Thursday, April 2, 2020




An altered look about the hills;
A Tyrian light the village fills;
A wider sunrise in the dawn;
A deeper twilight on the lawn;
A print of a vermilion foot;
A purple finger on the slope;
A flippant fly upon the pane;
A spider at his trade again;
An added strut in chanticleer;
A flower expected everywhere ..."

~Emily Dickinson


Monday, March 30, 2020


I used to walk these paths in my homeland, I knew every nook and cranny.
Nowadays, it's all about driving everywhere, we miss out on so much life around us.
I think of this Beatrix Potter quote often, and smile.

“Thank God I have the seeing eye, that is to say, as I lie in bed I can walk step by step on the fells and rough land seeing every stone and flower and patch of bog and cotton pass where my old legs will never take me again.”  
~Beatrix Potter


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Being Grateful


I'm grateful today for blue skies and sunshine, eighty one degrees of the stuff, begging me to spend the afternoon pottering in the garden.
Weed-pulling has begun, and grass-mowing is scheduled.
Two portly kitties are at my side rolling in the sweet Spring grass, not a care in the world, oblivious to all the turmoil.
Life goes on......

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Welcome Spring

Hello Spring, we've been waiting for you.....
You're a little early this year, your healing sunshine is desperately needed.

The Robins have returned, a sure sign you have arrived.

Our days have warmed up nicely.
New grass and flowers are beginning their journey to awaken.
Songbirds have returned, and there's a nightly croaking of a frog heard at the tiny pond.
Springtime appears.


Flowers are budding
Birds are nesting
Bunnies are hopping
Frogs are croaking


Monday, March 16, 2020

Keep Calm And Carry On

It seems our world as we know it is falling apart.
Last week, a tornado barreled through our town, changing many people's lives.
This week we are facing Coronavirus  uncertainties.
I'm going to do my part and follow the CDC recommendations other than that, I'm taking a "Keep Calm and Carry On" approach.
Oliver cat follows the typical "male" outlook.
Tom-Tilly being the female keeps vigil.
Gawd Bless Us All...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Winter Indulgence

Orange and golden raisin scones, and a nice pot of tea.
A little late-winter encouragement.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Spring Forward

This Sunday at 2 am our annual clock fiddling takes place once again.
An hour forward to Daylight Savings Time, payback for that extra hour of sleep, we enjoyed so much back in November.
Spring is not far behind,  just twelve short days,  what a lovely thought...…

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Nashville tornado: Drone footage shows incredible path of destruction a...

Whilst we slept Monday night, a monster was lurking.

Beginning in the western part of the state, by the time it had reached Nashville it had swelled to an F3 tornado, sporting 150 mile per hour winds, and rapidly moving east.
Our county borders Nashville's county, and the tornado barreled down Interstate 40 destroying everything in it's path.
25 lives have been lost, scores unaccounted for, schools, businesses and homes destroyed.

The monster continued on it's path for 51 miles, and developed into an F4 with sustaining winds of 165-175 miles per hour.
We are one of the lucky ones, with no damage or injuries, but ooh, it is so hard to be grateful, when all around our little city, people are hurting.
The turnout of volunteers and agencies is incredible, it will take some time, we will rebuild, but for now it is one day at a time neighbor helping neighbor.
Your prayers would be greatly appreciated.
 #Tennessee Strong.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

'Til Their Clean And Sparkly

I've been busy doing a little spring cleaning.
A sink full of  warm sudsy water, and anything within reach gets a turn.
By the time I get through washing everything, it will be time to start all over again.
Oh, dear.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Home Sweet Home

Snow is forecast for tomorrow, just when my thoughts are all turning to Spring activities.
Hopefully just a dusting, I'm happy my errands were all run yesterday, and I can stay hearthside, with two portly kitties as my companions.

Braided rugs
Tea-filled mugs
Flowers in jugs
Familiar hugs
Heartstring tugs
 Home Sweet Home by ABritinTN  

Monday, February 24, 2020

Rainy Days And Mondays

I was up with the larks this morning, awakened by the sound of rain pelting against the windows, long before the morning light itself had appeared.
As much rainfall as we've had in the past couple of months, our Spring growing season, should be a healthy one.
No dried-up soils here.

" The best kind of rain, of course, is a cozy rain.
This is the kind the anonymous medieval poet makes me remember, the rain that falls on a day when you'd just as soon stay in bed a little longer, write letters or read a good book by the fire, take early tea with hot scones and jam and look out the streaked window with complacency. "

~Susan Allen Toth, England For All

Friday, February 21, 2020

A Taste Of Home

A little afternoon snack.
English Jacob's cream crackers, Irish aged-cheddar cheese, a few pickled onions. 
I could eat them until they run out of my ears.
Ooh dear.

  Followed by a lovely cup of Yorkshire tea.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

A Peaceful Easy Feeling

Our days are getting noticeably longer, darkness now falls around 5:30 each evening.
Mother Nature sent us sunshine today, sixty five degrees worth of the stuff, encouraging us to break out of our cabin-fever mold, and delight in pottering around the garden.

The Robins are in abundance, busily pulling the earthworms from the moist soil, the nests are getting feathered, the Pussy Willow buds are awaking.
Daffodils are waving their sleepy heads in the noon day sun.
Not long now.


A peaceful sunset this evening.
Cooler temps, after a warm and breezy day.
Peace.....such a lovely thought.


Sunday, February 16, 2020


Two of my favorite things........
English transferware and castles.
Royal Homes of Britain
Windsor Castle, Tower of London, Balmoral Castle.

Friday, February 14, 2020

With Love From Me To You

" The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.".
Eden Ahbez "Nature Boy"

May your Valentine's Day be special !


Friday, February 7, 2020

Snow Day

We awoke this morning to a winter wonderland.
Soft, wet snowflakes, blanketing the ground, cocooning us in a world of silence.
No accumulation, it's as if Mother Nature took her powdered sugar shaker, and gave the landscape a sprinkling.



Out of the cloud-folds of her garment shaken,
Over the woodlands, brown and bare
Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
Silent, and soft, and slow
Descends the snow.

~~By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.~~


Thursday, February 6, 2020


The perfect way to spend a rainy day......napping.