Monday, July 28, 2008

to scroll thru my garden is in the early morning hours when the world is still quiet; not even the bees are awake yet. I am at my happiest when I'm amongst nature, it gives me a sense of calm and serenity. If only every minute of the day could be this peaceful...



As women and caretakers, we sometimes forget to recharge our spirits and savor a quiet time for ourselves. It helps us to be better mothers, wifes and friends if only to sit and take a few moments out of our busy day to nurture our inner being..Be good to yourselves today my sweet friends and wishing you find comfort in your sweet spot...

I hope you will enjoy my flower garden as much as I do...
My husband Mark has found his sweet spot and nurtures and furfills his love of gardening... What is your sweet spot?




Is it a bird or an insect???

Mark and I have been observing an unusually visitor in our flower garden. It looked like a hummingbird and hovered like one but had antennas and characterists of an insect... It must be a baby hummingbird, so I thought.. Wrong- Mystery solved after goggling everything and anything under the sun -It's called a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth.. Beautiful isn't it?


This is a beautiful story sent to me by my dear friend Muriel that I would like to share with you. Enjoy!

Two Horses;

There is a field, with two horses in it.
From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing. Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him .
This alone is amazing.If you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to the horse's halter is a small bell.. It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.

As you stand and watch these two horses, you'll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting that he will not be led astray. When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, it stops occasionally and looks back, making sure that the blind friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.
Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way....Good f riends are like that... you may not always see them, but you know they are always there. Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours.And remember...be kinder than necessary-everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.Live simply,Love generously,Care deeply, Speak kindly....Leave the rest to God...


Happy Summer days my sweet blog friends, xoxo, Jo-Anne

51 comments:

TattingChic said...

What a lovely post. I love the beautiful garden pictures and the story of the two horses. I think it is true that God helps us find our way through different means, thank you for the story!

Mo said...

Your garden is just breath taking! I can see why you enjoy your morning strolls.

Lallee said...

What a beautiful analogy of the bell and leading or following. One of our cats lost his site last week. It's been amazing to watch his adaptation along with our other pets. God has lessons in everything. Thank you for the stroll in your beautiful garden.

~Lallee

Pink Slippers said...

That is a beautiful garden. It is true about enjoying the beauty of quietness. We all need it and that is where God loves to meet us. In our sweet spot. I am so happy for you that your husband loves to garden. It truly is special because some husbands don't even participate in the life at home. I will be sharing the story of the horses at my Mommy bible study, everyone should hear that one. Enjoy your day too. Hugs.

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for such a beautiful and inspiring post.

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh Jo-Ann, you live in a beautiful dream! I could just look at these pictures all day, *sigh* :)
Hugs,
Amy

...med tiden som hjälp-Linda said...

I agree with you. Morning, that is the best time to find peace in the garden. //Linda

Cottage Rose said...

What a lovely garden you have. It looks so peaceful and what a great place to renew your self. Thank you so much for the inspiring story. My the Lord Bless you and your family.

Hugs;
Alaura

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Perfection!


M ^..^

Lace & Lures said...

You have been a source of inspiration and encouragement to me ever since I found your website through Romantic Homes.
I even bought that darling Victorian Rocker. Remember?
I'll be listening for your bell. I love the picture paths you lead me to.
They are all just beautiful.
Hugs
Becky from Laceandlures.blogspot.com

Kristin said...

ohh my, I am in love with your garden..it brings peace to me just through the pictures..but I have to tell you, I honestly have the chills and my eyes are all teary from the horse story..its so touching..wonderful blog post!!

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Jo ~ thank you for such a beautiful, inspiring post. It was just what I needed today! Have a lovely evening and tomorrow morning...in your garden. ~Stacy~ xo

Fredrika said...

My good, such beautiful pictures! So much inspiration, thanks!!!!
/Fredrika

Anonymous said...

