Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A little from Henny Penny Lane

Dear friends,

Have you visited my playhouse lately?
Why, I have a new broom you haven't seen and two new pillows for the old lawn chairs we had planned to carry to the dump.

The two old chairs stacked together make a neat little place to cool off after working in the garden.
and the little side table, well, my neighbor Ann gave me the little metal base and the granite top came from the Scrap Exchange.

I've been needing a playhouse broom because of the tree we left standing. 

You see, it is a holly tree. Holly trees are much too beautiful to chop down, so the playhouse floor was built around the trunk of the tree. See it in the picture?

Only problem with holly trees...in early spring when the other trees are turning green and beautiful, the holly tree's leaves are turning yellow and falling off. Holly leaves are definitely no fun to walk on.

You are probably thinking, oh no, not more yard pictures...



but, I do have a few. It simply amazes me to look up at how the snowball bush towers above the house and seems to bloom more beautifully every year. We can thank Poppy for that. He bought the bush many years ago and it was he who planted it where it is today.

Yesterday, I did bring out the old yellow push mower, filled it with gas, pulled the cord twice and it started! So mowing has begun for me. Trouble is, thanks to my landscaping...


it's a lot like mowing in a corn maze. I mow sections at a time...pushing and pulling the mower over humps and stumps, footbridges and paths, why, I am always hitting a tree root and the mower motor grinds to a stop which scares me half to death.

The yellow water iris have started to bloom...


These are not the best pictures. I just thought the reflection in the pond was pretty.

I'll be back to show you the iris blooming all around the pond, and more of the teeny tiny garden that I've been working on. I must say, the plants right now are teeny tiny too. 

Appreciate you all so much...and a special thank you to Shug, a new follower.

Love,
Henny



















Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A spring post, and warning to turkeys in the area



Dearest friends,

I have been trying to post a little something for days now and my mind won't be still long enough...

...there are so many spring doings tugging at my heart and pulling me outside. Oh, there are flowers everywhere and butterflies...

...there's a garden to be planted and grass to mow. The tiny hummingbirds are back at my kitchen window looking for the sweet sugar water they have come to depend on every summer...

...so, be warned. The camera has been in my pocket...



I simply love this wild tree which was growing near the dirt path when we bought this little piece of property back in 1989. It has bloomed faithfully every year since.


and another one except this tree has a wild Carolina Jasmine vine growing through the branches. Isn't it pretty!



and another beauty is this wild azalea.
and little Weetie always by my side.

I've got to go feed the animals right now, but will be right back. 

The animals are full and happy. You may want to leave now...the camera was still in my pocket...

and looking up from under the snowball bush again this spring...




see, the grass does need mowing.



and the pink dogwood again...


and again!


and the peonies have buds, and are guarded by Weetie. Talk about the grass!

Well, enough is enough. In other news, it's turkey season and Poppy leaves out early every morning in full camouflage  so the turkeys can't see him...
Hope you all know that I'm pulling for the turkeys.


Eli says, no turkey yet??


but are you sure??

Better get busy. Thank you for looking in and putting up with all the pictures, if you've managed to stay this long. :)

Love,
Henny

Thursday, April 11, 2019


and now, it really does both look and feel like spring...
and even the weeds are pretty. I suppose that's why we are overrun with them. After a long hard winter, if it's green, it stays. There are a few flowers amongst all these weeds...

the cool dark green of spring reminds me of childhood days when Shelby, Jackie, and I would beg mama to let us take our shoes off and go barefoot for the first time. We would beg until she would say, "oh, go ahead, and if you get pneumonia, don't come crying to me". Mama used to say too, about the dark green grass in early spring, "that looks to me like a good place to hide Easter eggs".

the pink dogwood will soon be in full bloom 


Do you plan to dye a basket full of Easter eggs? I do. It's fun, even if there are no small children here, I will enjoy them.




and a funny thing about these tulips...tulips haven't bloomed here in years!


and now we need more tulips!

Sure hope you all haven't deleted me and this silly blog just yet. I promised, after my last post to visit and catch up but...

it started last Friday...that raw feeling in my throat, almost like having swallowed coffee that was too hot. Come Saturday morning I had it all...fever, chills, sore throat, aches and pains. The flu test at urgent care was negative. A virus, the doctor said and prescribed a syrupy liquid that she said would help me feel better.  

Here it is almost Friday again and I am not completely over this mess which now feels like the worst cold I've had in years.



looking up through the trees that are covered in teeny tiny leaf buds...but oh that pollen. It is unbelievably bad this year! 

Thank you friends, for visiting.

Love,
Henny







Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A sunny day last week

Little Weetie Pie standing guard...


All together there were seven bundles of tree limbs and small saplings, Poppy and I cleared from the pond's edge...


Is that a fist or a wave??



So, all this can be added to the natural fence. Poppy recently made the comment, "you must want a fence awfully bad".  Well, I do. 


Do you see Poppy way over there. He was chopping away with a machete.

Anyhow, back at the house, calling for Eli to bring his teddy bear and come in...
come on sweetie, it's lunch time
slow poke!
no, not you, Eli!
Mama said "come on"
hurry, hurry, hurry
GOOD BOY!!

Sorry about the muddy pond water. Hopefully it will clear up soon. Have I mentioned how happy I am that it is SPRING?? Finally, warmer weather! 

But you know what? Yesterday was cold and rainy and windy, all day long. The temperature never got above 39 degrees! and by this morning there was frost on everything, including the peonies, the tulips, the iris...all about to bloom. Makes me sick, but that's nature...and that's North Carolina. 

Oh, thank you for the comments on my last post. Sorry I didn't get back to reply, but to answer one question...

Pilar, how neat that your mother is a Virgo and your sister an Aries, March 27th. Only difference, Lynn is my oldest daughter. She was born in 1963. Andee, my youngest is a Virgo, Sept. 8th and she was born in 1965. 

Love,
Henny

I will be around to visit and once again, catch up!