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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Out of the Dark... After the Storm!

It's one of my favorite lines from the 1939 movie: "The Wizard of Oz!"

"The wind began to switch - the house to pitch 
and suddenly the hinges started to unhitch.
Just then the Witch - to satisfy an itch 
went flying on her broomstick, 
thumbing for a hitch."

Well... apart from the witch; that pretty much sums up our past 
week, here in parts of South Jersey!  A storm hit last Tuesday, 
just about this time of the day, and we were without power until Saturday!  Thank the Lord... we, our neighbors, and our friends are just fine!

But in all the flurry of activity 
(not too mention the loss of electricity!)... 
I wasn't able to post a June Give-Away!  
Not to fear... I hope to pull something together in the next week 
for a combined June-July Give-Away!

In the meanwhile... look at the fruit on our newly acquired Fig tree!  
I could hardly believe my eyes when I spotted it last week... 
It survived the wind and the rain, just potted up on our back patio!  
Be blessed! Daryle (and Katie too!)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A "Wort" By Any Other Name... is Still a Wort!

I almost missed the blossoms on my St. John's Wort
the other day, while I was mowing our lawns...
Diminutive, understated, but delightful!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Late Update... From the ADQ Challenge!

I have been beyond remiss... when it comes to posting
any creative work, here at Woodstown Whimsies!

Well over a month ago, when the summer issue of Art Doll Quarterly
came out... I was delighted to have my "Emily Dickinson Doll"
included in the "black & white" challenge article on page 76!

So here is a "sneak-peek" of what the publisher was unable to
include in the photos, due to space:  a collection of memorabilia
that relates to the life and love of Emily!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

After the Rain...

The words were penned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
"Thy fate is the common, fate of all–
Into each life some rain must fall..."

And the rain DID fall, here in South Jersey  earlier this week!
We were under a tornado warning... very uncommon for the area.
Lots and lots of rain, some wind, but that was the extent of it.

The rain was much needed... and after the rain;
well, these pics say it all: our flower gardens 
are resplendent in color and beauty.  

Even the Lamb's Ear put on a show with its flowering heads!

Common Lavender doesn't look quite so common this year,
and the Spiderwort (my least favorite plant in the garden) looks...
well, O.K. for now!

Our Prickly Pear Cactus has dozens-upon-dozens of flowers!

And the Rose Campion remains a charmer... 
love that silver-gray foliage, against the weathered fence.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Prim Angel... Finds a New Home!

Congratulations to : "LV" 
from... Thoughts From Meme's Corner!

Your name was chosen by our daughter... 
way up in Vermont,
as the winner of our May Give-Away!

Blessings from South Jersey...
Daryle & Katie

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

May... My Goodness Is Almost Gone... Give-Away!

Several months ago I needed to get back in touch
with my "primitive roots"...
And this delightfully "prim" angel was the result!

She stands (hangs!) about 25 inches tall...
and would love to find a new home!

From her rusty halo and wooden wings, 
to her vintage little leather book "Dream Children"...
From Her miss-matched button eyes, 
to her coffee-stained clothes and raw flax hair...
This angel says: "simply primitive!"

She is our May Give-Away... 
goodness it is late in the month!
So... leave a comment on this post 
and your name will be placed in the hat for the drawing...
when we return next week from Vermont!

Garden Gatherings...

My blue flag iris are open... stunning!

Baptisia... False Indigo; 
I thought that I had "lost it" last year due to dry conditions!

Cranesbill Geranium... grows like a weed, but we love it!

Chinese Ground Orchids... 
they just thrive in South Jersey soil!

Our "Emily" rose, from Vermont... it just opened!
And a cone flower attempting to show off it's head, soon to open!

A New England tradition: Rose Campion. 
Ohhhh, that soft, gray-green foliage!