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So glad that you found me! My blog is about everything I love like gardening, decorating my home & garden and crafting. Although I'm from Germany I write my blog in English so that hopefully every visitor can read it. Hope you'll stay a while and will leave me a comment so that I know that you were here! xoxo Carola

Saturday, June 29, 2013

About a "Summer dinner party" and the cutest chickadee babies!

Welcome back to Boxwood Cottage dear blogging friends and readers! I'm so behind on blogging. The roses and peonies are in full bloom now for almost 3 weeks already and I still have pictures from the end of May to share with you today. Last year was the first time that I had my birthday party in May not in January when my b-day actually is and I loved it so much because the weather was wonderful then and we could go outside and enjoy the garden too. So I planned a Summer dinner party at the end of May this year too, but the weather didn't play along, oh well. It was a rather chilly and overcast day and so we stayed inside, but we still had a very nice party and I don't think anyone but me really cared for the weather that evening. In the picture above you can see our vegan and gluten free menu for the dinner party which I put in one of my vintage black typewriters. Since my daughter and I are vegans and a very god friend of mine is vegan and also can't eat gluten, it was quite a challenge to come up with a delicious meal that anyone, regardless of whether they are omnivores, gluten free or vegan would enjoy, but my clever daughter who did most of the food preparing did it very well.

Good for me so I had more time for the decorations, which I enjoy doing much more anyway. With all the white and some black accents in my home I wanted something more summery and went for pink and natural hues. I love these small milk bottles and bought them already several months ago along with the pink and white polka dotted paper napkins and striped pink paper straws which I also love so much (as a regular follower you might remember the black and white striped paper straws that I used for the Halloween party decor last year), so of course for my birthday party dinner I finally had to use them all. I had great fun adorning the bottles with some washi tape and the small friendship hearts that I soldered in February. My friends could take them home as friendship tokens after the party was over.

Now aren't these bottles just so cute?

And I finally had an excuse to use my beloved honeycomb paper balls in pink and white shades for the party decor:

And also the pretty fabric bunting which  my friend Anita sewed for me several years ago:

I filled the little milk bottles with a mixture of ice cold pomegranate juice, organic rhubarb lemonade/soda and a bit of vodka, which was very yummy.

The cucumbers I filled with a delicious vegan tuna/soy-yoghurt/dried tomatos/capers mixture, these were everyones instant favorites and I'm sure going to make them again for a family birthday next month.

Since my white bleeding hearts where still in full bloom I used them for the table deocr as well:

And also for the decor on top of the mantle, more  friendship hearts :)

Another shot of the honeycomb paper balls, aren't they just too pretty hanging from the chandelier?

I also had a pink paper parasol hanging from the ceiling:

This next photo is one of those that I took shortly before the guests sat down to eat and it wasn't so easy to think to take pictures while my friends were already there, but luckily with my dear daughter helping me so much with the food and all I did it and found the time to take some more photos.

before and after dinner shots or better viceversa lol

The lilacs were just in full bloom at the time (May 24th) and looked so pretty on my old Adler sewing machine table:

Of couse we also had a very delicious vegan dessert with a yummy silken tofu vanilla creme and raspberries underneath, as well as self made almond powder cookies and Amaretto liqueur at the bottom and strawberries and freshly grounded vanilla sprinkled on top hmmm

Here's another befor the party shot, because I love the light in this photo:

And at the end of the day it was also a good thing that it was to chilly to go and sit outside because Mr. Chickadee and his whife were very busy feeding their babies right in front of my patio door at the side wall:

And so we did not disturb them with their exhausting task.

