Monday, May 30, 2011

Just a Glimpse...


I love to walk... Jack and I take a daily 2~3 mile Nature walk each morning, plus I walk Tessy down the trail throughout the day for about another 2 miles... and many days, I just take a leisurely walk by myself... down the lane and around the bend... walking in quiet solitude... concentrating on the beauty that surrounds me on any given day... walking is so therapeutic... it rejuvenates my soul and clears my mind... I notice everything as I walk... from the teeniest ladybug on a flower petal by the wayside, to the rising stream that cascades alongside the little dirt road... I also love to take a little peek at the charming historic homes along the way... my imagination soars and I make up little stories about each one... longing for more than just a glimpse as I walk by... this little white cottage is one of my favorites... perhaps a sweet little grandmother and grandfather live here... waiting for their family to arrive for a sumptuous Sunday roast dinner... followed by sitting out on the porch afterwards... the grownups sipping a cup of coffee or sweet tea and the children playing in the cool grass and counting fireflies...


A little farther down the lane is this magnificent beauty... a winding little path leads to the front door... it is meticulously maintained... I notice sheer lace curtains as I try to see inside the window from the lane...
As I gingerly walk closer, my thoughts tell me a beautiful lady lives here... she loves to collect antiques and vintage items... her white ironstone collection sits on her windowsill... adding to her stunning view of her flowering crabapple tree outside her little paned window... oooh, how I want to see more... perhaps if I went to her door... and asked pretty please... yes, I shall come back on another day and do so...
A gardener lives here I am quite certain... as soft early morning sunlight awakens them, filtered by the sheer lace curtains, they open their window to let the Heavenly scent of Irises float inside...
Oooh, a fairytale cottage... surely a beautiful Princess lives here...
As I glance at the beautiful little attic window on this one... almost hidden by the now~green budding leaves on the trees, I picture someone like me... sitting there with a cup of tea... reading a favorite magazine and lazing away the day... only happy thoughts filling their mind...

Behind the little picket fence... someone also like me lives... someone who treasures traditions, and the past... a secret garden lies within... hidden amongst the beautiful old trees...
As I continue my walk back home... these stories still floating around in my mind... I wonder... does anyone walk past my house and wonder who lives there?... or who tends to the gardens and feeds the birds?... do they wonder what it is like inside, behind the lace curtained little paned windows... perhaps... maybe they too long for more than just a glimpse... perhaps I will show them one day... should they happen upon my doorstep... and ask pretty please... xoxo...


Sunday, May 29, 2011

An Old~Fashioned Love Affair...


Lately my posts seem to be about my ongoing love affair with old~fashioned lavender colored blooms...


Are you falling in love too? ...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Wisteria...


A love affair...
With beautiful lavender colored old~fashioned flowers...
And beautiful old rock homes... this love affair will last forever... xoxo...



Sunday, May 22, 2011

Somewhere in Time...


The morning is warm... and sunny... yet stormclouds loom dark and heavy above the mountains... with an uncanny feeling I simply cannot explain, I get in my car and drive... almost before I realize it, I am back... once more... to the little old abandoned building I have posted about here...


In that post, I described the feeling of deja vu that comes over me when I visit this most enchanting place from the past... I am drawn to this spot under a powerful spell over which I literally have no control... the roses lure me... today, I check to see if they are blooming yet, like in my photo below from last year... my dear friend Jo~Anne Coletti painted my precious roses for me... her painting is one of my most cherished possessions... the vines are tall today, but the roses shall not be in bloom until June... I already know this, so why did I drive here today... the little building has been abandoned for years... I visit here often... but I am not alone...
Someone else loves this beautiful spot as much as I... perhaps, more so... I have never encountered anyone on my visits here... yet, I sense a presence... years ago, a beautiful lady and her husband had a little store here... he tended to the store and she tended to the gardens... now, they are abandoned and neglected... or are they?... the man and woman have passed on... but I do believe they visit here often... as do I... I have shown you before how the stunning roses thrive, despite anyone taking care of them... today... on the other side of the little building, luscious Lilacs are in bloom... the bush is heavy with gorgeous blossoms... the grassy field calls out to me... it seems to say "slow down Julie Marie... sit in the cool grass and let the Lilacs take your cares away"... sometimes, I tell myself I DO need to slow down... I am always busy with something... or someone... maybe I DO need to just sit down and relax... and breathe deep... but who is telling me to do so?...
I gingerly walk around the old building, taking in every minute detail... the chipping paint and boarded up windows are pure beauty to me... then the stories begin to fill my mind... picturing how this little store once was... and the kindly gentleman who ran it... and his pretty wife who always had a friendly "hello" when I would come here with my daddy as a little girl...


