187. The gardener’s feet drag a bit on the dusty path and the hinge in the back is full of creaks. ~Louise Seymour Jones

Pleasures lie thickest where no pleasures seem:
There’s not a leaf that falls upon the ground
But holds some joy of silence or of sound,
Some spirits begotten of spring and summer dreams.
~Adapted excerpt from Laman Blanchard


Birds that annually flee our area before winter arrives have already headed out on their migratory treks to warmer havens.  Thus, the number of avian guests in my yard is considerably smaller, and those that are still here have let up on their frantically busy doings in the garden.  The remainder of my “flock,” like me, are sometimes content to just perch a bit in idle watchfulness.  But despite our combined and periodic lethargy, the birds and I continue to greet our days with delight and a kind of expectancy even though we know old man Winter has left his arctic haunts and is headed down our way.

But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side, and there is no adversary or disaster.  -1 Kings 5:4   ✝

11 thoughts on “187. The gardener’s feet drag a bit on the dusty path and the hinge in the back is full of creaks. ~Louise Seymour Jones

  1. Pingback: 187. The gardener’s feet drag a bit on the dusty path and the hinge in the back is full of creaks. ~Louise Seymour Jones | Sacred Touches

    • It is a female cardinal, Jessica. The male is the really stunning red one that I’ll post some time. I’m sorry you don’t have them there. They are so beautiful and captivating when you see the flashes of red as they busy about the garden. In the summertime, when I have the sprinklers going to water the yard, they’ll perch on something within the spray of water and have the best time fluffing and preening themselves. It’s quite fun to watch. Have a great day without too many “creaks.” Blessings, Natalie 🙂


  2. Natalie dear, you seem to live in a garden of Edenic beauties! Where do you reside, if it’s not too personal ? I’ve loved birds all my life &, my grandma raised canaries so, they’ve a sacred place in my heart. BEAUTIFUL post/blog, like you ! Faithfully Debbie


    • It is my little piece of Eden, Debbie. We live in Fort Worth, Texas and have a pretty large yard. My yard has been established as a wildlife habitat and so I have lots and lots of birds as well as other critters. I’ve planted beds and beds and beds of roses and perennials and bulbs to keep them and the pollinators a very happy lot of visitors. And it feeds my soul as I witness the amazing and wondrous things that happen in my little Edenic plot of ground. I pray you have a very lovely weekend. Blessings, Natalie 🙂


  3. Debbie, I live in Fort Worth, Texas. My yard has been established as a wildlife habitat and so I have lots and lots of birds here as well as other wildlife. Besides annuals and perennials I have planted around 70 roses so there are plenty of things to encourage lots of pollinators as well. I have multiple bird feeding stations and about 10 birdhouses for the ones who are cavity nesters. I love all my birds but my favorites are the cardinals, the robins, and the mourning doves. I love to photograph them whenever I can. I think of my yard as my little piece of Eden because after a decades long derailment in my faith journey, it is where I found and reconnected with the Lord. In it I witness the most amazing things, and it literally feeds my soul with the richest of foods. I’m so glad you enjoyed my post, my friend. Blessings, Natalie 🙂


  4. Your female red cardnial is pretty, always love to see the red cardnials at the feeders this time of year. Your gardens are beautiful, we have already had the cold weather here in upstate South Carolina mountains and the garden looks all but dead for now.

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    • Oh I adore the cardinals and I have several that come to my yard. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind words about my gardens. It won’t be too awfully long now before our weather finsihes off this year’s glory in the garden. I’m so sorry yours is already gone. I am going to check out your blog as soon as I finish this. Blessings, Natalie 🙂


  5. My garden, too, has lost some of its bird life, Natalie. But, now we have the winter visitors arriving. We lost our beloved cat last year, bless him, but now the birds are more plentiful and they don’t seem to mind the dogs at all. They are such a pleasure to watch ~ Amelia 🙂


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