Life in Old South Central Alabama

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South of Birmingham, Alabama, United States
I am an antique trader in central Alabama....I love old houses... My log home was built in 1817 by my ancestors Benjamin and Hannah Harless Wilson .............. Outside the house are herb gardens and lots of pass-along plants................ No one in Alabama is in a hurry about anything......... Visitors think that the garden needs weeding and the furniture needs polishing....I am a direct descendant of Joseph Towne, whose two sisters Rebecca Towne Nurse and Mary Towne Easty were hanged in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 as witches. I am also a direct descendant of Pocahontas and husband John Rolfe.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Alabama Morning with Sunflowers

I made this picture early this morning standing in the front yard. The sunflowers have survived forty days and forty nights without water ( except from the garden hose) and have rewarded me with a really nice show.

The Alabama sky is a beautiful partly cloudy blue this morning so I am inspired to work around the house a bit. You can look closely and see the honey bee has been inspired to go to work also.

My house stays shady most of the time. The large bush on the left is a fig tree and it's full of fruit

Welcome to my front porch. I sit here often and think of all the things I should be doing but have learned to take a break and just relax for gosh sakes. 

I wish some of you were close enough to pay me a visit. It's lonely here sometimes. I'm a great front porch swing talker but I prefer to listen to you tell stories.

I think there are at least four types of sunflowers growing. I like these because I get lots of blooms. The ones called King Kong give me only one big bloom and that's it, but it's a foot wide. They haven't bloomed yet.

The dark-centered ones show such a contrast . I guess they photograph best and seem the most classical.

Now, this is the family "bachelor bed" described in an earlier post. I have just planted gourds around it, so it should be covered with vines by September. 

Those white legs are five-feet pieces of pvc pipe giving it some height. I won't be tackly and joke about the "air matress."

These are the pretty yellow blooms of the egg gourds that seem to like the heat. I have great expectations for them.