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After farmers market on Wednesday, I headed south to an old friends farm in N.H. for a visit and do some kayaking around the lake she lives on. Oh yeah, I’ve been known to give up my pristine ocean kayaking to a lake for the sake of friendship from time to time 🙂 LOL The water was like glass and I enjoyed paddling around exploring the nooks and crannies and it’s wildlife, loons, and baby sunning turtles. Spotted one painted turtle, but he was too quick for me to capture. It was so peaceful out there… though I couldn’t help but to keep an eye out for my regular kayaking buds, the porpoise and harbor seals, I’m more accustomed to paddling around with 🙂 Old habits are hard to break. LOL  At  one point we veered off a while to check out a tiny creek when we came upon this expanse of the first water lilies I have seen in years! And what I remember of them in bygone days was that most were white, yellow or pale pink, but this deep pink one was the only one I saw.  What I remember clearly as a youngster was wading in a lily pond to catch jug-o-rums and the funny sound they made when we released them.. or rather they released themselves and leapt out of our hands so quickly, alarming us to no end!

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For just a few seconds I “saw” my mother slip the oars of our old wooden row boat on Forest Lake back and then roll up her sleeves to reach deep into the water to pick a few of the large white blossoms to take home to my grandmother. Simpler gifts, simple pleasures, but memories worth more than gold and no camera needed. I didn’t pick any of these “new” lilies and I’m not going to say where they are on the lake but I’m so grateful for the memories they brought to me. A really nice day.

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❤ Love you and miss you every single day, Dad. Happy Father’s Day!

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She had nine lives.. and then some, in her almost 21 years on this earth. She had a very full life, a much loved life and will be missed dearly. Rest easy now sweet Spencie.. Give Jackson, Duff & Ms Molly a hug for me as you cross over Rainbow Bridge. You were all meant to be together, forever… enjoy the heavens as you enjoyed the earth. ❤

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The month of May consumes me with such joy. It’s the busiest month of the year for me with readying the farm, preparing for farmers market, and life in general. It’s what I wait ( though impatiently 🙂 all winter long for!) I suppose being a May Day baby has its perks… but how could anyone not pause when seeing these wonders of nature.

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We finally saw some rain, and with it, everything just popped up and out of the ground it seems overnight. It’s during this time I will put the farm, and responsibilities on hold, (and not feel guilty for a moment) simply to capture and visit the beautiful surrounding of woodlands and my home gardens. The season is so short.. I know I’d regret it, if I missed this precious time.

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It’s hard to say which I love the most, because many hold a personal history, or remembrance or a meaningful time in my life. Others, I simply just enjoy their form, colors and humble, though striking stature. But in my mind, they all bring me back to my woodland gardens on our beloved farm.

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The trilliums are striking this year. The Solomon’s seal, Lady slippers, Blood root, May apple, Bleeding hearts, Lily-of-the valley,  Black cohosh, Wood violets, Colombine, Hepatica, Elderflower,  Purple loosestrife, Claytonia, Marsh marigolds and Jack-in-the-pulpit… steadfast in their role in Mother Nature’s master plan, in spite of our worst winters–to endure and continue to go on. Maybe this is why I love them all so very much; their dedication, stamina and purposefulness in this world.

 

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If I had a flower for each time I thought of my Mother, I could walk in my garden forever.

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