The Flight of the Snowbirds {the birds fly north again

Every year has its winter, and year has its rain–

But the day is always coming when the birds fly north again.

Its the sweetest thing to remember if courage is on the wane,

When the cold, dark days are over–the birds will fly north again.

                                                                                    ~Ella Higginson (c.1900)

Join the fun on April 15th! 


april 15th – how time flies!

The days are quite warm now, and the sun is brighter each day. It is so lovely to visit Emma and Harold, the sweet TarJaay cousins in the south! Every day they have so much fun, and enjoy many fabulous feasts together set out on the dining room table.

Between Naps on the Back Porch, Beauregard (Beau for short) checks the date on the calendar and loudly tweets to Bella,”I can’t believe it…it is April 15th! It is The Most Amazing Boy’s birthday! Bella finds the revelation incredible. She carefully double checks to makes sure Beau is not playing another one of his April Fool’s jokes. “Beau, how can it be? Did a year really pass so quickly?” Beau chirps back, “Wasn’t he just 21 the other day?”


Bella doesn’t hear a single peep. She is too busy twittering about, and packing and fluffing her steamer trunk…the day is here for the sweet little love birds to fly North again!


Beau knows when Bella flutters with an important idea, there is no use in persuading her differently. Why get her feathers ruffled on such a lovely spring day? Beau quickly studies the maps for the fastest route North. “Oh, Beau! Don’t you know you are reading the Italian map! We will never get home in time for The Most Amazing Boy’s birthday following the Italian route — even though it is our favorite!”

Mapping out the Trip North

Mapping out the Trip North

still love birds

The TarJaays say goodbye and give each other a quick peck, and promise to twitter along the way. “Bella, it’s time to go now–the early bird catches the worm, you know.” Bella is looking so lovely in her new spring hat with Mi’s vintage millinery — perfect for the snowbirds flight back to the North. Beau steals a quick minute to turn a shy, sideways glance at his beloved of over 30 years. His heart still flutters when he sees his darling Bella. Bella blushes, and knows in her heart that all her dreams have come true.


The trunk is securely in place on Beau and Bella’s shiney little pink coup. Beau is sometimes embarrassed to motor around in a bubble gum pink car with the name “Polly” (named after Bella’s very favorite Auntie Polly Parrot) inscribed on the license plates. Though, he quickly forgets about all of his embarassement when he feels the energizing spring winds ruffle his feathers as they fly North again.

sing you a love song

Beau and Bella throughly enjoy traveling together beneath a tangerine sky in their little shiney pink coupe. As they travel through countryside and cities, they sing all sorts of songs–some silly, some old-fashioned and some which they can never quite remember all of the words. Bella thinks Beau sounds like Michael Buble as he sings her sweet songs through Georgia, Kentucky, Tennesse and Illinois. “Oh, don’t stop singing, Beau!” 

Singing a Love Song in Harmony

home is where the heart is

Bella gets inspired as they pass all sorts of creative cottages on their travels North. Bella likes to take drive-by photos of her favorites. “Oh, Beau, look at that sweet thatched cottage! Isn’t it perfectly nestled between the trees in the glen?”


Travelling through the bustling city, Beau and Bella admire the gleaming white conde nests! “Just think…we wouldn’t have so much to take care of living here!”


So many homes of all different styles…so many ideas! Bella gets more and more creative with each passing fancy nest. Sometimes, Bella gets too many creative ideas for one chick! Beua gets a bit nervous when Bella says, “I’ve been thinking…!” It usually means another post-it note skeetch for a honey-do project!



home, sweet home {rose cottage

Soon, the cities slowly fade and the colorful farmland patchwork turns a bit more rugged. The petal pink coupe speeds along over hills and through river valleys that are turning the most amazing shades of vibrant spring green. Then, along the sleepy little river town road, just around the next sharp bend, Beau and Bella catch a glimpse of Rose Cottage –just a bit up the hill next to the old maples and oaks. “Oh, our little Rose Cottage…we are home, sweet home,” exclaim Beau and Bella in unison. “And, in time for The Most Amazing Boy’s birthday,” sings Beau.



If you have a song to sing, sing it now.

Let the tone of gladness ring clear as song of birds in the spring.

Let every day some music bring: Sing it now.

                                                                    ~Unknown, Book of Good Cheer, 1913

Now…if you listen carefully, you will hear Beau and Bella’s cheerful refrains of “Happy Birthday to our Most Amazing Boy” floating down from the limbs high up in the old maple tree… just outside the birthday boy’s old farmhouse bedroom window! Maybe, you are singing softly along with their song, too? 


 Happy Birthday to the Most Awesome Boy!

What is the sweet song in your heart today? How will you share it with someone else?

