Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Autumn's Calling

Despite hot August days, subtle signs of changing seasons are all around.
Summer days are noticeably shorter. There is a cooler rush to the evening air.
Down on  main street the shopkeepers are displaying their Autumn flowers, and the feel of changing seasons is afoot.
The Summer's Gold Lantana blooms heartily,  as if it knows Summer's loveliest smile, is fleeting.


Sunday, August 20, 2017


We are set to watch the Great American Total Solar Eclipse tomorrow.
The skies will darken all the way from Oregon to South Carolina.
The path travels across our county, and for a whole two minutes and thirty seven
seconds, we will find ourselves in darkness in the middle of the day.
Hopefully, if we are lucky,  we'll be able to view the planet Venus, and stars in the solar system.
Scientists tell us we are in for an unforgettable experience.
Magical !


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Emerald Ash Borer

Sadly, we are experiencing a serious problem in our neck of the woods.
Emerald Ash Borer disease has made it's way here, and we are loosing trees left, right and center.
Beautiful, majestic trees, that have graced our landscape for more than a century.
There is very little hope of saving an Ash tree, once it has been infected, eventually it will die, and will need to be removed.
The disease has now been reported in almost every state.

 More information can be read HERE

Monday, August 14, 2017

Nesting Day

It's a dark and dreary Monday to start off our week.
Rainfall is expected throughout the day, and the songbirds have taken to their nests.
The candles are glowing, and the unmistakable aroma of simmering meatloaf fills the kitchen.
Two portly kitties are curled up in the chairs, and the house has fallen eerily silent.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Oliver Love

What greater gift than the love of a cat?
~Charles Dickens


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wildflower Beauty

One of the sure signs, that Summer is waning, is the return of the Passion Flowers.

Resembling something of an underwater sea-creature, the Passion Flower resides far from the ocean, in land-locked Tennessee.
It was first named as the official state flower in 1919 and then in 1939 the iris was also named the state flower. In 1973 legislation was passed designating the passion flower as the state wildflower and the iris as the state cultivated flower.

Also known as the maypop, wild apricot and the Ocoee, passion flowers grow wild in the southern United States and South America. Ocoee is the Indian name for the passion flower (also used in the name of the Ocoee River and valley in Tennessee and the city of Ocoee in Florida). American Indians considered Ocoee the most beautiful of flowers.
I can't help but agree.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Summer's Gold

"Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light
And she sits on a sapphire throne."

- Barry Cornwall

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday Repose

"As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful."

~ Laura Ingalis Wilder



Thursday, August 3, 2017

Please Close The Gate

August has begun with cooler temperatures, and breathtaking sunsets.
Schoolchildren return to classes, the days now eerily quiet.
County fairs are in full swing, fun, food and frolic.
Summer days seem noticeably shorter.
 The ebb and flow of seasons continue.



Tuesday, August 1, 2017


The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. "

~Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday Serenity

We are enjoying a lovely serene Sunday.
The weather is simply gorgeous.
 Low humidity but ample sunshine, with white fluffy clouds billowing overhead.
I enjoyed my visit with a dear old friend earlier this weekend, we giggled like school girls, and drank far too many pots of tea.
Days such as these are priceless.



"Peace is when time doesn't matter as it passes by."
  Maria Schell (1926 -2005)   Austrian actress

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Visiting Days

I'm taking some time off to catch up with old friends.
An entire season has passed, and our visits have been few and far between.
There will be much tea-drinking, and giggling and maybe a few tall tales to tell.
Stay well dear ones.