We've tried to keep the bird feeders in the back garden filled to keep the yard alive with birdsong. The greedy things seem to empty the feeders overnight, running through the supply my mother-in-law had on hand. I'm bringing seed from my own supply with me today.
|Goldfinches and house finches at the Nyger seed feeder|
My husband's cousin and I took a stroll around the surrounding neighborhood yesterday to stretch our legs and clear our heads. I've always liked the area with its spacious family homes and well-manicured yards; however, it's changed quite a bit since my in-laws moved there in the 90s after their home in Malibu burned down during one of that region's periodic firestorms. Many of the homes along one adjoining block have been mansionized, leaving smaller front yards.
|One of the more traditional homes still left in the neighborhood|
|Traditional house with front entrance shielded by birch trees|
|Another traditional home, updated with more current landscaping|
|One of the mansionized homes, still in a traditional style|
|Another mansionized home|
A few homeowners have given up on the traditional style of the older homes entirely, replacing them with modern style constructions. Some of these fit into the neighborhood better than others.
|This house left me cold|
|This one, right next door, came off better with the addition of brick on the facade and a more welcoming landscape|
I thought some of the smaller-scale modern renovations on another block came off better than the mansion-sized versions.
|Simple and attractive|
|Updated elements and landscaping made a relatively traditional house look new|
|2nd view of the house above|
|This homeowner used new fencing and drought-tolerant plants to update the house but the Pittosporum tenuifolium overwhelms the house a bit|
Walk-abouts provide a diversion, even if they don't change anything. On the positive side, I'm grateful I married into a family composed of so many wonderful people, I'm grateful that my mother-in-law has such caring friends, and I'm grateful that I too have the support of great friends.