Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Nature is a wonderful thing

 Hello dear friends, I hope that you are having a lovely week.
Here are a few pictures taken today around my house and garden.

As our summer is winding down, there have been little hints that Autumn is on its way,  with the temperatures dropping a little and some of the leaves on the trees are turning  a beautiful rusty golden colour.

Marigolds always make a pretty show

The Monarch butterfly had come down to land.

A sound synonymous with summer,  are the Cicadas.
I am amazed at how loud and shrill their song resounds in the big outdoors all day and even into the night when the bedroom windows are open.
The little apple tree my Father gave us,  produced five juicy, crisp apples this year,  so was a surprise after the last year only reaping one. 

 How strange that Nature does not knock and yet does not intrude
~ Emily Dickinson, letter to Mrs J. S. Cooper 1880

Enjoy the rest of the week


  1. Hi Carolyn!
    Having a very enjoyable day when our temps are in low 80s. The weather will chill some in a few days....i just know it. Warm for this time of year in Kansas.

    Your pics are lovely and i like the quote.

    God bless,

  2. Lovely post, Carolyn!

    We are finally getting some much needed rain.

    Our birch trees are starting to get leaves, Spring is around the corner here.

    I'm having a difficult time typing this as Sophie has her muzzle on my keyboard. She sends boxer kisses, LOL


  3. Yes, Carolyn, Nature is such a wonderful thing. As you wind down and approach Fall, we are seeing our first warm weather. 70 degrees F. today! Not since 1946 was it that warm on March 13! Your pictures are lovely, and I know you are enjoying all the beauty of your season. Those apples!
    Thanks so much for your visit. I know we would have a ball in Paris photographing together!! And in a château, too! Maybe next summer!

  4. Hi Carolyn,

    Such a pretty post - love it. Beautiful pictures, love those flowers. I love the smell of marigolds.:)

    I've been working in my yard the past few days, just about have it all cleaned up from the winter. Always nice to see the flowers poking through the dirt.

    Love the apple tree. I wish I had one.:)

    Have a great rest of the week!


  5. Hello Carolyn...
    I am so happy to hear of the new little edition to your family. Wishing the family much joy with their brand new bundle.
    I love your photos...I am fond of marigolds too. They are pretty and last into the fall. Oh, your little apples are adorable. You must be thrilled that your tree is thriving. Your Dad is nurturing it!

    Enjoy your week!
    Hugs, Nancy xo

  6. Dearest Carolyn,

    What a joy to reap summer's bounty and having five apples in memory of your Father!
    My nephew is doing his intern in Alexandra, New Zealand so I have now a family member near you. He started his 5-month period in February.
    Love to you and enjoy your beautiful autumn days.

  7. Dearest Carolyn,
    what a wonderful post and lovely pictures! Thank you for sharing with us!
    have a happy week and take care my friend! hope your caugh is getting better!
    Sending love and hugs

  8. It´s interesting to read about life "on the other side".

    Have a lovley day!

  9. Lovely photos Carolyn! The apples look delicious:) Hope you are having a good week!:)

  10. Hi Carolyn !
    Lovely post and pictures .
    I'm so happy to hear of the new
    little edition to your family ♥
    Happiness your week,

  11. Thanks for the birthday wishes ... we are still getting some gorgeous summery weather here - even out on the deck tonight it was so hot!

  12. Oh what a gorgeous quote!!!!! HELLO THERE DEAREST! And for us, spring is SPRINGING up quickly and at an early rate for us! ENJOY your change of seasons my friend! Anita

  13. Hoping you're all enjoying a lovely week in lovely NZ!


    XOXO Lola & Nora:)

  14. Your Hydrangeas look like mine with their Autumn colour. We haven't got many coloured leaves yet, Just a few yellow ones on the crab apple.
    You have a lovely post.

  15. Dear Carolyn, That happened to my apple tree also. But the year after that, it had so much fruit, it could almost bear it! Remember to cut the branches a bit early spring. Hope your day is lovely!


  16. Hello Carolyn, I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit. I hope you don't mind but I think I'll browse through your bloggy home a little longer.
    Glad to hear about your apple tree. Five is good. Five can make a pie, right? ;)
    What a small world and what a blessing to be able to connect so easily across the miles. There you are about to welcome autumn, and here I am about to welcome spring. :) Pssst, don't tell spring, but autumn is my favorite. ;)
    Much love.

  17. Have a nice week dear Carolyn...
    Best regards from France,


  18. Beautiful pictures!I love the nature as well,would love to live somewhere close to the beach and then I could swim every day:)hopefully it will happen one day.

  19. We don't have cicadas in Scotland but I remember them singing when I lived in Malawi

  20. Such a beautiful butterfly Carolyn. We don't have them like that in Holland!

    Happy day,

    Madelief x

  21. Pretty pictures Carolyn!
    It's hard to believe you are thinking of Fall while we are yearning for Spring - our topsy-turvy world always surprises me...

  22. That is so exciting Carolyn that your little tree had fruit this year! By next year you may even be able to make some sauce! Our snow is melting fast here and it has me all aflutter.
    Have a wonderful Thursday sweetie.

  23. omg your house has a very lovely environment! it must feels so good staying at home for hours ;D <3

  24. Your pictures of nature are very lovely, Carolyn, makes me crave Spring and the popping of my Spring flowers more =)
    Wishing you a most wonderful weekend ahead xx

  25. Ah! all is well in your world Carolyn ... Autumn is such a soft mellow season with it's ever changing hues ... I love the little vignette looking through your window.
    Have a wonderful week xx

  26. Five apples! Wow! How wonderful that your special tree is thriving.

    We don't have cicadas here, but I remember they were so very loud in Tokyo. Little kids would collect the empty shells in buckets. I actually find myself missing that sound. :)


  27. I love the photos of the apples. It sure brings back memories of having fruit trees when I was growing up. I'm glad we see lots of citrus trees here in Florida. Right now our strawberries are in season. But I know you are looking forward to the end of summer! Enjoy your day, my friend! ♥

  28. Hi Carolyn, The pics around your home are lovely. I bet you are enjoying the change of colors that come with cooler temps for Fall. We are starting to warm up and today near 80 degrees. Everything is in bloom.
    Enjoy your new season and blessings always.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie


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