Sending pink kisses to all of my Pink Saturday friends today!!!!!
Just a little history on the X's used for kisses. During Medeival ages, a cross was drawn on documents or letters to mean sincerity and honesty. A KISS was then placed on the upon thre cross by the signer to display their sworn oath. It has gradually become a symbol for love and people still draw in on their cards and letters.
I have a few different pinks for today.
First my 9 yr. old grand made a pillow for Papaw for him to use in his easy chair. She used the sewing machine and stuffed the pillow with pillow foam. Very summery and PINK.
Our girls enjoying the beautiful 70 degree weather this past week (very unseasonal).
We are currently working on our new deck and the mild weather has been so wonderful to work in.
I love the way the stem grows on this Clome plant don't you?
We are doing major work to our back yard. We are putting on an L-shape deck across the back of the house--going from the sunroom. We are using Trex-lumber---I'm so excited.
So part of the gardens are not getting the attention they deserve this spring. My hubby has been laying pipe to all of my gardens and putting in faucets in each garden so I don't have to drag a hose around the yard.
My tomatoes however are doing good this year, I have three kinds planted.
We don't usually get tomatoes here in Kansas until about Aug. 15th. I can hardly wait so I can make BLT's.
I purchased this metal plant stand at a garage sale last week for $5.00. Holds mint, sweet basil and some marigolds.
The foundation posts are showing for the new deck. After it is on, I will be doing major landscaping.
Hope you are enjoying your spring and it's not too hot where you live.
We were sitting outside yesterday drinking coffee and I was looking at the gardens in my yard. In one spot I have cannas and chives and a redwood bush growing in one area. In the middle of it I have a white CHURCH bird house. This song came to my mind and I've been humming it for two days:
"THE CHURCH IN THE WILDWOOD'
by Dr. William S. Pitts
There's a church in the valley by the wildwood,
No lovelier spot in the dale;
No place is so dear to my childhood
As the little brown church in the vale.
Oh, come, come, come, come,
come to the church in the wildwood,
Oh, come to the church in the vale;
No spot is so dear to my childhool
As the little brown church in the vale.
William Pitts was on his way to visit his bride-to-be in Fredericksburg, Iowa. The stagecoach in which he rode stopped at Bradford, 14 miles west of Fredricksburg. There he strolled about enjoying the trees, the lush green growth and the gentle rolling hills as he anticipated the joy of seeing his beloved.
Of particular beauty was a wooded area in the valley formed by the Cedar River. Pitts envisioned a church building there and could not seem to ease the vision from his mind. Days later, when he returned home, he wrote a poem about the imagined church and set it to music in 1857.
Pitts returned to Bradford Academy to teach music seven years later. To his surprise he discovered a small church building being erected on the very spot where he had imagined a church years before. It was painted brown because that was the color of the cheapest paint to be had.
Pitts located the copy of his almost forgotten song, and, at the dedication of the new church building, his singing class from the academy sang it for the first time.
In 1865, Pitts sold the song to a Chicago music publisher for $25. He used the money to enroll in Rush Medical College, but his song was forgotten. After graduation in 1868, Pitts returned to Fredericksburg where he practiced medicine until his retirement in 1906.
By the turn of the century, the village of Bradford had almost ceased to exist. It had been bypassed by the railroad that went through Nashua, two miles to the west. Weeds grew in the churchyard, and the dilapidated building was closed.
A few years later the congregation experienced revival, the church was opened and re-painted its original color. Traveling musicians discovered Pitts's song, and its popularity spread through the country.
The Little Brown Church in the Vale has become a famous tourist attraction in Iowa, and the song describing its beauty is still sung. Standing in a picturesque rural setting among pine trees, the church is a favored place for weddings.
Each year several hundred couples, young and old, are married there. Following the ceremony, each bride and groom together pull the rope that rings the church bell.
Many artists have recorded it, Alabama, Dolly Parton, Carter Family, Kitty Wells, Charley Pride and Loretta Lynn to name a few.
Even though I live in the city, I'm a country girl at heart.
One of my favorite subjects are flowers so that what Im' featuring today.
The stamps that were featured in 1981 are the Rose, Camellia, Dahlia and Lily.
These four stamps featured flowers which add beauty and brightness to America's gardens. The block was designed by Lowell Nesbitt of New York City.
The Rose is the worlds most popular garden flower and is the state flower of New York.
Gardening offers endless possibilites for self-expression and creativity. Since gardens are alive they are constantly changing and responsive to care. We as gardeners are taught patience and reverence for nature. In North America alone there are over 30,000 species of blossoming plants.
I have roses and lillies growing in my gardens.
Have a wonderful week smelling all of those delicious fragrances.