A few days earlier papa chickadee, a very busy man, who build the nest in the bird house all alone,

flew right into my living room. While I sat in my deckchair outside I heard a strange noise behind me so I turned around to see Mr. Chickadee behind the window pane inside my parlor. Of course I had to help him to get out again, but I had to have a photo of him sitting on the lamp at first:

Too cute these tiny birdies aren't they just? Of course he was afraid and very excited and wanted to find the way out to keep building the nest for his wife and babies, but it was so difficult with all the things I had standing on my window sill and hanging over it

So that I had to put it all away in order for this sweet little one to find his way out again and then finally he did it! So this is a very rare shot now of my parlor window and window sill without any decorations inside:

Of course I used the opportunity to thorougly clean the window and sill which was really necessary, so thank you Mr. Birdie for giving me a visit inside and help me finish my Spring cleaning lol :)

I really enjoyed the very good garden view I had through the clean and decorless window so I took another photo of it on a wonderful sunny May day, as seen above. And how very convenient that now I had the window already cleaned for my dinner party that I held just 2 weeks after this little accident with papa Chickadee :) It all went so fast then, momma chickadee haf moved in layed eggs and the little ones hatched and during all this time my daughter and I, and later also my neighbor Ulla did our best to supervise the bird house because it's in their nature that our cat Riley and his neighbor cat friend Tommy tried to climb up to the bird house on any given occasion and no wonder that they were on constant cat alert with all the noises of the hungry little ones coming out of the bird house.

And then, 10 days or so after my dinner party, at the beginning of June, the sweet chickadee babies were ready to leave the nest. At first we could only see them peeking through the hole of the bird house from time to time and then the next day it was really hot and the bird house was in full sun exposure for hours and that was the day that they decided to discover the world!

Now tell me please isn't this the sweetest chickadee child you have ever seen calling for his parents?

I so adore his feathery hair do!

Not long after this photo he decided to hop out and sit on the stick in front of the hole:

and then from their after a while he just leaped to the next branch over the bird house:

We were all so excited to see our little ones discovering the world and take off for their first ever flight. The first 3 babies did it that evening and the next 3 the next day.

Some of them like this grumpy little cutie pie needed a bit longer and a lot of cheering on from his momma (she came back and forth to him, still fed him, kissed him and then showed him several times how to just fly off, just to cute to see this all happening live in front of my parlor door) until he finally took all his little heart and flew off, but the better for me that he took so long because so I had more time to take some more pictures of him close up:

Yea I know he doesn't look very amused:

After they all flew off to the next lilac tree we were so relieved that the cats didn't get around to catch any of them and I just hope that they will all stay alive long enough to enjoy their little lifes and maybe also my garden:

I leave you now with two shots of my beautiful snowball which unfortunately has already faded by now:

Next time I'll share with you some pictures of my garden with the new seating corner in the back and all the beautiful roses and penonies etc. in full bloom and also of the pretty things I brought back from my trip to London two weeks ago along with some restaurant and shopping tips for London visitors and also some things that I have meanwhile created. Until then I hope that you enjoyed this post and will visit me again soon! Thank you all for still coming to see me here after so many years, cause I just realised that in only 3 months time I'm going to have my 8th year blog anniversary, wow how time flies!

Sending Happy Summer wishes to all of you out there!

xoxo~ Carola

P.S.: Thank you so much to those of you who where concerned and asked about the heavy high waters and the floods we had here in Germany during this month of June. I'm very thankful that it wasn't anywhere near here where we live in Bremen. We had more than our fair share of rain here too this month, but that was it. I live close to the river Weser and the floods usually happen along the river Elbe. I can't even start to imagine what the poor people in some of the cities and villages that were flooded for days have been and still are going through. It must be absolutely devasting for them I'm sure :( Hope they all have good insurances at least. I don't think that I could live there because to most of them it had already happened just 10 years ago and now again! So so horrible!


NanaDiana said...

What a gorgeous, gorgeous post. Everything is so very beautiful- xo Diana

Sharon de Jager said...

Dear Carola, what a beautiful dinner party and such cute decorations, so glad you enjoyed your birthday even though the weather did not play along! Lovely photos of your resident bird in his lovely birdhouse! Thanks for sharing your birthday dinner with us! Sharon x

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

All of it so beautiful--especially the baby birds!

Maureen said...

Carola, your home and garden are a delight to see... what a beautiful place you have created!

Those baby birds are adorable (even the grumpy one!) and the "do" on the one is awesome! So, so cute!

