|Leprechaun tracks. Looks like the little wight tiptoed in until he had to reach to grab the bait.|
Lo and behold, we found tiny footprints and a green ribbon left behind in the box, and some of the leprechauns gold-foiled Hershey Nuggets got stuck to the tape. Chocolate is as good as gold in my house.
The next morning, my youngest bounced around the house telling anyone who would listen about the leprechaun visit. She even wrote a thank you note (original spelling intact):
We've been blessed with many visits from wee creatures lately, not the least of which is a dove family in our window. The mom and dad took turns sitting on the eggs and feeding the chicks once they hatched.Dear Leprcon,A great big thank you for the hershis.I Love you soooo much!
The chicks are now poking out of the nest and getting gangly. They're almost ready to fly. We've watched the parent birds feeding the chicks, but unfortunately, every time I tried to get a photo of that event, they stopped. But I did manage to capture one with both mom, dad and baby in sight--look close.
|Wish I could get them without the screen, but opening the window obviously wouldn't be a good idea.|
We got a box in the mail last week, our latest installment of Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrator Sylvia Long's gorgeous non-fiction nature books:
We also had the grand pleasure of visiting the local British school and talking book talk with the librarian who wanted some book recommendations. The principal of the school is a friend and I told her about a British author I knew who lived in the States.
I'd critiqued his story several years ago then found it on the shelf in Target when we were back home for the holidays. I was thrilled to see it and sent him an email. Long story short, I let my principal friend know that a UK author was close by, and they're bringing him out for a school visit. And now I've got an in with their librarian. Librarians are good people to know.
I also found some luscious books by European authors at their book sale. We picked up one of Valerie Thomas' Winnie the Witch books. I'd never heard of them and fell in love with Korky Paul's illustrations and Winnie's whimsical personality.
I also picked up a German author's book, The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear. I'm looking forward to starting it once I finish The Luck Uglies.
All in all, we've had a simply wonderful week. Have a great weekend.