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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thankful {things I love} Thursday

~mindful sitting~
the power of awareness

on this rainy, damp and cool day,
sitting in my little sparrow studio
with twinkle lights lit
and candles burning is one of my
"thankfuls" ♥

"Mindfulness nurtures our ability
to see deeply into our true nature.
The view of a humanity
that stands isolated
or above other forms of life
~Thich Nhat Hanh~

what we seek
is inside us
all along

I have a meditation corner in my garden
beside our little pond. Our pond has tiny stones placed here and there with positive affirmations and inspirational words etched on them.
The sound of trickling water is ideal for sitting quietly and depending on the breeze, wind chimes can be heard. And always ... bird song.
It's a space that I share often {and most happily}with the sparrows whose serenades I hear faintly as I close my eyes.
The inspiration for Mindful Sitting came, when I opened my eyes to find a sparrow sitting above me in our flowering pear tree, a snail clinging onto the leaves of the wisteria vine and our resident garden bunny Honey flower nestled amongst the  hosta ♥
blessings in the *here and now*
"Silence is full of sounds.
The wind murmuring,
the leaves rustling
, the birds flapping their wings,
and the waves washing ashore.
And even if these sounds cannot be heard,
we still hear our own quiet breathing,
the motion of our hands over our skin,
the swallowing of our throats,
and the soft patter of our footsteps.
But we have become deaf
to these sounds of silence"
~Henri J.M. Nouwen~

Breathing in
I calm my body
Breathing out
I smile
Dwelling in the present moment
I know this is a wonderful moment
~Thich Nhat Hanh~

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

sequence ...

After a few days of heavy rain
our lilac bush was water logged and her branches were literally touching the grass.
Hubby did a bit of pruning to take the stress from some of the branches
and surprised me with a lovely tin filled with blooms for our deck ♥
bleeding heart are looking so pretty in our shade garden
archer ... our sweet garden "helper"
lily of the valley have spread wildly & beautifully
garden visitors and butterfly spottings
♥heart shaped wings♥
a little garden journaling/reading
Live * Life * Lantern
I created this linen hand painted garden lantern a few years ago.
During the summer months, we like to make our outdoor space as comfortable as inside,
and our gazebo is one spot in the garden that we thoroughly enjoy.
Sitting under the honeysuckle vine covered roof, it is here that strings of tiny white lights are wrapped overhead, clay pots are stuffed full of our favourite flowers, big comfy cushions are tossed on chairs, a quilt sits on our garden swing to throw over our legs in the evening and my ever - growing collection of garden tchotchkes is dispersed.
{more photos of my Live* Life* Lantern can be found in the Summer 2015 issue of Sew Somerset (pages 60-63) along with full instructions on how to create }
purple sand cherry
"Let your life
be the epic poem that it is.
Embrace each moment
on its own merit.
One at a time,
in the sequence
in which it happens"
~Veronique Vienne~

Friday, May 19, 2017

flower power ...

my sweet daughter surprised me with a day in the country
mother's day afternoon
where we made floral wreaths & fairie crowns
there is such joy being with and working with flowers &
I am thinking that we don't wear fairie crowns near enough!
really do
intoxicate me
~Vita Sackville-West~
patiently waiting for the peony to bloom
{garden photos are from last year} ♥
thinking *flowers*
this long {planting} weekend
flower power
garden guardian
When words escape
~Bruce W Currie~

Morning Glory
is the best name
it always refreshes me
to see it
~Henry David Thoreau~
Give and Take.
For the bee ~ a flower
is a fountain of life.
And to the flower~ a bee
is a messenger of love.
And to both, bee and flower,
the giving and the receiving
is a need
and an ecstasy.
~Kahlil Gibran~
we spotted our first butterfly last weekend
winged beauty
Where you have a plot of land
however small
plant a garden.
Staying close to the soil
is good for the soul
~Spencer W Kimball~
~have a wonderful long weekend ~

Monday, May 15, 2017

in the garden ...

I love exploring our garden in the month of May ...
when it seems that a walk around the garden shows new signs
almost every day ...
the lilac is in full bloom now,
as is the white bleeding heart in our shade garden...
lily of the valley have spread this year to a bit more of the garden space & many will need to be moved ... the columbine have grown in spirts ... clematis vine is clinging onto the arbour ...peony buds are swelling and ants crawling over each little bud helping it to open ...
grass has been mowed a few times...the garden is taking shape once again
He leaped the fence
and saw
that all nature
was a garden
~Horace Walpole~

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

On a Wednesday morning ...

beautiful bright, sunny day
on this lovely Wednesday
the birds are singing away
doors are open
letting a lovely fresh breeze flow through our kitchen
as I bake
lots of happy, hungry birds at the feeders
I always feel at awe when I look out into our garden and spot
squirrels, birds, chipmunks and bunnies :-D
for a girl who lives in the city but who's heart is in the country, this is bliss ♥
One of my old galvanized watering cans
~lilac clippings~
a warm spot on the deck railing
for a sweet little squirrel
I had to stop what I was doing when I heard the familiar call of Jay :-D
hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday
d xo

Sunday, May 7, 2017

lilac days

It must have been all the rain we've had recently ...
our lilac has bloomed it seems
overnight :-D
found end of season while strolling through the garden center
sitting in the corner for under $2.00
she looked like she had sat there for a while poor thing
needing a good pruning and watering & a spot to put down roots.

that was 27 years ago and she has never disappointed
her branches hang over our kitchen window, and have created a lovely little archway as we step off our deck into the garden ...
there is always a bird (or two or more) resting on her thick sturdy branches,
the squirrels love to climb on one in particular and look into our kitchen :-D
and now, in bloom, our entire garden will be filled with the intoxicating aroma of her blooms.
I will clip some here and there to bring inside.

a tiny first of the season sprig xo
garden bliss
In my garden
there is a large place
for sentiment.
My garden of flowers
is also my garden
of thoughts
and dreams.
The thoughts grow
as freely as the flowers
and the dreams
are as beautiful.
~Abram L Urban~