Aging Gracefully – During Covid-19 – Gardening our Balcony: New Bird Bath and Feeder 🐦 😊

Gardening our Balcony Summer 2020 ©Felipe Adan Lerma
Gardening our Balcony Summer 2020 ©Felipe Adan Lerma

Well, it’s not like we haven’t been busy, lol!

Between Austin and the other major metro areas in Texas going back into partial shutdown and restrictions, watching fabulous new-to-us mysteries on Acorn TV, a tiny ‘mount of time social distancing with the youngest grandchild, renewed SilverSneakers fitness classes at Gold’s Gym (eventually a new post re our creative use of bandannas for face mask for easier breathing during exercise), “some” painting, lots of eating and morning walks, oh, and yes, sleeping 😴 , we’ve also been “very” slowly, mostly early mornings or late evenings ‘cause of the horrible heat in Austin, been gardening our balcony into a bit of a green haven! 💐

Gardening our Balcony Summer 2020 ©Felipe Adan Lerma
Gardening our Balcony Summer 2020 ©Felipe Adan Lerma

Some things are old, some new, some we got, some either our son or youngest girl and the grandson’ve given us, but nature accommodates most things in the wild, and luckily, so far, on our balcony 😊

The bird feeder seen immediately above got moved to a hook and chain I attached to the top of the balcony rim, the bench is from an 1885 house Sheila and I once owned in Galveston (both our fav house ever ❤️), lots of the tiny plants are from the grandson and his mommy 💕, the palm is something new we got, and the Eiffel Tower is a gift Sheila got me after our 1st trip to Paris way back 2001 or so!

Gardening our Balcony Summer 2020 ©Felipe Adan Lerma
Gardening our Balcony Summer 2020 ©Felipe Adan Lerma

This little creature showed up in the tower one day and seemed very much at home 😊

Gardening our Balcony Summer 2020 ©Felipe Adan Lerma
Gardening our Balcony Summer 2020 ©Felipe Adan Lerma

Eventually he (she?) worked its way up into the observation deck and gave us a good look!

Gardening our Balcony Summer 2020 ©Felipe Adan Lerma
Gardening our Balcony Summer 2020 ©Felipe Adan Lerma

Now, contrast to the top pic, shows how many more plants we’ve gotten! The open ceramic pot’s from HEB and we’re looking for a couple more to complete all the re-pottings.

Gardening our Balcony Summer 2020 ©Felipe Adan Lerma
Gardening our Balcony Summer 2020 ©Felipe Adan Lerma

And the bird bath and now hanging feeder are already drawing a few visitors – we just haven’t caught them on camera yet. I saw three little ones at one time a few days ago, and Sheila saw three small ones come one at a time yesterday evening. One splashed into the bird bath, lol!

I saw my three from inside, but she saw hers while sitting out on the balcony!

I told her, “They know a bird bath mamma when they see one, bringing her own bird bath – wine glass 🍷 – right up to her lips!” 💕

Stay well everyone! 😊

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    • Oh, that sounds wonderful! We get these few but I think it’ll build in time. Watching them just gives one such an amazing feeling about life I think! So glad ya’ll have that feeder! ❤️


  1. […] a very quick update post w/pics Sheila caught of one of her suitors, uh, bird visitors 😊 Yesterday’s post gave some very nice close up of the various garden items we have now, and as we can, we’ll be switching some of the potted flowering plants into the […]

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