Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010


The back corner of my yard, where the shade garden is, is the brightest spot in the yard right now. This huge maple seemed to turn color overnight. The whole corner is aglow when the sun shinesThis tree was between our cabins in Allegheny. I couldn't resist taking pictures it was so beautiful.
I love the changes depending on what time of day it was.

Fall has arrived.
Behold the changing leaves, and enjoy the crisp breeze.
Let your eyes take in the bursts of color.
Transformation is afoot and hope is in the air.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Do you see a difference between my header picture and this one?
If you said the wall color you were right.

I was tired of the off white, shiny walls in my dining room so on Sunday I painted it.

The white and off white accessories stand out much better now. I don't have all the accessories up yet but I'm working on it.

There is a 'slanted' corner where the plumbing is located for the second floor. Several years ago we had to tear the wall down to fix the drain pipe, The contractor put up wall board and I painted but this area was not textured like the rest of the room.

I had a bucket of joint compound so I spread it on the wall. I cut notches in a foam brush to add swirls .

I think it came out pretty good. Once it was painted you can't tell the difference.

I'm happy with the color. I had to keep light because all my furniture is dark. I'll show you the rest when I finish.

Monday, October 25, 2010

It's Bloomin' Tuesday!

Today I'm going to show you another garden from the Secret Garden Tour in June. This garden uses pieces similar to the 'garden art' I like in my gardens. I liked several ideas but this was a small lot, on a busy street, completely covered with plants and 'old stuff'. I guess I prefer some grass in my yard and a little less stuff. She also had tropical plants mixed with the others, although I photographed more stuff than plants.
The tall white fence is across the front of the lot but there were planting in front of the fence on both sides of the sidewalk, to the road. The front porch entrance has been closed off so this is actually the front entrance to the house.

We entered thru what would have been the driveway. There was a small pond with a bridge in front of the garage.

There was no roof or back to the garage and it was set up like a potting shed.

This is the back of the garage with the steps leading to more garden.

I thought the coat tree full of watering cans was a cute idea.

This sled was leaning on the side of the garage. The sign says "Let it Snow". Snow's the last thing I want in my garden!

This stone wall is on the back and the garage side of the property.

The grey building is the neighbors garage on the side opposite their garage.

I liked this old post planted among the flowers.

I also like this stone fireplace located behind the garage.

I think these 3 chairs were my favorite. I liked the whole grouping including the window frame and the porch post. Does this garden inspire you or make you think of a junk yard? I know this kind of junk isn't to every ones liking.
I'd like to see what kind of garden you enjoy. To join our tour, add your name state and permalink to Mr Linky. Please add a link to this post on your post.
Enjoy the tour!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Food for Thought

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.
Anne Frank

Friday, October 22, 2010

Another Favorite Photo Subject

Columbus Day weekend at Allegheny State Park
Chris and Laurie at Thunder Rocks

Content in the woods.

Time for a rest with Uncle Chris

Smiths at Thunder Mountain.
Coloring and helping Daddy eat his breakfast.
Nap? Yea right!
Fun in the leaves.
Can you see me now?

Throwing stones.
Don't get wet! Right!
Time to go home.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Last week I showed you some odd trees I took pictures of at Allegheny. I also enjoy taking pictures of fungi. For some reason I am fascinated by the shapes, colors and textures.

I have seen fungus that grows like this one but I have never seen the colors before. It really is beautiful!

So many shades of brown, gold and green.

These are quite common but they are also interesting to photograph.

This one looks like a miniature bird bath. Perhaps it belongs to a wood nymph.

Close up of the underside.

At first I wasn't sure what this was but upon closed inspection it appears to be a fungus.

The texture is almost spongy.

This little guy, growing out of a rotting tree, wasn't as big as my little finger. There is barely room for the stem to squeeze out.

All I can say about this one is, I have never seen one like it growing before!

This is what it looks like when it matures.

If you look carefully, you may find some very interesting things growing in the woods!