Aug 28, 2013

August's Last Garden Stroll...

How about a little garden stroll?
 
It's just a little one,
it has been a dry year here,
and I have had a garden hose in my hand
 much more than a camera...
 
the first good rain
 since before the Fourth of July fell this morning,
I think I heard the garden slurp...
and sigh...
 
I am looking forward to things
plumping up...
 



 
soft ruffles of roses...
 
 
the Wedgewood Rose,
nodding her sweet head...


the Mortimer Sackler Climbing Rose
reached the top of the trellis
this week...
 


 
the girls
soaking up some sun...
 
Iris is still a playful pup,
Daisy has become serious,
and so mature...
 
Iris spends a lot of time taunting her...
 

 
the late summers golden sun,
filtering through Eden Roses...
 
Tonight I am joining
 
Thanks for stopping by....

Aug 26, 2013

The Other Side...

The days of summer are fleeting...
 
there is so much to do,
so much to see...
 
 
a Sunday drive
 is one of the great pleasures
 of summer...
 
a pretty view
of the valley in
 Naches, Washington...
 

We go East,
across Mount Rainer,
to the other side...
 
to where Washingtonians
would call the dry side...
 


Apple country...
 



many orchards are
planting espalier style now...
 

 
I don't think it is as lovely
as old fashioned rows...
 

the grace of where the trees meet
forming arches...
 
wouldn't this be a beautiful setting
for a rustic fall wedding?
 


 
bins waiting
to be filled...
 
Washington Apples,
coming soon
 to a store near you...
 


a charming Victorian Farmhouse...
 

 
the chickens were also eager
 to do some Sunday traveling...
 
see what is on the other side,
of the road...
 
 
our view
riding off into the sunset,
heading back
home...
 
I'll be joining
 
Thanks for stopping by...

Aug 8, 2013

A Lazy August Garden Stroll...

Here we are
 in the hot and lazy days of summer,
how did August get here so fast?
 
Wanna join me in my garden?
 
 
stroll along on a summer day...
 
 
the Lilies,
their powerful heady fragrance,
fills the air...
 
 
Rose of Sharon,
basking in the sun...
 
 
Anemones popping open,
with fading Valerian below...
 
 
the Roses...
 
 
a fluffy and a bit tattered
spray of  Mortimer Sackler...
 
 
Eden soaking up the morning sun...
 
 
Sceptered Isle...
 



 
Bee Balm,
much too red for my garden...
 
the Bee Balm is a
Hummingbird paradise...
 
I'm going to have to look
for a lighter variety...
 


Toadflax...
 


 
seed pods everywhere,
pretty in their own right,
summer is passing too soon...
 

 
we have started some painting projects,
last week the front rails,
next the columns,
the porch floor...
 
so much to squeeze in...
 
 
so many lazy days ahead...
 
today I am joining...
and
 
Thanks for joining me
for a garden stroll today....

Aug 7, 2013

A Few Good Finds...

We have been enjoying non-stop sunny days,
here in the Northwest...
 
 
along with the rain drying up,
so have the garage sales,
so it seems...
 
everyone must be out soaking up
the sunshine...

 
these are my few good finds,
from the last two Fridays...
 

a pretty pearl bracelet,
I thought it would make an
 oh so pretty
napkin ring...
 
vintage jewelry
is becoming harder and harder to find
at garage sales...
 



I picked up a yard of this
yummy hand crochet lace...
 
irresistible...
 


 
this was my favorite new find...
 
a German Sentiment Mug...
 


 
"remember me"
 
paired with  Mary Rose,
memorable for her amazing scent...
 

 
I love this pair of fluted silver vases,
filled with Memorial Day rose buds
and Snap Dragons...
 
the warm toned tarnish perfect for fall,
but for now,
I'll happily stash them away,
fall can wait...

 
for just a dollar,
I picked up this tone on tone
ruffled slipcover,
that fits my wicker ottoman perfectly...
 

 
and,  well...
 when the garage sales haven't been that good to you,
there is Etsy...
 
I couldn't resist this pink crown pin...
 

 
I thought it too
would make a cute napkin ring...
 
I haven't posted a tablescape in a long time...
I must have the need to get out the china
and dress up the table a bit...
hmmm...
 
Today I am joining...
 
Thanks for stopping by today,
it's always nice seeing you :-)

Aug 1, 2013

On the Way to the Market...

 
I am a back roads kinda girl,
I love the slow pace of a  windy country road...
 
 
my trips to the grocery store
are spent on just such a road..


 
this little old abandoned farmhouse
is on my route,
 I always slow to take note of it...
 
as do lots of others,
often people are taking photos...
 
 
a few weeks ago,
as I drove by I saw the roses....
 
a massive climbing rose,
at the driveways edge...
 
a grand welcome,
surely once enjoyed by the homeowners...
 
 
although it has no care,
thriving...

 
spectacular...

 
I always hope someone will take on the old house,
love it,
restore it...
 
I have seen much worse houses,
made back into homes...
 
there is just so much romance in old houses
and that tree is begging for a swing :-)
 
Happy Trails to You...
 
 
Thanks for stopping by....