Monday, April 29, 2019

Majestic Oak

I pass by this magnificent oak tree everyday. It towers above all of the other trees, and it's sprawling branches stretch across land that was once part of the main dirt road leading to Nashville.
The tree is a Chinkapin White Oak and is listed on the National Oak Registry, it has stood in this spot for the last three hundred years.
What stories it could tell...…

The oak it is a noble tree,
The monarch of the wood;
Through winter's storms a thousand years,
Its hardy trunk hath stood.
It is not stately, like the beech;
The elm more tall may be;
And gracefuller the lovely lime;
Yet 't is a noble tree.
An acorn, by a squirrel dropped
Amid a tuft of grass,
May be an oak, on which we look
With wonder as we pass.
But then it years, long years, must grow,
And this may teach to all,
What mighty things in after times
May come from means now small.
How little did they think who saw
A green oak sapling spring
In some old forest long ago,
That it would float a king!
 Perhaps some ancient Druid came
To pluck from it a bough;
'T is now a gallant ship—but he,
Where is that Druid now?
Perhaps an acorn from that tree
Dropped on his nameless grave,
And o'er it now in summer green'
Dark' tangled branches wave.
 How beautiful the oak's young leaves,
In the bright days of Spring;
Or, when a richer tint the skies
Of early autumn bring:
And all upon the dewy ground
The acorn-cups are laid,
Like richly chased spoons are they,
For fairy banquets made.
So, monarch of all forest trees,
On every English plain;
We crown thee still, thou brave old oak,
And long, long be thy reign!
      Ann Hawkshaw

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Apple Of Our Eye

Our little princess has the most contagious smile.
Our lives are blessed.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Idyllic Day

Gorgeous blue skies and sunshine today.
The perfect day for pottering in the garden, and cleaning away Winter's grime.
The flowers are returning faster than we can count, each day, a new color.
A little spring cleaning, it's good for the soul...



Saturday, April 20, 2019

Easter Blessings

Our Easter weekend has started out as a wet one.
Not the best conditions for those little egg-hunters who are seeking to fill their baskets, and show off their costumes.
Tomorrow the sunshine returns, and celebrations with family and friends are planned.
Wishing you all a blessed and Happy Easter.
He is Risen.

Saturday, April 13, 2019


A gentle rain has fallen for much of the morning, but not to be discouraged,  my plans of cleaning around the pond stayed on track.
It always amazes me that despite the freezing water,  soon after Spring arrives, the sound of croaking, once again returns.


Cold, wet leaves
Floating on moss-colored water
And the croaking of frogs -
Cracked bell-notes in the twilight.
~ The Pond, Amy Lowell

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Peaceful Easy Feeling


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

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Nature's Gifts

Off to spend the day at my daughter's little farm.
It's a beautiful place, nestled down a country lane and surrounded by farm fields and rising hills.
One of the perks of farm-life, are the daily fresh eggs.
She shares them with family and friends alike.

If you've never tasted a farm fresh egg, you are missing out, those store bought eggs are just not all they are cracked-up to be.



Farm-fresh eggs have one-third less cholesterol, a quarter less saturated fats and twice as many omega three fatty acids, than store-bought eggs.
They also have more vitamin A and E and seven times more beta carotene.
And more important, the chickens are raised humanely.

Egg-gathering always seems to draw a crowd.

Sunday, April 7, 2019


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


Saturday, April 6, 2019

Home Sweet Home

                                             "Home, the spot of earth supremely blest,
                                               A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest."

                                                              ~ Robert Montgomery

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Special Delivery

My sweet boy Oliver loves a cardboard box better than food, well almost...…..