Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Thank you to Susan for hosting this wonderful and creative event and encouraging us to share our wonderful outdoor photo's.

This is the top of the driveway...and my son, Dan, made that little barn mailbox for his sister.

Roses and white iris' (I think!) border the drive way...

I love the front of this little home...not so little home.

Cute little window boxes that Mary is getting ready to add the color soon...

That's my daughter, Mary, walkig from the lawn area to the house... You can see the barn..

I decided to go for a walk around the grounds. Do you see that white arbor at the top of the drive? The path starts there...

I love this climbing Black Eyed Susan. It dies back in winter and in Spring becomes glorious once again! I always have to stop and look at it on my way by...I bought one once. The heat killed it...so I visit Mary's.

..so I headed up the driveway....

...an ancient old wagon...that needs some of the ivy cut back or soon no one will know it is there. My daughter assures me that they never let it get covered and that the gardeners make sure of it...but..but...

And through this little arbor the path begins...

And it winds through the grounds... and this is the view off to the left...across the grass there is the Koi pond...

The little path wanders curving here and there with little benches to rest a bit..and "take your ease" as the English say...

and on the path winds...

..and on...

I was busy snapping pictures as I walked. My daughter was down in the driveway watering the roses...

I took this shot of the path and suddenly...I noticed something strange...

something happened and to this day...I have no idea what. I took these pictures earlier but didn't post them because I was upset for awhile.
My camera lens suddens looked sort of snowy, not clear anymore...do you know what I mean? I took it away and looked at the area I was focusing on...and saw nothing but brilliant white light. You can see it in the picture....sort of golden...odd...it looked like...a HUGE swarm of golden gnats. But they were't gnats. Or bees. There was no sound. They seemed to be coming down from the sky to my left. I had this funny feeling...and began backing away.. PLEASE look at the bush carefully at the end of the path..notice part of it is blocked out by those little golden rectangles!

I called to my daughter to come up quick and look...she climbed over the ivy as I know I sounded in a bit of a panic. She said "it better not be a dead cat, Mom!!"
I told her no...look through my camera and tell me what you see...she did..then looked at me blankly and said..."I don't have my glasses on...I can't see a thing! What is it?" I started to try and tell her..but instead just said..."Let's go!" She looked at me, turned and jumped into the ivy, sat on her behind and slid down the hill yelling at me NOT to do this...go the long way..but I was already gone...
Enlarge the picture and look carefully..

Back down the drive at a dead run...and the day became ..normal again. I walked over and took a couple of shots of the pond below...

This is the pond on the far side of the grounds...

You can see the Koi, which are very tame and come up and eat out of my son in law's hand...but..no one else's.
I had intended on taking pictures of the the fountain that shoots high into the air and crashes down...and of the tree house...but instead...I laughingly told my daughter I'd had enough adventure for the day...and drove off in my little gray truck!

Later at home..I told Howard...and just said "hmmmm..." The following day when looking at my pictures I found I did have a couple of shots just before I ran...so I blew them up...oddly enough it just looked like golden rectangles...which appeared to be light coming through the dead bushes but on closer inspection...no..as it was coming down from my left...and up into that bright light ...which I am sure can be explained by someone. Golden rectangles? (shrug) I have no idea and really don't want to know.
And...that's my OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY....

Smiles and hugs..


  1. I know you'll be reflecting on your interesting adventure for quite some time :-) Thank you for the wonderful tour of your daughter's property. Perfection!

  2. This is a beautiful tour of these grounds...I loved seeing the lemons and oranges on the trees and the beautiful pond...I do know that trusting your instincts you have feelings like you had is the smartest thing to do...very interesting...thanks for sharing your tour with us...

  3. That is strange! I hate when I get "creeped out" that way.
    I just love your daughter's house...I always go back to pictures you've posted earlier of it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow! Your daughter has a beautiful home and garden... I can't explain what you seen but then there are some things in life that can't be explained. Thank you for showing a beautiful tour of her home!

  5. I loved your pictures and at one point, I got the heepie jeepies. I wonder what was going on there? You will probably never know.

