Summer Sugar Shack

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

I just have to share this with y’all. My friend sent me this link because she knew I would be fascinated by it. She was right! Please check it out here, you’ll be glad you did! It’s photos of baby hummingbird twins still in their nest. This is their very own family album from birth to college! The hummingparents should be so proud!

We get asked quite a bit why our farm is called Hummingbird Farms. In fact, people will pull up to the house every now and then and ask if we ‘farm’ hummingbirds. They will say, “What exactly is a hummingbird farm?” We always have to explain that this is actually a lavender farm, we just like hummingbirds. But, the reason we call this place Hummingbird Farms is due to all the hummingbirds that spend the summer with us every year. I think we must live right over a migration trail or something, the Hummingbird Expressway.

We have some hummingbirds that stay the whole season, the summer hummers – we like to think of ourselves as the Hummingbird Hamptons. And then we have all the riffraff hummers that just come out for happy hour and to catch up on the latest gossip before they head back to their respective summer homes. Because, you know – The Hummingbird Hamptons is the place to be seen!

When Jack and I first moved out here we would sit outside almost every evening to watch the hummingbirds come up to the feeders. We still do this. We call it the hummingbird rodeo - and a rodeo it is! Well actually, since we’re the Hummingbird Hamptons, I guess they're actually playing Polo or Lacrosse or something. Anyway, whatever sport it is they're playing, we sure do enjoy watching them and it’s always a sad day when the last one leaves at the end of the season – we both get hit pretty hard with empty nest syndrome.

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