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April 27, 2011



Nature always seems to know best in the end, though we may find it heart breaking to try and understand. I was concerned for the family's safety, good to hear they are in a private enclosure. Perhaps the littlest could not handle the stress of the move ........

Beautiful, Kim....and we do!

Debbie Hays

Your post was beautiful.... thanks so much for sharing. Debbie


What darling photos of the little baby swans. I am still so sad about the one that died but it's true, the others have each other.


Kim ~ thank you for these pictures. After seeing your last post and that heart breaking event, it is nice to see the other swans thriving. Thanks again for the beautiful pictures ;-)


Thank you for sharing this with us, Kim. Nature is a wondrous thing.


I was so touched, when I read about the baby swan who died. Such little ones are so precious, so innocent and sweet.

For the past 2 weeks, we have had 2 kittens and a mother cat, living on our patio. The mother sort of "adopted" us, a few months ago, but we had no idea she'd had kittens. They just appeared, when they were about 4 weeks old! (We think she had made them a little home, behind some boxes we keep out there). Anyway, what a gift these little ones have been! Such a joy, to watch them play and grow; and what a wonderful mama kitty they have! I love to watch her, as she grooms them & teaches them; and as they all cuddle up to sleep together.

And how I miss them, when the 3 of them are not in sight! I worry that something may be amiss, until I see their little furry, fluffy black and white faces again. Indeed, a life is a life is a life...these little ones bless us, so very much! Thank you for sharing the baby swan's story with us.

linda moczan

you are the most caring little lady that ive ever met.
i think the swan family is adopted by you ... and how lucky they are! and by your visits i just bet they know you by now! :) linda

Good Morning!! It's good to see the swan family is being watched over....and obviously loved ..... How beautiful they are!!!! Thank you so much for the pictures Kim....... I am just sitting here starting my day with a smile .... so peaceful and springlike.....GORGEOUS!!!Terri


Beautiful pictures, Kim! I've never seen baby swans....we are fortunate to have you sharing with us. How peaceful it must be observing that little family.


just beautiful simply beautiful

Shannon Olson

How very sweet!

Pamela Gordon

So sweet. Your story and pics yesterday were so sad but as life goes, we do have each other when one is gone. Thanks for these sweet images. Pamela


and we are blessed.

Ricki Jill Treleaven

Aw....they are so cute! Poor little guys! God bless their bones!!!! :D

Lisa Sall

Life should be treasured and those we share our life with as well! Thank you,Kim!!


Thanks, Kim, I needed that!

Lynn Paterson

Very touching........and timely........thanks........

Maureen d. Connolly

Through your eyes and camera . . . you give us so much. xoxoxo


Oh, Kim, could just cry again, how sweet & precious, little ones snuggled together asleep and one just waking up. The flowers are beautiful too. You could definitely be a famous photographer. Also, always, could just see a children's book on the shelves about the Life of Maggie & Marley. Your a woman of many talents for sure and thanks so much for sharing them with us! Love ya, Cindy Okla


How pretty!

Carol Adams

Aww.... brought tears to my eyes. You are wonderful Kim..
My heart...:)
Sending virtual hugs your way...LY!!

Debbie from Texas

So sweet!!! Two is always better than one!!


I enjoy all your photos but this week you've captured some wonderful moments with the swan and her family. Gorgeous!

Elizabeth Marchus

How darling and sweet. Yes indeed we do need eachother.
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth


Kim, what a gift YOU are and your pictures are amazing.

You really should put them in a book. I will buy it!!

Those precious babies snuggled together. I have the biggest lump in my throat. Thanks again!!

Terri Morse

I'm so glad we have each other. We are all a garden of friends that I never would have met if it hadn't been for you, Kim, and Dear Daisy Cottage. You helped me find the sun again. Missy is right, your series of swan photos would make a wonderful book about life, love, and loss. Thank you for sharing their continuing miracle. Hugs, Terri

Trish Rowley

Thank you Kim just Precious, love ya!! xox Trish.


life is about each other - uplifting each other - caring for each other and just being there for each other - thanks kim and daisy cottage family - your all great!

love ya, maria - cottage feel-

Jennifer Hayslip

Beautiful sweet Kim! Hope your Easter was lovely! Love you much! XOXO,Jenn


This was amazing. I bet they were comforting each other!


Kim, I just wanted to let you know (after lurking silently for a few months) how much I love your blog, your home and spirit are an inspiration, and this site, a little island of peace in a sometimes stormy sea. I sometimes keep your site up on my computer at work (minimized of course) while I am working. When things get crazy, as they often do, I take a minute and escape to my "happy place", Daisy Cottage, then I return to the chaos just a little calmer .....
Thanks so much for what you do,


I am a new follower and I must say that the swan incident is terrible. It is a joy to see your lovely photographs though.


That is just precious. :)


Think how beautiful Heaven is...with that little baby swan and all of God's precious creatures. How wonderful He really is. I hope to see that baby swan someday. :)


Love your thoughts, as usual!


I am just loving the pictures of the baby swans. So sweet. Those little ones move my heart.


Kim, It seems me share much...I, too, have a deep, deep, love for all my swans, geese, ducks and anything else that comes in my yard to feed. Right now...I have a Mama Deer, and her two babes...Sooo precious...My black swan is sitting on a nest and her hubby is sure protecting her, too! :O) I pray these babes make it...Our snapping turtles seem to get the best of the babes on the lake. :O( God Bless you and your care for the fowl..I understand...

Jeanne Bolley

On the lighter side of life, my sister in law is a child therapist. She is going to be at a new school this year and was shown her office space last week. it is a large locker room with cement walls, floors, and bright red lockers, urinals, and a shower room. To say that she was a little put off is stating it mildly. She can adapt easily to the lockers and cement, but urinals...really?

She is a woman of much taste and a collector of all things beautiful, old, and delicate. Her previous office featured toys stuffed into antique reproduction travel trunks, wonderful old framed bird prints, framed feathers, an antique table for the she and the kids to sit out to do art projects, etc.

Anyway...the red of the lockers is not her style and the cement walls and floors are not her style either,so I am on a mission to help her decorate. Your style with red, turquoise and bold yellow is a big step in the right direction. Thank you for a wonderful website and fabulous decorating ideas.

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