The Ghost in the Door Yard

ghost in door yard (450x600)What stories can trees tell?

This dying Maple tree out in the local state forest isn’t just any tree. It grows along an abandoned class six road and is the last living witness to the pioneering family who was one of the first families that settled in our town. This tree was in their door yard and would have watched husband and wife tend to livestock, a garden, cut firewood, hunt game and add children to their family and eventually watch as they were all buried in the family plot just beyond.

If you look carefully just to the left of this grandma tree you can see an old foundation. It is pretty good-sized and there is a smaller one across the road. I don’t know if the larger one was for the family or was a barn. At one point in the 1800s, all of this area was deforested (as was nearly 80% of the state) for sheep farming.

Buying pansies a favorite spring ritual

The beginning of April means pansies and my first trip of the season to the nursery a joyful time of looking at all the happy pansy faces and picking out the flat or two that makes me smile the most.   It is as exciting to me as getting a Christmas tree – probably more so.  What’s not to love about flowers that can survive spring frosts and spring snow and grace us with their cheerful colorful smiles while other flowers are still tucked safely in their seeds.

pot of Matrix Midnight Glow and pot of Delta Forumla mix

pot of Matrix Midnight Glow and pot of Delta Forumla mix

Winter’s Shadow

When I went to bed it was spring. Half-way through my sleep I woke to a roaring wind and the sound of sleet hitting on the sky-lights over the bed.  Winter’s shadow had returned not quite ready to go peacefully. Out of respect we will let you have one more day.

winter shadow (600x450)

daffodils wearing a wrap of snow

daffodils wearing a wrap of snow

Spring: when every day is a miracle

What I love most about spring is that every day is a miracle.  Another flower opens, the chives visibly grow a 1/2 an inch or more a day, another bird stops in at the feeders as they migrate to their summer homes.

Yesterday the buds finally popped on my daffodils that live in the warm micro-climate next to the foundation on the south side of the house.  Then overnight – a miracle!  What spring miracle did you see today?

welcome friends!

welcome friends!

so happy to see you!

so happy to see you!

stay as long as you like

stay as long as you like

All is right when the river flows

Rituals are reassuring. The snow is mostly melted so we were able to park our car on the side of the road to go and visit the river. My river. My go to place to feel happy and to feel connected to the earth. The river has been running high the past couple weeks, full of snow melt and spring rains. It races along tumbling over granite stones, singing in a strong, confident voice, washing winter out to sea.  All is right.

waves spashing

waves splashing

carrying snow melt & spring rains

carrying snow melt & spring rains

Singing loudly

Singing loudly

come with me to the sea

come with me to the sea

Do you have a go to place that your visit to connect with nature?

Threshold (Weekly Photo Challenge)

If we put one front in front of the other, next thing we know we are stepping over the threshold to something new.  I just finished the vine charcoal drawing that I started in my drawing class on Thursday night and am excited about how it came out.  The last time I drew on a regular basis was in the  Drawing I class that I took as an elective at UNH in 1981.  I am looking forward to continuing my new adventures in art – no firm plan or goal in mind – just taking one step after another and seeing where I might go.  What new thing in your life have you been walking toward?

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

drawing dinner - red onions & portabello mushrooms in charcoal.  4/12/14

drawing dinner – red onions & portabello mushrooms in charcoal. 4/12/14