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Monday, April 22, 2013

An Earth Day Walk

Sometimes – you just have to leave the book work at the desk and go OUTSIDE!

It was SUCH a pretty day – a bit cool, so I had on a sweatshirt, jeans and tennies…and off I went.

The area I live is pretty hilly – my neighborhood consisting of on average 1.5 acre to 3 acre lots, but I think the guy in the center ((Which was probably the original plot)) has maybe 5 ---I love the view of his barn and shed and how it changes with the seasons.  RIght now….all those green leaves are gearing up to spread out and create a bunch of great shade this summer.

I love walking up and down the hills, looking at the creek, at the pasture, at the trees, and especially this time of year EVERYTHING that is blooming.

Changes happen so quickly in Spring – and it passes in a blink of an eye, and I really notice it when I’m gone for a few days ---I can SEE the difference.  And I don’t want to miss a bit of it.

Yes – I know….this is ANOTHER post that does not involve quilting, but I needed a break myself.  I need so soak it in.  I’m not home long this time, off again on Wednesday, and I don’t want this to be GONE by the time I’m back!

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Following the fence line to where the creek flows slowly

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Azaleas blooming in every direction!

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Dogwood trees laden with four-petal blossoms.

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These beauties are at the top of my drive way!

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But THIS was a rare treat!

Look closer:

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Hello, Spring Butterfly!


My voice is about gone…I’d been climbing a hill when I got to this bush, and my allergies have been clearly assaulted by the onslaught of pollen ---but I was amazed that this little guy did NOT fly away as I approached!

Those of you still in the Snow Zone – I thought I’d send a bit of spring your way --- get ready, it won’t be long now before you can share in this beautiful spring too!

Tonight…..I’m working on a binding.  Feet up.  Netflix on.

It’s good to be home even for a short little while!

34 comments:

Potpourri said...

Thanks Bonnie for the glimpses of spring. I love North Carolina in the springtime.
How lovely for you to have a " you day."

Margaret said...

We don't get that sort of blooming for about 2 months yet...so a lovely thing to share with us northerners. Happy Spring!

afmom63 said...

I love the pictures on this blog. It makes me want to come to NC for a vacation. R u still looking at cabins? Loved, loved the pictures u posted of them. Enjoy what little time u have a home n be safe on your travels.

Becky Clay said...

Love your video of the butterfly!

stitchinpenny said...

Sometimes life is more important and interesting than quilts.

Bj said...

I too loved your blog today, I got out and walked and saw some pretty cactus flowers but nothing like this, I'm originally from Kentucky and Dogwood Trees hold a special place in my heart, Thank You for Sharing, Happy Earth Day Bonnie! Your Friend Bj in Arizona :)

Patti said...

Wonderful springtime pics. I'm still waiting for the snow to leave so the trees and flowers are just perfect. Thanks for bringing spring a little closer!

thequiltersshed said...

It was great that you allowed yourself some ME time. You really do need to do that. Especially on Earth Day. Your photos were lovely. Enjoyed them very much.

Ele said...

Bonnie, we all need a "Me Day", so am glad you got outside to enjoy all that beauty. Right this minute, our ground is turning white, and the wind is howling!!! Maybe spring won't come to us in northern Iowa this year. I spent most of my day rolling my huge stash the Bonnie Way!! My shelves are lookin' goooooooooooooooooooood. You take awesome pictures!!

joycita said...

Thanks for sharing your azaela photo's -- I'm in Kingwood, Texas and our blooms have finished for this year. I miss the color!

Tami C said...

I loved the lovely little bits of spring you brought into my life. I am really tired of all this snow. Glad you enjoyed great weather while you were at home this time.

Treadle Toes said...

Thanks Bon! I'm one of those northerners still waiting for a full swing Spring, so really enjoyed your Earth Day walk!!

Your butterfly is a very fat and happy Tiger Swallowtail, probably a female judging by her weight. Lovely!! I'm sure she appreciated your wonderful flowers, too!

Glad you took some time off to just enjoy a break. I don't know how you do it Girl...seems like you never stop, so good to see you take some time off! You certainly live in a wonderful area.

Peggy Thompson said...

I'm thinking our snow is about gone now and Spring is here. Sad because that means my quilting season is over until after the harvest. This year I'm trying to just scale back but I always have a huge garden and my yard takes much of my time. Maybe I will move the sewing machine outside on the covered porch and enjoy them both.

