Thursday, August 17, 2017

Butterfly Season...

I love butterfly season...


but it seems to flutter by so quickly...don't you agree?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Caterpillar Update...

Life as a caterpillar has finally ended for everyone around here.

As I type today, I have 8 chrysalis... 
In 10 - 14 days, I will have 7 butterflies because little Mikey lagged behind...
and is at least 3 days behind everyone else...
he will be last to fly and will be released alone.

This is the netted home I ordered from 
Shady Oak Farm
which will be perfect for them when they become butterflies.

This is Mikey, he was the smallest caterpillar of the 8 when I found them,
and the last to pupate to a chrysalis.

Mikey is on the left here...
on the right, you can see 2 caterpillars getting ready to pupate.
Once they have grown to be about 1.5 inches, 
they stop eating and become very active for about 24 hours.
Then they scrunch up, wiggle out of their outer skin, and expose the chrysalis beneath.


The chrysalis will be either brown,


or green and is attached to the branch of choice with thin silks it has spun.
In two weeks, they will be beautiful 
Black Swallowtail Butterflies
They will stay in their netted home for about 2 hours, so their wings can dry...
then, I will release them to be free.


This is how they looked when I brought them indoors, 2 weeks ago.


Here they are on August 6th, climbing all over the counter while I cleaned the cage.


And here they are a few days later on August 8th,


and on August 12th.

I purchased the netted home from 
Shady Oak Farm
and I would highly recommend them, they have awesome customer service!

Here, is a link to the first post I wrote when I found the caterpillars
and
here is a link to an excellent article Raise Black Swallowtails Butterflies Indoors
that a faithful follower Peg shared with me. 
Many thanks Peg, it is an excellent article and I have referred to it often.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Just Mom's Ice Cream

As promised in yesterday's post...
today I am sharing pictures of the cute ice cream shop we stumbled on in 
Chester County, Pa. 
Just Mom's Ice Cream -
This was the cutest shop, the decor was all about the 50's...













They also had a small restaurant/deli...

We sat outside, under this umbrella to enjoy our ice cream.

The hubs had mint chocolate chip,

I had a chocolate milk shake - extra chocolatey!

YuM!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Please Wash Me Carwash!!

There's a little Car Wash, in the middle of nowhere in
Chester County, Pa.
The owner was quoted as saying...
"we live life trying to find a direct route to happiness"

So he planted some sunflower seeds in the acre of land next to his car wash.
He and 2 buddies...
they began planting 7 years ago and people have started to notice.

My friend Jean posted some pictures on Facebook,
I sent her a message and she encouraged me to go.
She said I would love it and she was right.
We drove 2 hours for this...

















We went in the late afternoon, I wanted to see them in the daylight and at sunset.
That was a good plan as it was two different looks.

The town was having a car show about a mile down the road, 
but it was breaking up as we left.
We did find a really cute place to stop for ice cream,
I'll show you pictures of that shop tomorrow.

And was this worth the 2 hour ride, you bet it was...
I enjoy car rides with the hubs and as he said,
"what else do we have to do"?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Peddlers Village, Pa.

A one of a kind historic shopping village...
filled with quaint shops, award winning gardens, distinctive dining and exceptional lodging.
This charming village is nestled in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

I am not much of a shopper, so I'll share with you the pretty landscape and beautiful gardens...
Every brick lined path is decorated with healthy, seasonal, colorful flowers.







We had dinner at Earls...the food and decor was amazing.
I forgot to take pictures of the food, it was delicious, and the decor was clean and fresh.



Had this light fixture fit in my purse, I would have brought it home...
I drooled over it all through dinner.



We finished the afternoon with some ice cream at pigadilly's...


This is a great spot...and especially beautiful this time of year.
We visit here at Christmastime as well,
you can see those display's herehere and here.