Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sights Around Our Yard

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!You have set your glory in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels  and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,  the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! 
Psalm 8


Our yard has come alive with flowers and the beauty of them is incredible.  I stand in awe as I look around and see the beauty that God has created.  


My husband made me this bridge for my birthday.  I really enjoy it, as I cross it to go up and swing and look over the beautiful scenery that is all around.  It is such a calming place.  The little bell we brought from our home in Ohio.




Most of the flowers in my gardens have been given to me by various friends. 
The Red Hot Pokers were given to me by my mother.


This thriving, Bleeding Heart has grown so large that I have divided it, and it is about ready to divide again.  The fern is one we brought from our home in Ohio when we moved .


 I started the Lupine from seed, and it's one of my favorites.


I really love Azalea bushes.  This one is doing better than others I have, not sure why the others seem to struggle.



Snow in Summer is another plant I started from seeds, and it comes up every year.


This Clematis has been moved several times, as I'm trying to find the spot where it will flourish.
Not sure that this is the right spot, but it is doing some better.  My daughter has Clematis that grows unbelievably in her yard, and I'm a little envious. 


Rhododendrons are plentiful in our yard; they are beautiful this time of the year. 


Red Hot Pokers are growing in various areas of our yard.  They have greatly multiplied.


This Foxglove was also started from seed.  These come up every year, perhaps from the seeds that fall into the ground.


The Oriental Poppy is just starting to bloom.



We have Peonies  in several flower beds. 
What beauty they add to our yard when they are all in bloom!


Our well house is surrounded with flowers and rocks.  It's along the side of our driveway, and it adds beauty as you arrive at our home.


My daughter and I used these bricks that were left-over from building the house,
 and made this little walkway.


Our home is on a river and this winch was used to raise and lower the former owner's ramp.  We have planted various flowers around it that bloom at various times of the year.








We have three families of geese that have chosen our place as their home. They have eighteen goslings all together.
My husband came and asked for the camera, so He could take some pictures of birds who were raising their young in the houses we put up in early spring.   Below you will see a few pictures of them.
This is one of them, it is home to Barn Swallows.  Do you see the little head looking out the hole?  My husband was thrilled when that house finally was made a home for them.

Go here to see the blog post about our bird houses.



 Here is a house we put up a couple of years ago which is home for the  Blue Bird family.  


My husband believes this is the home for House Sparrows, you can't see them but you know they are there as they are not very tidy house keepers. 



These Robins decided they wanted to build their own home at the entrance of our garage.
Here you see mama and papa feeding their little ones.  So precious.


  Mama doesn't want to wake the babies, so she just waits at the nest, with their food.  


We are so very thankful for this beautiful place, in the rolling hills of West Virginia, and all the beautiful sights of nature we are able to see living on a river.  One morning as we sat in our sun room a Bald Eagle flew right up in front of our window as we watched.  We have seen them many times, so we believe they are nesting close by. 
Hope you have enjoyed seeing the sights that we see on a daily basis.  It is so refreshing to enjoy nature and all the master pieces God has designed and shared with us.  We are very blessed to get to spend our time enjoying them. 

Blessings,



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57 comments:

  1. Your yard is beautiful and inspirational. I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me back at http://smallholdings.blogspot.com
    Thanks, Sherron

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  2. What lovely pictures! I found you via Tuesday Link-up and love your blog. I am following via Linky now :)
    Come see me at http:aproverbs31wife.com :)

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    1. Thank you so much for viewing my blog post and for becoming a Linky follower. I appreciate it so much. Blessings to you.

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  3. Wow! Amazing! I would absolutely LOVE to have a yard like yours! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. We really enjoy it and are very thankful for it. We continue to work to make it our haven of rest here on the river. Blessing.

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  4. Beauty all around thanks for sharing it with us!

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    1. Thank you for your comment, I greatly appreciate it. We do see the beauty all around and enjoy it greatly.

