Forsythia Hill


Photos taken by me, living on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia.
A closeup exploration of my garden and pets incorporating my online shops, ForsythiaHill.etsy.com and DontUWantMe.etsy.com. I retain the copyright and reproduction rights on all my written text and photographs.

My Etsy Vintage Shops  

Ask me anything
Could this be the last snow of the season in Virginia?
I’ll pretend that Spring is on its way for good and capture the moment with this last shot of my massive Leyland Cypress.

Could this be the last snow of the season in Virginia?

I’ll pretend that Spring is on its way for good and capture the moment with this last shot of my massive Leyland Cypress.

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One of my cats, Cesar, in the window ledge watching the snow fall.

One of my cats, Cesar, in the window ledge watching the snow fall.

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Snowing in Charlottesville, VA on Forsythia Hill.
My Chickens refuse to come out of their Coop!

Snowing in Charlottesville, VA on Forsythia Hill.

My Chickens refuse to come out of their Coop!

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The first bloom opens on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia. 
YAY for Yellow Crocus!

The first bloom opens on Forsythia Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

YAY for Yellow Crocus!

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Lessons Learned from the Hen House, my guide to raising Chickens: http://forsythiahill.blogspot.com/2014/02/lessons-learned-from-hen-house.html

Lessons Learned from the Hen House, my guide to raising Chickens: http://forsythiahill.blogspot.com/2014/02/lessons-learned-from-hen-house.html

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Having fun in the Snow in Roanoke, Virginia.
24”

Having fun in the Snow in Roanoke, Virginia.

24”

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I see little bulb stalks peeping up through the earth here in Central Virginia.
—- Tulips, Daffodils —-
So many surprises this Spring in the garden on Forsythia Hill.  My friend Ted gave me millions of bulbs last year and I scattered them in my flower beds. It will be fun seeing what pops up!
This pretty mass of red orange and yellow tulips is a photo from last year.
Come on SPRING!

I see little bulb stalks peeping up through the earth here in Central Virginia.

—- Tulips, Daffodils —-

So many surprises this Spring in the garden on Forsythia Hill.  My friend Ted gave me millions of bulbs last year and I scattered them in my flower beds. It will be fun seeing what pops up!

This pretty mass of red orange and yellow tulips is a photo from last year.

Come on SPRING!

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My two white leghorns are not happy with the snow. They have already headed up to roost and it’s only 3 pm! They are ready to hunker down for the cold night.
Big Whitie was tip toeing in the snow earlier.

My two white leghorns are not happy with the snow. They have already headed up to roost and it’s only 3 pm! They are ready to hunker down for the cold night.

Big Whitie was tip toeing in the snow earlier.

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Rainbow over Forsythia Hill
Pretty sky yesterday after the rain and clouds began to clear.

Rainbow over Forsythia Hill

Pretty sky yesterday after the rain and clouds began to clear.

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Why is Winter time “the time” to dig out a Ground Hornet Nest? Because all the hornets have left the nest. We dug this out yesterday and it’s true all the little hornets have vacated. Hornets will not come back usually to the same nest but you need to dig out their home just in case.
I was stung in November when they were still emerging. It was in the middle of our Garden so it had to go. I also got stung several years ago when I rode over one with the riding mower and man does their little sting hurt.
Bees and hornets are beneficial so leave them alone while they are active.
It was quite interesting, the comb disks were layered and stacked like a cake.

Why is Winter time “the time” to dig out a Ground Hornet Nest? Because all the hornets have left the nest. We dug this out yesterday and it’s true all the little hornets have vacated. Hornets will not come back usually to the same nest but you need to dig out their home just in case.

I was stung in November when they were still emerging. It was in the middle of our Garden so it had to go. I also got stung several years ago when I rode over one with the riding mower and man does their little sting hurt.

Bees and hornets are beneficial so leave them alone while they are active.

It was quite interesting, the comb disks were layered and stacked like a cake.

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Barn roof and weather vane at the Ivy Creek Nature Area in Charlottesville, Virginia.  We started 2014 off right by hiking the Peninsula Trail.
Enjoy my blog posting about a year in review and looking forward to 2014: http://forsythiahill.blogspot.com/2014/01/whats-plan-its-new-year.html

Barn roof and weather vane at the Ivy Creek Nature Area in Charlottesville, Virginia.  We started 2014 off right by hiking the Peninsula Trail.

Enjoy my blog posting about a year in review and looking forward to 2014: http://forsythiahill.blogspot.com/2014/01/whats-plan-its-new-year.html

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We spotted this cute little white patterned Guinea Hen outside of the Barboursville Gift Gallery on Constitution Highway in Barboursville, Virginia yesterday.
I picked up a few cute vintage items in this darling vintage and art shop… and of course was fascinated by the birds… Ducks, Hens, and Guineas. 
What a primitive looking creature.  I never get tired of watching them scatter and hearing them talk.

We spotted this cute little white patterned Guinea Hen outside of the Barboursville Gift Gallery on Constitution Highway in Barboursville, Virginia yesterday.

I picked up a few cute vintage items in this darling vintage and art shop… and of course was fascinated by the birds… Ducks, Hens, and Guineas. 

What a primitive looking creature.  I never get tired of watching them scatter and hearing them talk.

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Let There Be Light, at PVCC, Piedmont Virginia Community College.
An annual light show held mainly outside at dark.  It’s COOL.
This image is of someone twirling a lighted umbrella standing in front of a lighted exhibit.

Let There Be Light, at PVCC, Piedmont Virginia Community College.

An annual light show held mainly outside at dark.  It’s COOL.

This image is of someone twirling a lighted umbrella standing in front of a lighted exhibit.

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I’ve just finished Phase I of my research on the Levy Lion Statues that were at Monticello up until a 1928 Auction. Their whereabouts have been sketchy. 
I magnified this wonderful photo of the Levy Lion from the Library of Congress archives.  He is magnificent. His location is unknown and there was a pair of two.
Last seen in Charlottesville, Virginia at Monticello.  Any information is appreciated.
Read my blog for my quest to find the missing Lions: http://forsythiahill.blogspot.com/2013/12/monticello-levy-lions.html

I’ve just finished Phase I of my research on the Levy Lion Statues that were at Monticello up until a 1928 Auction. Their whereabouts have been sketchy. 

I magnified this wonderful photo of the Levy Lion from the Library of Congress archives.  He is magnificent. His location is unknown and there was a pair of two.

Last seen in Charlottesville, Virginia at Monticello.  Any information is appreciated.

Read my blog for my quest to find the missing Lions: http://forsythiahill.blogspot.com/2013/12/monticello-levy-lions.html

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Ice on my Chicken Netting this morning.
We got off with a lot less snow than predicted in Charlottesville Virginia so the trees seem to be OK - I only heard one crack this morning. It’s thawing so fingers crossed no major limb losses.

Ice on my Chicken Netting this morning.

We got off with a lot less snow than predicted in Charlottesville Virginia so the trees seem to be OK - I only heard one crack this morning. It’s thawing so fingers crossed no major limb losses.

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