Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring is here

I seem to be in photo blog mode over the last couple of days. So here are some photos of what is springing forth in the Lowcountry.
The house was bathed in early morning light. 
Azaleas are blooming along the trail through the woods. 
The planting area is getting filled with flowers and herbs. 
Spirea is starting to bloom. 
Some of the garden statues---a toad abode and the guardian angel. 
African daisies and some ivy in a pot.
Cabbage ready to be harvested.
The potatoes are coming up nicely. 
The first rose of spring. 
Nothing like lying on freshly mown grass. 

The trees towards the back of the property near the fields. 
Lady Banks rose blooming. 
Tomorrow is my wife's birthday.  She doesn't want a present.  Instead, she wants to go fishing so that is what we'll be doing.  We are taking the skiff and going to our favorite spot.  I am going to fix a picnic lunch.  I would like to get a gift to surprise her because I've learned that saying you don't want a gift, often means the opposite!

Life continues to roll along.  Every day has something to offer.  Later today, I'm meeting up with a fellow I know who is planning to cycle across country and back to help out a friend and raise awareness for his illness.  I am interested to hear more about his proposed adventure.  He is planning to do a blog about his trip experiences.  We each have our calling to do something.  I am glad to not be a passive partaker.

I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.~ Maya Angelou


  1. Love that quote. Thanks for the pictures. I'm headed to the Low Country tomorrow for a few days and your pictures whet my appetite for what I will discover

  2. Lovely to see my African daisies there, we know them as osteospermums.

  3. Lovely post all the way around Syd. keep the gift simple though to go with the simplicity of your plans for the day.

  4. nice man...you have a great yard...all the elements, the trees, the stone, the gardens and flowers...

  5. I think you take great pics, Syd. I'm glad you are doing something special, like fishing, with your wife. Someone was talking to me about a thing called Love Languages. There are 5. One is getting gifts, but that's not how everyone feels loved. :)

  6. I'm considering a cross country bike trip. There are several websites to help you hook up with like minded cyclists. Some people want to stay in sleeping bags at the side of the road, others want to stay in a motel at the end of the day. I'm finding there are groups for all kinds of adventures.

    Great pics!

  7. I enjoyed the Maya Angelou quote. I've learned that life give us second chances. In the rooms I have heard and experienced myself dramatic changes. Looking forward to today and staying present for myself.

  8. These photos are wonderful, I want to BE there in person, so peaceful.

    Yep, very smart move to get your wife a gift even if she says she doesn't want anything!!

  9. SYD! (whispering...shhhh) Get her a gift!

    Beautiful yard and photos.
    And beautiful "I've learned" from Maya Angelou. I'm grateful today for YOU, man!

  10. It looks like your season there is what we would have in the middle of May. It looks wonderful!

  11. I enjoy when you are in photo mode :) Thank you for sharing, everything looks beautiful! The garden looks great!

    Were you able to get a necklace made with that piece you found?

  12. Good learnings make good livings! :)

    I love the photos you share they make me sigh and smile with contentment :)

  13. I agree with Steve, Syd ... get her a gift !
    From your pictures I can see why you have so much gratitude in your life. Looks like heaven to me.

  14. What a beautiful place to live!

  15. I LOVE your pictures, and I'm a little bit jealous! Happy Birthday to C. Hope your plans are pleasant and fun, and that you catch a lot of fish.


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