Working in the yard, for me, is very relaxing. I get to be outside, I get to exercise my creative side and I get to enjoy the fruits of my labor throughout the summer and into the fall.

Planting season of 2012 is pretty much finished for me. Everything is planted and blooming beautifully. Now I get to sit on my front porch swing and soak it all in.

Buckets of flowers

Old wash tubs finding new purpose in life

Straight back chairs in place of flower stands

Watering cans no longer used for watering but for housing begonias

Ferns hanging between each front porch post

Rock benches under the shade of trees

Brightly painted lawn chairs

And the sounds! Oh the sounds of life!

Birds singing

Frogs croaking

Grass hoppers playing their tune

Dogs barking

Kids laughing

This is a little slice of heaven for me. It brings out pure joy….soaking up all that God has created and blessed us with…pure joy.

Every time I see something that makes me smile or brings me joy, I take a picture of it. I thought I’d share some of them with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do…I will narrate along the way 😉

This was taken earlier in the spring. These are purple Clematis. I could look at this all day! I found this gate in an old shed and wired it to this post that is still standing for the original fence row from many, many moons ago.

Here’s another view looking down Hen House Road.

I have been waiting on these all year! I’m not sure what they are called….some sort of Lilly…anyway I dug these up from an old homestead on our property where Devin’s Granny used to live and replanted them here.

I just love them…I only wish they lasted longer.

Doesn’t this make you wanna kick your shoes off and walk barefooted down Hen House Road? Excuse me while I kick off my shoes.

This is my “get away from it all” spot.

And the best place in the entire world to take an afternoon nap!

This is the other end of the porch.

Another favorite place (especially when the ceiling fan is keeping it cool).

I love old chairs.

I have them in every nook and cranny.

For me, a chair says welcome.

And, “y’all come on over, take a load off and relax!”

This little chair sits right by the front door and is the resting place for my egg bucket.

And while we’re on the subject of buckets…I’ll show you a few old buckets and wash tubs that have been harvested from barns, shops and junk piles.

I rescued this old minnow bucket from the “throw away pile”

This is a view of the back of the house. See the rock step just off the back porch? That rock was the front door step at Granny’s house for many, many years. Many a family member and friend stepped on that rock to enter her home. I love having it here at our house. It makes her feel closer somehow. Your memory is alive and well at this house Granny!

And to wrap things up I’ll throw in a few miscellaneous shots of this and that.

Thanks for visiting and y’all come back real soon!

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