I can hardly believe it's been already a year since we moved to our little white cottage. We reached our first-year anniversary on the 30th of April, and I can still remember as if it was today how bare and inhospitable this little plot of earth was... a field of weeds and a jungle, keeper of strange sounds and overgrown vegetation--that was all.
About this time of the year, last year, I was up to my eyes in soil and sweat, cutting and removing sod by hand almost to the point of exhaustion, with my heart fixed on the flowerbeds and garden paths I envisioned and knew would bring such joy to such untamed place. Today, it is almost hard to believe how my hard labors have paid off and how my dreams have come to fruition... plants and flowers I worked so hard on establishing are now giving giving... this amazes me and enchants my little soul to its fullest...
Yes, it is the same place of a year ago!
Ah my soul is a little butterfly with wings the color of sunshine
It’s been one amazing milestone to relish in – we’ve tasted the goodness and faithfulness of God in our lives, the journey hasn't been easy, testing too at the beginning, but it has gotten sweeter as days go by and I learn to trust my Heavenly Father in all aspects of my life.
Sometimes the best thing one can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breath, and have faith that everything will work out for the best... and that's that I've been doing.
I have discovered that the speedwell plant I planted and so loved last year it did survived after all. It is just a little wee branch coming up from the ground right this moment, but it is there and it is enough to keep me hoping.
We have built another wall on the east side of the garden to contain that jungle out there. I stained the wall and made a little path using concrete pavers. Then planted a whole lot of flowers and added a mirror to the wall. I also placed a chair painted in blue by the mirror to create the impression of a room and bring that little corner to life. It looks like a little house seen from the outside now.
Oh and remember this?
I can hardly wait to see all those Elephant Ear plants I buried in there coming to life!
May... the month of May brings such joy. Butterflies, too, have moved in with the arrival of May. Roses are waking up and the fields are getting tinted in colors. Wildflowers masquerade the earth, and the May wind, coming in from the woods, are bringing the spring snows... snow that flutters in gusts of fuzzy white tiny seeds covered with silky white cotton-like fuzz, making it easy for the wind to pick them up and transport them miles away. You can trace these seeds to the cottonwood trees growing in the woods behind our garden... it is a lovely sight, and I'm thankful that as beautiful as this is and as bad as what it can connote I haven't' been affected with any allergies.
I want more of this!
Experimenting with miniature roses...
They were marked down to one dollar... had to have it!
Chiggers and other creatures have come in with the month of May too... in a lessen amount thus far, but they're here irremediably... I guess it's their season to be in season. Nature never ceases to amaze me... it has its own biological clock for sure.
I found three frogs under the patio umbrella this morning. One landed on my head as I was opening the umbrella--smooth and ashen looking in color, and so cold to the touch! Oh I know this for a fact, because I was able to caught two of them and placed them on the pond. The third one got away. Their soothing night songs are enchanting...
I am the happy queen of my little world, I am committed to live my life surrounded by flowers... it may not be an easy task to accomplish, but that will be my life. Never give up in procuring your dreams. Work hard and make it happen!