Sunday, June 22, 2008

Estelle's wedding

Today we did a wedding at Woodend, the Audubon Society site in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The ceremony was in a juniper grove away from the mansion and the reception was in the house and in a tent on the patio. We used two color stories for the event - the ceremony was beige, cream, peach and pink and the reception was a brighter palette of blue, coral, lavender, cream and purple.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Bye Bye Birdie

Bear with me - or wait until next week when we do the flowers for a wedding - check back then.
Meantime, for all you bird watchers - today the biggest baddest baby flew the nest! It wriggled out of the birdhouse and hopped down to the porch. He seemed a little disoriented for a few minutes. The mom appeared and was pretty surprised I think even though he had spent the morning pushing himself further and further out of the birdhouse. After a few minutes he flew away with mom in pursuit - it was a pretty tentative flight headed toward the neighbors yard. Here is a photo of him on the porch. Now I think there may be two babies left - we will see who leaves next....

Friday, June 13, 2008

Almost ready to fly

I seem to have a lot of time on my hands now that we are in a little bit of a lull until our wedding season kicks in. So, here are a couple more pictures of our little birds - the first is one of the babies (one is definitely much larger than the other) waiting for mom to bring a meal, and the other is of the heroic mom who, from dawn to dark, flies back and forth bringing food to these demanding monsters...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Monday, June 9, 2008

New babies

This post is a little off theme. We have a little wren who has made a nest in a decorative birdhouse right outside our dining room door. This is her second year in this birdhouse but the first year that we have seen the babies that have hatched inside. I think there are two of them. They have finally made an appearance in the door of the house and I watch them every morning to see how they are doing. They keep the mother busy all day long crying for food and I could watch this scene all day. This is a photo of one of them with an open mouth waiting for mom.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Holton graduation

Last Thursday was graduation day at Holton-Arms. Every year the junior parents decorate the foot bridge to the amphitheater where the event takes place. Canisters of flowers are tied to the handrails, tulle is draped and container gardens are grouped to create a lovely path for the graduating seniors to walk. After the ceremony is over, we collect the flowers and remake them into centerpieces for the faculty/staff appreciation the next morning. This is the first load of flowers collected by Chris and brought up to the grounds garage for Hal and me to sort through.....