Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Lollies and Lovely Things

First of all, Bill has lollies for me! These are yummy treats that Anne (one of our Australian friends) buys for Bill when he stays with them. I can't find anything like them here, so I am so happy that in a little over a week . . . I can eat some. If Bill doesn't finish them off on the plane ride home, that is!

I thought I'd take you on a little garden tour. Even though I am just a tiny bit disappointed in some of my plantings, I still have many glorious sights around our little spot of earth.

We can't forget the greens! This shrub is the most delicious shade, isn't it?

Look at my neighbor's pretty cone flowers!

And between us, we have one sunflower bloom so far!

Another sweet shade of green!

She's a bit tattered and torn, but this day lily always appears in the front garden

Reve's lambie ears! Birdie likes these!

My little backyard buddies

The love doves! Did you know they mate for life - great idea!

These sweet marigolds are keeping the aphids off my squash!

Another generous lily

And what's a garden without a washing line?

Oh hang on! I have to stop and smooch Miz Bug!

And now on to some Skagit Valley sights - I'd like to dish up a grand bowl of strawberry shortcake for you because you are so nice!

Picture perfect, huh? Yes, Wilbur and Charlotte DO live here.

You need another look at the Cascade mountains

The Skagit River again - it really IS this color!

Come on! Let's go to lunch!

Please don't get tired of my Guemus Island hideaway

This is my uncle Don. He's been building this lovely boat for quite some time. He served as a Lutheran pastor before retiring and guess what? He married us!

And let's go kayaking!

Jack Island!

So, today I bombard you with photos of places and people I love. I DID enjoy reading Hind's Feet on High Places for a while today. More about that later. I found a really cool toy at the toy store and I am going to make a little video soon so you can see it. You'll LOVE it! I also went to the library and got lots of nice, fat books. Here's a list: God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World, The Ghost in the Little House: A Life of Rose Wilder Lane, Anne Morrow Lindbergh by Susan Hertog, Jung, A Biography by Deirdre Bair, The Rural Life by Verlyn Klinkenborg, and When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Guernsey book and I read that at night. I couldn't find as many WW II books as I thought I would. Our library rarely has the books I'm looking for on the shelves even though it is all sleek and fancy. I guess it is a good thing that people are reading though. Oh! I forgot to grab my camera on my walk today, but we're going again next week so I will have some amazing photos then. I leave you with this poem:

by A. A. Milne
Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed,
Droops on the little hands little gold head.
Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!
Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.

God Bless Mummy. I know that's right.
Wasn't it fun in the bath tonight?
The cold's so cold, and the hot's so hot.
Oh! God bless Daddy - I quite forgot.

If I open my fingers a little bit more,
I can see Nanny's dressing-gown on the the door.
It's a beautiful blue, but it hasn't a hood.
Oh! God bless Nanny and make her good.

Mine has a hood, and I lie in bed,
And pull the hood right over my head,
And I shut my eyes, and I curl up small,
And nobody knows that I'm there at all.

Oh! Thank you, God, for a lovely day.
And what was the other I had to say?
I said, "Bless Daddy, so what can it be?
Oh! Now I remember, God bless Me.

Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed,
Droops on the little hands little gold head.
Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!
Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.



Bradley Maston said...

Very nice pictures, and thank you for the poem. What a lift!

The Mud Spattered Man said...

Wonderful, Wonderful, the cascades are much prettier than the rockies!

Left-Handed Housewife said...

Wonderful pictures! I especially enjoyed seeing your garden, since the rabbits have eaten mine ...


SuKnitWitty said...

Thanks for the trip through the Cascades...not been there...til now. Your garden is a GreatGreen and AllColors Beautiful...Mine is RedHot here in Texas. Pop in for a quick trip in Texas....click on HappyTrailsInTexas on the sidebar. See Ya There!

Gigi said...

Hi Pom,
Love the sweet poem -- so nostalgic & poignant. And beautiful pics -- I want to jump in that river. It's so blazing hot here today, I'm envious of your cool mountain home!

Elizabethd said...

So glad you enjoyed the Guernsey book, absolutely charming, I thought.
What lovely photos, I want to be there.

Anonymous said...

Hi, thanks so much for visiting Heart Felt and leaving your lovely message. Love your photographs - wish it was a bit warmer here right now! xx

Missy said...

Beautiful pics! I love the cone flowers. alas, my green thumb is actually black :-( Not a thing grows in my garden. Thanks for swinging by Spring Bean with a lovely comment.

Blessings to you,

libbyquilter said...

i love that you featured the beautiful greens in with the colorful blossoms . . . it's easy to forget their role when one has been so smitten with the lead roles' (flowers) beauty~!!~ i must remember this when out taking shots in my garden~!!~

looking over your book list i noticed the one about Anne Morrow Lindbergh and was reminded of a gift that i received this spring from a very very dear friend. She sent me a 50th annniversary edition of "Gift from the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindgergh. i've since read the book from cover to cover and then have set it by my bed because i so love the gentle messages that she has written in this lovely little book~!!~ i would HIGHLY recommend it as a book to buy, read and re-read as the mood strikes~!!!!~ i still need to add more of her titles to my reading list . . . i think there are more undiscovered treasures among her pages~!~

anyway, take care and thank you for the stroll through your lovely garden~!~


Pom Pom said...

Gift from the Sea IS a beautiful book. It's been a long while since I enjoyed it. Thank you for reminding me. I'm going to try to find a pretty copy to put on my night table, too. And about the greens . . . my neighbor is the one who always notices the colors and the textures. She's one of my flower mentors. You are, too!

Chrissey said...

I love the lilies!!!

The Dutchess said...

Wonderful post...I will be back for more...and if you like fairies...(I visited Rosie) then please come and visit my place...follow the fairytale...
Greets and blessings from Holland