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Friday, May 29, 2015

Lilies

The Lilies are in bloom.
Their colors are a delight, their scent, heavenly.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

The Lily

The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,
The humble sheep a threat'ning horn:
While the Lily white shall in love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.
 
William Blake
28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London
 
 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Spring Rains

Mother Nature sent rain today.
Bucketfuls, with the odd peeking of the sun in between, enticing you into the garden with the hope of getting those much needed chores done.
Three days of continuous rain, for which we are grateful, parched ground and trees drinking in every last drop.
 



The world is wet today
luxurious, damp, drenched
drops hug the leaves,
anoint the still budded lilac blossoms
before their blooming
rich purple and plum
made richer by their watery skin
New leaves under the weight
droplets heavy, hanging
bowing the white pine needles
undersides exposed to drink
drink in the morning
hushed in the rain
temperature near the dewpoint
sprouts of just planted flowers
eager from the parched soil
new puddles bloom too
on the ground, the driveway
collect and gather
without the smell of summer rain yet
tears splash and spread
silent shimmers, heralds, messengers
in the spring rain.

 
~A Spring Rain : Raymond J. Foss

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Lest We Forget

They fell, but o'er their glorious grave
Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.

~Francis Marion Crawford



Dedicated to our American service men and women, without whose service and unselfish commitment our lives would be forever changed.

For those who have sacrificed and brought us freedom in this great country.
" A Huge and sincere Thank You "

Friday, May 22, 2015

In The Garden

Enjoying blue skies and sunshine.
Will return soon, hoping your day is just as lovely.
 
















 
 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Heaven Scent

The wild Honeysuckle is in bloom.
Its sweet scent floating across the meadow..
Intoxicatingly delicious.
 
 
 
 
 Memories of warm days in May, as a child sucking the sweet nectar.
Innocence and childhood going hand in hand.
 
 


So doth the woodbine the sweet honeysuckle
Gently entwist. The female ivy so
Enrings the barky fingers of the elm.
Oh, how I love thee! How I dote on thee!
~ Shakespeare's A Midsummers Night Dream
 
 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Simple Pleasures

Oftentimes, it pays to wait.
The sweetest of the season are now ripe for the picking ........
Summer strawberries
 
 


Monday, May 11, 2015

Nature's Living Lanterns

We seem to have left Spring behind, and moved right into Summer.
Hot days in the eighties and nineties, and no rain for going on three weeks.
Not the most ideal conditions for those early Spring gardens.
 
 


We sat on the porch after dark discussing the extreme weather the entire country is experiencing. Snow, floods, tornadoes, droughts, my heart goes out to the folks affected by these disasters.

As we pondered the answers I noticed a tiny twinkling light nestled in the tree line, and then another, and several more......
The Lightning Bugs have returned !
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Most people know about Lightning Bugs, cute little flying beetles with bottoms that light up at dusk to facilitate one task all life forms are driven to accomplish – reproduction.
In Middle Tennessee, our Lightning Bugs come out once the sun is well below the horizon and produce a bright yellow green light that blinks on and off in the gathering night.
In the coming few weeks the darkness of the woods will be lit by the twinkling lights and mating rituals of the Lightning Bugs, or Fireflies as known to non-Southerners, meeting and creating beautiful luminescence together.

Close your eyes and think back to the long hot summers of childhood.
Playing outside until late in the evening, sitting on the front porch eating ice-cold watermelon slices, listening to the crickets chirp, and the tree frogs sing.
Remember catching Lightning Bugs and keeping them in a Mason jar ?
They glowed beside you all night long sitting on your night table....
Innocence and childhood going hand in hand.

The magic has returned....

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sugar And Spice and Everything Nice

Image courtesy of BBC.co.uk

Prince William's wife, Kate, ( Duchess of Cambridge ) has given birth to a healthy baby girl , a child now fourth in line to the British throne.
 
The Royal heir was born Saturday, after a brief labor.
The birth announcement, via a press release from Kensington Palace, said the princess was born at 08:34BST and weighed 8lbs 3oz.
Her name has not yet been disclosed, I'm keeping my fingers crossed it will be Elizabeth, my fourth generation namesake.

After less than a ten hour stay, the royal couple and their daughter left London's St Mary's Hospital for Kensington Palace - but not before the world got its first brief glimpse of the new royal baby.
She's a little 'corker'.*

We share in the celebration and well-wishes, of this exciting news.

 * Corker : In Britain means someone or something that is extra special.

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Merry Month Of May

"It was the month of May, the month when the foliage of herbs and trees is most freshly green, when buds ripened and blossoms appear in their fragrance and loveliness.
And the month when lovers, subject to the same force which reawakens the plants, feel their hearts open again, recall past trysts and past vows, and moments of tenderness, and yearn for a renewal of the magical awareness which is love."

~ Sir Thomas Malory, La Morte d'Arthur