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Sometimes flickers of it are in your own backyard:

Japanese maple

Japanese maple

Japanese maple

We shall find peace. We shall hear angels. We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.
– Anton Chekov

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Good Ideas

A Catnap

cat nap

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.
– Robert Fulgham

Afternoon Tea
tea

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.
-Thich Nat Hahn

Cultivating

Japanese maple

To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.
– Mohandas K. Ghandi

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I’m not feeling very chatty right now, so I hope you’ll put up with some recent photos.

At a garden shop:
Garden pots

Garden pots

Japanese Maple

At home:
Japanese Maple

Bougainvillea

Pink Flowers

Easter Lily & Oriental Poppy

The weather forecast is for more rain and cold weather, so for now we’re soaking up the sun. Don’t stay away for long, beautiful weather!

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Although my favorite season of all doesn’t officially begin until next week, it’s already unfolding in its luxurious colors, at least in our neighborhood. On this Wednesday, here’s a little bliss from my corner of the world.

Pale yellow roses from my dear husband:
Roses

Tissue-thin petals of the Spanish lavender:
Spanish Lavender

A row of flowering plum trees on the way to the mailboxes.
Flowering Plum

The sharp crimson bark of the new addition to our backyard, an Acer palmatum “Fjellheim” Japanese Maple:
Japanese Maple

Our kitties, caught here in a nose-kiss, relishing the warmer weather:
Kiss-kiss

Have a blissful rest of the week, dear readers!

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A Japanese maple leaf floating in water:
Japanese maple leaf

A puddle of gold leaves from the white birch:
Birch leaves

A pile of clean, smooth stones:
Stones

New hydrangea leaves unfurling to the rain:
Hydrangea

Jewels of rain on scarlet leaves:
scarlet leaves

When it rains, I often think of Mary Oliver’s poem, “Last Night the Rain Spoke to me.” You may have read it before, but here it is again for “the long and wondrous journeys still to be ours.”

More photos on flickr

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