Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spring Country Drive with Good Fences


Come along with me, Dear Friends,
 and we will take 
a quiet country drive on 
the back roads that I call home. 

It is a beautiful spring day
and the trees are leafing out, 
with cherry and apple trees blooming. 


Here we see a pretty pink azalea 
lighting up this front yard along
a neat white fence. 


Blue skies, pink trees and white fencing
make a lovely scene. 

We have the road all to ourselves! 


A lacy crab-apple - delicate
against a horizon with an 
ancient Douglas Fir. 


A chain link boundary fence beautifully framed
with lovely trees.

I love the burgundy and lime Japanese maples
at the end.


Trees as fence posts are dear to my country heart <3


This beautiful crab-apple stays
protected behind
a tall and sturdy fence.

Shafts of sunlight cloud
my camera lens.


Dappled sunlight on a country lane
with tall trees.

Wooden telephone poles
make me smile and remind
me of childhood days.

These are slowly going away,
replaced by steel or going underground.


Mt. Rainier shimmers on the horizon
behind a lovely green field.

A section of new boundary fence stands
underneath a tall Douglas fir.

I would estimate this fir to be at least
100 years old, maybe older.


A split rail fence dwarfed by tall trees.

As a child, I lived in a log cabin
in a forest of 150 year old pine trees,
on a dirt lane by a large lake.

We didn't have a lawn - instead,
our yard was carpeted with golden needles.

Dappled sunlight under tall trees
brings back sweet memories
of childhood days....


Cascade mountains and Douglas fir
form the backdrop to a pretty farm
with flowering trees and large greenhouse.


There's something so charming about a rusty tin roof.

My Great Grandmother lived on a farm in Vermont
in a house with a tin roof.

My Mother always spoke fondly of
sleepovers under hand-pieced quilts,
listening to the sound of rain on the tin roof.


Pink blossoms have given way to bright,
rosy leaves on these ornamental plum
 along a pretty rail fence.


A young red alder forest leafing out
with Mt. Rainier in the background.

This tract of land was logged about
10 years ago and red alder have sprung
up in the void.

Red alder is a reclamation species,
quickly populating and stabilizing disturbed land.
It is a short-lived species, giving
shelter to young evergreens
 and dying out by the
time the evergreens mature.

Nature always works in amazing ways.


Our local equine veterinary clinic
with lovely white fencing
for recovering patients.
Can you see Mt. Rainier behind the trees?



Reflections on the hood of my little Ford Ranger
as we take the final road to home.

Green tree pollen collects in the nooks and crannies.

Soon these green fields will be full of wildflowers.


This familiar road has been traveled
countless times over many long years,
with mini-vans full of children,
on shopping trips with my Dear Mother,
and special outings with my
sweet Ramblin' Man.

No matter where I roam, or
who I am with - even when
 all alone,
my heart always skips a little
beat when I am returning home.



There's no place like home!




Thank you, Dear Friends for coming along!

xoxo

'I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song -

The song from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend'.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

xoxo

Linking with : The Run*A*Round Ranch Report - Good Fences

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In Celebration of Earth Day

Sunset over Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound
In commemoration of Earth Day, 
I want to share with you 
the beautiful sunset 
over Puget Sound, here in
the Pacific Northwest - Washington State. 

Vashon Island Ferry along Puget Sound in WA State
Earth Day was started in 1970. 


20 million Americans took to the streets
to rally for a healthy, sustainable environment.

The 1st Earth Day led to the creation of the
United States Environmental Protection Agency
and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water,
and Endangered Species Acts. 



You can read about the history
of this movement Here

Washington State Ferry disappearing across the Sound
Earth day is now celebrated
in 190 countries around the world. 


Seeking a healthy environment to raise 
a family, we moved to Washington State in the early 80's. 

Washington State is known for its environmental 
activism and pristine beauty,
but like all places on Earth, 
it takes each and every one of us
to care for this beautiful place
we call home. 


These photos were taken at Redondo Beach
last weekend. 


Thank you for coming along with me,
Dear Friends
to enjoy the pretty sunset 
along Puget Sound. 

xoxo

Wishing you lovely sunsets, too, 
as we celebrate this special day 
honoring our beautiful home. 

xo

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Faux Concrete Message Boards


I have been doing a bit of organizing included
in my spring cleaning, and noticed that
my hallway message boards were in need 
of a make-over! 


This is what they looked like! 

Not very pretty! 

I took down everything posted and filed 
what I wanted to keep. 


Then I got to work! 

It was a beautiful spring day, 
so I brought my work outside.

Can you see Weenie Baby lying in the sun?

Old shower curtain liners make great 'drop cloths'. 

I sanded the wood frame lightly. 


I painted the cork board with Delta Ceramcoat acrylic paint, 
in 'Rain Grey'. 

The grey painted cork looks just like concrete! 

The cork soaks up the paint, so I needed more than one 
2 fl. oz bottle per board. 

Even if the cork board is slightly damaged, 
the paint will cover that up.

I used a 1 inch paint brush.

Whitey Bear lounges nearby :)


I let that dry completely, then used painter's tape
to protect the edges before painting the frame. 

I used the same brand of paint in 'North Sea'
and a smaller artist paintbrush. 

I also painted wooden tacks the same color. 

Sticking them into corrugated cardboard made that easy! 



I wanted to 'dress up' the tacks, so I used blue 
buttons that I had bought by the bagful at the craft store. 

I simply glued them to the top of the tacks with Krazy glue. 


Aren't they pretty?

My favorite colors. 


Here you can see the tacks and the faux concrete 
look to the message board. 



So much better! 



These message boards were both thrifty finds. 

I chose colors to compliment the colors
in my hallway. 

The walls are painted a very soft aqua. 

This hallway leads to the stairway and is
directly off my kitchen. 


I use it to store folding chairs for 
extra seating when my whole family
comes to visit. 

There are usually 10 of us, or more
with friends. 

The stair landing is a mini art gallery
for my 'Posie Paintings'. 


The octagonal window looks out onto the deck 
and gets late afternoon sunshine. 

The hydrangeas are from my garden. 

I painted the small chest years ago 
with kitchen sponges cut to the shape
of petals. 

I keep family photographs inside. 


The milk glass compote is a 'wedding jar' given 
to my Mother by my Father for a 10th wedding anniversary.

They were married 58 years. 


The painting of sweet peas 
in a blue canning jar was another gift
from my Father to my Mother. 

She saw it in an art gallery, fell in love
 and my Father surprised her with it. 


The doorstops were also hers. 

I love having these little remembrances
of them and their love. <3


Peanut follows me back....


I might paint these frames, 
what do you think? 

Shabby Chic white? 


Now I have a pretty place to keep all those 
lovely invitations, thank you cards, 
and other sweet things too pretty to hide away. 


I hope this inspires you to give your message 
boards a pretty upgrade. 

Just a little paint, a few tacks and buttons, 
and you can turn that Plain Jane cork board
into a stylish faux concrete message center. 



xoxo

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