Derek's Shop #6: Truly magical morning in the workshop....

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Blog entry by Derek Lyons posted 07-11-2009 08:42 PM 1246 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When working in my shop, I like to keep the garage door open to let light and the breeze in. This morning, a little magic briefly wandered through that open door…

This morning, I’ve been working on bolting up a project and listening to the birds assault the blackberries across the alley. All of the sudden I realized that their calls were coming from inside the shop… For about fifteen minutes, while I stood and watched in awe, a pair would poke among the berries, fly into the shop and perch a moment to sing to each other, and then fly back to the berries. Then suddenly whatever will o’ the wisp brought them into the shop whisked them away again.

To whoever keeps the universe cranking – thank you for that brief time of beauty and awe.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#1 posted 07-11-2009 08:46 PM

Beautiful ! The older I get the more I become in totaL tune with nature I really love animals the way I never did before maybe it’s just that I have more time to consider them now, so nice story thanks for sharing .God Bless you , the birds, and bees. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 07-11-2009 10:53 PM

I guess as I get “Older” I am getting a bit softer…I am a avid hunter who knew how to carry and use a gun and bow safely almost as soon as I could walk….I was also taught to only hunt what I will eat (Not a trophy hunter)...anyways…the last few years I have had some truely great bucks,elk etc in my sights…and could have dropped them on the spot…yet looking at some of them through my sights…I find I am letting more and more of them walk off with a free pass.

While I will always be a hunter (Non hunters do not be upset) times when I look at them…some of them just seem so “Majestic” in there age/stance etc…I just can no longer “Pull the trigger” on some of them.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#3 posted 07-12-2009 12:33 AM

Hey my shop is for the birds Some times I have to keep the door about head high or my shop will end up with several birds a day.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 07-12-2009 01:20 PM

Sounds like you had a wonderful experience, Derek. Breaks like this in our shop routine can recharge our batteries at times.

Earlier this spring I was sitting in my shop hand sanding some small pieces and a chipmunk decided to come in and browse around for a few minutes. The little guy came within about 3 feet of me and was not intimidated by my presence at all. He spent about 5 minutes touring the shop and, apparently not seeing anything particularily interesting, decided to leave and find lunch elsewhere.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 07-12-2009 08:27 PM

Having had time to observe this year I have found some squirrels and birds to enjoy the day with I recognize the feeling that is so hard to put in words… There’s also a bunch of pecans growing into trees in the flower garden

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#6 posted 07-12-2009 11:12 PM

Lots of critters visit my shop. I’ve had a couple of the “Linesta” (medicine commercial for a sleep aid I believe) moth visit the shop. They are beautiful.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 07-13-2009 12:13 AM

Derek’s submission is absolutely (as in My Fair Lady) Loverly!

It’s eloquent and so accurate.

For some 30 years we’ve been blessed at our NJ home and grounds with the smart Robin, Cardinal, and all manner of bird; the lumbering wild turkey; baby black bear; ancient sand turtles; and of course the deer. The color of the coat on the deer is unique. Try to match a stain and you come up close, though no cigar.

The beautiful and pleasant wildlife has, not only expanded, but increased our lives. When a friend asked “Why the heck do you even wanna move?” The answer is simple. I’ts time. It is a good time for my wife and me.

With an acre of land, I’ll miss throwing those 4×8s out on the middle of the driveway to coat/spray paint to my heart’s content. There’s nothing like having unbridled freedom in what you choose to do.

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