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The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest ~ Sir Thomas Moore ~

hOMe is where the heART is …

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Mornings . . .

Mary Oliver .... I have been carving out time in my day for tea, sunporch sitting, and reading through my gorgeous Mary Oliver books - one of my Mother's Day gifts. Her words always speak to my soul & as I sit with the sounds of our garden pond in the background and birds singing, I  have a sense of peace, contentment and gratitude.

The bouquet of flowers I created at the DIY floral workshop at the St Jacobs farmers market smells so amazing.  In a few days, I'll start taking it apart, hanging the roses to dry and snipping the daisies and carnations down to put in little vases. I always make my flowers last :-) 
It's that time of year when we start to spend more of our time outside and eat most of our meals on the porch. I like to decorate the outside "rooms".

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience,

everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature,

is a help.

Gardening is an instrument of Grace"

-May Sarton- 

I love my vintage dresser - all chippie  and worn and well loved by many in the past I am sure.  She is mine now and there isn't a thing about her that I would change.  Big deep drawers to hold all my gardening tools and gloves, a spot for twine and ties, seed packages, gardening books . . .  everything at my fingertips.

Another drawer holds bird/gardening/she shed books. All ready for sitting with a book. 

Then there's the candle drawer & blanket drawer . . .  for evening sitting, star watching and moon gazing.

So charming, dove tailed &  the sweetest little key hole plate (and key)!

Windows draped in twinkle lights . . . 

my ideas of summer time bliss . . .  

Much like the Velveteen Rabbit poem by Margery Williams Bianco . . . .

"you become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or have to be carefully kept. . . "  

 Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder! 
The geranium cuttings I over wintered are now slowly making their way outdoors.
 First stop, the porch and then I will pot them up for the garden. 
I have *never* had any luck with lavender . . .  but that hasn't stopped me in the past and it won't again this Summer. I just love it so much & every time I visit the nurseries I seem to be drawn to them. I suppose it's because I  have visions of lovely lavender sprigs that I can clip and dry. 
So this beauty came home with me over the weekend &  I will try again. 

 Have a wonderful day!
d xo

Monday, May 9, 2022

Magnolia Magic . . .

Had the loveliest Mother's Day weekend being thoroughly spoiled by my lovely family.

We all admired the gorgeous Magnolia trees in bloom as we were out and about.

"I want to be yours
as a magnolia
belongs to Spring"
-Alexandra Vasilia-

"The claw of the magnolia

drunk on its own scents

asks for nothing"

-Sylvia Plath-

The Magnolia stands stately and tall

with her branches reaching high into the sky;

a symbol of strength and beauty

-Happy Monday-
d xo 

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

flower child . . .

"Wildflowers can't be controlled,

 and neither can the girl

 with a soul boundless as the sky,

 and a spirit as free and as wild 

as the ocean" 

- Melody Lee- 

 Moon Gypsy
Some pretty pages from my flower press ...
 perfect for making Mother's Day tags to go on my daughter and daughter in laws gifts this weekend xo 
"Chase your wildflower dreams,

because even the smallest buds 

can become something beautiful"

-C.V. Sutherland-

 "To be thrilled by the stars at night;

to be elated over a bird's nest

or a wildflower in spring - 

these are some of the rewards

of a simple life"

-John Burroughs-

Happy Tuesday

xo d 

Monday, May 2, 2022

Sharing an apple a day . . .

This was one of those times when I was grateful that my camera was nearby !

I need not look very far for happiness * entertainment * pure joy than my own garden. 

This was a  "when your eyes are bigger than your tummy" moment ;-D 
The "regulars" . . . our Cardinal couple are so sweet 
and Callie, our beautiful  garden bunny . . . 
sweet Milly 
each and every feathered and furred friend is welcome in our "Sparrow Garden" . . . 
I love to sit in our sun porch, cup of tea in my hand, and just watch . . . 

happy & full 
"If you really want to make a friend,
go to someone's house and eat with them.
The people who give you their food
give you their heart"
-Cesar Chavez-