Saturday, March 19, 2011

Warmth

It’s early Saturday morning as I write this. My husband wanted me to be up early so that he could pack the car and we could go to the dump. What? You thought I was going to say pack the car and go on a trip, right? Nah. Maybe next weekend.

So I got up early. In my world, 7:20 is early for a Saturday morning. In my husband’s world, however, it is not.

For those that may be thinking ‘well, why can’t husband pack the car and go to the dump himself?’ well, believe me . . . I’m thinking this too.

But I refuse to let any of this bother me today. Because it feels like spring.


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I took these photos yesterday afternoon after my walk. I made myself a Friday night cocktail and took the camera outside to sit by the lilac bush.

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If you’re new to this blog, I wrote about this beloved bush two years ago, when a tree came down and split it in half.

If a tree falls in the forest . . .

I have always adored the scent of lilac and was thrilled to have moved to a home that had a wonderful old bush in the yard. And when the tree came down and split it in half, I thought the bush would never recover.

But it is – slowly.


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These shots are SOOC (Straight Out of Camera), with a slight texture added.


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There are shoots coming from the damaged area of the bush.


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It’s beautiful.


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And I’m so glad to see that it’s going to produce some blooms again this year. Last year we had so few.


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This is the dogwood tree by the house. Its beautiful white flowers will be out soon, but I like how the bare branches look against the house.


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Miss Blackie was taking a sunbath and says hello.

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend.

Luv,

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40 comments:

The Thundering Herd said...

To us Y chromosome types, that is our idea of spending some time together. Forgive us, because we don't think through those things very well.

Sarah said...

After seeing your lilac photos (gorgeous, even sooc), I'm telling myself I so need to get outside with my camera! No trips for us this weekend either, but a lot of work around the house - getting things ready for the dump!

Enjoy your weekend.

Deb said...

have a great weekend..can't wait to see what photos you come up with to share with us...

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

Oh I love the first signs of spring! The snow is FINALLY melting here in Vermont and that is a blessing enough, even if we won't see green leaves for at least a month, or two....

Cabin Fever in Vermont

These Nine Acres said...

I too love lilacs but I had to plant my bush a couple of years ago. It still has precious few blooms :( I am LOVING this weather. xoxo

Karen said...

A dump run at 7:30 am, huh?

We have about five ancient lilacs here at This Old House, I did a happy dance when I learned this... love them.

Steph said...

Last night my husband said "lets sleep as late as we want tomorrow" so we did. He brought coffee up to me at 7:45 which feels like noon to us. No signs of spring on my lilac tree yet (it's still surrounded by about 4 feet of snow) so I thoroughly enjoy seeing yours showing signs of lovely spring. It's coming...it's really, finally, coming! :)
Enjoy the weekend Kate.

AutumnSkyRanch said...

My lilac bush is one of my favorite photo subjects. It's getting old and raggedy though, so I am going to plant a second one. The blossoms look like sugar frosted berries before they fully bloom.
We also took a trip to the dump a few weeks ago. Not so bad and it's nice to have things cleaned up.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Kate:
Nothing quite like a trip to the dump to start out your weekend! (ish!)

You know how I adore your lilacs. Thanks to you, it's spring here now, too.

Hugs,
Donna

texwisgirl said...

UGH! A working woman needs her sleep on the weekends! :)

Beautiful shots. Glad the lilac is making it!

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

The first buds of spring always bring joy...love the close-ups!

We went to a farewell party last night in a town about 25 miles South of us and the dogwoods were already blooming in that neighborhood!!!! They were everywhere!!

Uh-Oh (the cat in my header) says hello to Miss Blackie ;)

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Lilacs are the true first signs of spring. Dependable little things aren't they? Ours have been showing just the tiniest smidge of green for so long. Soon they will open.

I have a feeling that many of us have those scented lilac memories from our childhood. It's such a distinct fragrance.

Good on you to not hurry, to sit and enjoy the moment.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

I love taking a trip to the dump....so liberating! {plus ours has a great recycling section where one can find some great things!}

Oliag said...

Mr O wanted me to get going early and empty out the kitty litter box because he was going to the dump....I was wondering to myself why he couldn't just change the litter himself:) Seems like we have a similar morning going on!

...other than the fact that I am packing for vacation...we leave tomorrow:)

The Weaver of Grass said...

Hello Miss Blackie - you look very wise.
That lilac looks well on the way to recovery - I love lilac too.

mrs mediocrity said...

