Sunday, June 5, 2011

White dresses and red roses

It’s late as I write this, having just returned home from a beautiful Graduation ceremony at the school where I’m employed. I haven’t even looked at all the photos I took, but I did work on the main one, the one of the Senior class. The boys wear dark suits and our girls are in white dresses. Each girl is given red presentation roses which only adds to the glamour.

The photo turned out fine, which was really a huge relief for me. I could never be a wedding or event photographer because I wouldn’t be able to cope with the anxiety. I just don’t want that kind of pressure.

Today was beautiful, if not just a little gray, and that was fine with me. The breezes were sweet and we had a little bit of rain last night which wasn’t enough to make a huge difference, but any little bit helps.

 

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My husband suggested we move the hanging baskets from the back porch and put them under the dogwood tree. So I did.

And then he moved everything from the spots I had them in, which I thought looked very fine, as evidenced by the photo above. They’re now in different spots which don’t have the same aesthetic quality, and you all know I strive to be aesthetically correct in all that I do and say.

I’m being sarcastic in case you hadn’t noticed. And I’m not moving the plants again because wherever he wants them is fine with me. A battle over plant placement is just silly, I think.

 

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The garden is going strong. The peas are wonderful and we’re picking bags full of them. Of course, I’m using the term ‘we’ loosely here. The lettuce is done – we had our last salad Friday night and marked the occasion with my husband saying “the lettuce is done”.

He should have been a speech writer.

 

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We have our first morning glory. Crazy early, too. Daryl, eat your heart out.

 

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I stayed in my pajamas and summer robe until well after 9. In fact, I believe I still had my pajamas on and my coffee in hand when I shot these photos this morning.

 

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The corn is getting high. My husband is picking peas on the left there. If it were sunny, he’d have on his Amish straw hat.

Amish is pronounced Ohm-ish. Not Ame-ish. I used to say it the wrong way, and then I moved to Amish country and learned much about them. In fact, one day I was paid a small fortune by a young Amish man who hired me to drive him around to about 8 different places where he got all of his business done in a couple of hours rather than the entire day it would have taken him in his horse and buggy.

He worked for my husband on a horse farm when we lived in Pennsylvania. But enough of that story.

 

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I’ve really got to get some sleep..

Have a great week, all. Thanks for stopping by today ~

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By the way, the birdhouse you saw in the first photo is available at Eldreth Pottery. I received this one as a Christmas gift one year and I love it.

31 comments:

beth said...

we have amish people all around us and i love it....i love their buggies and horses, which we don't see very often anymore it seems....

do you have any hmong people near you ?

and i know that the senior class picture is more than fine....don't make me start throwing pillows at you again !

you garden is fantastic....seriously, you are so lucky the two of you have that together !!

tainterturtles said...

Just like Beth in Southern WI, we too have Amish farms in Northern WI. Their farms are very noticeable.

Love your garden and flower pics.

texwisgirl said...

I say Ahh-mish. I need to say Oh-mish? Lucky for me we have Mennonite communities in our area... :)

Get some rest!

Cloudia said...

the bluest purplest morning glory!

Daryl will love it-




Aloha from Waikiki :)

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missing moments said...

I grew up in Amishland in Iowa ... their handywork ... well... beautiful. Here in Pennsylvania when we did some renovations on our home, we had some Amish carpenters. So reliable!

Peas! Oh, how I love peas. As a kid, I would sit in the garden, shell 'em and eat 'em right there! Still would if I had a garden like yours!

Your photos for graduation ... I bet are perfect!

wayne15575 said...

Love the pictures today Kate, I haven't seen a roll of chicken wire like that in the garden since I was a young man back home....thanks for the memories. Have a great week. See you tomorrow.

Stacey Dawn said...

I'm in awe that your garden is like THAT already...
how cool!

tina said...

I used to work at Eldreth Pottery....love their stuff !!!

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Jen said...

Thank you for sharing. I am from Melbourne Australia and alas, we have no Amish people here that I am aware of...just good ole aussies (most of us anyway). Your place is wonderful. I love the greenery and space you have there.

aladyandhermechanic said...

I went to a small, private Christian school for kindergarten through 8th grade (8th grade was the last grade level at the school). Back in those days our graduation sounded much like your school's. The girls had to wear long white dresses. The boys were wearing Navy blazers, white shirts, red ties, and khaki pants. Each girl was given a long stemmed red rose. The ceremonies had a candlelit portion and everything. They were very beautiful. I recently saw pictures from the graduation this year and I saw they made the switch to cap and gown. It honestly made me sad!

BUSH BABE said...

