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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Picnics & Peony

When it's 31 degrees outside
... a picnic by the lake sounds perfect

Wine * Cheese* Crusty bread * Fruit
and Peony blooms
Among the delights
of Summer
were picnics
to the woods
~Georg Brandes~

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday Serenity

sun in my face.
you who made the morning
and spread it over the fields ...
how I start the day
~Mary Oliver~

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

Our little English cottage garden ♥
I always wanted a white picket fence
My husband designed and built our fence
as well as our front garden
and bricked courtyard

a little sanctuary for us
and the birds, butterflies and bees
peony love
our little Sparrow Garden
filled with whimsy
plants for the bees
bird baths big and small
this little bird bath is a favourite tucked in amongst the peony
our pergola and fence always have a nest (or two)
nestled inside the honeysuckle and trumpet vines
and sweet singing babies
trumpet vine

and heavenly blue morning glory
window boxes enjoyed by our resident Chipmunk ♥
The true secret of happiness
lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details
of daily life
and elevating them
to an art
~William Morris~

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Winter Wheat Whimsy ...

Looking forward to returning to one of our favourite spots again this Summer ...
a gorgeous, whimsical shop called Winter Wheat
much more than just a shop ...
lovely gardens to roam ...
sitting areas to rest ...
a lovely surprise at each and every turn ...
"wish list" ideas :-)
oh to have a spot like this in the garden! ♥ bliss
inspirational messages tucked in here and there
wooden works
the most gorgeous birdhouses
a nature ... bird lover ... folk art enthusiast ... gardeners dream spot
A visit is on our Summer bucket list ... what's on yours?
xo d

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Incomprehensibly beautiful ...

I've looked up into our Maple tree over the months and spotted this little nest.
Always in awe of how even the tiniest of nests {and this one is tiny} can withstand all the changes in weather.
Heavy winds of the past weeks have broken branches from our tree ...  still  this little nest remained.
And then ... it tumbled softly to our front garden and when I turned it over, this is  what I found inside ...  Amongst the crushed shell and leaves was a little wooden cross.

"In a world filled with doubt
step into a garden to know
Divine Intervention
~Mary Maude Daniels~
{ petunia was planted by my grandson and given to me a few weekends ago ... no matter how many flowers bloom in my garden ... this one will be my favourite } ♥
"Look deep into Nature
and then
you will understand
~Albert Einstein~
"I believe
the world
incomprehensibly beautiful ~
an endless prospect
magic and wonder"
~Ansel Adams~