to my surprise...dh brought home some wonderful goodies for a mid~day meal. garlic bread...an assortment of cheeses...clos de bois...bruschetta...kalamata olive tapenade...maille corninchons(french style gherkins w/pearl onions.)
roasted garlic and fig spread...capers...a beautiful bouquet from the farmer's market...sparkling french limonade...
...so we ate....drank....and made merry. it was a lovely surprise and very romantic.
isn't she lovely...isn't she wonderful. the weather was delightful yesterday...so we decided to take a walk into the fields and woods. with camera in hand and a late summer zephyr blowing at our backs...we walked. how nice to experience summer with balmy breezes. there are so many things growing...wild honeysuckle...acorns... dh found these adorable clusters of acorns...i love them. walnuts were in clusters too. there are drifts of white flowers lining the back of our property. nature is stunning.
so many wildflowers...i will be breaking out the id book...
(national audubon society's field guide to wildflowers) but
for now i am just enjoying the variety in nature.
i am so glad it cooled off a bit so i could see all these wondrous sights.
. this is the tiniest little flower almost unnoticeable until the lens
captures it's light lavender petals.
the two youngest children decided to join us.
the back of our land is left to be cut for hay...it has a glorious
purple hue...i love seeing grasses allowed to grow wild.
they stand erect against the blue sky...and right in their midst are
wildflowers of all sizes and colours...
painted by the hand of God.
today they are swaying gently back and forth...as if to beckon
you to take a closer look... to look at it's form...shape...details.
upon closer inspection...you notice things... things that you don't normally
pay any attention to when looking at the big picture...like how
poke weed looks like little flowers after the berries have been eaten.
~click to see what i mean~
...or how the tiniest little blossoms are literally under your feet.
...or how leaves unfurl like the petals of flowers.
...or how you can see the mating ritual of two insects.
it is all so fascinatingly beautiful.
as we continue our walk we find several felled trees.
it makes a perfect resting spot 'til...
we head home through fields of wildflowers
abbey has found something that attracts her attention.
i love her little face as she ponders the intricacies of the passion flower.
then she does what any romantic would do...places the flower in her hair.
isn't she lovely....isn't she beautiful.
the bare thistle stands tall and catches our eyes on the way back.
we both admire it for a good long while.
as we arrive home i see a new bloom in the fenced veggie garden. i can't even remember what it is...but it is beautiful(and my favourite colour.)
"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee." – Marian Wright Edelman
"this life is changing me...a slower pace...a longer look...a simpler taste for things of nature."
I am a happily married woman of 27 years. I lived in Florida for 40 years and moved to Tn in 2000. We lived in the city of Brentwood for 6 years and move to Leiper's Fork in May of 2007. We have been in the country for about six years now on a 7.24 acre farm. We call it Dash Home Farm. Da-for Dave and Sh-for Sharon. We live in a victorian farmhouse made to look old(it acts old). We love the community of Leiper's Fork and the quaintness of the town (no lights).
"God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on the trees and flowers and clouds and stars. " ~martin luther~
" The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. "
"whatever we are waiting for -- peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance -- it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart."