Last week apart from one day the weather was pretty bad.. 2 whole days of continuous rain put paid to my sketching plans at Leu. The best I could do was to sit and watch the squirrels through the sliding glass door, eating the peanuts we put out for them on the balcony.
Yes, here in the land of a trillion oak trees we feed the squirrels. In the hard frosts and driving rain that has been this Florida winter we have taken pity on them and now they are as bold as brass and will come into the apartment if we leave the door open.
It is a fair trade off. We get hours of entertainment watching them and they get delicious roasted peanuts. I read that raw peanuts are not good for them, apparently they get addicted to them in the same way we become alcoholics, but plain roasted ones are OK.
They certainly love them. If there are no peanuts they will come to the glass door and peer in holding their paws up anxiously.
Instead of scampering over the roof our fat squirrels are now thundering overhead and the sound of the door opening in the morning has all the nearby bushes twitching with anticipation. As a bonus, the beautiful red cardinals come too.
I sat on the sofa with a sketchbook looking out through the window and tried to capture something squirrely about them.
They are delightful and always make me smile.This week I am back to the bees..