Monday, August 04, 2008

Tranquility and Transitions

A change in seasons evolve. Because this year's prolonged spring brought summer slowly, the transition from spring green to summer dry has seemed sudden. But the reality of it all is --- that the season of green is diminished and things are starting to dry out. The mountain grasses are golden and fire season is at it's peak. Flowers are starting to go to seed and powdery dust accompanies our woodland walks. At least the dust makes it interesting when it comes to tracking wild animals, but coming across a large bear or cougar print in the trail becomes unnerving at times! Upon our arrival at cabin door this week-end, a note was found, thanking us for the hospitality our cabin provided for a girl lost in the woods overnight. Although she couldn't get in, there was clean water in a barrel and shelter in the woodshed. Fortunately she was found the next morning by a search team who had spent the night looking for her. I know her parents were most thankful for her recovery. After a week-end of relaxation and some spring (summer) cleaning, we headed home. As we passed by Robin's Lavender Farm, we stopped so I could take some pictures --- and to view the change of seasons in a cultivated garden as contrasted to the mountain wildness. The lavender left on the plants is nearly dry, and daisies, love-in-a-mist, and decorative thistles are going to seed. Bees still hover around, gathering sweet nectar for their hives from uncut lavender plants. They ignored me as I walked among the lavender rows. The setting sun cast a mellow glow over Robin's beautiful garden. Serenity and calm prevailed. As the day ended, I took time to savor the layers created by Robin's gardening style. I tried to capture it in this picture, but a photo doesn't do it justice. Cut lavender, dried daisies, tall lavender stalks, a bushy shrub of pink roses, tall trees behind, and a dried field in the background all worked together to create a beautiful and tranquil scene.

God is good. . .and I am thankful for the safety and recovery of a brave little girl! Enjoy a blessed week, friends!

20 comments:

  1. Your blog is always a delight!♥

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  2. I was thinking about how you entertained angels .. .How wonderful to be able to provide a bit of refuge to a lone little girl.
    Wouldn't you love to meet her?

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  3. Glad the girl was able to take shelter on your property. There are enough people around where our cabin is located that anyone lost could find someone home, somewhere.

    Hope you received my e-mail letting you know about the award I have for you on my blog.

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  4. Beautiful picture...
    I can't even imagine being lost in the woods and then coming upon your cabin...thank you Lord...
    We too are enjoying our summer days. Great post...
    ~~Deby
    I am having a giveaway ALL week...everyday something different..come by if you get a chance.

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  5. Thank you for your blog - it is a restful treat for the eyes and soul. It stirs my heart to anchor on the truly important even if the waves of life or emotions run high.

    Bless you!
    Denise

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  6. So glad the little girl had a place to wait. Your hospitality abounds.

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing the delight that it is lavender.

    I am so glad that the young girl found your cabin and was able to be rescued!

    Our God is good :)

    In Christ,

    mari

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  8. I still think it is amazing how God used you. xoxoxo Clarice

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  9. How wonderful that that girl was found. She sounds like a very polite and grateful young lady, too...a thank-you note!

    Wish that I could send you some of our rain...days and days on end.

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  10. Our growing season has been really different this year too. Isn't that something that your cabin provided refuge! The lavender picture is beautiful. I love the layering.

    Hugs,
    Lallee

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  11. What a blessing to know your little cabin was shelter for the young woman.
    The lavender is gorgeous. Our gardens are suffering from the relentless heat. I am anxious for fall !

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  12. Your blog is so lovely and a wonderful source of inspiration to me - thanks for the time and energy you put into it!

    Blessings,
    Julie at lifeinskunkhollow.blogspot.com

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  13. Your blog is so lovely and a wonderful source of inspiration to me - thanks for the time and energy you put into it!

    Blessings,
    Julie at lifeinskunkhollow.blogspot.com

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  14. Thank you for sharing. Your flowers are gorgeous.

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  15. Such a beautiful picture, and your words are so relaxing to read (Bees... gathering sweet nectar). The miracle of the young girl finding shelter and then being found was the highlight.

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  16. How wonderful that that girl was able to find hospitality at your cabin! It must have been a wonderful comfort to her. Thank goodness she was found! Just love your blog!

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  17. Breathtaking. This photo should be on a calendar or something!

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  18. I have so enjoyed reading your lovely blog this morning. The photos are beautiful!

    Blessings!

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  19. That is so wonderful to think of her there. Safe and rested knowing she was there must warm your heart as it does mine. How wonderful they found her.

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  20. How lucky that she was able to find shelter near your cabin! Thank God she was found so quickly also.

    Your thoughts on the changing of the seasons--it does seem to be a rather short season this year in comparison to some. The picture is beautiful!

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