Forward - From the Heartland of Carolina

This is a continuing story of the journey Forward shared by 2 people, Lynne and Tom. Both love to LIVE life to it's fullest, which currently means spending lots of time outdoors, working on various projects from gardens to patios, flowers to vegetables, sunrises and sunsets, birds and woodland critters, and spending time with family. Don't forget to check the monthly archives, and please feel free to leave us a comment so we know you stopped by.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Spring is well underway

and what a difference from last year. This time last year - Tom was still at the beach although he was in the process of moving his stuff inland. I was going crazy with wedding plans and wondering if we could pull this off in the back yard - would the yard look nice?? - would the weather be nice?? would everything fall into place?? It was a very exciting time yet a very scary time. A year later things are sooooo different - we now face spring with a much slower pace of life - taking time to savor each and every change our gardens present us. WinterSowing which I have mentioned before was an amazing success - I have more plants that I could ever dream possible - the gardens are bursting at the seam with new babies. Pictures will be forthcoming once we get the camera back from being repaired - can't believe that it decided to act up when we needed it most but such is life.........

Tom and I were able to get away for a few days a couple of weeks ago for the first time since Mom got so sick. We were finally able to use one of our wedding gifts - a gift certificate to a B&B of our choice for two nights that Ruth, Lee and Tracey and spouses gave us. We decided to go back to the OuterBanks where it all started and spent three very wonderful days on Ocracoke Island. Tom was able to go fishing and caught 3 fish - two of which he could bring home and I just sat and drank in the ocean. It was so very relaxing and a much needed break. Ruth stayed with Mom and we came back home home to a very clean house with fresh cut flowers from the garden all over the place - THANK YOU Ruth :):):)

The bird activity in the yard has been GREAT - the pileated woodpecker is a daily visitor - we have a pair of indigo buntings nesting close by, a titmouse family is being raised in the martin house with a chickadee family in another compartment, bluebirds have nested in one of the bluebird houses. Nightly we hear the whipperwill and of course have the assorted cardinals, bluejays, gold finches, and other song birds visit the feeders, The black swallowtail butterfly caterpillars are munching on the fennel so will expect to see coccoons pretty soon. We have a really HUGE tadpole in the pond (about the size of a tennis ball) so expect to see another bullfrog soon - of course there are a gazillion smaller tadpoles. Obviously we are doing something right as far as our nature critters go.

Will catch you up more on the family in a later journal when we can post updated pictures but for now - rest assured - that life continues to be good in the 'heartland'

Lynne ~~he who plants a seed - believes in tomorrow~~


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading your entries, so uplifting. You have given me strength in so many ways. I have never sent comments since you have been on this journey, but I always
read your site. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself. When are you going to share your knowledge on winter showing. Sounds so interesting. Keep uplifting us all.

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