So glad to hear you weren't affected by the flooding.

Diane said...

The pictures of the little chickadee are priceless, I love the one when he's sitting on the stick outside of the little house. Your dinner party looks so amazing and happy. Thanks so much for sharing. Diane

June said...

Dearest Carola, to look out at your gorgeous garden must be so wonderful! I love it when you share it here. I loved your beautiful table setting for your party!!! The sweet birdie has chosen the perfect home with you.

Asht said...

What wonderfull garden and home !!!!
I love they too much
Thanks to give us so idea
Have a good day !

Deb said...

Such a lovely post Carola - and your chickadee photos - adorable!! I think the chickadees had very good taste to choose your garden - it is beautiful!!

The 6-S Ranch said...

Last spring, a mama bird made her nest in a twig wreath right outside our window. It was so much fun for us to watch the whole process from start to finish...we learned a lot! This year we have a shrub called Sweet Broom, that is covered in Monarch butterfly caterpillars...hundreds of them! It should be interesting when they all emerge from their chrysalises. I'm looking forward to a backyard full of butterflies! :)

thecreativesoulsara said...

Amazing photos! I especially love all the ones of the birds and of your snowball flowers. What a beautiful home and garden you have...thank you for continuing to share it with all of us who follow you. Peace to your heart, Sara

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos ! I really love birds and some years ago , we had a nest in our fence . It was exciting to watch the little family.
Thanks to sharing this with us !
Hugs , Margrethe (Norway)

Lena said...

Your party looked like a charming and delightful time. I love the idea of giving the bottles as party favors. They will make a pretty vase, I think.

Loved seeing your garden, and the bird photographs. How fortunate for you to be able to get so close. They sure are a pretty bird, so colorful.

You have inspired me to plant another white bleeding heart...this time in a pot. I never thought of doing that, yet its growing habit makes it looks lovely that way.


Kathy said...

Thanks for sharing the Chickadee's and yes that is the cuties baby I have ever seen. Hopefully they are all happy and well in someones yard who doesn't have cats. Your photos are grand.
Now to the party, I just your scene. I am smitten with the bottles, where did they come from? I see lots of ideas for my upcoming Bridal Shower for my Niece. You just can't beat Pink. Just Perfect.
I am coming over from Ivy's party. Kathy

Jennelise said...

How lovely! Everything looks fabulous!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hello my dear Carola, You must have had so much fun decorating for your party. It's a shame that the weather wasn't good enough to sit in your beautiful garden but I'm sure your guests enjoyed your lovely and so cheerfully decorated living room as much.
The chickadees are so sweet and the grumpy looking one made me laugh. Riley was certainly tempted to go after them.
I love your beautiful snowballs.
Have a great day!
Big hugs,
PS: Einige meiner emails scheinen nicht anzukommen. Kannst Du mir bitte nur ganz kurz bescheid geben, ob Du meine vom 22.6. bekommen hast? Danke schön!

Stacey said...

Oh my goodness, everything is so pretty. Your porch and decorations are amazing! The chickadees are wonderful too. I just love birds - my husband and I both do. The chickadees here do not have yellow on them. We love how tiny they are and their beautiful songs.

LostRoses said...

Lovely post, Carola, what an amazing dinner party! Love all your decorations and especially love the sweet family of Blue Tits in the garden. I've been watching a very busy little family of chickadees in my garden too. They are very different from yours but are the same family. Yours are much more colorful and were captured by a great photographer!

Wanda Eash AKA "Craftymule" said...

First - your backyard area is beautiful- it's like being in heaven! Second, I adore the photos of your little bird visitor. We were fortunate enough to have a mama robin build her nest outside of our front door in the climbing rosebush. She's had two batches of eggs so far this year. There's nothing quite like the sound of baby birds chirping in the mornings. I love watching and listening to them.

kandeland said...

its always pure perfection over at your place Carola! what I wouldn't give to be your neighor!! xo natalea

Trademark Solicitor said...

These photos are absolutely wonderful Carola! The close up shots of the bird are particularly great, it's such a beautiful little thing!


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