Verna A. said...

Thanks for the gorgeous photos! My azaleas are under three feet of snow. Spring will be late up north this year (if it comes at all).

Verna A. said...

Thanks for the gorgeous photos! My azaleas are under three feet of snow. Spring will be late up north this year (if it comes at all).

Debbie said...

We had snow here all day. I think it is over now though. Should warm up this weekend. Thanks.

JaneB said...

Oh thank you for that little bit of spring . . . azaleas and dogwoods . . . still waiting here up north of you.

Barby T said...

Bonnie,

Thanks for sharing. Here in Arkansas it is not yet quite so warm but our dogwoods are blooming, the bradfords are finished and the leaves are filling out the trees, and spring is here and the land is awake and alive. Thanks for sharing, loved the butterfly. Glad you got a break. We all need them. Barby in Mountain Home, AR

hevemi said...

Good morning, Bonnie! When I saw your pictures I thought that now I finally realize why your work is so wonderful.Nature's beauty like that must make one want to create something beautiful in turn and You certainly have found a way to Pay It Forward! To all of us.

Material Girl said...

Thanks for the beautiful spring tour Bonnie.... makes me like one day spring will come to Saskatchewan and I am so looking forward to the snow being all gone and seeing some flowers poking their heads through the ground, and eventually putting on a show with their pretty flowers.
You live in a beautiful country area, the leaves, bushes and flowers are all so pretty!
Gwen

Collette McManus said...

What a perfect way to celebrate Earth Day!! Thank you for sharing. I loved the butterfly video...beautiful. How lucky you were to catch her.

Shaz in ZA said...

Thanks for sharing Bonnie. I love comparing where you live to here in South Africa. I also stay in an area with large acreage plots, but they are not nearly as nice as where you are. I think I'm falling in love with NC!

SweetAmbrosia said...

What a treat! Nature heals and nourishes the spirit and settles the heart. So good to know you took the time to make time for yourself to breathe in and enjoy the outdoors.

East Tn has Dogwoods out, my azaleas are just now show their faces. OH how I lovethem both.
We actually had to mow last Saturday lol.

Take care, smiles
JulieinTN

nancy hutchison said...

love the pics! WE are enjoying the azaleas in GA also

Margo in Maine said...

Thanks for sharing....Maine is just coming alive...so it was refreshing especially the butterfly...

Kathy Roe said...

This reminds me of the picture you posted from Sisters, Or. of the unusual butterfly quilt. You add "Spring" to my day no matter what time of the year, Bonnie. Thank-you for all you do for the quilting world.

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

It's beautiful there. Here in Nebraska we had a snowstorm for Earth Day. Third one in three weeks. We all keep telling ourselves, "We need the moisture. We need the moisture." But that mantra is wearing a bit thin.

Lynn said...

Beautiful scenery!!! It's borderline summer here in Central Florida, but we've had the most amazing 4 days. Cool breezes that keep the temps in the 70s. Wish this was our summer! Enjoy the break!!

Mary said...

I have hyacynths, azaleas, rhody's, snowballs, tulips and daffodils all blooming in my yard. Thankful that DH loves to garden and keep them growing. I love Walla Walla in the spring when the magnolias and dogwoods bloom. Spring! Glorious Spring! Thanks for sharing your beauty of NC.

ccquilter said...

Thanks for letting us here in Minnesota dream! I got up this morning to another 5" of snow!

Kim in Central Minnesota

Gwen said...

Beautiful pictures! I'm so jealous you are going to Beaver. My mother's family, Adams and Flowers, were from there. One day I hope to get up there to see some of my geographical roots. Maybe you'll get a chance to take a couple of snapshots and I'll be able to visit through your photos! Safe journey.

Julierose said...

Thanks for the "Spring Fling"! we need it here; it is blustery, damp and downright cold here in SE CT!! My daffodils are shivering out there! Lovely flowering shrubs and trees...hugs, julierose

Ava K said...

It's a beautiful day here in Pennsylvania, too. Not as much blooming, but beautiful nonetheless. I took a walk with my brand new grandbaby! Have a great day, Bonnie!

Amy Laura said...

Thank you for thinking of those of us still in the snow zone! We got 8 inches Monday night, although a lot of it melted during the day yesterday. I love seeing all the pictures of spring, but I sure wish it would find it's way north! Safe travels today!