Saturday, July 4, 2009

TODAY'S FLOWERS

My thanks to David over at Authorblog for including me in his Post of the Day.

This afternoon we stopped off at Cabell's Mill which is across the road from Walney Pond. The Mill was built in 1785 and was purchased in 1935 by David and Ellanor Lawrence. The Lawrences transformed the old mill into a reception hall and hosted many Washington notables which included Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

There was a wedding reception going on as we walked around the grounds and we took several photos of flowers. Some of the flowers had visitors which is always a nice bonus.






We crossed the road to the pond. It was lovely but a bit too warm for me. No beaver or groundhogs today. I think they were hiding from all the people, and at one point a car alarm went off scaring away any further hopes of me taking animal pictures, except maybe of one or two dogs. Usually it is very quiet but this was after all the 4th of July. The gazebo had a party, the barbecue was in full use, children were running around excitedly enjoying their freedom and so were the dogs, even though they were on very long leashes, and the beavers and groundhogs were burrowing deeper into their dens.



(Back across the road at the Mill a recording of Elvis Presley was floating through the air as he was heard singing The First Dance). I chatted with a young boy who had found a large frog at the water's edge. He was trying to capture it in a bucket. When I bent down to take a picture of it before it disappeared under the wooden path, I had a vision of me falling into the water head first, and that might have looked a funny sight to some but I wouldn't have enjoyed it. The little boy left without his frog and I left without my photo. I was glad for the frog's escape from the bucket. I was also glad to go home as it was getting very muggy and I was feeling a bit light-headed. Heat I can take, humidity I can't. I wish I wasn't such a wimp about it but that hasn't changed since that first summer in America all those years ago.


We spent our 4th of July quietly for the first time in several years. Gregg's Dad and his wife are visiting his brothers and sisters in North Dakota, and our son is on his honeymoon. Our niece and her young man left last Tuesday. Even though they are all missed, our day was beautiful and after all the excitement of our son's wedding we are now coming back to earth and things are returning to normal.


Gregg wanted to visit his Mom at Arlington Cemetery and so we got up early and were there by 8.30 a.m. We had brought roses which we placed on her grave. We miss her though it was not a time for sadness but one of warm reflection. Our memories went back to all the other 4th of July celebrations we shared with her and they were very happy times. One more stop to visit the grave of other friends and we were on our way to our son and daughter-in-law's apartment to see if we had missed any maildrops. We had and we took their mail upstairs. After a few minutes of rest we left for home.


It was a special day in so many ways, because also today was my first 4th of July as an American Citizen. When we got back home Gregg took a picture of me standing underneath the flag hanging over our front door. I think I was grinning like a Cheshire Cat. I took my Citizenship test last September and when I think of that day, well that grin just spreads from ear to ear.


Getting back to where I started this post off, after a couple of hours rest at home we found ourselves wanting to walk around another favorite spot, one that we have frequented regularly as you've probably noticed from previous posts perhaps. Here we are at Walney Pond again. There are plenty of bright red berries around to attract the birds but even they are hiding. We decided to leave them until another day. Elvis Presley was still singing at the wedding reception and Gregg and I wished the newlyweds over at the Mill a long and happy life together. Hard to believe that a week ago today we were celebrating our own son's wedding to his new bride. The past week has gone by so fast and I feel like I have been sleeping for most of it, but then I don't feel so bad as Gregg has been a wee bit tired as well. I will have some wedding photos to share in my next post.


TODAY’S FLOWER’S is a wonderful meme created by Luiz Santilli Jr. and is managed by Luiz, Laerte Pupo, Valkyrien and me. You can find great flowers and also share your own by clicking on the button below. The link opens every Sunday.



75 comments:

Ebie said...

A beautiful post. Enjoyed the flowers, and how you spent the 4th.
BTW, I always forget to mention, you have a lovely photo! Enjoy a peaceful week.

diane said...

Sounds like things are getting back to normal in your household.I really enjoyed your post today and the photos are great. I find it hard to catch the "Todays Flowers" meme open. It opens after I've gone to bed and then it is too late when I get up on Monday.Thats all because we are ahead in time.

Abe Lincoln said...

I enjoyed the tour. The house is memorable. No wonder our royalty have visited. I wonder if Bush visited? Probably not. Anyway, the Purple Cone Flowers are lovely and the bees on them are typical of what we see here now. They are the most visited flowers we have. Butterflies -- birds later for the seeds -- insects of all kinds are on them from daylight to dark.

Juliana RW said...

Beautiful flowers. 2nd & 3rd is my fav ;)

My entry this week : in HERE. I hope you have time to visit. Thanks

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Denise: What a neat look at the flowers of that area. Thanks so much for sharing them.

