Friday, April 16, 2010

"Help Feed the Birds"

In MARY POPPINS the little old bird lady stands on the steps of Saint Paul's selling her bags of crumbs.

She beckons the crowd to come buy her bags for a tuppence.

She gently pleads for help to feed the little creatures and thus show them that we care.

She tells us that the birds are hungry. They need our help to feed their young.

Her bags of feed are not expensive. She sells them for just a tuppence.

As the birds circle over head and fill the sky, she calls out to us.

Each time someone buys a bag to feed the little birds, the saints and apostles look down with gratitude.

Original Oil by Fatima Ronquillo

Though she speaks but a few words, she calls to each of us

"Help feed the birds."

Inspiration for this post was taken from one of my favorite songs: Mary Poppins' Feed the Birds.

Click here to see Birds of a Feather, a previous post and tablescape.

Information on the artist Fatima Ronquillo is available at

Today I'm sharing

A little pink for

A few pieces of French faience for

Blue birds and other accents for

A flock of birds for

Be sure to fly over to each of these lovely blogs for lists of others participating in these fun memes.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. I loved that song and sang it over and over when I was a little girl. My hubby and I do feed the birds in our yard. :-)

  2. I love that oil painting. And I'm amazed how you can do so much in one post for several different blog parties you're participating in! You go girl.

  3. That was very sweet - and now I have the song in my head too!

  4. Hi Sarah,
    Now I'll be in Mary Poppins mode all day! You know that I already do feed the birds every day, in fact I have just come in from the feeding the moorhens on the pond in the back garden.
    Have a wonderful weekend, I so wish we were getting ready for your arrival on Monday, c'est la vie.
    Hugs to Mr A & you of course.

  5. Love all of your figurines. They are lovely and so perfect for the song. Hugs, Marty

  6. Love the bird feeders. We have lots in our yard. I am always searching for new ones.

    Happy Pink Saturday.

  7. Oh Sarah, what a clever post! All of your figurines are beautiful and make perfect illustrations for your commentary. I love this post, and I am so glad you linked it to Favorite Things. laurie

  8. What a lovely remembrance of Mary Poppins. All of your figurines are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Hi Sarah,
    Another lovely post. Do you see many different types of birds where you live? My sons love feeding the birds and we have many bird feeders. The only downside is the other animals that are attracted to them. We have raccoons that visit at night and knock down feeders. There are also possums around. Do you have problems like this? Have a wonderful Pink Saturday.

  10. The painting is exquisite and your figurines are lovely, Sarah. About the teapot, I got the set which also included a coffee pot from Ebay. It's old, an antique and I was so happy to win it. I am trying to find my post about it to give you more info but I cannot find it. All I can remember is the marking "EPNS" at the bottom. I love the set, does not tarnish much, I hardly ever polish it....Christine

  11. What a stunning painting. The figurines are so pretty....

  12. I had forgotten about that song ... now its running through my head ... so thanks for the lovely reminder!

  13. Love all the little bird feeders...and Mary Poppins!

  14. You have the most wonderful treasures in your home and you sure do know how to weave a story!! These pieces are divine!! Also...who the heck can use 'Barrel of Monkeys' the way that you did...the pillow is are amazing!
    Happy Pink Saturday xOxO Nerina

  15. I so love this song from Mary Poppins and loved to sing it as a child(I'll probably be singing it the rest of the day!). Lovely figurines and the oil is beautiful!!


  16. What a nice post!
    Enjoy your weekend.

  17. That little "bird feeder" is just precious!

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  18. That was very sweet! Such lovely figurines. We can't feed the birds..the seagulls flock in and eat it all..they are nasty! :(

  19. This is so lovely Sarah! I often have bird feeder set up in my backyard for the native birds. I think the possums might attack it sometimes but I guess that doesn't matter.

    Coincidentally, at my son's school assembly on Friday the 2 graders did a song all about another song from Mary Poppins with the very long word and that I have no chance of spelling correctly! It was very cute!

    Best wishes always,

  20. Thanks for the visit. i love the Mary poppins and feeding the birds.

    Will be back again to visit.

