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Friday, July 31, 2009

A Walk In The Woods...

Newly painted green posts

"See Rock City" Birdhouse

Large birdhouse

Wild flowers


The bluebirds "home of choice"


Squash bloom

Tree liken
Purple Passion-flower vine


New bluebird box

Old ladder supporting Clematis vine.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A HeartWarming Story Of Loyalty...


"Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole." It's a quote animal lovers will tell you is true.
After all, dogs are man's best friend, for their ability to show us unconditional love. As NewsChannel 5 photojournalist Nathan Sharkey and reporter Jeff Tang tell us a Rottweiler named Ella is teaching us all, the true meaning of loyalty.

Aired on our local television station yesterday, the story of Ella , and her family.
From tragedy to triumph, a story of unconditional love, and devotion.....

Be sure to have a box of tissues close by.

Click here:
video credit: NewsChannel 5 TV

Monday, July 27, 2009

Around The Garden...

Walking around the garden, the wildflowers are still in bloom..
Queen Anne's Lace
This wild version of the carrot is one of the most common and best known "weeds" we have. It is hard to imagine what a fallow field would look in summer without the white flower heads bobbing in the breeze. The Bird's nest name comes from the dried flower heads that curl up to resemble small bird nests.



It is thought that the carrots escaped from the gardens of the early European settlers in North America have thrived in the wild to become what we know as Queen Anne's Lace, just as had happened in Europe. Indeed the roots can be eaten just like a small pale carrot if harvested while still young and tender. Pull up a plant anywhere and smell the root. You will find it smells just like a carrot.


Always a late bloomer the Crepe Myrtle bush is worthy of the wait with it's showy flowers.



Midnight Blue Salvia


Forever faithful Petunias.

True Blue Clematis


Day-Lilies Stella de Ora

Flower pot whimsy

Lithodora

Iron rabbit standing guard at the pond

Dreaming Of A Day At The Beach...

I'm craving a change of scenery.
I blame it on the seafaring British blood running through my veins. I feel landlocked.
I feel the need to sit here..





Sip this.
Buy these.



Feel this.


Smell this.

Watch this.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Beyond The Garden Gate...

Through the gate is something more.
Does it make you wonder?
What lies beyond the garden gate?
What majesty? What splendor?







One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.
~ W.E. Johns








Thursday, July 23, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award


I would be remiss in not saying how humbled I am to fellow blogger Andrea over at A Parson's Wife: for sharing her Kreativ Blogger Award with me.

I do however apologize to Andrea for taking longer than usual in this "Thank You" posting.

Pop on over and visit with Andrea, you'll be so very glad you did. Her blog is both inspiring and uplifting. Her love and devotion to her Lord and creator, and to her family and friends is a true blessing . She writes from the heart, using her everyday experiences to both help and encourage all who read her devotionals.

Her talent for decorating and making her home a welcomed retreat, are unmatched.

In true "Share the Love" spirit, I wish to pass this award along to all of my blogging friends. I honestly have the hardest time picking just a few names, when in fact, I could list a hundred blogs, in my opinion, which are deserving of this award.
So, peeps, if you regularly leave a comment or two, or visit here often, please feel free to share this award...enjoy and pass along to others !

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Summer Showers...


Rain in Summer..
How beautiful is the rain!
After the dust and the heat,
In the broad and fiery street,
In the narrow lane,
How beautiful is the rain!

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


The evening skies are still heavy with rain clouds.


It's difficult to garden in the rain, so I spend time gazing at the flowers and dreaming .......



Watching the Clematis soaking up a Summer shower...


Dreaming how the rock fence would look planted in English flowers...




Imagining a quaint thatched cottage awaiting it's visitors......

Monday, July 20, 2009

In The Garden.....

Taking a little bloggy break, chores are piling up...
Be back soon.
In the meantime, play nice ;)


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Going Boating ?

He just bought a new boat and decided to take her for the maiden voyage.
This was his first boat and he wasn't quite sure of the exact
Standard Operating Procedures for launching it off a ramp,
but figured it couldn't be too hard.

He consulted his local boat dealer for advice, but they just said
"don't let the trailer get too deep when you are trying to launch the boat".
Well, he didn't know what they meant by that as he could barely get
the trailer in the water at all! Anyhow, here's a picture below.


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