Oh Joanne, your garden is just breathtaking.It is so beautiful,and the story about the horses really touched my heart.I love checking on your blog. It is so inspiring,the flowers the colors,the way you describe everything.You should have been a writer, (among other things.) Take care joanne Love Aunt Rita (cape breton.)

A Romantic Porch said...

Your garden is beautiful. I enjoyed my stroll through it immensely. The horse story is very touching. Thank you for ringing your bell today, sweet friend. xo rachel

Tracie~MPMaison said...

Dear Jo,
What a beautiful, heart-felt post.

I have been meaning to visit you, but have been caught up trying to complete my to-do list. Thank you for the reminder about the sweet spot. We all need to remember!

Your husband, Mark has done a beautiful job with the garden. It is lovely beyond words. I could sit and look at the beautiful photos all day.

And... thank you so very much. The sharing of the horses truly touched my heart and my soul. I will indeed listen for your bell, sweet friend. I will come back and read this post again, I can guarantee that whole-heartedly.
xoxo~Tracie

Couture de Papier said...

Good Morning Jo-Anne what a beautiful story brought me to tears and I did not end up here by 'accident' this AM.I really needed this reminder.Your photos are so professional and your garden is fairy magical.I love bees and nature esp. this time of year! I hope when you visit the new shop in Hull,you can check out my 'Bliss' Marie Antoinette shoe.The toe is embellished with a crown from Katie's Cottage,I knew it was perfect when I saw it in her shop.Enjoy and thank you so much for the lovely heart felt story!

Suzy said...

I feel in love with you garden from the first time I saw the photos. I believe that this is the exact way an cottage garden should look like. You have fund a truly a great spot.
I don't have a garden unfortunately, otherwise I wouldn't come in at all. I like nature and I also agree that such a garden can bring you a lot of peace and serenity. And aren't we all on a big quest for peace and serenity. At least I am, so I am planing to make my spot on my terrace.
Great story of the two horses.

Enjoy your weekend. Suzy

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Your garden is like a beautiful dream.....
It makes me feel more peaceful just looking at the photographs of it......
Thank you for sharing!
:)

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

What a sweet story about the two horses and your garden is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
Hugs~Kelly

Enchanted Treasures said...

Hi Jo! Love this beautiful post, your new look and the horse story. A gentle reminder of God's goodness through friends in our lives. Thanks!
xo Roberta

Marie Antionette said...

How beautiful.Animals are amaging.I have many.So I know the close they get to each other.My peacocks are always staying in touch with each other.Your post was wonderful. Marie Antionette

Broken China Treasures said...

Your garden is breathtaking! I would get up early every morning if I knew that was waiting to greet me.

Thank you for sharing the beautiful story of the horses.

~~ Tanya

Tutti Chic said...

Beautiful words Jo & an amazing garden this year! totally enjoyed this post~it was inspiring! xo chris

emily said...

What a great, and blog! I just came across your beautiful blog! I would love to stroll through your garden!

emily

Sea Angels said...

I am completley enchanted, it is so very beautiful, you have taken my breath away.
Hugs Lynn xx

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

Hi Jo-anne,
your garden is beautiful!!
sorry I didnt get to meet you when I was up your way. I did make it to the cape and the beautiful store you talked about.
I have someething for you on my blog you might want to check it out.
smiles,
Sandy

Life With Laura said...

Hi JoAnne!

Your blog is as beautiful as you are.:-) How are you? I hope you are doing well. I agree with you wholeheartedly when it comes to quiet. If I had a garden like yours I would be in it all the time too. So glad I stopped by.
XO
Janet
Janet's Creative Pillows

Cathy said...

Your garden is spectacular. I haven't even been able to take photos of mine because it has rained so much here in Wilmington. I wish it would just stop for one day.

Thank you for sharing your gorgeous garden.

xo Cathy

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

I can just relax and read a book...
Hugs,
Mo :-)

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Your garden is magical!! Spending time in a beautiful garden is one of my favorite things- especially early in the morning!!
Michelle

Carol at Clutter Bug Studio said...

