Greetings and Holykisses,
Took my camera yesterday when I went on my walk. Thought you'd like to trot along with me?
"It's SPRING,"... sing the hyacinths!.
"It's SPRING," sing the buttercups!
As I strolled through the woods, I came upon this little tree. I knocked, but nobody was home.
Coming back up behind our house, I stopped by Abe's little grave. My dear friend Becky made him this headstone... isn't it beautiful? She used her dremmel and etched into the lettering. ~When I came around the side of the house thee other day, she'd left it on my porch. What a delightful surprise. Everytime I see it I feel blessed all over again. Thank God for friendship!
(God bless you Becky!)
Visiting Abe's little grave in our backyard got me to thinking how long it had been since I'd visited the cemetery in the woods. It's not far from our place so I decided to include it in my walk for the day.
No one gets buried there anymore. A family from Little Rock comes about once a year to pay their respects. They used to hire our son Trent to mow it and now my friend Maxi's family does it every now and then. It gets very grown up through the summer months and most people don't even know it's out there.
They told us that many of the rock headstones were for slaves. Walking around, I can't help but wonder about their lives. ~ I wish I knew their names. I hope they're all in heaven. ~Tasting the sweetest FREEDOM of all.
From there, I trekked down through the woods. You never know what you'll find. Most people would look at an old trash heap and wrinkle their nose. I... squeal! Once I was walking deep in the woods and found the most beautiful amber bottle. I brought it home and washed it and it "sparkled" so beautifully in my windowsill. In time, I found one just like it on the internet. I discovered they were from the mid 1800's. I wondered who dropped the bottle I found, as they traveled deep through those woods?
About 2 years after I'd found that beautiful, amber bottle; I opened the blinds in my craft room without thinking and it came tumbling down. The bottle broke into a zillion pieces on the tile floor. :( I've found others since then, but not that beautiful amber color, nor so old. But I love to look!
Part of the fun is in the hunt!
These shards were also found in the dirt yesterday. There was alot of broken glass nearby. I'd love to take my metal detector down there. I'm not sure but I think these shards are from a salt glaze crock. The color reminds me of some old saurkraut crocks I've seen.
I dug hoping to find a larger piece intact but... this was all I found. I didn't poke around very deep, as I didn't have a shovel. Just my pruning shears in my back pocket. lol I'd also forgotten to wear my boots. I was traipsing around the woods wearing rubber slogger clogs. Not too bright since snakes are out.
This was the only glass ware I found intact. It's not that old, but will go on the shelf in thee old potting shed with others I've found.
This was my FAVORITE sight to behold all day. Is it not beautiful? A natural terrarium! This is probably one of my favorite pictures I've ever taken and will definitely be getting enlarged for our living room. You probably think I'm crazy. lol
Here we are back at the potting shed. Had to stop back in to turn the eggs. This old incubator has seen better days but it still works! Didn't have very many eggs saved but thought I'd give it a try. I don't have the temperature set and lost my thermometer for it. So time will tell.... duds or a few chickies? We'll know in 17 more days.
This is a little birdhouse my Sil Jacki gave me a few years ago. It now graces the front of the shed.
Speaking of birds, I had to show you this. Many of you know that ivy covers the entire back of the potting shed. Well, every time I walk around the corner of the shed, birds fly out of the ivy and call it "Home Sweet Home."
The other day when I was cleaning out the inside of the shed, I moved the clay pots on top of the antique cupboard. It was then that I noticed all the bird nests you can see through the window! I'm going to love having this "birds eye view" this Spring when the eggs start appearing! -Notice the feathers?
Some are PUDDLEDUCK feathers and Percy the guinea feathers that the birds have used to feather their nests! I'll keep you posted if I notice any eggs and hopefully babies! Last year, they were making nests in my garbage can inside the potting shed. Those things just happen when you don't have a door. lol
Looking out at the back pasture, we are now seeing a tinge of green. The cows must be so anxious to have some sweet grass to eat instead of old dry hay. Popcorn the yellow cow in front looks like she's getting pretty pudgey don't you think? She's a very small cow, but pops calves out like corn more than any of our other cows. A very prolific little lady. The heifer on the right is "Wildchild." She has such a mind of her own and still does not come up and eat grain with the others. I don't know how we'll ever catch her. I wish we could get her in the corral somehow and pen her up all by herself so I could try to win her over.
This is the bull we bought from the Abbey. I kinda got a bad angle coz he's really fat and he doesn't look it from here. But we LOVE him! Finally named him BrotherJohn after the monk who started raising cows over there. We're really anxious to see the calves he throws.
Well, the sun is shining here, and all the rain we got last night made the peonies happy! So far so good! I hope yall have a wonderful day today! Thanks for coming with me on my little jaunt!