Monday, May 28, 2007

Batty


This enterprise does booming business in the summer. They started out at $5 each just a couple of years ago. Quite rightly the price was raised to $20, they are well constructed and are even painted with a bat design. It is the favored souvenir of our visiting guests.

My mom got one and put it down at Marrowstone. Both she and George were bursting with pride to tell us that it was inhabited! So we looked....its home to swallows! The bats have stayed in their preferred ancestral home...the attic!

The original sign was country poetry, it said:

BAT
HOuSe's
BiRD

7 comments:

jungle dream pagoda said...

I want a bat-box!

magnusmog said...

How can you fit a bat in a bird?

magnusmog said...

.............or should that be a bird in a bat ...........

Mary Jane said...

magnusmog, we're always puzzling over that one...maybe it was a premonition of the Marrowstone bat house, it housed a bird? or the birds belong to the house?

Emily said...

Very cool! Bats are amazing...we have a bat house near to where I live (PA). Apparently, it houses all the mother bats while they tend their young communally. Such a lovely idea.

Every year, we wait for the bats to emerge and swoop over our yard catching bugs. Such a great ariel display! :)

And I want a bat house too!

Bats in the Belfry said...

I have a great big bat house..it is called MY HOUSE! I disagree that it is a "lovely" idea. See how delightful it is when the bat's, yes plural are circling your bed at 3 a.m. I guess if you can ask your bats to relocate great! EKKK!

Mary Jane said...

I do have sympathy for you, bats in the belfry! We had a very old house which had served as a bat nursery for 100's of years! We had hundreds of them. Every summer, when the babies were learning to hunt, we'd get some that squeezed out of the walls the wrong way and swooped and circled around the rooms in the house. The unmistakable odor of bats when it first warms up in the summer is a little unpleasant too. But ultimately we loved our bats and their cherished home. We live across from a farm pond and have absolutely no bugs! For that we thank the bats. We're not sure where they've set up home since the house burned down, but they are doing their job from somewhere...still no bugs!