It's a fine spring day and perfect to get a few pictures to inspire me to get out of the house and make some improvements around this place. Here is a view from my porch across the field to the "old house" built in 1958. My house is the "new house" built in 1817...perfectly logical in Alabama as I moved from the old house to my "new" one in 1992...hey, it was new to me.
These are my fancy steps to the spinning house. The mill stone came from Chilton County. The marble was a found piece.
The spinning house has gotten a bit messy during the winter so a clean up/ clean out is in the plans. The loom in front is ready to load.
But first I need to hang a door.
My father planted this pear tree and it has survived. A very noisy bird was perched in it.
On closer inspection it was a red bird who paid me no attention.
I bought some red bud trees at our local arbor day many years ago. They now bloom every spring despite Alabama's March weather.
The nandina bush descends from one of my grandmother's. The birds spread these seeds everywhere. Our local judge commented to me, " We've had so many weddings this spring that you can't find a nandina berry or a camelia bloom anywhere in the town."
This is my friend Joe's tulip tree, my main marker for spring. He planted it before he left the state to return to Denver over ten years ago.
My grandmother's oxalis is growing and spreading like weeds. I need to send some bulbs to all the cousins.
This is a very strong mint from my great uncle, given to me as a start in the 70's. It's the type used for mint juleps.
I think the smell of iris brings back memories of my grandmother more than any other flower.
The duck weed has once again magically reappeared. I got a cup full on the side of the road in Louisiana in 1995. This is growing in a ground container in the back yard, but I can fill a bucket with water in the front yard and a week later it will have made its way there.