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Heaven on Earth

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“On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.”
– Jules Renard

I visited a piece of heaven on earth earlier this week — our friends’ backyard garden.

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I will share with you lines from a poem, “A Garden Poem” by Robert Cording that I discovered this morning, as well as photographs of Shelly and Bob’s backyard garden.

A garden is both personal and private,
A place that is its own world,
A place that engages the imagination as well as the senses.

Among other things it is a passage to somewhere else –
To the personal and shared past its scents evoke,
To the distant places to which its forms allude.

Trees, flowers, water.
From the shade of a maple,
A warbler sings in Spring’s muscular blossomings.

Water spills from stone to stone and disappears into the pool below,
Everything is growing,
Changing with the light that dapples a patchwork of sun and shade,
And delights with quick transformations of colors.

 

A garden is full of the distance we call dreams.
Dreams of home, of family, of friendship.
A garden is a place that is its own world and ours.

To make a garden is to honor life and its blessings,
To make a garden is to come home.

Spring Has Sprung

Harry, one of the owners of the store at which I work as a cashier, mentioned that his Hellebores were in full bloom. He invited me to stop by and take some pictures. I dropped by yesterday afternoon and took some pictures of Harry’s garden.

 

I saw pink Hellebores.

 

At the base of a bottle tree I saw Kaufmanniana Tulips.

Kaufmanniana Tulips

Kaufmanniana Tulip

Before I left the garden two pieces of garden art caught my attention.

This “fellow” made me smile.

A young lad named “Joel”

Harry’s garden shows so much promise of more beauty to come!

Happiest Penguin Ever

One of my employers told me about a video that reminded him of one of my coworkers. Jamie gets exited whenever it snows. When I looked at the video, it reminded me of Jamie too. Here is the video:

Can you think of anyone who is as happy as this penguin when it snows?

Soldier Homecoming Surprise

This video is making the rounds on Facebook. Several of my friends have posted the video to their profile. I’ve watched it a few times; it brings tears to my eyes each viewing. I would be surprised if this video doesn’t bring a tear to your eye.

New Communication Device

Yesterday we received new communication devices to be used while riding the motorcycle. We purchased the Scala Rider TeamSet by Cardo Systems, Inc. Bob’s headset is capable of connecting via blue tooth with a cellphone. He can also communicate with me via intercom. Bob’s headset has MP3 connectivity capability too, which means he can listen to his iPod. As both speakers are utilized while listening to his iPod, I question the safety of that capability. I suspect, though, that Bob will utilize ALL capabilities of his headset. I can communicate with Bob via intercom and listen to my iPod with my headset. Bob can also initiate a conference call with me and a third party with his headset. We put Scala Rider TeamSet through a test run yesterday evening. It works GREAT! No more shouting to Bob, until I am hoarse, when I need (or want) to stop.

A Tree and its Pond

TREES

I think I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

By Joyce Kilmer.

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