The mountains of Idaho are wearing a haze of smoke as fires rage in different areas.
Even a bit farther from the fires, in the small haven of Garden Valley where my mom lives you can smell the smoke. It’s faint, a bit acrid and a bit worrisome to those who have known the danger of fire in the mountains before.
The blue blue sky is just not as blue as smoke clouds the horizon. We are praying for some rain or some strong winds destined to blow the smoke out of the area, and of course for all of the fires to go out.
I haven’t been here in August for many many years, and I forgot how dry things can be. Mom and I walked up this mountain dirt road yesterday to take a look at how things are in the area in which she lives. Of course, it’s uphill most of the way – and then we get to come DOWN on our way back.
Unlike the dryness of the mountain roads and surrounding wilderness, mom’s place is like an oasis in the desert. Little by little over the 19 years she has lived here on the mountain, she has cared for every square inch and manicured and trained her space until it is a garden of wonder.
Take a look!
This IS Sherwood Forest!
I love this tiny little house and all of the green!
Pathways of lush lawn and gardens of perennials.
Garden benches beg to be sat upon!
Late summer flowers bloom!
If I were to have come in June, I would have found the gardens awash with every color of the rainbow with an abundance of flowers. Late August has everything still lush and green, but flowers have left the scene. There is a sense of slowing down around the corner, the first frost up in the mountains can come early.
Look closely! You’ll find cherubs and other hidden garden residents!
There is such peace in this place!
((I haven’t sewn a stitch since arriving. This is truly a restorative break!))
Cone flowers with faces to the sun.
Ceramic fawn peeking beneath a bush!
Arbors and steps to shaded grassy areas.
The strawberry beds are fenced to keep deer out!
Perhaps the best view is from the upper deck of the house.
Kitchen veggie garden off the back deck!
The veggie garden is also fenced to keep deer out! It was so nice last night to enjoy tomatoes, green beans, squash, cucumbers, celery and other veggies fresh from the garden for our dinner!
This little place I love!
It’s easy to see why I also have an affinity for the mountains of North Carolina. There is a peace in the mountains I can’t find anywhere else. I love the quiet. I love the sound of the birds, the smell of the air. I love the way the light filters through the trees. I love how my mountains also feel like home.
Love from Idaho --