Saturday, July 30, 2011

Swallow Saturday


With both of my sons set to leave home for college very soon, I have been unconsciously drawn to busy nests lately.

I recently made it out to the swallows' nests to check on the progress there.

The little ones are getting bigger!


They aren't ready to fly yet, but they will be soon.


Their appetites are keeping their parents very, very busy!


These two little guys will try their wings very soon.


Today I say a little prayer for all those leaving their nests, trying their wings, and flying into the future.


A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
--Chinese Proverb


Happy Saturdays to you all!


39 comments:

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Can't even fathom the thought of my little one's trying their wings to fly away from home. Slow down, Time!

The swallows are wonderful! Thanks for sharing. Happy Saturday! ☺

Leah J. Utas said...

Good pics. Enjoy your nestlings.

Catherine said...

Happy Saturday to you Betty ~ those birds are too sweet!
xo Catherine

Brian said...

The little ones will be on their own soon and I wish them all the best!

Old Kitty said...

Wow!!! Wow!!! Oh BB!! These are beautiful pics and lovely poignant words to go with them too!!! The little ones will soon flap their wings, find their strength and get the urge to just soar!! We wish them well and all the best and pray for they find their own place in the sun! Take care
x

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's wild you have all those nests there!

Laura said...

How very cool! Thanks for sharing!

Leanne said...

Oh, I love that proverb. Great pictures, Betty! Thanks for sharing!!!

Parsley said...

Love these birds. Several fly around my house but I've not seen their nests anywhere near.

Eva Gallant said...

I won't say where I thought this post was going when I read the title! Phew! great photos...what fun to watch!

That Janie Girl said...

Love this post - and my guys are out of their proverbial nests.

But, still...

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Thanks for sharing Betty, it was lovely to visit.

Yvonne.

Bouncin' Barb said...

Nicely put. Have a great weekend!!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Betty .. I saw these in the Transkei and they transfixed me .. their nests are just amazing .. and then to think they fly so far ..

Lovely pictures .. I just have a feeling home is home for the boys - even if they're away ..

Enjoy them while they're still with you so much .. cheers Hilary

rainbow said...

I will surly keep your boys in my prayers as they try their wings, as well as you. With two sons of my own I know what you are going through. My youngest son is trying his wings again with his wife and my youngest GRANDson (3), they are moving to London next week for at least 2 years. He and his wife are teachers and have signed contracts for two years in London. I told them, they could go anywhere they wanted to but Jack had to stay with me. That did not go over very well. THANK GOODNESS WE HAVE A LOVING GOD WHO CAN SEND HIS GUARDIAN ANGELS TO CARE FOR ALL OUR LOVED ONES.

rainbow (Momma Lyn)

Marg said...

Swallows really are great birds. I remember them building nests in the barn when I lived in Charleston.
I bet it is going to be hard when the boys take off for school. But life must go on. Good thing you have the swallows to watch. Have yourself a great weekend.

Liz said...

My goodness you have a lot of swallow nests! I don't think they live in my part of the country. I've never seen them before.

Ann Best said...

This reminds me of a time when a mother bird made a nest in our carpet ceiling for her babies. I think they were swallows. It was fun watching what happened.
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

Madi and Mom said...

BB
Excellent post as you and HOB prepare for your nest to be empty all at once. The lack of teenage nose is the worst when the birdies fly the coup!!
Hug and warm wishes to the chicks as they fly off
Madi and Mom

Daisy said...

Happy Saturday to you, Betty. :-) My son heads for Florida to graduate school in a week. I'm still not ready, but the day is coming whether I'm ready or not. Big hugs to you.

The Green Streak said...

What a bittersweet time for you! Sending love and hugs as you gently watch your nestlings leave.

Ms. A said...

It was traumatic for me, each time one of mine left the nest. When the last one finally flew, life changed dramatically. I'm not a good empty nester! I suffer. Wishing you well. Blessings.

julie fedderson said...

I've never seen so many swallow nests! We had a few in a barn we had, but nothing so organized.

Vodka Logic said...

Wow I have never seen a swallows nest before. They are cool.

Baby Sister said...

I love that quote. I think I'll have to print it and put it on my desk somewhere.

Cloudia said...

good pics-

best wishes and Aloha from Waikiki;


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VM Sehy Photography said...

Cool shots of the nests. I'm a ways off of an empty nest, but I feel for you. Just got my boy back from four days of camp. Missed him a lot. Wishing your boys good fortune on the next leg of their journey.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I have one leaving soon. I'm miss him but not his laundry.

Ann said...

I remember when I used to fly around taking care of little ones. Mine have flown the nest but they still bring over their laundry. I won't do it for them they just like the price here as opposed to a laundromat

Marlene said...

These little birds make me smile!!

bettyl said...

What cool photos!!

E.R. King said...

Aw, how sweet! Thanks for sharing the pics. I showed them to my boys and the loved them!

jenny_o said...

The years fly by, don't they. The empty nest is hard for awhile. That's the con part. The pro part is that after awhile we remember what it's like to be able to spend time on ourselves, like we did BK. Before Kids.

faye said...

What a sweet series.. photos and your
comments.
I would be sitting and watching those
nests all day.

Lindzena said...

What a sweet little face that is popping out of there! Oh I hope they do well when they make their way out.

SueAnn said...

And Happy Sunday as well!!! Empty nests don't stay that way for long...they either come back or they brings their young!! And the process continues!!
We are on the second generation right now!!
Ha!
Hugs
SueAnn

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

That's fascinating. I have never seen what a swallow's nest looks like.

Pat Tillett said...

The analogy is a great one! Love the pics Betty...

Sara said...

(Those nests make the swallows look like they're wearing parkas, tee hee!)