Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Queen Anne's Lace

Said to have been named after Queen Anne of England, Queen Anne's Lace is a common wildflower in my area.  An expert lace maker herself, Queen Anne challenged the ladies in her court to make lace that would rival the patterned flower of this plant.  No one could duplicate the queen's work.  The queen ended up pricking her finger which, legend says, is the reason for the dark dot in the middle of the white flower blossom.  

Even though it is drying up with our fall temperatures, this flower head still retains much of its detail and beauty.  

"Autumn wins you best by this
 its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay."  

Robert Browning 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Time for Tobacco

Tobacco is being harvested all around us.  Or, as locals say, it is being cut.  Anymore migrant workers arrive to do this task.  It is unpleasant work, to say the least, and must all be done by hand.  The Secret Agent Farmer Man, and his twin brother, raised tobacco as teenagers to pay for their first car.  

It is not common to raise anymore, but if you paid Smalltownland a visit, you would surely see it in barns, in fields, and being transported on wagons.  

Linking up with The Barn Collective.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Randoms

Saving one Terrapin at a time on country roads.  It's just how we roll around here.  

If you have a great picture of your dog, and I know you do, now is the time to share it.  Garden and Gun Magazine is holding their annual Good Dog Photo Contest.  I will be entering a photo....how about you?  

This Caiman gives a mean side-eye, but obviously is a bit of a softie.  

I wouldn't say I am a huge fan of Lena Dunham, but I am a huge fan of her house.    

Leaving you with my daughter's current favorite song. She is a fan of the show, Supernatural.  Alas my efforts at exposing her to classic rock have had a minimal influence.  

Linking up with Tanya!  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for my family.  Here in Smalltownland, within the span of one week, two teenagers lost their lives, in two separate car accidents.  

We never know what might happen during the course of a day.  Be thankful, be grateful, and appreciate all that you have.  

"Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need."  

Sarah Ban Breathnach  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ten-Petal Sunflower

Lately patches of pasture have been blooming with groups of Ten-Petal Sunflowers.  A native wildflower, they are also known as Thinleaf Sunflowers, Forest Sunflowers, or Pale Sunflowers.  

I had a visitor during my photo shoot and I had a hard time capturing her.  Refusing to pose, she flitted from flower to flower, in rapid form.  

Out of a multitude of shots, I finally took one where she was relatively still.....just for a couple of seconds.  I don't think she could find what she was looking for.  

It is also known as an attractant for butterflies and they may use it for a larval host.  

For me, it has been providing some beautiful scenery.  

These are common in many states.  Any wildflowers blooming in your area?  If so, 
here is a great web page that can help identify them.    

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Rainy Day

Yesterday was a drab, rainy kind of day.  

Though the sky was a wash out, the land continues to give much in the way of color.  Goldenrod and wildflowers continue to bloom.  Our annual small town festival was held this past weekend and the weather kept many people at home, including me.  

Nothing like a rainy day for a nap and a movie.  

"And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down.  Without the rain, there would be no rainbow."  

Rabindranath Tagore 

Linking up with The Barn Collective.  


Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Randoms

I could certainly use some time in one of these rocking chairs today.

Tantalizing facts about Bob Ross, you know, the fantastic PBS painter that we all love.

I am proud to say that I know this person!  She is a featured/fabulous person on Poofing the Pillows. I can tell you she is just as fabulous as her home.

Friends and family have taken this personality test and have found it to be spot on.  Seriously, worth your time.  It really only takes about five minutes.

Leaving you with some Bill Withers for the weekend.  Make it a good one, won't you?

Linking up with Tanya today.
Pay her a visit!