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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Red berry trees on a cold and dreary day



Emily’s high school band, and many, many others, are playing at Severance Hall in Cleveland, today.  A beautiful concert hall.  I bought tickets around for family members who don’t share my tin ear.  Tom and Hamilton dropped Emily at her school bus and went on up to Cleveland.  Tom wouldn’t miss this for anything and Hamilton is interested in hearing how his new band performs.

That boy will be just fine.  He sat in on their swing band practice the other night and a regular band class during the week.  His trombone is in the shop, but we hope to have it back in his hands tonight.   At supper Emily teased him about being at the back of the pack of trombones in the band.  He snorted.  “I’m better than the best of them!”  Now, I’ve never raised boys, and I had to grin.  “You still need to try out, Mister,” she reminded him.  Good to have him here.



Coming back from an errand we pulled into a drive to take a picture of a red berry tree, half stripped of berries, but plenty left for the birds. I have no idea what tree this is, many have red berries in winter.  They are cheerful to see on such a dreary day. 


13 comments:

  1. The only tree in which a cardinal is camouflaged!
    Jane x

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  2. That is a pretty tree; so colorful against the white snow!! Hope the concert went well for Emily :)

    betty

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  3. Wow! That's so many berries. I watched a Song Thrush strip the last few off the bush in our garden last week.

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  4. Sounds like he's getting into the spirit of things.

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  5. Thanks for the cheery photo. We -- NYC -- finally had some sun today!

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  6. The red berries are bright and cheerful. I never know what berries are called, there are so many different kinds, I just call them all bird berries.
    A trombone eh? That's noisy. I hear them here along with tubas and french horns in the "oom-pa-pa" bands.

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  7. I'm sure everybody did great with the band. The berries are so spectacular against the white of the snow.

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  8. What a wonderful sight to see those red berries on a cold grey winter's day! I am sure your grandson will be just fine... Sometimes it is better when a child has the responsibility for choice lifted from his shoulders...

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  9. I'm surprised that there are so many berries left on the tree. Migrating robins and waxwings stripped my crabapple tree clean before winter. It sounds like that ex-pastor's hold on Ham is wearing off. I'm sure he will be a much stronger and happier boy for it!

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  10. I never knew the name of those trees and would like to find out. great photos!

    Sounds like Hamilton is finding his feet. Relief.

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  11. I knew he would come around quickly once you pried him away.

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  12. I have a similar tree in my front yard, but it only burns fiery red in the Autumn for about two weeks and then browns up and stays that way until the next Autumn. Someone told me it was called a "burning bush"...but I dunno.

    Like yours, it is lovely to look at, even just for the first two weeks of October.

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