Tuesday, June 28, 2011

~ Pretty in Pink ~

Crinkled, ruffled and watermelon pink.

Another beautiful reminder of summer.

There is a chance for rain today and tomorrow... 
praying it will come and give a drink to this dry and
parched area of the south. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

~ Hawkeye ~

When I hear the word  hawkeye, I think of two things....
a character on the t.v. show, MASH or
someone with very keen eyesight.

This guy fits the second thought. This is one of a pair of hawks
who have nested and raised their young close to our house
for the past several years.

 As I was going out the driveway Sunday,
there he was, sitting on the mailbox.
Of course, I didn't have the camera with a zoom lens
in the car with me, so I used my little Canon.

They are always a joy to watch, especially when they are
teaching their young to fly.

To be sure, he had his 'hawkeye" on me
 and I wasn't  allowed to get very close before
he took flight, but it was such a treat to get a couple of
pictures before he flew.

Hope you enjoy!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Seven Things

One of my favorite blogging friends, Cheryl at The Farmer's Daughter  bestowed the Versatile Blogger Award to me
and several others.

The idea, as I understand it, is to tell you 7 things about myself you may not know. Here goes.......

1. Paul Newman was my favorite actor for years.

2. I really don't like being confined in a crowd. I can ride in an elevator perfectly well with a few people, but if we are crammed like sardines, I get a little antsy.

3. I was painfully shy as a child, but somewhere along the
way I discovered I love people!...all kinds..all shapes...all sizes...all ages.

4. I love desserts....my favorite is Key Lime anything.  Strangely,     chocolate, I can take or leave.

5. I am a cancer survivor going on 5 years....yeah!!!!

                         This is harder than I thought!!

6. I am a "ducks in a row" person. I like to have a plan but don't have a problem changing direction in midstream as long as I know where that stream is going!
Flying by the seat of my pants....not so much.

7. I love to read. Christian fiction mysteries are my favorite. I also love reading poetry...Robert Frost is a favorite.

It's funny how it is easy to write my thoughts about things I see or capture in pictures, but very difficult to share about me personally.

Thanks for including me Cheryl.  I enjoyed reading what everyone  wrote.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

~Sunflower Trail 2011~

A sunflower turns its face to the sun and
basks in the warmth of its glow.

It's that time of year again.
Time for my favorite Sunflower Festival.

 A friend and I traveled the Sunflower Trail this past week and
I took just a few pictures. The flowers were late in blooming and the blooms are sparse compared to previous years.

I think it was close to 100 degrees and very humid by the
time we reached the festival and we along with the
sunflowers felt a little wilted.
These pictures are not the best quality, but it is hard to hold a
camera when you are melting into a puddle!

Even so, these bright, cheerful blooms made the trip worthwhile.

Here is just one of the beautiful homes we passed on our drive.

Hopefully, I will get up to the sunflower fields before they have bloomed out and take a few more pictures,
 but I wanted to share these just in case I miss them.

Hope you have a weekend as happy as the sunflowers!

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

The Old Homeplace

On our outing last week, we traveled the old road back to Shreveport, through farmland green with cotton & soy beans & rice fields. We passed this lovely old homeplace and dear hubby just knew I would want a closer look.

I am not sure why old houses, especially a white clapboard house with a porch, hold such an attraction to me, but I dearly love them.

I can just imagine the family that lived here, the wife
who lovingly decorated and cleaned this home, the children
who played on the porch and under the magnolia tree in the yard
and the father who came home from a day in the fields to his family and a homecooked country supper.

Can't you just imagine them sitting on the porch in the
swing or perhaps a rocker?

 So many things revolved around the southern porch
in the days before air conditioning.
Visiting with the neighbors, shelling peas, rocking babies to sleep, telling stories or watching fireflies at night are just a few
memories from my childhood.

I wish this little red swing could talk, or maybe not.....
Sometimes memories and imagination are better than truth.
I do wish someone would restore this grand old lady.
I think she still has a lot to offer, starting with character......
if only we were younger, had more energy, and
 probably lots and lots of money............. sigh

Saturday, June 04, 2011

A Visit to Natchitoches


Last Monday, we spent part of the day in one of my favorite Louisiana cities, Natchitoches (pronounced NAK a tish). 

It was established in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis as part of French Louisiana, the community was named after the Natchitoches Indian tribe.

It has lots of French inspired charm, located on the Cane River. We just walked around town, enjoying the scenery.


Here we are on Front Street which faces the river. This balcony is over the sidewalk below, the second floor being living quarters. Lots of beautiful ironwork balconies are seen all over town.
Wouldn’t this be a nice place to sit in the evening
and look over at the Cane River?


Pretty gardens and great live oaks and magnolias to enjoy.
This is the city where  the movie "Steel Magnolias" was filmed.


Front Street is still made of bricks and the buildings are connected by brick walkways with lovely courtyards in the rear.


There are many beautiful churches in the area. I loved this window……reminds me of a flower.


I love these columns and the window detail.


Another beautiful church located at the corner of
 Second and Church Street.

One of my favorite places to eat, home of the famous Natchitoches meat pie. Sadly, they weren't open on the holiday.

Another great eatery in Natchitoches, fortunately for us, was open and we enjoyed a delicious lunch.
 David had their (also famous) baked potato with crawfish etouffe and I had a grilled chicken salad. Since it was a holiday and all.....
we decided to have dessert.
Chocolate for him and bread pudding for her......yum.

Live oaks, the river, flowers, history and good food.
It was a lovely, relaxing way to spend a day together.

Visit beautiful Natchitoches if you have the opportunity.
You will love it.