Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -#NewSeries – ‘Pot Luck’ #Life – Nature’s Hideaway – Pond Party! – Observations by D.G. Kaye

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1000 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audiencemine. The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics.

In this series I will be sharing posts from the last six months of 2020

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This is the first post from resident relationship columnist D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies and in she shares her observations about nature when sat on a bench in a local park.

Nature’s Hideaway – Pond Party! – Observations – Fiction/Nonfiction or Somewhere In Between

Masked me

I’ve been trying to make it a habit to get outside for an hour or so a few days a week for some reading time. Our complex has beautifully manicured parkland with various walking trails and park benches and gazebos. I found myself this lovely secluded spot, able to catch some rays, yet shaded by trees with a slight breeze on the bench, below in the photo. And one particular afternoon while reading in my spot, I found myself distracted by ongoing chatter as the birds seemed very busy on this particularly sizzling hot day. Ringleader was large and in charge. I put down my book and listened for awhile since it was difficult to concentrate with the swarm of birds flying back and forth and from the boisterous chatting and chirping banter.

Pond party

I envisioned this conversation as it continued on, and named the boss Ringleader who appeared be the party organizer and bouncer.

Sitting on a park bench, taking in the beauty of peace and quiet, basking in the beautiful sunshine while reading a book, it appeared the birds, a mere ten feet away, were having a grand old time and taking in the calmness of the blue skies.

No doubts the birds adored their sanctuary – away from the humans, chirping in the trees and enjoying the man-made birdbath some kind gardener had created for them. Ringleader seemed unaffected by the blazing sun and scorching heat as he tirelessly led several groups of birds to indulge in the birdie pond. He’d fly away for a few minutes and return with a new flock who wasted no time splashing down in their private pool. As though their time had expired, Ringleader began squawking, to announce their time was up. Once again he’d lead the flock away, and within minutes, he’d return with a new group of winged friends, landing directly in the grassy bath patch to enjoy their secret garden.

It appeared that some, kind human must have spent time manicuring the vast parkland that surrounds my home, and purposely left the approximate 50 square foot patch of concaved weedy patch as a cooling spot for the numerous birds who frequent the area.

In a moment’s notice, Ringleader is up and out again, and streaming behind him were the various feathered friends who’ve enjoyed their visit and were venturing back off to their homing hangouts, only to be followed with a new crowd upon Ringleader’s return.

While I sat there with sweat beading up on my forehead, I have to admit, I was getting envious of the party of birds having a splash.

©D.G. Kaye 2020

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.

Books by D.G. Kaye

One of the recent reviews for Words We Carry

Words We Carry’ is a gem. Kaye writes with a depth of wisdom and understanding and the whole book is relatable because of her insights. She paints a roadmap to show how early memories, others’ opinions and the events throughout our lives create the words about ourselves we carry around. She clearly demonstrates how these shape our thoughts, words and actions and how self-awareness can help us to change the words that do not serve us. ‘Thank you’ dear Kaye, for writing this book.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK –  follow Debby: Goodreads –  Blog: D.G. Kaye Writer –  Twitter: @pokercubsterLinkedin: D.G. Kaye – Facebook: D.G. Kaye –


Thanks for visiting today and I know Debby would love to hear from you.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Nature Reserve! – When #Starlings hit the swimming pool

A glorious two weeks and the sparrows and starlings have been very active at the feeder as the babies became fledglings. Very amusing watching them try and emulate their parent’s flying and acrobatic skills on the seed holders, but it is the water bath next to the seed where the most entertaining action has been.

The young starlings are now well and truly active, and they do love the water. It has been like a community swimming pool with four or more birds in the bath at a time. I have had to put two temporary ones down on the ground to accommodate the rabble, and have had to pop out several times a day to refill the rapidly emptied containers.

Some of these images are a little blurry because of their thrashing about, and in a couple of the photos, it looks like it is raining, as they disperse the water in every direction. It has brought so much pleasure to us and it is clear that young creatures of all species just love splashing around. There is a very practical purpose to this too, as it dislodges parasites and keeps their feathers clean. My lot must be the cleanest in the area!

It starts with one as soon as I have filled the water bath, and before I am back in the door.

Then there were two

Now we are getting the party started.

Almost time for a refill…

Today I went out and bought a metre square seed tray from the garden centre, and the starlings are now warming up in the smaller bird bath, then hopping into the larger pool for a cool down. Magic.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing the photographs… thanks Sally