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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Summer Days

"Then followed that beautiful season... Summer.... Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 









 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Getting My Wings Back



Yesterday I reached a milestone in my broken ankle recovery, being given the OK to once again drive a vehicle.
The last time I sat in the driver's seat was in early February, almost six months ago.
I'm still in the physical therapy program, but being able to drive myself to the facility has been a liberating experience.
I may not look ecstatic, but on the inside I'm giggling like a school girl.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Hello Summer


 


"Spring flew swiftly by, and summer came; and if the village had been beautiful at first, it was now in the full glow and luxuriance of its richness. The great trees, which had looked shrunken and bare in the earlier months, had now burst into strong life and health; and stretching forth their green arms over the thirsty ground, converted open and naked spots into choice nooks, where was a deep and pleasant shade from which to look upon the wide prospect, steeped in sunshine, which lay stretched out beyond. The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing."

~Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Taking Flight

  Life's toughest challenges bring the greatest rewards.
 
 

 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Make Hay While The Sun Shines

Yesterday one of those summer thunderstorms came out of nowhere. The sky was black as coal, and the winds horrendous. My neighbor's garden shed came barreling through the yard, upside down no-less and finally came to rest at the base of a tree.
I thought the tornado sirens would have sounded, but we never did hear them, and the noise of the wind would have surely drowned them out.
I'm not a fan of this kind of weather.
 
Today the  sunshine has returned, at least for now.


 




Blue skies and sunshine and finally a chance to return to the garden.


 
 

 
 Farmers are trying to get their hay baled.
  Baling wet hay is just asking for trouble.
 
 

 
I'm hoping the garden angel will steer away any further storms.
 




I like to dot solar-powered lights and whimsical pieces between the flowers and plants.
This sweet little bird faucet lights up at night, and looks like bubbling water is flowing from it's spout.
That's all the water we need right now.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Proof Is In The Pudding




A dozen charming amateur bakers offer trays of edible treats and a tent full of doughy drama this summer when PBS brings back the U.K.’s unstoppable competition series, THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW, for a brand new season, airing Fridays, starting July 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings).
                                               
Returning judges Mary Berry, a best-selling cookbook author and the U.K.’s “doyenne of baking,” and Paul Hollywood, an artisan bread-making expert whose personal appearances rival those of rock stars, join hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc in search of the best all-around baker among the contestants.

“In response to the enthusiastic fan support for this sweet and savory series, we are thrilled to confirm that PBS will be bringing the latest BBC season of THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW to our viewers on Fridays this summer,” said Beth Hoppe, PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming. “And we are happy to be airing additional seasons of the hit series over the next couple of years for fans who just can’t get enough.”
 
Lovely.



Sunday, June 12, 2016

Weaving Their Way

The Morning Glories have made an appearance, just in time for Summer.
This Grandpa Ott variety returns year after year, without any assistance from the gardener.
The vines wrap their tendrils around the weathered-wood fence and grace us with beauty all summer long.
 
 
 
 
The vines are prolific , the flowers a sumptuous Royal Blue trumpet with a contrasting purple star.
A Strikingly beautiful combination.
I can't help but smile each time they catch  my eye.
 
 



 
 
 
 

THE MORNING GLORY

Was it worth while to paint so fair
Thy every leaf - to vein with faultless art
Each petal, taking the boon light and air
Of summer so to heart?

To bring thy beauty unto perfect flower,
Then, like a passing fragrance or a smile,
Vanish away, beyond recovery's power -
Was it, frail bloom, worth while?

Thy silence answers: "Life was mine!
And I, who pass without regret or grief,
Have cared the more to make my moment fine,
Because it was so brief.

"In its first radiance I have seen
The sun! - why tarry then till comes the night?
I go my way, content that I have been
Part of the morning light!"



~ Florence Earl Coates ( 1850-1927 )

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Knee Deep In June




Tell you what I like the best --
'Long about knee-deep in June,
'Bout the time strawberries melts
On the vine, -- some afternoon
Like to jes' git out and rest,
And not work at nothin' else!"

~ James Witcomb Riley : Knee Deep in June

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

On Patrol

It sure is feeling like summertime down here in the south.
Hot, sunny days and those pesky mosquitos and ticks are back.
Yesterday a new baby fawn was born, I'm certain the mother was one of the twin deer born here herself last spring.




There's been a fox sighting over the past three weeks, Oliver is keeping vigil.


Monday, June 6, 2016

The Fairest Month

 
 

 "Mine is the Month of Roses; yes, and mine
The Month of Marriages! All pleasant sights
And scents, the fragrance of the blossoming vine,
The foliage of the valleys and the heights.
Mine are the longest days, the loveliest nights;
The mower's scythe makes music to my ear;
I am the mother of all dear delights;
I am the fairest daughter of the year."

~  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Wednesday, June 1, 2016