it's that time of year

it's that time of year

a middle tennessee garden blog

finding beauty in the natural things around us makes for one happy self and a lovely life. ~marmee

dash home farm, leiper's fork, tennessee

Sunday, September 14, 2008

as the sun sets

as our journey comes to an end. there is a melancholy that sets in. we all know we have to return home and we all want to. but there is a sadness that comes over each one of us. we have had a glorious time together.

our retreat was just that. a respite from our daily routines as moms, wives, and working women. together we are just family... sisters, mothers, daughters and friends.

it has been a privilege to share this time in honour of GIGI, who was turning a significant milestone.

we have laughed, cried, and told stories of things past and hopes for our future. it has been good for our souls and our spirits!

as we leave our place of restoration, we are not the same women that came. each one of us has contributed our own uniqueness to add to the change that has happened.

we embrace it and embrace each other and say till next time.

"i love you and our time together!"


tina said...

Nice respite indeed.

Darla said...

What a wonderful peaceful looking place. Glad you had the time to spend together. The best investment is time in people!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Wonderful to spend time with a group of women. Much to be learned and deep understanding to be gained.

Meems said...

Well said, my sweet sister. Beautiful captures, too, of our thoughts and our retreat. We're home now and the memories have been made. It was a beautiful time and beautiful place.

AND... it's really HOT here. :-( Sure am missing those cool mornings and evenings with the fireplace burning.

Gail said...


You have written a beautiful post. It sounds like it was a wonderful retreat with your sisters, mother and friends. It makes me want to call my sisters and get together to celebrate and spend some quiet time together.

Thank you for sharing your special time with us.


marmee said...

the thing about family is you just never know but it was a gracious time to unwind and recharge. if you need to do it make time to do it. NOW!
thanks TINA, DARLA, MARNIE, MEEMS, AND GAIL, for sharing in it with me.i am so happy to share it with you.
meems, thanks again for your attention to detail. it is so important one of us has that gift.
by the by, it is in the 70's here soooooo nice and just cool enough!
i am sitting in my outdoor living space enjoying the breezes.

marmee said...

meems, did you notice that i created two links?

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Sarah Laurence said...

Hi marmee, what a lovely time you had on this retreat. Such gorgeous nature photos! It must have been hard to leave. I see Tina's comment and realize our connection. You keep good company.

tina said...

That's very nice of you to say Sarah! Thanks!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Thanks for sharing your special time with words and pictures. I felt so relaxing just reading this post!

marmee said...

sarah l,

glad you came by i read alot of your post. very interesting life you lead.i have always wanted to visit maine, one day!
it's true TINA i do keep good company.

i hoped to impart some peace.

Meems said...

marmee: I did notice ... bravo! I'm not sure they are working though... or it may be my computer... I've had a slow connection all day today.

I also noticed the weather reports and thought you were enjoying cooler weather. Oh well, it is what it is in Florida and that means 92 degrees today... send some cool air our way will ya?

Rose said...

This is a beautiful place for a retreat, especially with great friends.
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I know I've seen your comments on other blogs before, and I realize now it was probably on Cheryl's. You have the same appreciation of the beauty around you that she does. I love the feeling of peace and tranquility here.

Lucy Corrander said...

What a lovely, gentle blog.

I'm just about to add it to the list of those I'm 'following'.

Lucy Corrander

DP Nguyen said...

Very nice and relaxing!

Susie said...

What a wonderful tribute to your family and friends.I really enjoyed reading this post and feeling the emotion from it.

Q said...

Dear Marmee,
I enjoyed your retreat so very much, thank you. Time spent with women celebrating being women is incredible. A lovely place to relax and "Bee".

marmee said...

meems if you don't mind try the links again...i think i fixed the problem.

what sweet things to say. i appreciate them and glad to share some relaxation with you.

lucy c,
thanks for the description "gentle", i love that and hope that to be true for all readers. we all need a little tenderness in this world.

marmee said...

glad you could enjoy some quietness.

thx for coming along for a real memory making trip.

i am so honoured you enjoyed this place of retreat. it was a very special time. i plan on revisiting over and over in my images.

joey said...

A perfect ending and lovly sunset to capture time 'as good as it gets'!

marmee said...

how right you are the best of times!

Brenda Kula said...

Women communing together. Sounds delightful. We as women should commit more to doing this sort of thing. Rejuvenates the spirit.

marmee said...


it is so true. one thing i have learned from many devastating circumstances in my adult life is to nuture myself. if i don't my family suffers. but if i do watch out!

lola said...

The serenity of the abode may it linger in your mind forever. A beautiful retreat in a gorgeous place. I truly miss the mtns with all my being. But I'm grateful to God for letting me have the time I did have. My memories shall be with me all the days of my life.
I am so glad you all got to have that time together.

marmee said...

what poetic words to decribe your memories and our retreat. thank you!