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

Monday, December 29, 2008

nooks and crannys

with the bleakness of winter comes the realization
that the creatures have to find places to be warm and safe.
with all the foliage missing it is easy to spot the places
they might find appealing to shelter.





nooks and crannys abound!
nature is good that way.





my gift this winter is seeing the pair of bluebirds happily
using their nesting box just outside my kitchen window.



they are delightful to watch from inside or outside when the weather is milder.



one day i will capture a proper image to show you.



you can click on the images to bring them closer for a better look.

may you all be finding pleasure as we are looking forward to the new year.

Friday, December 19, 2008

my son and i



beautiful blue skies over dash home farm.



recently my son jesse and i were on our charming drive home.
when we saw the most beautiful hawk.
so we rushed into the driveway...ran in...grabbed
our cameras and headed back down the road...
...the hawk had flown.

however there are some other interests that caught our eyes.
these are some of the other wonderful creatures our road.
this heavy coated beauty lives two doors down.

this unlikey duo lives on a farm at the bend in our road.

isn't this the sweetest eyed donkey?
jesse was playing with the effects on this one.
here is one of our own creatures bronte jane, one of our chessies.

jess and i playing with different settings on the camera, having fun with jade.
she is a sweet kitten.

as night falls we appreciate the day we had together.


and look up to see we are being watched...


it has been a good day!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

nutcracker baby mice

here's our princess getting ready to go to her
performance for the nashville nutcracker ballet.
this is her backstage waiting "patiently" to get dressed
they have people to help them get in costume.
there are not supposed to be pictures of her
in her costume but i found these in her ballet bag,
probably taken by a backstage mom chaperone.

she is getting her head piece on which "the princess and the pea"
contends is very itchy.
this is after her performance that her dad and i watched.
she was adorable and did a great job being a baby mice.
it is traditional to get your dancer flowers on the night of performance
when you are there to watch them. so a dozen red roses tied up with pink it is.
she also picked a baby lamb from the boutique.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

faux tree

soooooo, the weather outside is frightful
and the fires have been delightful and
since we've no place to go(ha)
mys-well put the ole' faux trrrreeeeee!


not being able to go cut a real tree has
curbed my enthusiasm, just a bit.
in the other house we moved from,
i had a real tree the family would
decorate together and a faux tree
in the formal living room that i would
take my time and decorate by myself.

this is the first year in this house
we put up the faux tree.
it doesn't quite fit.
so the topper to the tree has to be left off.
it seems kinda strange a tree with no top,
so on goes the angel to see if that works.
dh says it's okay so i press on.
i'm really not sure which ornaments
to use so i just pick and choose
and leave a lot of them in the storage boxes.


abbey and i worked on it together.


then wrapped presents to put under it.





we had fun and it is done.
this is the latest i have ever put up our tree.
so it will probably be up well into january.

hope you all are having fun with
the christmas season
and all the wonder it brings.
merry christmas!