Sunday, April 29, 2007

Sunday Blog Chatter: The View from Bloggingham Palace

This flowering azalea was brought from my mother's yard several years ago and transplanted here. It is approximately forty years old.

A walk in the woods yesterday was just what I needed. So I scaled the walls of the palace, swam the moat and proceeded to climb the small mountain behind Bloggingham's backdoor. I hid my trusty camera in my crown - that thing hurts my head - and put on (gasp!) unQueenly tennis shoes. Not a pencil skirt in sight. Slid my cellphone in the corner of my (gasp!) jogging pants and placed 911 on speed dial. Just in case. Even I know how directionally challenged I am. Remembering that once upon a time it only took me seventeen hours to cross the George Washington Bridge, I needed to prepare for anything.

Inspired by Linda's beautiful buttercup slideshow on her site Are We There Yet? - I set out to find the daffodils I planted eons ago under the cress of a large rock in the woods. I climbed. I climbed. I panted. I climbed. I tripped. I fell.

My crown fell off.

The buttercups were not blooming. Drats! And I risked life and limb to get here. For the real deal of daffodils see this post by Linda (scroll down past the gummies to the end) But after you read about my royal adventure. Sheeeshh..

So I sat down on this rock, took the camera out of that itchy crown and contemplated. I'm no shutterbug like Annelisa but I did begin to find some delightful treasures on the grounds of Bloggingham Palace.

Did I tell you I'm in love?

Of course you knew that- everybody knows that, but I'm also seriously smitten with trees. Glorious tall stately wise wonderful trees. And Bloggingham Palace is full of them. A writer's bungalow. I'm so lucky. Up up in the trees I sit on my deck and contemplate the riddles of the universe.


But yesterday they were talking to each other. See?
Hey Rocky! Who let her out of the castle?
Who does she think she fooling in that get-up?
I'm really sick of these flashes! Somebody call security!

Then I noticed the peonies. Not just any old flowering bush. Transplanted from great-grandmother's palace about a million years ago. Actually, the bush is about 75 years old. She had rows and rows of them in reds and pinks and whites.
They only bloom two weeks and smell heavenly and of course, remind me of the inner beauty and strength that great-grandmother possessed. I put some in a vase last night. The word peony originates from Paion, physician of the gods (or Apollo in this aspect), supposedly so called for the plant's healing qualities. The root, flowers, and seeds formerly were used in medicine.

Come on! Let's see what else we can find.... (slide disabled)

16 comments:

Odat said...

wow...I'm sitting at work looking at this...was a nice peaceful break! Thanks for sharing!
Peace

azgoddess said...

thanks for the pics..beautiful!!

Linda said...

Looks like you have the perfect woods outside of Bloggingham Palace - absolutely gorgeous! - and it was just like being there to watch your slideshow!

I rather love trees myself; ours are still somewhat bare but the leaves are budding at long last and hopefully they will be covered in their summer coats soon!

Wait until you see Connecticut in the summer - "green" does that describe it!

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

Great pics and the slide show is VERY impressive. I really enjoyed it. Just keep the camera away from me...

Mimi Lenox said...

Linda - Glad you enjoyed it. I can't wait to see your part of the world this summer. I think CT is beautiful anytime of year.

Mimi Lenox said...

Thanks Bud.....but don't you think I'm doing just a little better with the camera? Nobody died did they? Well.....there was that poor squirrel.


Sigh.

Mimi Lenox said...

AZ - You're welcome. Come back anytime.

Travis said...

Wonderful photos - I love a good nature walk.

Mimi Lenox said...

Travis - I was afraid people would think me crazy for snapping photos of leaves and trees. But I do love the solitude and privacy in my little world. Walking in nature is healing.

Anndi said...

If only I could smell the peonies.. oh that almost sounds wrong...

I was at the Museum of Fine Arts with the Chicklet this weekend... and I was reminded of the creepy trees in Snow White... your woods aren't nearly as scary.

Mimi Lenox said...

Anndi - Snow White's trees were scary for sure. The only thing scary in my woods is me with a camera. It should be against the law.

Akelamalu said...

Love the Azalea!

Annelisa said...

Well, Mimi, my soul-friend, I think the leaves and rocks were gorgous - I didn't realise you lived in such a haven/ heaven - looks divine! Thanks for sharing... it was nice to walk somewhere different for a change!! :-)

And don't put your camera skills down - you don't get better at it until you do it... so snap away... I thought them very good anyhow!

Annelisa said...

Did I say, I like your Meez in the sidebar! :-)

nursemyra said...

love those peonies

Mimi Lenox said...

Nursemyra - Me, too. They have almost faded away now. I cut the last ones Friday. Glad you enjoyed.

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