Wordless (& not so) Wildlife Wednesday – Country Cows

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I see you

I see you

I love living in the country with lots of farmland and farm animals all around us.  My sister-in-law and her husband live on a dairy farm not far from us. I took these pictures on a recent visit.  The weather wasn’t great, but no matter as we were in good company.

cow with gorse behind the fence

cow with gorse behind the fence

I really do like seeing the cows.  They seem pretty curious with me, too.  :-)  The orange/yellow shrub behind the fence, and in the distance of the pic below, is gorse.  It is quite striking at this time of year.

what a profile :-)

what a profile:-)

 

a rustic feel to the birdhouse too

a rustic feel to the birdhouse too

raindrops on the flower

raindrops on the flower

In looking at these photos I could almost feel the mist and rain again!

Happy Wednesday!

In peace,
Dana

Wordless Wednesday – Wildlife Wednesday: Butterflies

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the outside is white and orange

the outside is white and orange (Orange-Tip Anthocharis cardamines)

It is Wednesday already!  How time flies!  Speaking of flying … the butterfly in the picture above spent ages flying around my front yard, with me following.  There were so many plants it could have landed on, yet it continued to flitter and flutter about, with me following behind!  Eventually it did land and click away with my camera did I.  It is perched on a dead daffodil, but at least the sunlight was lovely. Pity I couldn’t get a picture of the outside of the wings as they were a pretty white and orange.  That is what caught my eye in the first place. I haven’t seen one of these in my yard before.

Just two butterflies...

Just two butterflies …  (Green-veined White [Pieris napi])

Hmm,  I never saw two butterflies like this before.  Let’s just leave it at that…

 

Peacock butterfly

Peacock butterfly

This lovely peacock butterfly was not in my garden, but in the Bay Garden in Wexford.  I haven’t seen one in my garden just yet this season, but I usually do over the course of the summer.

Just a quick, “wordless” post tonight!  I hope you all are well and enjoying some nice spring weather!

In peace,
Dana

Life is too short – plant those flowers

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Blushing Lady tulip

Blushing Lady tulip

Life is too short so Plant flowers?  Pardon me?  Here is where I’m coming from: I know of way too many cases of terminal illnesses, or extremely serious illnesses, or instances of hardship.  It is heartbreaking, and can really get me down. 

early in the tulip season, right after some rain

early in the tulip season, right after some rain

Are flowers the answer to all of that heartache?  No, they aren’t.  But they can be a peaceful and beautiful diversion.

they are works of art to me

they are works of art to me

fully opened parrot tulip

fully opened parrot tulip

I think it is important to do things that make us happy, bring us joy, or simply make us smile.

burgundy colored tulips (I am getting quite the collection of colors!)

burgundy colored tulips (I am getting quite the collection of colors!)

Why not do something simple that brings such nice returns?   You’d be surprised how just seeing flowers can improve your mood.  Last year I posted on my facebook page some pictures of flowers which my neighbor grows in her “roadside garden”.

Flowers from a roadside garden near my home

Flowers from a roadside garden near my home

They are so lovely to see.  It seems I am always in a hurry and have too much on my mind yet when I see those flowers I just “stop” and enjoy that moment of beauty.

sure if you're gonna stop and take pictures you'd might as well say hello to the animals too! ;-)

sure if you’re gonna stop and take pictures you’d might as well say hello to the animals too!😉

For all of those people who are suffering in any way, I pray for you to find peace. May we all find ways to help those around us who might need that extra bit of kindness.

a little bit of sunshine opens up the flowers

a little bit of sunshine opens up the flowers

I think I’ll do my part in planting more flowers, too, to hopefully bring more beauty in the world.

Flowers from my neighbor's roadside garden

Flowers from my neighbor’s roadside garden

With warm regards,
Dana

 

 

Wordless Wednesday: Asparagus

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Asparagus growing straight up

Asparagus growing straight up

It is “Wordless Wednesday” again!  This first picture got a bunch of likes on my Mom in the Garden facebook page so I thought I’d share it here on the blog.  Despite my neglecting my asparagus bed, the wonderful spears pushed through the weeds and are standing nice and straight.

here's another color

here’s another color

The weed that took over the bed is a pain to dig out.  One or two asparagus might have been lost in the process.  But most of the bed is clear now.

ladybird / ladybug

ladybird / ladybug

These two little critters kept me company while I was weeding. At home we call them ladybugs.  Here in Ireland they call them ladybirds.  :-)   Two things I usually have with me in the garden are also in the picture:  my phone (for the alarm to let me know when I have to come in from the garden) and a water-bottle.

a not so perfect Asparagus bed

a not so perfect Asparagus bed

I’ve left most of the old stalks to let me know where the new plants should be coming up.  We can’t wait to start eating them!

