Tales of a British expat, transplanted into the lush Tennessee countryside. Lover of old, time-worn, and antique. Tea-drinker, flower-grower, animal-nurturer.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Down The Rabbit Hole
Thursday, June 24, 2010
This time of the year, the flowers are watered everyday, miss one time, and they have shriveled beyond repair.
It's the time of year to do a lot of 'porch sitting', preferably with a nice cold glass of lemonade or iced tea.
"Tell you what I like the best --
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Tying The Knot
This weekend The First Sergeant and myself were guests at a dear friend's daughter's wedding.
Is there anything sweeter than a simple, country style wedding, surrounded by all things good in life, friendship, food and fellowship.....
Simple yet elegant, the wedding theme was the perfect combination of Southern charm and romance.
Congratulations to the gorgeous bride and handsome groom, we wish you a lifetime of happiness together.
"Come, let's be a comfortable couple and take care of each other! How glad we shall be, that we have somebody we are fond of always, to talk to and sit with. "
Saturday, June 19, 2010
All of his paintings feature children with animals, dogs, horses, kittens and puppies, and are true to life situations.
His works were so popular during his lifetime that many of his paintings were reproduced as prints, and were often used in calendars, advertisements, books and magazines.
More Frightened Than Hurt
Friday, June 18, 2010
If you listened carefully you could hear the trees and flowers, heaving a big sigh of relief, their roots and foliage drinking in every last drop of moisture.
It's raining; it's pouring.
The old man is snoring.
He went to bed and bumped his head,
And he couldn't get up in the morning
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Enduring The Heat
In the mid ninety degrees, we have to water everyday.
No more blooms on the Clematis, just the remaining canes, which promise new growth next season.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
A Brit Indulgence
The desire does not diminish over time, if anything, it seems to increase, knowing that it is something not readily available, and that we have to go to great lengths in order to satisfy the yearning.
My main source of procuring English food items, involved placing an order online to one of the specialty import shops, usually three of fours times a year, or a visit to our nearest Military Base, where the commissary stocks their shelves with ample selections of International foods.
Thankfully these are no longer my only options.
Ever since the Publix grocery store-chain moved into town, I have my very own imported English food isle, everything a sane Englishman or woman could possibly desire !
All the biscuits ( cookies) and chocolate bars a person could eat.
Bottles of favorite cordial drinks, and tins of beans and custard powders, and gravy-making OXO cubes, and pickled onions, and HP sauce.......oh the selection is endless.
In An English Country Garden
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Reflections On A Summer's Day
~ Jane Austen
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Cozy and safe from harm.
The next, their wings spread wide, their spirits soaring, they ventured into the unknown.
Be safe my little friends ........
" I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn."
~ Henry David Thoreau
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota)
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 so called because the flower resembles lace; the red flower in the center represents a blood droplet where Queen Anne pricked herself with a needle when she was making the lace. The function of the tiny red flower, coloured by anthocyanin, is to attract insects.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
A Mountain Visit
She stayed in the mountain town of Gatlinburg, at the foot of Mt. Le Conte.