“It has good bones.” – That’s what my husband said six years ago, right before we made an offer on the house we now call home. In other words, it was a bit of a “fixer upper.” But where I looked and saw countless projects, he looked and saw endless potential. (He’s much better about visualizing things the way they could be… maybe that’s why he married me!)
One area in desperate need of attention was the backyard, which at the time of purchase was an overgown slope leading down to a sinkhole surrounded by poison ivy. But with a couple truck-loads of dirt and several pallets of stone (and free child labor to load up the wheelbarrow) my household hero built a lovely patio with a recirculating waterfall. I wish I could say I was a lot of help, but I basically brought drink refills and cheered him on.
The waterfall has been such a blessing. Not only is it beautiful background music to my ears, but it also lures a lot of birds to my backyard. Like this lovely bluebird who enjoyed a leisurely bath, sunned himself on a branch, and then headed back for more.
Even if you can’t put in a waterfall, if you want more birds to visit, just add water. Consider putting out a fountain or a bird bath or even a dish for them to drink from – not only will the birds appreciate it, but you will have fun watching them.