Rose Garden with Poppies


Every poppy seed from the package seems to have survived.  They do make a lovely backdrop for the roses though.

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Wind Chimes Part 3

The best chimes yet.  Hisnibs got inspired about making a wind chime.  He studied the science, the musicality and construction of them and went to work and made one.  I love it.  It is calming and soothing.

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Wind Chimes Part 2

We’ve had these chimes for years too, terracotta love birds on a log.  They’ve been repaired several times but are still chiming from the tip of a smoke bush branch.

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Wind Chimes Part 1


We’ve had this little wind chime for over 20 years. I remember every time we walked past it my baby grandson had to hit it and make it tinkle.  He’s now over 2o years old.  It’s been repaired a few times but still tinkles.

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Rose Campion

Rose Campion Lychnis coronaria

Natural Herbaceous, short-lived perennial. An old cottage garden plant of southeastern Europe. From the Greek lychno for lamp because the flowers glow. Will usually self-seed for many years. Seedlings that form may be easily moved in spring or early fall. Drought tolerant once established. Spreads rapidly.

Leaves: a low mound of felted silvery-grey leaves bearing upright fuzzy stems. Foliage often needs to be tidied in early spring.

Flowers: loads of bright magenta-pink to red flowers. Blooms late spring to mid summer.

Use: Attractive to butterflies, drought Tolerant, cut flowers, leaves have been used as oil lamp wicks, used to stuff herbal pillows, seeds are culinary & medicinal, bonus: deer don’t eat them.

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Sun On Bay Laurel

Bay Laurel (Sweet Bay) Laurus nobilis

Aromatic evergreen tree or large shrub. Leaves hold the fragrance of victors and poets.
Use to flavour rice puddings, custard sauce and medicine.
An ingredient in bouquet garni with parsley and thyme.
Antiseptic, analgesic, anti neuralgic, anti infectious, general stimulant.
Encourages confidence, fortitude, inspiration, protection, gift of prophecy, direction and creativity.
Clears away confusion, protects and gives inspiration in times of despair.
A fragrance to use when the way ahead seems uncertain or fraught with danger,
when impoverished thoughts fly silently through the night to disturb us.
Tea for colds – equal amount cinnamon, sage, bay leaves. Steep. Add a little lemon juice.
Avoid during pregnancy.

Means: Tree – Glory.
Leaf – I change but in death.
Wreath – Reward of Merit.

“Neither witch nor devil, thunder nor lightening will hurt a man in a place where a bay tree is.”  ~Culpepper.

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Let’s Play Tag

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Siesta Time

Cool June morning
morphs into
hot dry afternoon,
energy wilts
like marguerites in window boxes.

Work slows
to full stop,
hammocks fill,
popsicles melt –
it’s siesta time.

©2019 Sharron R. McMillan

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Enough

There are two ways to get enough.
One is to continue to accumulate more and more.
The other is to desire less.
~G. K. Chesterson

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Reflections

Religions  are reflections of only a few of the rays of Truth.
All of it is true – but none of it is All the truth.
Man has moulded light,
formed it into shapes,
cast in gold
but no particular form or shape is The Light.
Only The Light is The Light. 

©2014 Sharron R. McMillan
 Excerpt from ‘Thought In the Middle of the Night”

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It’s Raining in the Woods ah!

Much needed rain                                                                       Photo: mosaic pickle

God comes to us disguised as our very lives
~Paula D’Arcy

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Contemplation

“Contemplation is any way one has of penetrating illusion and touching reality.”
~Parker Palmer “On the Brink of Everything”

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Solar Powered

Portulaca Purslane     Sun Rose or Moss Rose

Blooms in the sun but curls up and sleeps in the shade.  Sort of like me.

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Weekend Paddle

Weekend Paddle

We finally dug out our paddles and headed out on the water on Saturday.  Paddled from Secret Cove to Smuggler’s Cove and to the end of Wescan Inlet.  Lovely day. Felt so good to breathe in salty air and hear the seagulls overhead.  I hope this is the start of many lovely summer paddle days.

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True Love

Rose Campion Lychnis coronaria

Love is not determined by the worthiness of the object.
Love is determined by the giver of the love.
~Richard Rohr

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