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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~

Friday, May 20, 2016

Lilac Days xo

Lilac days in our garden ...

O were my love
yon Lilac fair,
Wi' purple blossoms
to the Spring,
and I
a bird
to shelter there,
when wearied
on my
little wing!
~Robert Burns~

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Wash Day Sally ...

It's hanging clothes outside weather once again.
We use our clothes line from early Spring until LATE Fall ...
Over the years, I've had very large clothes lines that stretched across the yard ... umbrella style clotheslines that spun ... "make shift" clothes lines at the cottage ...
clothes lines that told our life story at the time ...
work shirts
gardening clothes
cloth diapers
baby sleepers
dog blankets :-)
not only good for the environment...
but good for the soul ♥
as a young mum, I would have to watch for squirrels as our garden was filled with Walnut trees and the squirrels would climb a branch, grab a walnut and start to peel it. I would have a line full of lovely white flannel nappies hanging to dry and any little bit of walnut peel would stain them.
nothing like getting into bed of an evening
to the sweet smell of fresh aired sheets
or lovely air dried towels
Wash Day Sally & The Lone Sock prints are available in my shop.
Both prints hang in my own laundry room with vintage washboard, vintage iron and basket of wooden pegs ...
{might as well make the laundry room pretty too}
We should all do what,
in the long run,
gives us joy
even if it is only
picking grapes
or sorting the laundry
~E B White~

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thankful {things I love} Thursday ...

But first ...
coffee {filters}
a cupcake {wrapper}
white coffee filters
lots of different coloured
cupcake wrappers
dress makers pattern paper
gathered and layered
and thread together
with ribbon
to make a lovely, long garland ♥
unbleached coffee filters
make wonderful little sketch papers
draw a little Sparrow on the front
create a Sparrow ♥ Seed label for the front
and fill with seeds to create a little garden gift
sparrow love
it's hard to stop at just one ... or two ... or three :-)
~happy Thursday~
xo d

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thankful {things I love} Thursday

Along our Woodland Walk ...
"Life consists with Wildness.
The most alive is the Wildest.
Not yet subdued to man,
its presence refreshes him"
~Henry David Thoreau~
Drawn to the beauty of this tree ~ split but still connected ... I saw 2 faces ... foreheads touching ♥
subtle changes seen each week
little bits of colour appearing
life renewed
as we walk we pass the soothing sounds of water
my favourite walking partners xo
"Let me live where I will,
on this side
is the city,
on that,
the wilderness,
and ever I am
leaving the city more and more,
and withdrawing into the wilderness"
~Henry David Thoreau~

heart felt treasures ... this one was too big to put in my pocket :-)
our walks ...
refresh ...
renew ...
reflect ♥
"I walked across an empty land
I knew the pathway like the back of my hand
I felt the Earth beneath my feet
Sat by the river
and it made me
~Somewhere only we know~

So Thankful for this lovely little spot ... a little piece of heaven ... that feels like "somewhere only we know" ♥

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rainy days ...

Well the weather has surprised us once again ...
out come the hats and gloves and warm (rain) jackets.
Sitting at the kitchen table with my tea
I watched the happenings in our garden ...
lots of squirrels who happily discovered the nuts left out for them,
honey flower (our garden bunny) was enjoying her breakfast,
Mr & Mrs Cardinal were at the feeders
Chippy (our garden chipmunk) was at the window ledge with his morning finds of sunflower seeds
TONS of Robins ... more this Spring than I have remembered in other years
and our Sparrows ♥
pitter patter of rain drops hitting the window

pops of colour
gentle cooing
~happy Tuesday~
xo d