Newest Guest at the Inn

For the past month or so we have been thrilled to see a sleek velvet black squirrel join our outdoor menagerie.  The little brown squirrel is still the dominant critter, and typically bosses the grey squirrels around.  But it’s not clear whether he has discovered the black squirrel encroaching on his territory yet.  Hopefully they will all figure out a way to get along!

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Calm … in the midst of … crazy

We have had a great time here. Thanks for giving us a calm place to rest in the midst of our crazy busy schedule! We especially enjoyed the breakfasts and the visit from the turkeys! Thank you for your great hospitality! — Charlotte, NC

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Turkeys in the Straw

Apache got his first opportunity to meet and greet our flock of wild turkeys today, when 12 to 14 strutted and scratched their way across the back lawn. I had spread cracked corn in the tall grass beyond, where two of the turkeys had discovered it. The rest went for the scarcer but easier pickings under the feeders. Apache, exhilarated with his new-found sense of power to motivate flight, zig-zagged all the paths the bottom-heavy birds left behind. Happy Apache! Disconcerted turkeys!

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Morning View

Just a mile and a half south of our inn we saw twenty-two deer feeding in a single field on our way to church this morning. What a vision!

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Dive-Bomber

One brown squirrel sat in the side feeder this morning, chowing down, while his relative made repeated runs up the tree trunk & the branch from which the feeder hung, to dive bomb on to the feeder in the attempt to knock the first one off so he could replace him. His efforts proved futile, however, and he only succeeded in falling 3 feet to the ground each time. His only recourse was to angrily scold the other squirrel as evidence of his vexation and frustration.

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Wildlife Sightings

Within the last week, guests have visited Ike, Boss and Shammy (horses next door) to be nuzzled and feed them carrots and apples. Also saw a doe with two fawns one time; a doe stared at us from the front lawn for about 8 minutes, a fox crossing the driveway, a rabbit by the trail by the driveway, and baby bunny by Baxter’s barn.

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