Michele said...

Ah yes... beautiful post... how bright and yummy those raspberries look!!

Take care and rest up!

tricia said...

Love the flowers and the old building is just beautiful. It is so nice to have you back Denise.

Roy said...

Really great macro shots Denise.

ShySongbird said...

What beautiful photos, the first one of the bee is stunning! I also loved the Cone flowers.

Gill - That British Woman said...

what wonderful photos, and great narrative. Love your header photo also.....

Gill

Bogart said...

woof denise!
all your flowers sing so well!

Melita said...

Hello Denise,
Since I love white flowers is the white my favourite and the one above it too ! Today´s Flowers surely is a wonderful idea !

Carletta said...

Some really beautiful shots here. Your words flowed easily. I enjoyed reading your 'reflections.'

Hope your Sunday is full of color!

My post is here: Carletta’s Captures.

VALKYRIEN said...

Hello Denise! I simply love those visiters on the flowers! And the third last photo is exquisite! All are beautiful - but that one captured my heart! Lovely!

And the house looks interesting!

Have a nice day!

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

WOW! I was just reading your introduction, about when you moved to the US and when your son was born.... and then straight into a post that mentions he just got married! WOW! I hope you have all had a great time with the celebrations! Thanks for visiting my blog and the nice things you said! We haven't been to Devon yet- well only a bit, when we went to the New Forest the other year for a few days. We haven't decided where to go this summer yet though!

You take really brilliant photo's!!

:@}

MedaM said...

I enjoyed both looking at all these beautiful photos and reading your words; happy and sad at the same time, but that is life. Cone flowers are really lovely and a bee photo is just great. Raspberries are so inviting. This post is wonderful, indeed.

Sharon said...

Beautiful shots...every one of them!

Carver said...

I enjoyed this post so much. Beautiful photography of a lovely garden and also a thoughtful written piece.

Patty said...

Sounds like you and hubby had a perfect day. Nice to spend a day relaxing. Again congratulations on becoming a citizen of the good ole USA. With all of our faults, it's still the best place around.

Arija said...

I do love your Bumble bees, in Australia we don't have any. It is always nice to see old childhood friends.

ChrisC said...

What a beautiful post about a beautiful place!Your photos are grand!

Tabib said...

Great flowers series!.
The flowers with bees are my favorite.

twobarkingdogs said...

Hi neighbor! Great photos, thanks for sharing.

OldLady said...

Hi,
Your writing is so nice with all these flowers, insects and little fruits.
The white flover, what a beauty.

Tammie Lee said...

Lovely post of flowers, berries and critters!

Viola said...

Thank you for your comments on my site :) Beautiful photos you have got here in your post! :) I had to laugh a little when you wrote you could have fall in the water!! Take care next time! And for your camera as well ;)

Sandra said...

These are gorgeous - I can't pick any favorite, they are all great! Thank you for your visit and greetings from Croatia.

SquirrelQueen said...

Very beautiful photos and a wonderful story. I love all of your photos but the ones with bees are by far my favorites.
Have a wonderful day,
Judy

Regina said...

So beautiful and perfect.
Have a great week.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

What a lovely post Denise. Thank you for sharing your 4 July with us and showing such lovely flowers. Sounds are though you are very relaxed now since the hectic lead-up to the wedding. A x

Island Rambles Blog said...

I really enjoyed this posting so much ....and the photos are stunners...the cone flowers is the best I think...the old house is amazing...sounds like you are busy..cheers.

SandyCarlson said...

These are stunning. I am glad you got these. Those are welcome visitors.

david mcmahon said...

Some beautiful shots and a great narration, Denise.

RuneE said...

I fell straight for those berries!

i beati said...

coneflowers have such lastability

Naturegirl said...

Denise your flowers and photos are an absolute delight!Love seeing bugs n blooms!smiling NG

April said...

I love the pictures with the bees and the Echinacea which also grows in my garden and blooms in late August. Wonderful post!

Tulip said...

lovely flowers in your garden, i love the red flower or something like a fruit. happy monday.

Bim said...

I love your flower series - even though I can only name the Echinaceas :)
The pretty start-shaped ones I've never seen before.
The big flower from my blog is a hollyhock - as I've been told by well informed visitors.

Pacey said...

Wow, all are so lovely and interesting storry that goes with the photos. Love the visitors too.

nonizamboni said...

Lovely 'travel log' but the magnolia blossom really made me smile-BIG.
Happy new week!

Rosamaria said...

I just loved all your photos, Denise!

Good week for you and thanks for your comment.