My husband is the same way, he gets up and goes running and is home before i am even awake at 7:30 on the weekends. but he falls asleep before 9:00 o'clock every night, and i am almost always up until midnight. i like that quiet time by myself.
love these pictures, spring is in the air. no buds here yet, but little sprouts here and there in the garden.

beth said...

i have never been to a dump....okay, when i was a kid i vaguely remember going once with my dad....but other than that, i only know what a dump looks like on TV.....

but if the hubby wanted me to go with him, i think i would have stayed in bed :)

A New England Life said...

Lilacs are amazingly resilient and hardy. So glad yours is making a comeback. One day I will have a bush of my own. For now I'll borrow my neighbors ; )

I'd say your spring is definitely a couple weeks ahead of ours.

Lynda said...

Lilacs are one of my favourite flowers! Thankfully, they're very hardy and will continue to thrive no matter what.

Gayle said...

Oh, liiiiiiiiilacsssssss, what a treat!! Lovely. The branches against the house are beautiful.
Hi Miss {{{Blackie}}} sweet girl.
>^..^<

wildbanshee said...

My husband would have called it a date.

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos, I also took photos of my lilac bushes budding, things are so alive now its wonderful. As for going to the dump with hubby I would of made it a photo opportunity ! Have a great !

sharon said...

don't you just love the first signs of spring!! except for the Bradford Pears, they stink to high heaven!!

Cloudia said...

You make me want to learn how to photograph!




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Deb said...

Beautiful photos and "Hello Miss Blackie."

wayne15575 said...

Beautifully done as always sweet lady. Love your micro captures. And thanks for sharing George and Miss Blackie with us.

deborah said...

I love lilacs and am so glad they are showing a bit of green. One more pretty day here and the huge magnolia will be in bloom. Happy Spring!

Jeanne Walker said...

Please don't ever stop taking photographs...it is your God-given gift!

I didn't know there was a 'lilac' bush/tree? Obviously I've never lived anywhere where they grow. I only wish I could smell the real scent instead of what is passed as a scent in some cleaning product!
Could you/would bottle some of that heavenly scent up and send it to me!!!

Spring has sprung down here. Azaleas are blooming, crape myrtles have leafed out, Bradford pears have already gone from white to green, the new grass blades are shooting up through the dead grass, and the birds are singing. All is well!

Have a wonderfully blessed weekend and spring!

Amy said...

I think it's sweet your hubby wanted you up to go with him to the dump...I mean...maybe it's his way of being romantic?? I dunno??? Hahahaha....but go with it and like you said, it felt like spring and lordy knows it sure LOOKS like spring at least from my perspective! I'm totally jealous, we're still under a blanket of snow so will be awhile before our lilacs bloom...
I love Miss Blackie...she looks like a lady who chooses her friends carefully and doesn't give dogs the time of day....good girl ;-)
Hope you get to sleep a little longer on Sunday :-)

Lili said...

Lilacs are one of my favorite scents. We have a huge one in our back yard that reaches right up to our 2nd floor windows. So glad yours recovered. xo ~Lili

ELK said...

oh the buds are just divine .. such a special way to fill a lens~

Jan's camera said...

Your husband is so funny. I hope you got a good spot at the dump for getting there so early. I love waiting for the spring to come. Waiting for the buds to bloom. Spring is my favorite. Have a great weekend and get some sleep on Sunday.

Mary said...

Oh, your lilacs are beautiful! I can't wait to see the photos you take when they are in bloom. And say hello to Miss Blackie -- she is beautiful, too. :)
xoxo

Kerri said...

Blackie sure is photogenic!

Your lilac buds are AWESOME!!!!!

Andi said...

The lilac at the manor house is probably settlement era! How cool! I read somewhere that they used lilac plantings to track the migration of settlers across the US , since they tended to take the plants with them when they moved. not sure how true it is. Lilacs are pretty hardy, it takes a lot to kill them. Now you make want to go out and check my buds!

Char said...

lovely shots of a lovely day

Lisa RedWillow said...

Hi Kate. I love the buds . How beautiful. We however still have feet or snow and I mean feet. It will be sometime before I see this here again. Im enjoying yours.
My Sadie had so far four kittens today. Nothing like being a midwife. Im in love with them all and Im not sure she is done. Its her first litter.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Miss Blackie looks just like my Miss Priss.

Daryl said...

Miss Blackie looks like she would like you to go away .. hooray for the lilac bush and cocktails!

Ruth Andre said...

Oh how I love the photo of Blackie. Gorgeous!