Sunday, April 11, 2021

RIP Prince Philip. 1921-2021

Such a lovely photo, taken in 2005 when Prince Philip dressed as a guard to make the Queen giggle.

                                            My heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty.

                                                     Photo credit; Chris Young

Monday, April 5, 2021

First Find A Shepherd

A favorite English dish of mine isShepherd's Pie, a working man's staple.

concoction of ground beef, onions, carrots, and peas cooked in a beef gravy and tomato sauce, with herbs and spices; then topped off with mashed potatoes and browned in the oven until the potatoes are nice and crusty.

I buy the Colman Shepherd's Pie mix, available through Publix grocery stores, on the English import isle.
If it's not on hand, then the gravy part is made with oxo's or beef bouillon cubes and tomato paste, rosemary, thyme, garlic, and parsley.

Shepherd's Pie was the first meal I cooked  as a newly wed , it remains one of my husband's  favorites to this day.

Accompanied by boiled cabbage, mashed it with lots of butter, and fresh pepper, that's how my mum used to serve it.
Serve with a slice of pickled beetroot or a few pickled onions on the side, and a nice crusty loaf of bread.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Easter Blessings


Wishing you all a blessed and Happy Easter.

Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.
Walk softly and carry a big carrot.
Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
There’s no such thing as too much candy.
All work and no play can make you a basket case.
A cute little tail attracts a lot of attention.
Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.
Some body parts should be floppy.
Keep your paws off other people’s jellybeans.
Good things come in small sugar-coated packages.
The grass is always greener in someone else’s basket.
An Easter bonnet can tame even the wildest hare.
To show your true colors – you have to come out of your shell.
The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.

~ Author Unknown  

Thursday, April 1, 2021


Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire. ~Virgil



Sunday, March 28, 2021

Madness and Mayhem

Our little town was deluged with rain for twenty four hours, seven inches of the stuff, causing the town creek to once again overflow it's banks and flood the town.
It was a night of madness and mayhem, rain, tornado warnings, hail, wind and sleeplessness.
Sadly, it seems to be getting worse each spring.

*Thank you for your concerns, we are safe.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Spring Days

Our typical March weather roars in like a lion, tornado warnings, high winds and torrential rain.
The temperatures in the mid-seventies, perfect for Spring clean-up, except the rain continues to fall by the bucket-load.

A flock of wild turkeys have taken up residence in the yard, standing in the rain, as if they are enjoying a gentle shower. 

It's an encouraging sight to see forty or more wild turkeys when other areas of the state, are experiencing a decline in numbers.


Scratching through the wet soil.
Unfazed and happy.

Monday, March 22, 2021


A few days of warm sunshine, and everything is unfolding from a winter's sleep.
Fingers crossed Mother Nature is not playing a joke.



Were I to live a thousand years,
 I still would know that flaming thrill,
That rush of joy when first appears
 —the golden daffodil.

A thousand times my heart would sing
When purple irises unfold;
Or when forsythia's branches bring
Their dazzling showers of gold.

I could not see an almond tree
With branches all a rosy glow
But that a tide of ecstasy
Would through my being flow

Were I to see, a thousand times,
Blue scilla bells amid green grass,
I know I'd hear their fairy chimes
As I would pass.

Were I to live a thousand years
I'd never watch the nesting birds
Except through eyes bedimmed with tears,
My tongue bereft of words.

Were I to weave ten thousand lays,
Knew I a thousand songs to sing,
I still would lack the power to praise
—the miracle of Spring.

Silver Lining ~Wilhelmina Sitch 1888

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Welcome Spring

Hello Spring, we've been waiting for you..... your healing sunshine is desperately needed.

The Robins have returned, a sure sign you have arrived.

Our days have warmed up nicely.
New grass and flowers are beginning their journey to awaken.
Songbirds have returned, and there's a nightly croaking of a frog heard at the tiny pond.
Springtime appears.


Flowers are budding
Birds are nesting
Bunnies are hopping
Frogs are croaking


"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,

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Color Comes To Town

I know that spring is upon us, when the Redbud trees start giving out their beautiful pink buds.

The redbud is a tree that is valued far more than its small size might suggest. This lovely harbinger of spring has been called “a breath of fresh air after a long winter” and no less than “one of our most beautiful native trees” writes tree expert Michael Dirr, of The Arbor Day Foundation.

It is hard to express adequately the miracle of a tree that had branches so bare all through winter suddenly go from stark brown to magenta.
But there she is again, emerging from her own winter of storms, freeze, winds, and drought, still standing, still surviving, still blooming, still giving.
Shaku Selvakumar

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Of Cabbages and Tea

My latest little teapot.
Perfect for Spring .


Thursday, March 11, 2021

Spring Forward

This Sunday at 2:00 am our annual clock fiddling takes place once again.
An hour forward to Daylight Savings Time, payback for that extra hour of sleep, we enjoyed so much back in November.
Spring is not far behind,  just six short days,  what a lovely thought...…

My sweet daughter  (the crafty one) stopped by this morning, with the cutest little bunny wreath.
She is a talented and thoughtful girl, and she always amazes me with her creations.
Her chickens are laying heartily, so many different colors of eggs, they look like they've been dyed for Easter .....

Monday, March 8, 2021

Home Sweet Home

A glorious sunshiny day today.
I've been busy as a bee, changing out the now-tired Winter decorations and replacing them with Springtime favorites.
The birds are feathering their nests, fluffing and cozying for the next generation.
A season of re-birth, promising new beginnings and hopefulness.


" Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts "
                                                 ~ Oliver Wendell  Holmes                 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021


Enjoying a new candle as of late,  intoxicatingly delicious, especially on these early March days, when the sun shines hot and the winds blow cold....


Monday, March 1, 2021


 The calendar says Winter, and yet daffodils are in bloom.

The first snowdrops dangle from green stems.
A sweet scent, like a hundred daffodils blooming in a distant wood, perfumes the air.
Green blades cut through dark earth.
Buds open on bare branches.
Wind rattles the windows.
Rain splashes against the panes.
The promise of spring stirs my heart.

Saturday, February 27, 2021


A little project I have worked to restore in these days of isolation , has been this antique dolly bed.
My great-granddaughter loves to play with her dollies.

First a gentle sanding, and then two applications of child-friendly paint. 
Next, I ordered two bespoke waterslide decals from England, and applied them to the headboard and footboard.

A vintage treasure reborn.


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

A Peaceful Easy Feeling

Mother Nature sent sunshine today, seventy one degrees of the stuff, encouraging us to break out of our cabin-fever mold, and ticking off some of those "to-do" lists.
Nights are getting longer, it's almost six in the evening before darkness settles in.

The Robins have reappeared, busily pulling earthworms from the soaked ground, and around the garden there are signs of Spring everywhere.
Not long now.....



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