Photo: Port Townsend, WA view
27 August 2009
Photo: Port Townsend, WA view
Well ... as you can see I am trying hard to be a good girl; all the while I'm being a 'bad' girl by being on the Internet still (and my garden is now a LOT warmer then it was when I started this morning plus the Farmer Boy wants meatloaf tonight). Sigh.
But first things first...
These beautiful photos are from my like-minded kinfolk, who unlike me, their usually cliff avoiding relative, don't mind the 'high places' at all! In fact, having seen some of their really scary hiking photos --- I am sure they're both part mountain goat!
One note here---because it has been awhile since I recieved these, I've forgotten exactly where they were taken. I do believe that they were in northern CA in the mountains there just over the Oregon border (and if I am wrong you'll correct me, right?). A BIG TY for M. Blessings for permission to post these beautiful photos here:)
Aren't the wildflowers beautiful?
Isn't the view gorgeous?
Yea, I know...
mountains and summer just make for an amazing combination!
Other favorite mountain spots for summer wildflowers: Paradise, Mt Rainier; Snowbird, Utah and Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City area.
Photos: this post
© 2009 A. & M. Blessings
(and another BIG TY for all the beautiful photos you've sent me to share M!)
I do, however have good intentions, and one of them is to get caught up with some promised posts so here goes (at least for awhile till I HAVE to answer my garden's call)...
Earlier this summer--
I should have stayed with family; after all that is an expectation when kin gets together (besides being one of the joys of such occasions). But I couldn't--at least not yet. I could hear them in the distance though, chatting and enjoying each others company. But still something about the gardens, here at my in-law's home, and memories made there called me away and so I walked--alone--and remembered other times.
Now, as I look at these photos today, I still remember. How could one ever forget? For they, who are gone from us now, have left their touch on the gardens of the land their shoes once walked upon, and most importantly in the memories of those they loved and who loved them.
So, this 'Walk' post is dedicated to their memory and the family they loved.
25 August 2009
Speaking of the house, still so unsure what to do...I've prayed about it; family and friends have prayed about it. Still don't know which path to take--remodel and repair, remove and replace or do nothing - yet. Sometimes I wonder if I am a bit like the man who prayed to be saved from a flood and God sent several people to rescue him (but he didn't recognize them as answers to prayer and kept waiting for a miracle till he died in the flood)...at times I wonder if the solution is simpler then I am making it out to be (God has already provided the answer) and if it is a sense of fear in the future that is stopping me; of course at other times I wonder if God does indeed want us to wait because he knows there will be a better solution coming if we do. Much to ponder...
The weather continues to be beautiful, with the smallest but most definite hints of autumn,, and I am constantly filled with a sense of wonder at the smallest things around me...God is good! Never before have I been this much in tune with the world He created and I find it nourishing to my heart, body and mind. Creation certainly does point to the Creator who makes all things beautiful!
It must be time to go--a song just came on and I find myself singing along with this prayer with tears falling down my cheeks as I do so. I'm so thankful that God is patient and loving with His children! I have so much to learn...
This is a New Guinea Impatiens (wrong! a begonia). I find this color irresistible! It is just SO perfect a pink and looks so delicate, so pretty, so pink!
Reflections in the bird bath.
Near the ponds I caught (on film that is) these beautiful leaf shadows on the rocks there. They remind me of plant fossils, which of course reminds me that soon---not too long from now--the mountain roads of Colorado and Utah will be transformed into a photographer's delight of gold and red. Sigh! I love, love, love Aspen in the autumn!
And our own version of autumn is starting here with the laceleaf Japanese maples -- a little at a time.
Pieris in sunlight. This amazing plant does something each season!
I include here the lowly dandelion (seed) -- now I know these little guys are pests which I too mow down. But after a long winter, the bright cheery yellow of these 'weeds' in flower is welcome, albeit for a short time:)
My best friend was helping me transplant two of our less tamed herbs and when she picked it up, it reminded me of a bouquet---a bouquet of orange mint! Yum:)
I must include the native blackberry here. Although a much hated weed of the PNW, it does--like the dandelion--have its benefits. However, I must confess, these beauties weren't from our gardens. Nope! Here those little stubborn, thorny vines are ripped out before they can produce a single blackberry. Although today I did-for a moment or two-consider trying to tame one of these vines in a raised bed to get some berries.
And last, but not least, is a recent visitor to our raspberry here. In fact, she was right there as I was picking and munching down on a few of the golden, juicy ones.