend with daughter and boy.


  14. Wow, he is so tiny-I didn't realize they were so small! We don't have those little cuties over here so I love it when people from the US post pictures of chipmunks and squirrels.

    Best wishes for a beautiful weekend,

  15. More and more reasons to just love That Old House! Gorgeous blooms!

  16. The bleeding hearts are just beautiful.

  17. Love your pink flowers! Thanks for sharing - makes me want my bleeding hearts to HURRY UP! Paula in Idaho

  18. Hello Cass, I personally know your house! I went to school with the previous owners son, who is now the Mayor of Denville.Long ago I remember it was Gorgeous! inside. It is a shame all the building they did surrounding you! I am only about a mile away from you.By-the-way, the bleeding hearts are beautiful! Have a Great weekend!

  19. Love the bleeding hearts.


  20. Hey Cass! Hello, I have missed you and all the rest of our bloggers. I am doing just fine, most days. Take care and know that you you enjoyed your daughter and her boyfriend. I have red and white bleeding hearts, they are thriving this year. I will too. :)

  21. Just got back on and saw this- I am so envious! My dream of an old house was side-lined and I'm dealing with new construction and young landscaping. I want my stone walls back!! Have a wonderful family weekend!
    xoxo Pattie

  22. We have a back yard tenant as well. Same rodent family = a RAT. When I first saw him I thought it was a squirrel and then there was that tell tale tail. It has given new life to our old terrier - he has a purpose in life now. Life in the city!!

  23. What a great hose and garden you have.
    That little squirrel is very cute too.
    In our old house, when we renovated the fish pod all our kids got to write or mark the new concrete before we refilled the pond. In the years to follow those marks were lovely to look back on every time we cleaned the pond out.

  24. Gorgeous photos of the bleeding hearts. I love that close up.

  25. Hi Cass,
    I hope you had fun this weekend with your daughter and her boyfriend. Your flowers are beautiful!

  26. what glorious photos!!! you outdid yourself this week...I love how close up you got and how clear everything came out! just beautiful!!! Hope you had a great weekend!
    thanks for linking in this week. I am sorry it took so long to get over here and see...I just can't seem to get to the end of the busy around here these days! I do hope you will link in again...I have enjoyed my visit!


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