Happy Wordless Wednesday:-)
Dana

Wordless Wednesday: A memory trigger Tulip

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Blushing Lady tulip

Blushing Lady tulip

First I must start with clarifying that “Wordless Wednesday” for me means a blog post with very “light” content!  :-)  Now, on to the topic at hand… Do you know what I mean by “A memory trigger”?  Something that brings back memories:  Scents can often be memory triggers, or a song, or even a flower.

Blushing Lady tulip

Blushing Lady tulip

I started gardening when we moved into our first house, in New York.  I didn’t spend a lot of time in the garden, though, because I had three babies and never enough energy, not to mention time.  One type of flower I did plant, though, was a variety of this Blushing Lady tulip.  The only difference is that the original variety had a lovely scent.

Blushing Lady tulips next to our play house

Blushing Lady tulips next to our play house

I try really hard not to impulse buy with plants, but I saw a bag of these Blushing Lady bulbs in the store last year and that was it.  I just had to have them. For me, they brought me right back to my days of having babies and carefree days playing in the yard with them.  My oldest child is turning 18 this summer!

creating a bed just for them

creating a bed just for them

I’ve been wanting to create some flower beds around our play house and this was a perfect incentive to get the job started. I like the pink & yellow tulips with the playhouse background.  I like the pink & yellow tulips full-stop!   I’m not really sure what is going to be planted with them.  I’m sure something will present itself!

Do you have any plant memory triggers?

In peace,
Dana

Wordless Wednesday: Betty’s quilt

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Betty's quilt

Betty’s quilt

Last week’s Wordless Wednesday featured a picture in my friend Susan’s kitchen. This week I am featuring a picture from my friend Betty’s kitchen.  I wonder if this is going to be a new trend?  :-)

I’m really failing on this “Wordless” part because I must tell you about how wonderful Betty, and her husband Harold, are!  I took this picture in their kitchen last summer when I had the pleasure of visiting them. They were our next door neighbors for ten years when we lived in Central New York.   Their house is filled with so many neat antiques.  They are both 87 years young and still doing the things they love to do, like gardening, quilting and painting!

Simply amazing

Simply amazing

Betty made this quilt and I think it is so beautiful!  Just looking at it makes me smile and think of how much we enjoyed being their neighbors and having an “extra set” of grandparents right next door.

Capture the moment, share the love, and cherish the memories.

In peace,
Dana

Doing what makes you happy

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bouquet of daffodils (no flash)

bouquet of daffodils (no flash)

Oh my goodness gracious me!  I am in need of slowing down and taking some nice deep breaths!  Phew! Life is going way too fast for me. Anyone else feel that way?

Narcissi Blazing Starlet

Narcissi Blazing Starlet

I returned to the outside workforce about 18 months ago after being a stay-at-home mom for 16 years.  I absolutely love working, but boy it can be tough trying to do it all!

Ice King (carnation like daffodils)

Ice King (carnation like daffodils). You can see the raindrops on the flowers!

There are times I find myself completely out of breath just *thinking* about all that my husband and I do for our family.  Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change a thing!  It sure does make time all the more precious though.

six different varieties

six different varieties

My garden is my place of peace and where I “catch my breath”.  I love working in the garden and seeing how it changes from season to season and year to year.   Mostly, though, I love flowers.  :-)

nameless daffodil

nameless daffodil (read: I can’t find the name of it!) with tiny white specs on the tips of each petal.

