Only in the South~

Bliss

Will you find happy hour devoted to ‘pie!

Well, in Hutto,Texas that is a fact….

Here at Sage Hill ‘Happy Hour” is devoted to Bliss!

Today’s lifestyle, regardless what that might be…is stressful…outside forces creep in regardless how isolated we try to be.
Whatever your cutoff time happens to be…really cut-off, unplug, dial down, check out…except for those things that bring you peace, calm, contentment… or…those things that feed your passion, ignite your thoughts and sparks your energy.
Bliss is not defined by perfect solutions….rather by solutions that leave us feeling accomplished, pleased, satisfied, and connected…either to self, another, or our creator….bliss unleashed is all three of those.

A Month Of Enchantment~ #4

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Sinking your head into a soft pillow at the crack of dawn…hoping they will all go away….the males of the bird kingdom who gather around the windows and sing those good morning tunes.
This refrain may start at different times depending on light, but the species enter the chorus in the same order every morning.

A birds voice box is a double-membraned organ called a syrinx. He can alternate exhaling between the two lungs and harmonize with himself.

Now that is an impressive feat bound to attract attention from the opposite sex, and that my friend is the main purpose and goal of all those wake-up bird songs so early in the morning…

International Dawn Chorus Day is the first Sunday in May….

Tune in….

A Month Of Enchantments #3

Enchantment #3

Rituals Of The Common Kind~

Come spring, we feel the urge to brighten every corner, as to prepare for a favorite guest. Roll up our sleeve, polish and dust…just as generations have done before us….our personal “welcome back” to the sun, the song of the birds, ring of the chimes…..

A Month Of Enchantments~#2

Singing Cricket in the rosemary at Sage Hill

And this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth day of life and love and wings…”  … C.C.Cummings

“The Passionate Observer” written by the 19th-century entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre. His lyrical writings on insects is filled with delightful words and tender watercolors….It was republished at some point by Chronicle Books…if you can find it, it’s a must have.

“The Italian cricket, he notes, “makes music everywhere among the rosemary-bushes, while the Glow-worms light up their blue lamps to complete the revels.”

 

A Month Of Enchantments~

A Month of Enchantment!

In the “Mending Wall,” Robert Frost wrote, “Spring is the mischief in me.”….I think I identify with Robert Frost. Spring wakes me up from a wintery lullaby and jolts me into a never-ending dance of color, scents, and the many creative moods of a new dawning.

Will you join me in a creative month of surprises?

Charm~Romance~Remembrance~In The Garden.

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Charm~Romance~Remembrance~In The Garden.

Some would say a ‘garden is a garden’….but I would say….each garden has its own special signature. Whether formal or cottage style, there are many touches that can transform the simplest to splendor and the formal to ease and comfort.

Cottage gardens began in England and were more for growing food than for simple pleasure.
As more and more food became available in markets the cottage garden became more ornamental.

My first thought when Cottage gardening comes to mind is “overcrowded.” However, overcrowded can be beautiful if a little thought goes into the placement of the bulk of planting.
Fencing and hedges, paths and garden art can define areas of interest, leaving the rest for casual viewing and not so much close-up inspection.

If one is lucky enough to have plants from previous generations of family or friends…this can bring an element of meaning to be cherished and passed on to other family and friends who garden.

A Memory garden inside a garden is a special way to honor those who have gone from our lives.

Sage Hill Farms is named in memory of my mother….who thought she could not cook anything worthy of eating without Sage.

Don’t forget the critter garden when remembrance spots are planned…..children especially have a hard time adjusting to losing a pet, understanding why baby birds get tossed from their nest and die…butterflies with broken wings that render them helpless….knowing they are in a safe place that can be cared for makes these rough moments a bit easier to accept.

Whatever plans you have for your spring garden…make it you own, name it, treat it with the same love and attention that you expect for yourself….the rewards will be more than you can imagine.

Oh…and don’t forget to add herbs anywhere and everywhere. Garlic grows well among and is beneficial to roses. Basil is a lifeline for tomatoes.

Above all else, let your own personality guide you~

The Ultimate Garden Party~

Garden Party~

When March is about half gone, the sun will gradually begin to warm the days. March is the perfect month for a Garden Party…a stylish Garden Party….Something that wraps you if the day is not warm enough, something easy and flowing, something freeing, no jewelry, no fancy labels, ‘No Shoes!’

Good friends, hot tea, or coffee…or both…Lavender Tea-cakes from grandmother’s time…sprinkled with just a hint of warm raw sugar…..

No agenda, no deadline, no talking-heads…Treat your inner self to a special time…just you, the gardens, and whomever you wish to join you.

Enjoy….with those you can reach out and touch…or those whom you carry with you inside…