Dizzy Swallows

A Bounty

June 12th, 2013

The months of hibernation are over. Our garden is a riot of color. It is difficult to believe my luck, but the last three mornings have found me roaming the grounds, shears in hands, collecting heavenly scented, soft petaled peonies. Pinks, whites, reds, feathered, anemone crowned, hundred proliferates, and more each day. I am aghast and delighted at this bounty.

Each main room of the house has its own bunch, and I even used a handful as practice for a wedding bouquet. If only they would have waited another month…ah well.

Oh, and let’s not forget the rest of my beauties. Like the purple/pink climbing rose that swarms over the hedge, the base so thick it must be ancient.

Have I mentioned this hedge? It is one of my pride and joys. A ridiculous assortment of plant species, filled in without rhyme or reason by various proprietors over the 100+ … Continue reading


May 29th, 2013

These past weeks have been filled to bursting. May is nearly done and I’ve been so focused, I was hardly aware of it’s passage. I thought I’d share a few of the sights and sounds that have so occupied my world of late.

Good music. Always. Here’s a lovely ditty from Taken By Trees: “Dreams.” Taken By Trees is the solo project of former Concretes singer, Victoria Bergsman. Incidentally, Victoria is yet another Swede.

We’ve built and painted a dozen chalkboard signs for the wedding (can’t wait for you to see them in action!), and thought we’d use some of the leftovers to paint the inside of one of our cupboards. I’m thinking to fill it with handy measurement conversions and such.

I was never one to go in for banner-making during my school days, but I did recently play with metallic paint, glitter, and sponge brushes. Again, … Continue reading


April 15th, 2013

Our weekend time is at such a premium these days, we generally lay plans based on carefully weighed priorities. Sometimes it works. Sometimes life takes over and all the best laid plans go out the window. This weekend was the later.

Opening the shutters Saturday morning I was dismayed to see the previous night’s windstorm had downed a sizable portion of the grand red plum which shelters our backyard. A section of the trunk lay atop our fence and obscured part of the neighbor’s roof. A massive tangle of branches, cracked limbs, and a gaping wound completed the havoc.

At first glance, we thought we were in for drawn-out headaches, requisite repair, and prolonged cleanup. Though I typically stand firmly in the Eeyore camp, I must admit this time luck/fortune/insert-allegory-here smiled on us. All of the potential for real harm and devastation fell neatly into the 4 foot gap between … Continue reading

So This Is Spring

April 3rd, 2013

Spring is the last season we have yet to experience in our new home, and watching the changes as we turn toward the sun has been such a joy. Each daffodil that emerges is a pleasant surprise. Each new blossom is like a revelation. My prized peonies still have a ways to come yet, but in the meantime, the camelia is a riot of luxuriant color, the plum blossoms waft sweet fragrance through the air, and the bleeding hearts sway like so many jeweled necklaces. I feel an immense, and entirely unwarranted, proprietary pride of all the bees, birds, and squirrels (plus one happy kitty) busily foraging in our yard.

Press play and enjoy! Oh, and don’t forget you can click on a photo to pop out a lightbox.

You Are My Sun by Sun Kil Moon on Grooveshark

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Little Bits for a Monday

March 11th, 2013

Happy Monday my darlings. Spring is just around the corner! Thank heavens. Today I’d like to share with you a song that’s been roaming round my head since happening upon it a few weeks ago (shout out to Tommy!). Enjoy while you peruse the rest of the post!

Lightning’s Girl by Nancy Sinatra on Grooveshark

How was everyone’s weekend? Ours was full, as was the week previous. Though I was down with my first cold of the year, we did manage to get some key measurements at our wedding venue, lock in the catering, and have a nice walk about the land.

We even managed to plant the start of our garden! So far we have strawberries and peas in the ground, and butternut squash, cilantro, mint, and broccoli in the seedling tray. Much more to come!

My wellies have been earning their keep being out in the garden and … Continue reading