this weekend

It's been a wonderful week. My mom came to stay and we've cooked, cleaned and weeded. I've heard hawks calling to each other across the valley, glimpsed a fox slipping into the tall grass along the side of the road, noticed the strange sunset light after a late-day rain shower, stopped short at murmurations of starlings wheeling across the sky, and admired the slimmest crescent moon. I checked on the bees, and re-watched an episode of Nature about crows — remarkable creatures. They recognize faces, make their own tools, and speak a language with two dialects.

There's not much in the way of adventures or excursions on our agenda, but we're keeping busy with chores and homely pastimes.

Happy weekend.

Vintage Staffordshire child's mug, ca. 1830.