The Front Porch Caper - Update
The neighbor’s dog has stayed away but the birds and squirrels have decided my front porch is a great place to have a party. I can’t say I disagree. Most every morning, three to fifteen house wrens gather on the porch. They just hop around, seemingly dancing. Not to be outdone, squirrels have decided to play on the porch as well.
My latest edition to the front porch furniture is my grandmother’s little rocking chair. The chair sat on her front porch for many years, where she rocked away, enjoying her favorite birds – house wrens. The same type of wrens that have invaded my front porch. My mother, who is seldom fanciful, believes my grandmother sent the wrens to me. Maybe she’s right.
Here are some of the babies from the nest under the deck:
My grandmother’s chair was in terrible shape. The seat was long gone and my mom had replaced it with a canvas sling seat. I tore the seat off and took it to be re-done with what the furniture re-finishers believe to be the original type of seat. The wood was lightly sanded and a bees wax furniture polish applied to preserve the patina of age. The chair is quite small, almost child size, because my grandmother was only 4′ 10″ tall.
I hope to spend many happy years using that rocker on my front porch. Thanks Mom and Dad for saving it, and thanks Grandma for the chair and all of the great memories of you on your front porch. I promise to take care of the little house wrens.