It was such a joy to have our daughter and her sweet hubby home from Seattle to help create some more beautiful memories that we will always treasure. One such special memory-making momemt was laughing hysterically as we did the “photo shoot” for Beau and Bella’s adventures! We hope you enjoyed sharing in our special moment, too. Visit Melissa at The Inspired Room for more about creating special moments.

We are so delighted you stopped by for a little chat and a piece of made-from-scratch angel food cake at Rose Cottage! We will have your tea cup in cupboard waiting for your next visit, too. Won’t you let us know you came to hear all about the adventures of Beau and Bella as part of the meme–Target Birds on Holiday– and how we created a story for the birthday boy in the comments below?

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28 responses to “The Flight of the Snowbirds {the birds fly north again

  1. What a great post–so many different things to see. I especially loved Bella’s hat!

  2. This is just so lovely! Your pics are just eye candy and the story North was cute. Cindy

  3. The son

    I love it Mom!! Thank you! But I clearly remember those two birds trying to eat some of my frosting even before the candles were lit!

  4. What a great post. So much fun!

  5. Such cute pics. It seems like everybody names their birds but me. I’ll have to do better next time!

  6. Dearest Debbykay,

    Such a delightful post! I so enjoyed reading of Bella and Beau’s fabulous travels! You have quite the imagination! Bella’s hat is charming and what a romantic and loving couple they make!

    All of your photos are beautiful! You are such a creative and talented lady! The birthday cake you made for your son looks delicious! Please send him best birthday wishes from me.

    Oh, the quotes were delightful, too! Thank you for sharing the ‘sweet song in your heart’… just as you always do!

    Thank you for dropping by my Rose Cottage and leaving such sweet words to bless me with, and cheer my day. You see, there you are, sharing that ‘sweet song in your heart’, and I thank you very much for doing that!

    I know you miss your daughter and her hubby. It must have been so hard to see them go! It is a blessing that they bring such joy to your home when they visit. I am certain it was very difficult for them to leave!

    Yes, all is well here, as I am so happy it is there at your Rose Cottage!

    You are in my thoughts today!

    Much love to you sweet friend,

  7. Oh so sweet. Adorable post.

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday.


  8. ann

    totally fasinating.i was completely emmersed in beaus and bella.sweet names too.who is the birthday boy?that part i don’t understand?ann

    • debbykay

      Thank you for the sweet comments and birthday wishes for our awesome son who has an April 15th birthday! The story is a mix of reality and fantasy–a bit of a true love story between my hubby and me. It is built upon the meme of the bird salt and pepper shakers.

  9. ann

    i was totally emmersed in the story.but i don’t understand who the birthday boy is.i get the feeling i am suppose to know…very good story…ann

  10. What a cute post! I LOVED the hat!!!….Debbie

  11. Bella’s Easter bonnet was the cutest touch! Thank you for sharing.

  12. Crystal

    Hello DebbyKay,
    First time to your blog and it was wonderful. All of the different bird tales have been great. Everyone has their own special touch, loved the hat and the Italian route. I hope to go to Italy this summer. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

    Have a great evening!

  13. I love the bonnet and the houses they got to enjoy! Happy Birthday to you son! Today is my aunt’s birthday!

  14. I love seeing everyone’s creativity. Enjoyed yours!!! The photos were fabulous & so was the story.

  15. Welcome to Outdoor Wednesday…Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

  16. Liked the birds, and loved the cake, wow does it ever look wonderful!!! Sorry, I went cold turkey on the jelly beans Monday… Cathy

  17. SUCH a cute post. I loved the part about Bella saying “Ive been thinking”… hahah

    Your cake looks LOVELY! Happy Birthday to that most awesome boy.

    xo Heather

  18. What a sweet, sweet post! I enjoyed the little trip with Bella and Beau. Happy Birthday to your son!!

  19. rebekahp

    I had so much fun helping with the photos! I love hearing the story of Bella and Beau’s journey and seeing the photos. Another fantastic post!

  20. Oh what a sweet post, Debbykay! And those two love birds came home for your son’s birthday. How sweet! Sounds like your daughter and her husband have some wonderful adventures together. I’m sure you had a grand time when they were home!

    Have a wonderful day

  21. Edie

    Oh I’m late I’m late for the Amazing Son’s b-day _ I am sooooo very sad I didn’t get in on his b-day wishes… The story is oh so wonderful… MVBS Love,

  22. What a beautiful blog and such a sweet post! Thank you for visiting my blog and for leaving such a sweet comment! =)

  23. Mom

    Breathtakingly beautiful — what a lovely story and what a precious little book this would make! Delightful, adventurous, sweet, imaginative. – Beau and Bella were determined to get to Rose Cottage for the Most Awesome Boy’s birthday and I so glad that they made it just in time! The depth of your creativity continues to add much joy and peace to my day.

    Your Mom

  24. That cake looks so yummy!!!!! I love all your birdhouses and those birds are so sweet…What a beautiful post…

  25. Love that pic of the birdies on the map!

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