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  5. That yard belongs to you? Stunning! You are so blessed to have such a retreat, and I bet you love working in it.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. We do feel very blessed and we do enjoy working in it. It is secluded on the banks of a river and we continually work to make it more inviting. It is so peaceful here. Thank you for viewing my blog post.

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  6. I was out for a stroll through blog-land, just to see what I could find . . . and I happened onto your lovely blog. It is always a thrill to find a couple that has been happily married for as long as you and your husband. My husband and I just celebrated our 36th anniversary.
    Getting back to your blog, your photography is exquisite and your gardens are breathtaking. I would imagine that many couples have asked to have their wedding on your lawn. I am your newest follower and I'm looking forward to getting to know you better, through blogging and sharing thoughts and ideas. I would love to send you a warm invitation to visit and hopefully to follow my blog, as well. God bless, Connie :)

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    1. Thank you so much for strolling onto my blog. Yes it is always a thrill to me to see people who are making their marriages work. I met my husband at age 13 and married him at age 17 1/2. He is my precious sweetheart and the years are only bonding us in our oneness. I am so thankful God has given us the love we share for these 48 years. Thank you for your beautiful comments and for becoming my newest follower. I am also looking forward to getting to know you better through blogging. I would like to view your blog, please send me your url. Thank you and warmest blessing to you. Jo-Ann

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  7. precious and pretty looks so peaceful

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    1. Thank you for viewing my blog post. It is so peaceful here. We have worked hard on the yard over the years and still do but it is soooooo worth it in the enjoyment and quietness. Please visit again. JoAnn

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  8. What a gorgeous yard! Beautiful flowers!

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    1. Yhank you for viewing my blog post and for your comment, it is so encouraging. Glad you liked it. Visit again. Thank you for your kindness, JoAnn

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  9. OMG that's some pretty landscaping. It all looks so lovely.

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment and for viewing my blog. I so appreciate it. Blessings, JoAnn

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  10. Your yard is breathtaking! I hope that someday mine looks that good, so I enjoy the beauty you do!

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    1. Amy, thank you so much for your encouraging comments. It is so worth all the work to get to enjoy the beauty.We enjoy every day just looking at the handiwork of God's masterful artistry.

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  11. Just Glorious! Im loving all your flowers and a bit envious of your warm weather:)I love your bridge and I love your brickwork too! your fine feathered friends are just beautiful!! Thank you for sharing all your beauty with us.Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

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    1. Deidre, Thank you so much for taking your time to write such a sweet an encouraging comment. I so appreciate it. I am so glad I could share God's artistry with others. Blessings, JoAnn

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  12. JoAnn your property is just gorgeous!! So many of your plants I recognize from our gardens here in BC Canada! The Rhodos, snow in summer, peonies, poppies and clematis. I am a third generation gardener and I have to say that my mom and grandma have much greener thumbs than I :) I share my garden adventures too during Gardening 101 ~ I would love to have you visit! Thanks for sharing and take care,
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    Heather

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    1. Heather, Thank you so very much for your special comment, it means so much to me and is so encouraging. I love working in my flowers and my mother had a greener thumb than I do. But I am learning as I work at it. God designed all the flower for us we just get to enjoy his beauty. Thanks again. Hope you will visit again and yes I do want to visit you as well. JoAnn

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  13. Wow! Your property is amazing! And the bridge is gorgeous!
    How sweet that your hubby made it for your birthday!

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment, I so appreciate my dear dear husband, He tries had to please me and I am so very thankful for him. He is such a blessing. Blessings to you, Jo-Ann

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  14. Your garden is heaven in earth.
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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  15. Wow! Your yard is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much for linking up to our Finished Friday blog party.

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  16. woow,,,,,,what a beautiful garden :)
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    1. Es todo tan hermoso. los felicito tiene un gusto exquisito por las flores y x todo en general. Tome nota para hacer algunas cositas. Dlb... Lo que más me encanto el Salmo 8.. Enviénme notificaciones a mi correo donabetsa53@hotmail.com. Soy colombiana radicada en Caracas Venezuela en un pueblito cercano. Cua Estado Miranda en los valles del Tuy. Bendiciones.

