The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface

So it is that we develop

But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work

For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece. Javan

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Observations or Pondering

Our gardens have grown leaps and bounds - for all to enjoy.
 The pictures really have nothing to do with the post ...
you just really need pictures, don't you?
Impatiens in June

Impatiens in August
An example of patience ... what beauty ... we highly recommend planting impatiens in your shady areas.
"Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation..." Jane Austen 

We wait for the perfect set of days, we try to arrange long weekends around life appointments, and we end up spending time waiting for tradesmen.  We never seem to get anywhere.  We talk about "destination lunches," while taking the back roads to other towns, but never take the time or initiative and just do it.  All of a sudden, I come upon an afternoon with nothing to do and wonder - why did we not have something of enjoyment planned?
Unfortunately, our little dog is no longer here keeping us home, and while  there is a sense of freedom there is also a real sadness in our hearts.

 Mr C and I love the journey so much more than hurrying and getting to the destination.
We are re-thinking all the adventures waiting for us.

Now that summer is coming to an end and the flower planting is over -  we need to just do it.  How lovely it will be to walk on the beach and eat very fresh seafood at the restaurant the locals go to.  Always so much more enjoyable.   The summer holiday rush is over and with school starting the families are going home. 
Strolling the path to our cottage backyard

See the crossing sign - it says "Cairn's Crossing" for our wonderful Casey and Brady
 On our list is the Moravian village of Old Salem.  DWH and I will love all the history surrounding this "not too far from Raleigh village."  We have read great reviews and it seems to be calling out to us, especially the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and the oppotunity to see some of the early homes.  Since the public buildings and gardens are closed on Mondays we will need to plan accordingly and go for a couple of days during the week.( We did do this).

We are definitely thinking of Williamsburg at Christmas - just imagine all the intrigue, beauty and history of this wonderful town, and Christmas would be the icing on the cake for me. This year our Christmas theme for our cottage home will be our lighted Williamsburg Village spread all over the house. Very colonial, very red and green and historical.  Some of the Williamsburg replicas like Bruton Parish Church, Governor's Mansion and the King's Arms tavern are very big and we have no single place to display them all together.  I will have to let you know how many pieces there are when we unpack in December.  (We did do this).

   We spent three wonderful days in Williamsburg in the Spring of 2005 which was so good for the soul - everything was growing, blooming and becoming. We had rain one day and really loved it, especially with the french doors open that faced the treetops from our bed and breakfast room.  I still remember the oatmeal souffle with vanilla cream sauce and have never been able to find a recipe.

Little Casey Strolling the Gardens Around Our Little Cottage
 Do you have any plans for Fall excursions?  Living in North Carolina definitely gives us lots of opportunity to just do it!!!

 I love A.A. Milne quotations ....

“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart I'll always be with you.” ~ A.A. Milne

Have a delightful and spontaneous day full of surprises and love.
Judy C and Himself (DWH)


Mdm Samm said...

judy, your garden is lovely...thanks for the insights and journalling on what is important..enjoy every moment they are indeed fulfilling and memorable...

taylorsoutback said...

A lovely post with lovely thoughts of travel. When my husband was on his 2nd Vietnam tour, I lived in Newport News - sooooo convenient to Williamsburg. My friends and I spent some memorable days there.
I also keep a special notebook for plans, notes and shopping lists for trips with our RV. On the front cover is that very same Jane Austen quote about preparation. It reminds me that you can plan and plan but there comes a time when you just have to take off and go! Wishing you memorable journeys soon! And sending hugs from Palmer-Wasilla Alaska.

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Been thinking of you sweets. Wishing you lots and lots of fun on your adventures. The journey is indeed what it is all about. ;)

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your precious Casey; sending you hugs and heartfelt condolences. I do hope that you are able to get away and enjoy the variety that our beautiful state has to offer!

Mdm Samm said...

BEEN MISSING YOU...hope this finds you well