The Back Yard News, Vol 1, No. 1

Afternoon Sun

Afternoon Sun photo, by Sonia.

This is a new column, produced by Sara and Sonia, with occasional contributions from their friends.

In fiction...

"The Surprise", story and illustration by Sara.

Cardinal and Catbird

One morning, Sir Cardinal woke up and complained loudly, "Hey, Cat, stop meowing! You woke me up!"

The cat just walked away, ignoring the cardinal.

"What? Not you?" said Sir Cardinal. "Then who?"

Suddenly, a catbird flew out from behind Sir Cardinal's nest, leaving a cloud of feathers.

"Yikes! Ha! It was only you!"

The catbird circled over Sir Cardinal, squawking, "April Fools!"

(Editor's note. Cardinals are here in April, but catbirds aren't. Poetic license!)

Rose of Sharon

In arts and entertainment...

By Sonia. Rose of Sharon photo also by Sonia.

You can take forsythia and if you hold it at the spot that attaches to the branch and let go, it will twirl down like a helicopter. But the four petals have to be fully open.

You can take wild onions and make jewelry from them. You can do the same with chives. Just loop them into circles and weave another piece over and under, around the circle to hold it in place. In this way, you can make rings, crowns, bracelets or necklaces.

In the garden...

Observations and illustration by Sara.

Blue Posies

Currently in bloom:

bee balm, daisies (waning), oxalis, nasturtium, pansies, and butterfly bush

Currently producing:

blueberries, raspberries, basil, chives, sage, rosemary, sorrel, red russian kale, fennel, cucumbers, garlic, snap peas, and oregano

Bee Balm


By Sara. Bee balm photo also by Sara.

I wonder if the catbird will attract any cats?

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Blogger Llama Momma said...

Please tell your daughters that I adore their new column. BRAVO! :-)

10:28 AM  
Blogger Christianne said...

Me too!! I LOVED THIS. Can't wait for the next installment!

7:53 PM  
Blogger Sandy Carlson said...

This is really, really great. Inspired! My daughter and I blog together at justwriteforkids.blogspot.com. You've given me a new idea for integrating words and images. Your daughters are magic!

10:08 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

This is precious!
Would your kids be interested in opening a Mid-Atlantic bureau?

5:11 PM  

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