"Following where my camera leads me!"

"Following where my camera leads me!"

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Dirt Road Debbi


I love to take a walk down old dirt roads after church on Sundays!

Dirt road--here I come! LOL

Dirt Road Arm Candy LOL
 Art deco style blue bracelet Mr. Front Porch gave me  a few Valentines days ago. It was when we were watching Downton Abbey and it was a perfect present. The big cheap plastic chain link bracelet is fun to wear.

hope you'll come along? What's around that curve?

Spotted the few remaining Wisteria on the old dirt road

Beads today.....Fairy Granddaughter calls these "Ma-Maw's Blue Pearls" LOL

Time to change clothes....and get out my fresh new pair of gardening gloves:

Our onions are getting tall! This is our little kitchen garden.
And this is how tall a fence you have to put on a large garden, to keep the deer out. Otherwise they think you have put out a nice salad bar for them and they will enjoy! ha ha LOL

The pink geraniums are doing great so far

Perky little faces on bright pansies

This is our new mandevilla, a pretty cherry red:

planting coleus pots!

love this deep purple one.....it looks like velvet

this one is called "Glory Road"

purple petunias we planted a few weeks ago

I never found out just what these dainty little white blossoms are. I call them "fairy flowers". I thought they were anemones.....but someone said maybe Bluets? White Bluets, not blue Bluets. ha ha LOL

cleaning and hanging the hummingbird feeders! I hear they've made it to South Carolina, so they should be showing up soon. Looking forward to seeing them. Mr. Front Porch saw dozens of them in the back meadow last Fall, right before they migrated.

Sunday is also a great day for a long walk with the girls. You can see the little Bluets all around us.

These are my newest little historic ceramic statues.

I was thrilled to find them at the thrift store! They look to be attired in fashions from the 1700s, I think.

I tried this new recipe, and it was delicious..........highly recommend. 
womans world magazine

womans world magazine

I skipped the cucumber salad part, and I added Rotel to the sauce after I made it. I also added lots of extra Worcestershire....love that! LOL It's a pretty easy and quick creamy sauce to make.
  I served it over the cooked meatballs on a bed of angel hair spaghetti. I didn't have dill, so cooked with, and garnished with.....parsley and pepper.
It made alot as I used two bags of the meatballs, and we've had lots of left-overs. It heats up great.

Hope everyone's week has been great, wow, tomorrow is ALREADY FRIDAY!

Friday, March 24, 2023

Jessamine and Jasmine!

 Hope everyone had a nice St. Patrick's Day! It's now over...........

.......and Spring has officially arrived! Happy Spring!

When the bright yellow splashes of Jessamine bloom out, I know spring has arrived!

Charleston jessamine

Our South Carolina State flower blooms and blossoms rampantly over fences and gates and drapes itself up and down poles. It is sometimes called trumpet vine, or even Carolina jasmine. Not to be confused with Confederate Jasmine. LOL Yep, confusing. LOL I'm STILL NOT sure I've got my "jessamines" and "jasmines" figured out. LOL
Some scenes from a Charleston walk:

I always stop to look at the Free Libraries people have in their gardens, fun to see what is there. Sometimes I find one I like, and often I leave a bunch as well.

if you remember watching the old tv mini-series--John Jake's "The North and the South", (1985) you may recognize this old house is where Madeline (played by Lesley Ann Down) and Orrie's (played by Patrick Swayze) baby son was born! That series is my favorite role that Patrick Swayze ever played.
 There were MANY stars in that series as well....Johnny Cash, Morgan Fairchild, Robert Mitchum,  Hal Holbrook,  Genie Francis, James Read, Kirstie Alley, Teri Garber, Elizabeth Taylor, David Carradine, and many others. The story begins in West Point and follows two best friends,  Southern and slave owning Orrie Main who lives on a rice plantation, (Mont Royal) and Northern George Hazard (from Pennsylvania), and throughout the Mexican American War, the Civil War and their lives.

More sunny splashes of Carolina jessamine

and this is confederate jasmine...also called Star Jasmine, and Southern Jasmine. It has a wonderful scent in the spring! Very strong. I like it but Mr. Front Porch does NOT. LOL It takes over the city in Spring....it is ALL OVER.

spring green leaves against brick

One of my favorite lanes in the city

the jasmine smells so good!

Here's our Jessamine growing wild out in the country:

I wasn't sure if we would have it way out here, but then we spotted it in our trees!

I love how it tumbles over the fences

Pretty flowers in the grocery store:

We found these pretty dishes in one of the outbuildings here:
And these glasses too!

......and these heavy etched lead glass tumblers. I remember drinking cold milk out of these at Grandparents house long long ago.

Mr. Front Porch finds all kinds of neat old stuff out in the dirt like this water pump handle:
and other things.

Lots of this pinkish/red weed growing wild out along the highways and by-ways.

I have no idea what it is?

Decorating for Spring! And waiting for our purple irises to come up. 

the tiny white flowers are now going back to sleep and getting scarce (does anyone know what these are??)
......and the azaleas are done for the year.

The Worm Moon of March:
The next full moon is the first week of April, I think it is called the Pink Moon

Did anyone catch the planets in the night sky these past weeks? That's Venus on the top, and Jupiter on the bottom . Jupiter kept getting lower and lower on the horizon, until you couldn't see it anymore. They were bright and pretty.

our bluebirds have nested and been on eggs for a few weeks now, we hope to see fledglings soon!

Happy Weekend y'all! Hope you have a lovely Spring weekend.