I walk around front once more to collect my thoughts... a little bird flies by and hurries into the small opening in the corner of the building... ooh, what a beautiful place to build your nest little birdie... are you the one who tends to the grounds?...
I am enchanted by the old rock wall along the front... rocks that washed down the nearby canyon many, many years ago when massive rains carried them from the mountains behind me...
I try, as always, to peer inside the front window... it is screened, and dark... I cannot see inside... but, once again... I sense someone is there...
The Lilacs speak to me... begging me to stay a while longer... I glance up and see the stormclouds are now closer and the thunder that was in the distance is now all around me... yet, I cannot leave...
I have always come for the roses... in June... and late summer... I have not been here when the Lilacs are in bloom before... and today, I see rows of Iris, Flags as my mama and grandmothers called them... also growing along the side of the building... they are covered in blooms... they too whisper to me to come back... soon...
I must admit I am completely bewitched...
As I breathe in deeply, relaxing... I sense the presence once more... but I am not afraid... it is a kind and gentle presence... just like all of the other times I have come here... a voice from somewhere in time...
The rain begins to fall, a soft gentle rain... then more thunder... then the rain intensifies...
I linger a bit longer... then suddenly realize I am soaking wet... so pre~occupied I am with this little place I so love...

I take one more look... I am relaxed... a peaceful feeling comes over me... perhaps it is the Lilacs... or the Iris and Roses yet to bloom... or the falling rain... I cannot explain any of this... just like the many, many times I have visited before, I know I shall be back... again... soon... xoxo...

Monday, May 16, 2011

If You Are Looking For Me...I Am In the Garden...


Over here...
Under a magical spell... cast upon me by the Lilacs...

...intoxicated by their Heavenly perfume... caressed by their delicate blossoms... I want this spell to last... forever... xoxo...



Sunday, May 15, 2011

"Home is Where the Heart Is"... Remembering Summer... It's Still Out There...


As Spring turns into Summer, my thoughts carry me back to the summers of my childhood once more... I was blessed with such a happy childhood, I return there from time~to~time... some of you joined me here last year... remember... "You aren't just the age you are... you are all the ages you ever have been"... You too are all the ages you ever have been... come with me... let your thoughts drift away with mine... we are little girls once more... at least for even just a little while...



"C'mon! It's the perfect day to put on our Keds (mine are red, what color are yours???) and hop on our bikes and head out for a day full of adventures and exploring. Hurry! There are soo many places I want to show you! My little sister Jill is coming along with us today too. She and I got into sooo many escapades as kids, but you know what? We survived! Yep, life was simple back then, and our biggest decision in life really WAS what color of new Keds to pick each summer. I am wearing my red ones today as you can see. Ok, hop on your bike and let's go! Just follow me, and the little map I sketched out below... all of these places really existed and all of the tales really are true, even the names have not been changed to protect the innocent, tee hee hee. Jill and I served "hard time" being grounded for one or two days for many of our "mis~adventures"... Our home is where the little heart is...

Let's ride our bikes up into the orchard and see if anyone's at the secret hut. Be sure to pedal fast past the old haunted house! Look! Someone just peered out from behind those ratty old curtains, I swear, honest they did! Cross my heart! Ok, we can slow down now. What's the secret hut you ask? Why, it's a hidden clearing among the trees where we all gather to tell ghost stories, of course! Hmmm, no one here today. Ok, let's check the thicket. Be careful! It's a narrow little dirt path to there. Sorry, you will need to get off of your bike here, we have to crawl through the brambles into the thicket. Are you coming??? Those stickers won't hurt you! Hmmm, no one here either, that's odd. Maybe they are all down at the swamp. I know, I know, it says "Keep Out", but we are just going in for a few minutes to check for salamanders. Darn! The old raft made out of logs has floated out into the middle of the swamp. Why WON'T you swim out and get it??? Ok, ok, we can come back another day when we can reach it. I swam out last time! Did too!!!

