Monday, May 25, 2015
Memorial Day, a time to remember and honor the many men and women who lost their lives in military service to our country over the years. I come from a military family and have many family members who've served in the military. Some still do. We are fortunate to have not lost any of them to death in warfare even though so many have fought in wars. My heart hurts for those families who have. It is a tragedy when a serviceman or woman loses his /her life, but the family left behind has suffered a great loss too. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, wives & children will live the rest of their lives without someone they love. There really aren't words adequate to express their loss. Remember, just remember them, and pray for the families left behind.
"Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand , the spines of others are often stiffened." Billy Graham" As we express our gratitude we must never forget the highest appreciation is not to utter words , but to live by them. " Joseph Campbell
" The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them , glory and danger alike , and yet notwithstanding , go out to meet it. " Thocydides
Thursday, May 21, 2015
"Tea is quiet and our thirst for tea is never far from our craving for beauty ." James Norwood Pratt
"Doing nothing is respectable at tea. " Sasaki Sanmi
Our rhododendrons are amazing to see from a distance. These bushes are taller than me !
"Tea is a divine herb." Xu Guangqi
"Perhaps it is while drinking tea that I most of all enjoy the sense of leisure. " George Gissing
Tea in my gardens is a blessing and a pleasure I don't take for granted. All I need do is brew a pot of my favorite tea , choose a pretty teacup, take them to the garden ,forget the weeding and garden chores for a short while , sit down and enjoy !
Friday, May 15, 2015
Rhododendrons thrive here on Cedar Pond.
Snapdragons are doing well in our gardens and our flowerboxes.
Pots of hostas, hens & chicks, phlox, snapdragons , and Campion are sitting next to our garage awaiting planting in other parts of the gardens.
Flower box under the kiwi arbor between the chairs. Snapdragons, lobelia, and a red geranium.
All of the gardens on Cedar Pond thrive because my husband has worked hard to prepare the soil they are planted in. He has used the manure of many generations of our chickens, goats, & sheep composted and tended to produce rich soil . Rich soil that was hard clay in places and in other places rocky & barren when we first moved here years ago. Rich soil produced with the sweat of hard work . Hard work that reaps it's harvest after the abundant rains we enjoy give way to sunny summer days . Yes, gardens thrive with the sweat of hard work , abundant rain, and glorious sunshine.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
I added a few fanciful bees too. None of the flowers or bees are crafted to be realistic, but they are meant to be fun. Some of the balls have jingles inside. My cats love the jingle balls. So do my grandchildren.
Whether cultivating indoor flowers or working hard outdoors , I am always mindful of the blessing it is to be able to do this work in and around a home provided by God through the love and hard work of my husband and family. Thank-you Jim !