The weeping cherry in the back yard is an ancient tree and here it is, blooming again! Weeping cherries are supposed to live 30 years. We've been in this house for 20 years and it was a big mature tree when we moved in, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was planted when the house was new, 40 or so years ago. When the kids were small, the weeping cherry held a large tree house and a swing. It has held countless nests and been home to squirrels, mourning doves, chickadees, woodpeckers, cardinals and more. Several years ago it started to drop limbs and the carpenter ants got to it. The children were grown and gone so the tree house came down. We considered cutting the tree down because it's so close to the house. But the woodpeckers really love it (we've even had a piliated woodpecker visit a few times!) so we thought we'd wait and see. And this wonderful tree continues to bloom every spring!
That's my studio in the back. I've been practicing a new technique for making platters and plates and really having a great time with it.