Let's grab an apple to munch on while we ride, Farmer Stringham doesn't care if we pick his fruit as long as we eat it. Let's ride over to Turkeyshoot Drive, it's just down the road a piece. I want to hike up to Mother of Pearl Rock. You can see FOREVER from up there! We must ride quickly past the polygamists farm! They have strange ways and we are not allowed to go there. We can sneak back another day and spy on them!!! Oooh, and the woods! The woods are rather dark, even in the daytime. I think someone is watching us! Honest, cross my heart! Can't you feel them staring at us from among the pines??? Pedal faster! Ok, now we must get off our bikes again and walk. Watch where you step as we walk our bikes down this path, there is a pool of quicksand. Yes, for REAL! Nope, no fence or anything around it. Watch! I wll throw this BIG stick in and it will sink. Neato, huh? Well, I guess our last stop is the old Isinglass mine shaft. Yes, it's abandoned and I KNOW it says "Keep Out" too, but I just want you to see how dark it is inside and there are weird noises sometimes. Don't be a scardy cat! YOWIE!!! YIKES!!! What was that??? Hurry, get on your bike and pedal fast back to my house. And if you EVER want to come with me again, don't you DARE tell ANYONE where we have been!!!"


I hope you enjoyed being a little girl once more with me today... and savoring all the beauty and wonder summer has to offer... it really IS still out there... don't be afraid to be a kid again!... xoxo...




Saturday, May 14, 2011

Back to Nature...


Jack and I meet the nicest friends on our daily Nature walk.., Mama and Daddy Duck are scouting out a perfect spot to make their nest this year along the banks of the stream just down the lane and around the bend from our home... the water is cresting and the flow is very strong and fast as we walk by them...


With all of the snow and rain we have had this past winter, and most of the Spring runoff yet to come, we are on flood watch... I will say a little prayer for Mama and Daddy Duck that they and their nest and babies will be safe... xoxo... PS Thank you all so very much for all of the gifts, cards, emails, ecards, comments and birthday wishes you sent me!... I love you all!... xoxo...



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Special Birthday Wish From Across the Pond...


Friday, the 13th is my birthday... today, our traditional "girls only" birthday lunch for me... Jill and Liz are taking me to our favorite Chinese restaurant for a party, and I can't wait to see them!...... but, two of my girls, Filly and Ellie live in London this year and won't be there with us today... in person that is... but they WILL be with us in thoughts!... I miss them soo much and it just won't be the same... but today, my niece Filly did a special birthday post for me, which I love sooo much, just like her... it was all about her little garden in London, as she knows how much I love to garden...


Here is one of her photos I "snatched"... her gorgeous garden, with her flat in the background and her pretty little hummingbird windchimes that gently blow in the breeze...... and red roses... for me... for my special day... thank you Filly, Ellie and Dino... I miss you and I love you!... and I can't wait to open my package that arrived by Royal Mail!... xoxo... Juju


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Rent to Own... Beautiful Secluded Country Cottages...


Just in time for your Springtime nest~building, these beautiful Country Cottages are available now for immediate occupancy... located in a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat yard that provides food, water, shelter and a place to raise your young... this darling home is built out of rustic weathered wood and has plenty of room for a growing family... it is nestled amongst gorgeous green Euonymus, offering you the privacy you have been looking for...
Don't wait on this one, as it will go fast!... petite little wren house with stunning view out of front door of Jackmanii Clematis... close to birdbaths, feeders and trees...
Location, location, location!... this eco~friendly home made out of all natural materials sits high amongst a Royal Crabapple tree... a gentle breeze will have you swaying to sleep at night in pure comfort!...
Dine at Idyllhours open~air fruit, berry and nut buffet...
Or take the family to a little log cabin for friendly dining on our deluxe seed mix...
Surrounding grounds in this private community are all protected as Saint Francis watches over all who enter...
Must see inside!!! ... this gorgeous home is surrounded by beautiful Royal Crabapple blossoms and has a breathtaking view of the mountains to the east... imagine waking up in your new home to the stunning sunrises each morning...
Like this, a fabulous early morning sunrise above the majestic mountains just to the east...
For you pretty little butterflies...we are offering this one~of~a~kind butterfly retreat... close your wings and slip gently inside the little slots to rest a spell in the cool shady interior out of the warm summer sun... this one will rent fast, don't hesitate!...
Simple, yet elegant... this little A~frame boasts a Hunter green roof and sets against a wonderful backdrop of rustic rough~hewn cedar... front gardens below offer a variety of beautiful plants and garden decor...


Want stunning sunsets ... like this one, with the sun dropping into the Great Salt Lake to the west?...
and a place nearby to eat?...
Just listed!...This one has it ALL!... Shabby Chic at it's finest!... Robins~egg blue exterior, wood shavings interior... cute tin roof... don't let it get away!...
All interested birdies, please leave your "deposit" in the garden... not on my patio furniture!... Thanks!... xoxo...