I covet your veggie garden. And I did NOT know that you pronouced Armish like that. Living and leering and learning!
:-)
BB

BUSH BABE said...

Okay - AMISH not ARMISH. *sigh*

Mental P Mama said...

We wore long white dresses and carried red roses, too. A hundred and fifty years ago it was....

I'm coming down there and rearranging those hanging baskets. It's gonna be fun.

Hilary said...

I am lusting for the morning glory. You are cruel to taunt Daryl........:) and she will still be morning glory ready long before I will in northeast Egypt here.

Mary said...

Ooh, that last picture just speaks to me... simply beautiful! And my morning glories will be blooming in November, at this rate... I am a terrible gardener. I was thinking this morning that I should write a book called "The Lazy Gardener's Guide to Self-Sowers and Invasive Plants"...

But I'm too lazy...
xoxo

Donalyn said...

The Amish have always fascinated me, and we have a surprising number of Amish farms in Upstate NY - many near when Ellyn & Jason live now. I go through spurts of reading about them - right now I am reading a book of essays taken from one of their magazines, all written by Amish people. So interesting.

When our first lettuce crop is done, we plant more - in the shade of taller plants - and keep it going most of the summer. It may be a little cooler up here though. Your garden is miles ahead of ours - and beautiful!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Beautiful pictures.

Just back from being out most of the past 2 weeks.

The dreaded morning glories are beautiful, but are very much unwanted in the yard.

They are too invasive and I've been pulling every one I see up.

sharon said...

you have a husband like mine. After 27 years of marriage you would think that I would get used to him switching around the things I hang up. Now I just let him do it and go on with life...but every so once in a while.... :)

Daryl said...

Ah well, my little window box glories are slowly climbing the intricate system of twine strings ToonMan improvises .. wasnt the weather de-vine this weekend? xo

Bluebird49 said...

I'd love to see the Amish country one day. Hey--maybe I could pick up change as an errand runner for some young (or old) man!
My, how your garden grows--we've not had enough rain here to do anything.:(
I always love shots with your husband in them--it makes them so --well--sweet! I love his blue shirts.

But, that last shot--with the old wheelbarrow, (and that is some HEAVY wheelbarrow)-- is kind of mysterious. Makes me want some exploration and it makes me wonder what I'd run into if I could step into the trees back there! It has lots of depth and so many different colors of beautiful greens and grays.
I miss it when you don't have time to post--so I'm glad you do most of the time! You just always seem to know just what's right.

Lili said...

"The lettuce is done" had me cracking up. You and your husband are so cute and I can't wait to meet you! Plus I need garden tips you know. xoxo ~Lili

Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food said...

I planted some morning glory seeds last weekend and by Friday we had wee sproutlets poking through the earth! I continue to water them in hopes that eventually they'll blossom...

Jeanne Walker said...

Gosh, it seems just like yesterday...or the day before...that y'all had snow all over the ground! And now you're picking peas!! WOW! Does DH have some kind of super-duper fertilizer he uses like they do up in Alaska??

I hope that you have your best summer ever, and so glad that you found just the right cottage to spend the time in Maine! Jealous!!! Cannot wait to see the pics and read the narratives!!!

Emom said...

that morning glory!!! what wonderful color!....smiles,

mrs mediocrity said...

One of these days, you should just stay in your pajamas. It's good for you, really. I have proof.
I am jealous of your morning glory, so pretty. Anytime you need some rain just let me know, we have plenty to spare.
And I love your attitude, you have to choose your battles. Where to hang plants doesn't seem to be a good one. :)

Oliag said...

I am loving your garden photos...especially the on of hubby's back among the peas...and I love your philosophy on which battle are worth fighting and which are not:)

My graduating class from high school was the last one in which the girls all wore white dresses....after that they wore caps and gowns...I loved the white dresses myself.

The Fire Wife said...

Your garden looks so ... peaceful and invigorating, all at the same time. Did you plant much corn? I've always wondered how much a person needs to plant in order to make sure it gets pollenated and whatnot.

Deb said...

the morning glories are starting to bloom here in Texas....love your photos...

JaneK said...

I love the "stream of consciousness" narration of your photos... it makes me smile; it makes me feel like we're good friends just catching up on the week and that I should have a glass of mint tea in my hand :)
(and can I say that I kept wanting to say "train" of consciousness but I knew that wasn't right so i didn't post and then right as I was going to post anyway, it came to me!)

and yes, a battle over plant placement is silly and way too much energy....

deb colarossi said...

you so get life.

( and I was just in PA , a soccer tourny at the Brandywine Polo Club outside of Philly. Love the area.. wow. )