Friday, September 3, 2010

~~ Reflections~~

Last evening I found myself going for a walk, a bit of time just for me; a time to reflect. Walking off frustrations, disappointments and anger is a great stress relief for me, it's good for the soul. As I took off I had my dandy companion Murphy and the 'ole camera. I want to share some of the things I noticed, some for the first time in a long time. lol

The first thing I noticed were the Crepe Myrtle bushes. They finally started blooming last week, fortunately the heavy winds and rains we had the other night didn't wash these blooms away.

On the north side of the house is a small pond of sorts. The bright yellow caught my eye and drew me in that direction.

You can see these blooms are incredible. Notice the little visitor?
The gentle breeze blew the cattails back and forth with an eerie feel.

I also noticed the concrete post from an old house Mr. P tore down a few years ago. The crusty concrete and small cracks starting seem to tell a story.

Each spring I splurge on Boston Ferns to go in several areas around our home. One of those places is at the back door. We're back door people, so this one greets you each time you come and go. I've had one hear each year for 14 years. It loves this little corner, almost touching the ground, it seems to shield the hosta. Creeping Jenny is also taking over this corner, I love the iridescent green shades she throws off. I've had the old concrete shoe for almost 26 years. The only thing I've been able to grow in it is hens and chickens. The Boston fern has grown so much those little beauties are hidden. :-))
To the right peeking out from the fern prongs is a concrete ball.

If I hadn't gone on this walk I wouldn't have noticed the chipping and cracking that seems to be occurring.

You didn't think I wouldn't show at least 1 bunny did you? lol I got this beauty about 30 years ago at a friends estate sale, it belonged to her mother. Made of some sort of heavy weight plastic, I filled it with sand and it's been out in our yard in each of our homes ever since.
His little eyes are just darling. :-))
I had forgotten how tattered his little ears were. A few years ago we had a lab Mr. P named Lady. Lady was not a dog to stay at home, she wandered the area at night and ended up gracing our home with 5 puppies. Now, 2 dogs wouldn't have been bad, but 5 puppies at once was a night mare, especially since they chewed up and on everything, my bunny is one of those things. I recall them dragging it from the back of the house to the front of the house out to the middle of the yard where the flag pole stood. Now, these puppies were determined little things, this bunny weighs a ton. Guess you can say it has some extra character now. lol

I love old boulders , Mr. P brought several home for me, this is just a couple of them. The ground cover creeping out between the layers is an extra bonus.

As I walked along the wind whistling drew my attention to the small windmill, a gift from my daughter many years ago. Although you could hear the wind whistling through the blades, they weren't turning.
I didn't realize until after I took the picture you could see the half moon lawn ornament peeking through the blades.

Notice the great finial?
After all these years I had no idea the finial was actually a fleur-di-lis! Isn't it amazing the things you notice when you actually take the time to look?
The old hand pump reminds me of the one I use to play with each weekend I was at Grandma's house. Those memories are some of the sweetest ones I have growing up.
I also noticed the beauty of the hosta's still blooming.

Reflection is a wonderful thing. I hope you take time this weekend to reflect upon your surroundings and enjoy the little things. Have a safe and happy weekend.

hugs ~lynne~

~~Shaking Things Up a Bit ~~

What a spectacular morning we're having. With the feel of fall in the air our temperatures are in the upper 50's. Perfect for sitting outside and enjoying a hot cup of coffee and listening to the birds sing their melody.
As you walk up to the shop door the bench flanked by these gorgeous Boston Ferns greet you, in just a short time these will be replaced by gorgeous mums, pumpkins and a straw bale or two.

For now though, I've changed out the small bistro table vignette . I've exchanged the "used" candles for some golden yellow ones. These candles are perfect for your fall decorating, found inside in various sizes. :-))

I've added this great metal pumpkin wrapped in some "wonderful" twig vine. Perfect for your outdoor decorating. The metal pumpkins are already sold out, however the twig vine is still available, I can see it used in some great Halloween vignettes. :-))

The faux sunflowers have been sprayed for outdoor use. I think it needs a few gourds and baby pumpkins, once those are available I'll add those for a finishing touch. I don't mind using faux items to decorate with, but when the occasion calls for fresh I use fresh. :-))

Thanks for swinging by today. I hope this finds you enjoying this gorgeous weather on this pre-holiday weekend. Until next time...

hugs ~lynne~