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  17. Wow, Jo-Ann! Your yard is absolutely stunning! So lush and filled with gorgeous flowers. It honestly looks like a park!

    The bridge is such a lovely feature. What a special addition to your yard :)

    Thanks for visiting and checking out my flower arrangement! You could make many, many arrangements by just walking out the door :)

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  18. Thank you for visiting my blog post and for the encourageing comment. I so appreciate it. I am so thankful for all the flowers God designed for us. They are so beautiful and I enjoy working with them and enjoy the beauty they give. What mother wouldn't enjoy gifts of flowers. I do want to try your arrangement idea. Thanks again for sharing, Jo-Ann

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  19. Oh my, your place is just so beautiful! You have inspired me to try growing Lupine, foxglove and snow in summer from seed! I love how all of the different birds have chosen your place as their home. Thank you so much for sharing this at You're Gonna Love It Tuesday! I can't wait to see what you share next :-)

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  20. Your yard is beautiful! How great to be next to a river! Wonderful photos!

    karen @ quintonwench.com
    (via More The Merrier Monday Linky)

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    1. P.S looking forward to future posts - following you now.

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  21. WOW ~ Beautiful! The only thing I can keep alive in the back yard is weeds! lol

    Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can't wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Michelle

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  22. Have you tried putting a stone or brick on top of your clematis vine roots. They like cool roots. It helps. Your garden is beautiful . I love the bridge and arbor with a swing. You are so blessed to have so many great birds. The robin picture is GREAT! I have never seen anything like it.

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  23. Your yard is amazing. I am afraid a green thumb is not one of my gifts so I can only drool over a yard like yours. I came over from Sunday Blog Hop. I am a new Linky follower.

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  24. Lindo, lindo seu cantinho...já estou te sigo!!!

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  25. WOW.......that is amazing I am so jealous of your place....found your blog via Dragonfly Designs party....Have a wonderful day now : )
    Deana@CountryMommaCooks

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  26. Thanks for visiting my blog!! I've featured your garden on Facebook :)
    xo
    Heather

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  27. Great post! It is so fun to see how everyone else does things on their land.
    I always get my best ideas when I can see posts like this! Your ground looks so rich and beautiful,
    not like this red Ozark clay soil we have here. I hope you don't mind, I grabbed your button in your sidebar and added it to my short list of favorite blogs in my sidebar. I'm going to have to take more time to look around your blog and get caught up on what I've missed!

    Blessings,
    Porosh Shafi.

    Lawn Care Sugar Land
    Lawn Maintenance Sugar Land

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  28. Amazing! Your place is stunning, how peaceful it seems, but I'll bet with 10 Grandkids it can get pretty adventrous! This is my first visit, and I'm now a follower!

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  29. This is so beautiful. I would love for you to share it on my Monday linky party!
    Thanks, Marcie @ www.IGottaTryThat.com

    http://www.igottatrythat.com/p/blog-hop-linky-colde.html

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  30. Thank you somuch for your comment. I tried to link up but it wouldn't work, Sorry.

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  31. Absolutely gorgeous!!!! Thank you for sharing at Uncommon! featured you tonight! Stop by and grab a button! :)

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  33. Thank you so much for your special comment and for featuring my yard post, that is so kind of you. I soooooo appreciate it. Thank you, also, for having a linky party, where we can share, and for all the effort you put into it. Blessings, Jo-Ann

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  34. Your property is GORGEOUS!!! STUNNING!!! I love it!!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    Sharon

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  35. Sharon, Thank you so much for your encouraging comment, I so appreciate it and thank you for viewing my post. Blessings, Jo-Ann

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  36. Your yard is absolutely gorgeous! We have moved into a home with almost no landscaping and little storage space. We had a barn put in similar to yours and are adding to the yard every year. I am enjoying your photos and step-by-step projects :) Thank you for the inspiration!

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  37. Oh Jo-Ann I want to come hang out in your yard!!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie, I would love for you to come hang out in my yard.

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