Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Nature's Living Lanterns

We enjoyed sitting on the porch in the cool evening air last night, discussing our day, and savoring an ice-cream cone.
In the darkness of the woods I noticed a tiny twinkling light nestled in the tree line, and then another, and several more......
The Lightning Bugs have returned !
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

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Simpler Times

Tropical storm Alberto is leaving it's mark on middle Tennessee, wind, rain and the possibility of those dreaded tornadoes.
I'm crossing my fingers, all will stay calm.
Our sweet little Tom-Tilly, has her wellness checkup with the veterinarian today,  she hasn't an inkling, probably best left that way.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Guess Who's Been To Dinner

The head gardener has fenced off three hundred feet of flowers and shrubs around the garden, here, there, and every blooming where.
The one spot, we had left to it's own devices and hadn't yet corralled , was devoured by this little girl, under the cover of darkness, and I'm sure, completely at leisure.
Ooh dear.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Under The Weather

We've been under blue skies and sunshine for the past few days.
Ninety degrees, and when it's that hot in Spring we are usually facing thunderstorms before the day is through.
True to form, as I'm typing, dark clouds have now moved in, and  blustery winds are whipping the trees.
Hoping wherever you call home, all is all calm.

Monday, May 7, 2018

A Man's Home Is His Castle

Each weekend throughout the merry month of May, thousands of people flock to Castle Gwynn in Arrington, Tennessee.
It's Renaissance Festival time, complete with jousting events, kissing-wenches, mead-drinking, arts and crafts, music, merriment and mischief galore.
What sets itself apart from all other Renaissance Festivals is it's distinction of being the only Renaissance Fayre held on the grounds of a real castle in North America.

Castle Gwynn is a startling replica of a 12th-century Welsh border castle and the private home of Nashville-native Mike Freeman, a portrait photographer, and his wife, Jackie, a retired schoolteacher.

The complete story of how the castle came to be, can be read here : and is still an ongoing labor of love.

To view the 2018  Festival schedule and directions click here : admission price includes a tour of the castle !

Royalty, nobles, knights and peasants, come one, come all....
'Tis most splendid!

Dragons welcome 


Tuesday, May 1, 2018


I have felt cats rubbing their faces against mine and touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed.
These things, to me, are expressions of love.

~ James Herriot