What a most beautiful garden. Oh to be able to find a special spot there in the garden............

Jannet said...

Hello. What a beautiful Post. Your garden is gorgeous!! I love quiet mornings in my garden too!! and agree with you, we should take the time to recharge sometimes, we need it!!
Thanks for sharing, Have a wonderful day, Jannet

vintagebella ~ andrea said...

Hello~ Your garden is very beautiful~I wish I had more time to have one of my own..I just have a few roses and plants here and there..

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I had a hummingbird moth in my garden last year, it was such fun to watch. I keep waiting for its return this year...

info said...

I visit your blog often as it is so beautiful and ALWAYS inspiring!! I love to hear you talk about your boys as I have two young boys myself and interesting to see how you mix such feminine style with three men in the house! I love animals and have quite a few at my house, so the horse story was oh so touching...animals are just amazing the way they can cope. Thanks for sharing such a moving story and I, too, will be passing this story along to church and friends!

Gina said...

A very inspiring post, in so many ways. Thank you for sharing your lovely garden with us and your heart.

Barbara Jacksier said...

Your garden is simply exquisite! And I', so excited to discover a creature, a hummingbird moth, that I never knew existed. Thank you so much.

Barbara Jacksier said...

Your garden is simply exquisite! And I', so excited to discover a creature, a hummingbird moth, that I never knew existed. Thank you so much.

Suzy said...

Just stopped to say hello and to wish you a wonderful week.

Suzy

Marie Antionette said...

Stop by to thank you for your visit to my blog.Your comments are most appreciated.I admire your work very much.Hugs Marie Antionette

Anonymous said...

That strange little thing is called a Humming-bird Moth. Two in one!!!

Ellenay Designs said...

I absolutely love your garden! It's so romantic and gorgeous. I would live there! The post about the horses got me choked up. thank you for such a sweet story and a beautiful example of God's love for us.
xo

LaundryBasketCase said...

Hi Jo-Anne , thankd for stopping by and leaving me a comment! You have a lovely blog! Your garden is magical! I find peace when I am creating something with my hands, such as sewing or quilting, I'm still new to gardening, but hoping to learn more soon.

Lovely blog! I will add you to my favourites.

Couture de Papier said...

Thank you for the lovely labels and cards so sweet! I carry some in my bag! Congrats on selling your painted furniture! I know how much hard work that medium is!
I will put your blog on top of my blogroll.I like to support local artisans.
xxoo Denise

Couture de Papier said...

Thank you for the idea for Halloween!this will be the first time I have had kids come to the door where I live! I do not have any children so this will be fun!!
Blessings Denise

Kristin Green said...

your blog is so adorable! I love it!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

It's always refreshing to my spirit to visit you, sweetie. I love your garden, you and I are blessed with husbands who love to garden and make our surroundings beautiful. The perfect spot for early morning devotion time.
Wishing you a lovely week,
xo Lidy

Alice W. said...

Your gardens are truly delightful!

Antique Therapy said...

Hi Joanne,
I found you through Sadie's blog. Loved the feature you did on her. She mentioned you are from Boston. I am too!! I recently set up at the Brimfield Antique show. It was so much fun, and we met the Shabby queen herself Rachel Ashwell. She came into our booth and bought three things!!! We were giddy all day after that. If you do live in the Boston area I wanted to mention to you that we are having a shop the block open house in Concord MA next Thurs Sept 18 from 10-8pm. There are four other antiques shops participating. We will have prizes and refreshments as well. I myself am in North Bridge Antiques. I am all the way in the back in a tiny room. My business name is called Antique Therapy I have a blog as well called antiquetherapy.com. If you do live in the area I would love to meet you. By the way your site is amazing!! LOve the layout and details. Thanks for the inspiration. Keri

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What do you say about this idea, my fellow bloggers?.