There was a lot of rain today. It takes more than just rain to stop me from gardening, so out into the garden I went to weed …   until my fingers were too wet and too cold to do anymore.  THEN I cut some flowers to bring inside, cause that just makes me smile.

a rather gray day...

a rather gray day…

I went around the yard and cut five stems here, five there, and a few stragglers more there.  That is all it takes.

using the flash

using the flash

It’s the first time I have used my new pottery vase. Dunbeacon Pottery is made in West Cork, and I bought this vase at the RDS in Dublin this past December at a Craft fair. You can checkout  Dunbeacon Pottery here:  http://irishdesignshop.com/collections/dunbeacon-pottery  I love supporting crafters!  I really like the colors that this artist used.  I have a much larger vase and a wee vase that match this one. (’cause why buy one when you can get three?)

full view

full view (no flash)

I was really trying to use natural light which was hard to do with it being so gray outside.  So I put the flowers on a step stool near a window.  This intrigued my cat to come and investigate what I was doing.

Kitty smells the flowers

Kitty smells the flowers

I have to say that most of these daffodils are fragrant, but it was funny to see the cat go over to them to have a smell!

I think I'll sit here in front of these pretty flowers that mom is taking pictures of...

I think I’ll sit here in front of these pretty flowers that mom is taking pictures of…

She is a very good cat and a well loved member of our family.  She, I think, also enjoys being in the garden with me while I work!  Here’s a look at some of the daffodils out in the yard.

Ice King daffodils in April sunset

Ice King daffodils in April sunset

Narcissi blazing starlet in the ditch-wall garden

Narcissi blazing starlet in the ditch-wall garden

But sometimes, I’d just prefer to have them inside with me.

just another angle

just another angle

I hope that you are able to slow down, breathe deeply, and enjoy what makes you smile in life…  at least for a little bit, every now and again.

In peace,
Dana

Family time in the garden

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The ditch wall garden full of color

The ditch-wall garden full of color

Working in the garden is not something that my kids would consider a “fun” past time, (or even my husband, ahem…) despite my best efforts to convince them it is!  But yesterday, Easter Monday, we were all outside and at one point we were all working in one garden bed when my older daughter laughed and said “isn’t this nice?”!

The Center Garden ever so slowly being transformed

The Center Garden ever so slowly being transformed

YES, yes it was!  What I call the “Center Garden” is where we were all working.  Over the past few years I’d had a wild-flower garden here, but it went terribly wrong with more grass this year than garden.  I’ve spent quite a bit of time turning the soil/grass/sod.  Yesterday we were able to shake the sod and get rid of the grass while leaving the soil.  What a painstaking process!  It was so wonderful to get the family’s help!

dark pink Hellebores

dark pink Hellebores

A bit of a side note from our working in the garden, but I’ve taken a real liking to Hellebores in the garden.  They can add color all through the winter.  These (above) are a dark pink color, and although they love to get black spot, after I cut off their leaves they look really pretty.  They look like pink bells to me!

Another section of the ditch wall uncovered.

Another section of the ditch-wall uncovered

Another big job the family helped me with is clearing a second section of the ditch-wall.  It was all brambles, ivy and nettles!

close-up of the new section of the ditch wall

close-up of the new section of the ditch-wall

What a job that has been! The wall is in very poor shape.  I’m trying to be careful to keep it as much in tact as possible.  I’m focusing on the bottom section now that the stones are cleared. Believe it or not,  I am hopeful that I’ll be able to plant here this summer.  That is my motivation!  I still have a lot to do to pull up those ivy roots.  If only my good plants were so strong!

full view of "original" ditch wall

full view of “original” ditch wall

Just a few yards up from the new clearing my “original” ditch-wall garden is showing lots of color!  I planted some aubretia last year and it is just starting to bloom.  The daffodils are also just starting to add their color.

sunlight makes everything beautiful

sunlight makes everything beautiful

The key expression around here is … all in good time!

I hope that you and your family get to enjoy time together in the garden, even if not for pulling weeds!

In peace,
Dana

Running Late… Whimsical clock in Glasgow, Scotland

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Running out of time, running late, running on time, which is it for you?

Running out of time, Running late, Time is running out, or Running on time: Which is it for you?

We are at the World Championships for Irish dancing in Glasgow, Scotland and this picture is the first I took in Scotland.  I LOVE this clock!  I instantly thought it depicted “running late” perfectly!  Only afterwards did I think about other options that didn’t involve being late.  Just goes to show that I am always running a teeny, tiny bit behind schedule!

I hope everything is “running on time” for you!

In peace,
Dana

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