Ladynred said...

I love all the flowers and its visitors.Thank you for the lovely tour.

Tom said...

Hello from Hyde, Cheshire.
I found your writing as pleasing as your pictures.. I'm sure our paths will cross again in blog land again soon...

Tom
Fuchsia & Raindrops

Grace and Bradley said...

These are beautiful flowers and beautiful photographs. I also enjoy to go with you through your peaceful daily life. Thanks for sharing.

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Denise

Wonderful photos!
You are a great photographer!
Thanks my friend for these beauty!
Have a nice week.

Luiz

Raghu Menon said...

Beautiful flowers...

auringonkukka :) said...

thank you once visited a village home pages, and here is a beautiful image:)

have a nice week :)

napaboaniya said...

Beautiful, the bees were too having a feast at the wedding reception :)

Mitr - Friend said...

Wow Denise, great pics... Happy to have found your blog... :) U've a great blog... :)

Mitr - Friend said...

Hey, when time permits drop into my blog too (www.flutteringandwandering.blogspot.com)...

Lara said...

wonderful captures! the insects are also amazing on the beautiful flowers!

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for sharing your thought and experiences! I hope that you have cooler weather now! We had two weeks of heatwave until yesterday and then it started to rain and at the same time there was a heavy thunderstorm, which I really hate since my house was hit by lightning some years ago. The rain though was good!

Margaret Cloud said...

This was a well written post, enjoyed reading it very much and the pictures of the flowers were beautiful. Looks like you had a good time, thank you for coming by, have a great week.

The Birdlady said...

This is a beautiful post, Denise. The coneflower is perfect - all the others are lovely as well. Cabel's Mill is a real jewel, isn't it? My daughter is a portrait photographer, and she often uses it as her "studio." I;m so glad the wedding went well, and I'm anxious to see the pix.

Euroangel said...

wow a lot of beautiful flowers here...thanks for sharing Denise...take care and have a great day!

VALKYRIEN said...

Had to visit again, and congratulate you with being mentioned on Post Of The Day! :)

mimi said...

what a beautiful flowers i love the cute white flower so dainty and beautiful

Brian Miller said...

lovely story and pics! the insects seem to love them too. smiles. great 4th memories. can only image what it was like at Arlington. congrats on the POTD mention.

Moannie said...

Congratulations on becoming a US citizen AND getting an honourable mention on authorblog.

Gorgeous pictures.

imac said...

Great shots, and congrats for Davids POTD

A Brit in Tennessee said...

What a lovely old house. The flowers and little bug hosts are amazing, you can see right through their wings !
I always feel as though I've had a day out when I visit your blog, such wonderful pictures, relaxing, and absolutely as perfect a shot, as one can take.
Thanks Denise.

Cheffie-Mom said...

Beautiful photos! Congrats on the Post of the Day mention from authorblog!

Tricia said...

very very very pretty! they're all very pretty, but i love that 6th photo... it's gorgeous!

Craver Vii said...

Congratulations on your citizenship! Nicely done with the pics, too!

jeannette stgermain said...

Wow, Denise your blog is really taking off! I love the flowers, especially the first one. Do you have a makro lens to get the bee so big on there?
Bytheway, someone commented on my blog of today (flowers of high altitudes) and it disappeared in the process of comment moderation - so I'm huntong for the author. (The name started with a D. I'm curious - if it's you, would you be so kind to comment again? Thanks!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Lovely post, Denise. How nice you spent a quite 4th of July. Pretty cone flowers!

Barbara said...

Just Gorgous!!!!! All of them.
Have a great week. Smiles Barbara

2sweetnsaxy said...

What a wonderful post. The flowers are beautiful and the shots are magnificent! It was nice reading how you spent your 4th. I remember the post about you becoming a citizen, something those of us born here tend to take for granted sometimes, I think.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

What a beautiful account Denise! Amazing flowers as well and sure the visitors are wonderful bonus.

My world has more photos of the main event mentioned in my main blog and thank you for all your wonderful visit and comments.

Kitty said...

Such beautiful, delicate macros - I love the first of the bee. And I see the berries are already ripening in your part of the world; we'll have to wait until september before we can pick ours :)

Eve said...

Hi Denise. Great story to go with your fab photos. The purple coneflowers with the black background is top notch!!!

mommanator said...

Thanks for the beautiful post, love the flowers and the warm description of it all, I felt as thopugh I was there with you.
Congrats new citizen!

J said...

Wow, those are some awesome flower shots! Just out of interest (sorry I'm being very nosy) why did you become an American citizen after living/being married to an American for so long. I hope the gist of that question makes sense!

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