  21. Nice pinks!

    Sorry for being here so late today- my son is at the prom and we spent all day getting ready... and who said boys were low maintenance? haha!

    Have a super week!

    Happy PS!

    In Shoes We Trust,
    Maggie Mae
    "Do these shoes match this purse?"

  22. Good Sunday morning to you, Sarah!

    We have LOTS of bird feeding going on here at the farm. Alas, I am on pins and needles for the hummingbirds to return--they are running LATE this year!!

    Thanks for sharing with us today!

  23. I'll be humming it all day long, too! :-)
    Very pretty collection of little birdies & feeders. Lovely post, Sarah.

  24. Sarah...sorry I haven't been around much....your little bird seed figurines are so cute...what a great post!

  25. Just a tad bit late but Happy Pink Saturday. I have enjoyed watching the birds grab bits and pieces of Ben's (my dog) fur. When I brush him I save the fur and put it in a basket on the picnic table. The birds love it. :)

  26. When I was a young girl, my father managed theatre, thus a lot of my "off" time was spent seeing movies again and again. Mary Poppins was one i saw over 30 times. :) I know the dialogue by heart and every time I heart sweet Julie Andrews voice it brings a sweet memory to mind.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog -- you just have to start joining us on Fridays as your blog is simply Beautiful on every post.


  27. So creative. Love it! What a great movie and musical.

    Thank you for your kind comments.

    - The Tablescaper

  28. Hi Sarah! Oh, I love this sweet post! You know what? I have preposted for Tuesday and used this Mary Poppins song! Great minds! :)
    I really appreciate you being a follower, Sarah!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  29. Sarah, another delightful post, I always look forward to them. You are one clever lady!

    We do feed the birds too, I love watching them.

  30. What a neat post, I will be sure to check out the other ladies. -Katie

  31. Thanks, Sarah. Happy Blue Monday.

  32. Lovely collection and a nice vignette. Have a great week!

  33. Thank you for your kind comments! Now I see why the lamps were calling your are indeed a bird lover too! I love your little feeders and figurines! So sweet! Happy Monday!

  34. What a lovely post for Pink Saturday. Your photos are just wonderful. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  35. I love all the bird feeders and birds! The print is wonderful, as I love, love bluebirds!
    I have your Tea on my Weekly Feature this week!

  36. Sarah,

    Your collections of birds are so sweet...I love all of them.. birds, nests and birdhouses are some of my favorites. Thanks so much for coming by and grabbing my button with the link! I appreciate your visits! Good luck with the giveaway!

    Miss BLoomers

  37. Your collections are so the figurines. I found you at Blue Monday.

  38. Girl, you are such a delight!! what a lovely post. when I don't get up early to do my prayer and bible study and get to the bird feeders before the sun comes up my cardinal buddy scolds me. lol

  39. Hi Sarah,

    That is one of my favorite songs. I think it is very moving. Loved this post and all the beautiful photo's.

    big hugs,

  40. Beautiful pics and so well integrated with the songs. I'm always delighted when I visit. Thank you, Sarah.

  41. Sarah, I saw you over at Mary Lou's and happy to have found your lovely blog. Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  42. Hello Sarah!
    Thank you for stopping by for awhile! You know that scene where the old lady is feeding the birds has always been one of my most favorite scenes in the movie Mary Poppins. I loved the song. As a little girl I remember feeling sad as she was feeding the birds. But of course as I grew older... I understood her love of giving. Thank you for the sweet memory!! Hugs!

  43. Hi Sarah!
    What a collection of images! I adore birds and bird feeders, too. I'm really loving the chubby little ceramic girl in the second and third pic. :-)

    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  44. Hi Sarah~ Love your "Feed the Birds" so inspired me with 'Monkeying Around', I did the letter N this week, and linked your blog :-)

  45. Hi Sarah, I just love your bird "feeders". so lovely. I so enjoy watching and bird feeding. I have a robin who nested on my front porch, 3 tiny eggs in a perfect little nest!


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