When we awoke yesterday morning and saw what a glorious day it was, Irwin and I were excited to hit the road for some R&R in the country. But after dallying far too long, and with the expectation of bad weather the following day, we toyed with the idea of blowing off the two-hour drive and just chilling in the city. However, when Irwin and I realized that obligations the following weekend would probably not allow us any retreat time, we grabbed a bag and headed out despite the late hour because the idea of missing two weeks of seasonal transformation in the country was more than either one of us could accept.
We could not wait to get back and see what had transpired over the previous six days and we were not disappointed by the array of changes that welcomed us.
As we pulled into the driveway a single daffodil that had bloomed by the magnolia greeted us. Further up the driveway, our fragrantly blooming cherry tree welcomed us right outside the mudroom door. We found a new guest preparing for residence in a sweet nest located in a burning bush next to the porch while another feathered friend was considering a flat in an architectural trellis.
But the most profound change was the drastic addition to a nest that seemed complete last week and was in fact last Monday’s Photo of the Day, "Perfect Project". A once neat nest had been transformed into something much more extravagant and I couldn’t imagine why.
This morning the explanation was revealed . Last week's guests had abruptly departed and ownership of the nest had flipped. The new nesters were a pair of robins who, despite the wet weather, were busy making some additions to suit there own needs and tastes; not so dissimilar from what we do when we want to make our homes our own. Fortunately for the robins, they were left a nest with a solid foundation and good bones to build upon, which made the transition easy.
The rain continued to fall throughout the afternoon as the robins maintained a low profile, making it difficult for me to capture their DIY project in action, but the lesson that they shared with me was very clear. A solid foundation is the key to good design.
The latest incarnation of the nest
As we create and personalize our living spaces it is important that they be built on a solid design foundation that can adapt to both our changing needs and tastes as well as the needs and wants of others who may inhabit our nests after we leave.
Who could argue with the simple truth that a little birdie shared with me?