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

Saturday, November 29, 2008

are you fading away, magic?

i am almost convinced that fall is my favourite time of the year.
now it seems to be fading away. i will embrace winter.
i want to enjoy all seasons.
they each have their own beauty.

what is more wonderful than taking a walk with family
after thanksgiving dinner together?
not much in my mind, except photographing the memory.

leaves coloured brightly are almost gone, even the ones that have fallen.
they have been blown by the cool wind of the north.
most of the ripen berries have been foraged by the birds.
the ones left are jewel toned. simply beautiful.

on this brisk november day, the sun is shining and bidding us ado.
autumn is coming to the end and winter is swiftly entering our days.
will there be snow, i hope so.

i will embrace winter and it's charms.
goodbye november.

breakfast with santa

the girls were heading to eat breakfast with santa this morning.
it is being held at cheekwood botanical garden. my darling husband is taking them.
that is gwynevere in the black dress, my granddaughter.
abbey is in the red, my daughter.
they were very excited. they both loved being dressed up.

with santa letters in hand they are off.

sweet little ladies!

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. ~colossians 3:16,17~


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

sweet november memories

just to clarify about the girls: the one with freckles is abbey she is my youngest daughter, 9 years old. the next oldest girl is gwyn and that is my granddaughter, she is 8 years old. the blond little girl, the gift, is ellery, gwyn's sister, my granddaughter, she is 4 years old. these two belong to rachel. the smallest girl, grace is our granddaughter who is two years old. she belongs to esther. the sisters are my two oldest children, rachel and esther.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

i am grateful

this year i am three times as thankful, grateful!

# 1 is because i am here and healthy!

life is a gift and i am grateful to have this gift.

# 2 a wonderful baby, now a woman was born 30 years ago on november 27th. happy birthday, my precious rachel!

#3 on the same day, november 27th, 17 years ago a terrific baby, now a young man was born.

happy birthday my sweet, jesse.

i love you both so much. you are both so individual and i am proud of and delighted to have you as my children, my gifts.
happy thanksgiving birthday's. my hope is that you each feel as special as you are on this national day of thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


as we leave on this crisp autumn day all is well,
with pumpkins stacked neatly outside the front door.
the leaves have all fallen creating a path
of colour and wonder on life's painted floor.

orange mums need deadheading, alas that can wait.
our stomachs are growling, " TO THE LOVELESS CAFE' "
they're famous for biscuits and jellies homemade.
what a great way to start such a beautiful day.

benches for seats while your table is set
the windows are dressed, a nouveau savoir faire?
with careless abandon the aprons are hung
famous and common mix with nary a care .

pause for a picture as we head out the door
our bellies are full , of that we are glad.
the tractor is smiling as we take our leave
dh and mr. phil a grand visit have had.

a kind thank you to dh for helping me with the rhyming!

Friday, November 14, 2008


when meems paid me a visit recently... being the avid gardener that she is... she just had to bring me something from her garden. i love all the varieties of caladiums she has in her tropical garden in florida. i had mentioned on my last trip how i really admired these. so in her considerate manner she brought some lovely bulbs for me to plant in the spring. i am excited to have such a beautiful specimen, especially since it came from my dear sister, meems.

thanks sis for gifting me from your heart.

i believe she called these miss muffets.

Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet, you know how the fairy tale goes!
This is a dwarf strap leaf variety that will accent any landscape!
This plant has a beautiful chartreuse green color with red spotsIt is an excellent border plant and it will do great planted in those shaded and semi-semi-shaded areas of your landscape.
It'll grow about 12" tall.

yipee for me, meems you may have started something!

a night of fun

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

scrapbook page

i found this site to make scrapbook pages. i love to scrapbook and spend a lot of time doing it.

i have been playing with it. my first attempt has some odd pictures but it did let me load the original movie i made for "day spent walking" with the music, thus i am posting it. just ignore all the ucky pictures of me.

also forgive me in advance as i made a few of these that i am going to post.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

day spent walking

this is the view right outside my front door across the street.
dusk brings out the beautiful golden hues of the leaves.

nandina bushes heavily laden with berries are all around our property.
for some reason i have taken notice of them more this season with their reds, oranges and deep burgundies.

our 7 plus acres is partly pasture but their is a wall of dense
trees to the left that divides us from one neighbour.
as we take our leave to walk, the trees are our guides.

the leaves have been falling profusely creating showers of colour.
as they leave the trees, the berries all around show off their many varieties.

for me there is something so telling, so beautiful about spent...leaves, wildflowers, and fields.

since our frosts have tipped all the greenery in brown
the berries are just waiting for the birds to come and eat.

pleasing to my eye is the wispiness of the thistle.

i love the look of sepia in natural wild scape's.
this old tree holds many secrets of birds lives.

queen anne's lace is still pretty even though bitten.

nature is the best inspiration for fashion.
just take a look at the red, green, brown, grey...or the orange with black polka dotted leaves.

this walk has been rejuvenating for me and dh.
taking time alone, together, it is a blessing.

taking note of the beauty in nature always does the heart and mind good.