Saturday, April 30, 2011

Taking Solace In The Garden


This Morning's Harvest from the Garden...


















I've been dealing with some significant health crisis within the immediate Family, including my own health taking a downturn, so it has been a challenging time and I have been taking Solace in the Garden.  There is just something about a Garden that soothes the Spirit and connects you to the cycle of Life in a very positive and enriching way, even during Life's Storms. I Love sinking my hands in the soil and tending to the Flowers and Veggies... taking in the intoxicating scent of the fresh Herbs... and Harvesting what it all brings forth so generously.

Though I know absolutely nothing about Vegetable Gardening, a couple of years ago I put in a Veggie and Herb Garden, planted a few Citrus Trees and have just seen what happens each Season.  Thankfully, with very little help from me and in spite of an unforgiving and often harsh Desert climate and my ignorance of not knowing what I'm doing or what or when I should be planting or how to properly care for and cultivate the plants... they have cooperated and many have in fact thrived and given a bountiful Harvest.  It's quite a thrill to throw some seeds on the dirt and watch the Magic happen and reap the rewards of the generosity of Mother Nature doing her thing.  There have been some casualties and no-shows, but overall what I've sowed I've reaped in due time.

  I love going out each Morning and picking fresh foods and Herbs to make my Salads with for the day... and enjoying the other non-edible plants that are flowering so abundantly throughout Spring.  I've been surprised to see the wonderful Flowers that many of the Veggies and Herbs bring forth if you allow them to Flower and then set Seed.  I've actually got Lettuce coming up in the strangest of places that I never planted them but that the Wind has obviously carried them to and they've bloomed where they were scattered and planted!!!  Who knew that the delicate Lettuces were so very hardy that even when us humans aren't paying attention they will still show out and grow well enough to Harvest in their quirky locations!  Though my Tomatoes grown from Seed are thriving I'm thoroughly enjoying a new addition this Season, the Porch Tomato in a hanging basket... it's going bananas with Cherry Tomato production!

Yes, taking Solace in the Garden has been a welcome distraction from some of the Trials of Life... which is an added benefit and Blessing that I never quite expected when I decided to enlarge my Horizons and try something new in the Gardening Realm...

May whatever new venture you are stepping out in enrich, benefit and Bless you abundantly in ways you never expected or Dreamed...  Dawn... The Bohemian  

The Rose


This simple Rose comes with a Story... one that choked me up in fact...


You see there's a little Boy in our neighborhood that has been quite the Rascal and he can be quite destructive and light-fingered... we've had more than our fair share of troubles and frustrations with him. Yet I have always tried to remember that he is just a very little Boy and such a Ragamuffin that it has touched my Heart and I've tried to extend him Grace and patience each time he vandalized my Garden or liberated something of ours from the property that didn't belong to him and was too much of a temptation for a child of the tender age of only four to resist.  Talks with his Family were futile and in vain... Children tend to learn what they live... and not all are Blessed with the best foundation to build upon, so pieces can be missing from their puzzle and experiences of Life... 


This afternoon  I was out in my Garden with the front Gate open and he came running by, with his dirty precious little face and ill fitting clothes and that huge Smile he always wears... clutching a Rose in his chubby little fist.  "Look!" he shouts, beaming from ear to ear, "I have a Rose!"  I smiled back...

"Oh how lovely... are you going to give it to Mummy?" I replied.

He shook his head No... and before I knew it he had run up to me and presented me with his Gift, lifting it up to me with the biggest and brightest Grin and sheer Joy that Giving from the Heart always brings!!!  I could barely get the words out to Thank him for the big lump in my throat and tears in my eyes.

Yes, I knew that from the direction he had been running from he had very likely liberated this Rose from the Rose bushes beside a business at the end of our Street *winks*... but I do believe that the Lord knows the Heart of a person... and this precious little Rascally Angel has a Heart of Gold that melted this Gramma's Heart today... and his Gift was very Special indeed... an unexpected confirmation that all of the Grace and patience extended to others never comes back void.

Dawn... The Bohemian   

We may not be able to right all the wrongs in the World... but Love in Action speaks volumes to those it is extended towards and each of us can make a difference in our own small ways.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Some Random Loves For Vintage Inspiration & Photo Feature Friday


Today's Post will just take you on a visual Tour of some of the random things I Love and which provide endless Inspiration for me, not just on Fridays *winks*, but every day...

Junk, pure & simple, other people's trash & discards are very often my Found Treasures...

And theres...


Cloches and Old Rosaries...


Vintage Persian Carpets...


Vintage Metal Filigree, Lotions & Potions...


Angels and Vintage Doorknobs...


Fountains...



And Carnivals...


Historic Landmarks...


Watching the Children of my BFF's grow up & have Families of their own...


Butterflies...


And Grand Old Victorians being lovingly restored...


Old Doors...


Antique Needlepoint...


My Garden in Bloom...


Old Silver...


Italian Tole Chandies & Vintage Seltzer Bottles...


Feedsack Pillows...


French Enamel Body Pitchers...


Cats, Architectural Salvage & Old Stained Glass Windows


Morrocan Tea Glasses...


How Children can fall asleep anywhere, anytime, whilst doing anything...


Spending time with the Lord...


Old Columns & Candelabras...


Religious Statuaries...


Victorian Ceiling Tin...


French Bistro Chairs, Footlockers & Old Western Paraphernalia...


Rust and the objects it has given it's unique patina to...


Vintage Dress Forms...


Sleeping Babies...


Art depicting Sleeping Babies...


Anything Mardi Gras...


Old Suitcases & Spiritual Art...


Upcycled Fashions...


Greenery & Vintage Patio/Motel Furniture...


Modest Crystal Chandies...


And Over-The-Top Crystal Chandies...


And how Crystals refract Light and change Colors...


Peacock Feathers & Icons...


Velvet & Lace...


Carpetbags *This lovely one created by Shelly Session*


And of coarse, Bohemian Bling...

Yes my Loves are many and varied... this is merely a "Short List" of just some of the things I Love and makes my Heart sing... what are some of YOURS my Friends???

May you always be surrounded by those you Love and what you Love...

And why don't you join us to share some of what you Love at the Blog Party over at Debra's COMMON GROUND for Vintage Inspiration Friday!?



And for those of you who love Photography and learning more about how to take better pictures for your Blogs, join us over at A ROSY NOTE for Photo Feature Friday, this week's suggested Theme or Challenge was PINK... I'm still perfecting 'The Close-Up' using my inexpensive little point and shoot digital camera... it's coming along though and I'm enjoying the results, though I was conflicted on which close-up to use and finally settled on the Velvet Roses of a fav Top made by my Friend Angela of RARE EARTH DESIGNS. My amateur tip is to just take several stills until you're happy with the results and then delete from your Memory Card what you don't need and won't use... I still have some trouble with close-ups being blurry because I don't have a professional grade camera... but I SO Love close-ups so I'm determined to get some good ones to share here in the Land Of Blog! *winks* 


Dawn... The Bohemian

*Many of today's Photos were taken at RUST & ROSES and SAGE... Persian Carpet & Morrocan Tea Glass Images cribbed from E-Bay Auctions*

A life touched by God always ends in touching others. - Erwin McManus

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. - Og Mandino (1923-1996)

For creativity to flourish one should try to look at everything as though it were being seen for the first or the last time. - Quote from "A Thousand Paths To Creativity" by David Baird

Is what I'm about to say an improvement on silence? ~ Galen Pearl