  6. What a GORGEOUS home!! She made it so beautiful. I love the little barn mailbox your son made. Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. HI mona,
    I really enjoyed visiting your daughters place, such a peaceful place. Thank you for sharing

  8. Such a beautiful place. I love all the gardens and the wonderful paths and flowers. I think your "light" was just a visit from angels in such a gorgeous place. Thanks for the tour. Hugs, Marty

  9. Mona, I have to tell you. I just stopped at my computer for a moment and wasn't going to stay, but I saw your sweet comment and went to your blog and was captivated by your garden walk. In the first place what a beautiful place! OMG!! You are quite a story teller. :) As for the odd "thing" you saw. Who knows, but God does work in mysterious ways. :=) Happy Wednesday!

  10. What a lovely place and such great winding paths. I love the old wagon, the arbor with the climbing plant, the cute barn style of the house and adorable door, the little barn mailbox your son made, and the pond. I would love to stroll those grounds and can see why you all must love it so!

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday...


    Sheila :-)

  11. Okay girl you started freakin me out back there!!!! Hard to have a great walk when your freaked out! What the heck was that? That is going to drive me crazy til I know.....If you ever do figure it out, do tell! Aside from that..lovely! xoxo~Kathy @ Up-North mornings...

  12. Absolutely beautiful! Her gardens look so serene. Such a lovely place to live!


  13. Your daughter has a lovely home and gardens. I wonder what it was you felt and saw? I have goosebumps!

    p.s. did you get my email on Monday with the tracking number of your package?

  14. Mona, this is so beautiful. Your daughter has a beautiful home. The grounds are just wonderful. That pond looks so peaceful, and to have so many paths to walk on and around. I too loved the old wagon. The ivy looks so happy. The mailbox was precious. All beautiful. Great Outdoor Wednesday Post. Please stop by and say hi. I am going to follow your blog. I have to come back and see where you go next. Country Hugs, Sherry

  15. Hi Mona, I love your pictures. I just adore Emilie and have just about all her books....she is such an inspiration.

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

    Hugs, Barb

  16. Morning, Dear Mona! Oh, I love your daughter's home ~ inside and out! What a gorgeous area! Oh, Dear One! What in the world do you think you saw! Were you getting too hot? Am I getting a bit scared? Yes! We must trust our instincts and when you left like you needed to leave, that was the right thing! I would have loved to see the picture of you scooting down the hill on your bum! :)
    I'm having a giveaway - come enter your tiny name!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :0

  17. What a pretty place. Thanks for sharing with us.

  18. Two things I trust more than anything in the world, my faith & my INSTINCTS. I felt like a took the walk with you today. Your pictures are so pretty and inviting. Very nice post indeed.

  19. I have no idea what it can be in the picture.

    Beautiful garden! Love the pond! The Blacked Eye Susan is magnificent! We can only have it as an annual out here, if we can´t place it cool during winter. Perhaps I´ll sow some seeds next year, thay are cranky lttle buggers those seeds sometimes :-)
    Have a great day now!

  20. Your tour was amazing! With so many photos it actually felt as if I were the one enjoying a stroll down the pathway, observing all the beauties along the way, until... yikes! What just happened there!
    There are so many unexplained occurrences in our lives and most go unnoticed, but to have captured this one in a photo is unbelievable. What I do believe is that whatever it was, it was benevolent. I agree with marty39-angels are amongst us everywhere. Karen

  21. Your daughter's place is beautiful and what great photography. Obviously you were in an enhanted place, it is quite lovely...and you met an Angel or fairies...or perhaps both. Aren't you the lucky one.

  22. Your daughter has a wonderful home and property. Strange story, but interesting!

  23. Mona,

    Your daughter has the most beautiful gardens! I would be visitng everyday! And she has gardeners? Well, I can see why!!

    I'm not sure of what you saw. I would guess that it was the light reflecting off something shiny. Nature can be that way.

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday, Mona!!


  24. Hmmmmm. I can't tell by looking at the picture enlarged either.
    I thought you were going to say you came across a SNAKE! UGH!
    Great walk - I agree with your comments on the ivy on the old wagon . . . LOL.
    HAGD! Karen

  25. Mona, forgive me, I am a nut. I thought you were talking about Emilie Barnes, the writer!!!! Ykes.


  26. Hi Dearest! I've entered you name in my giveaway!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  27. Howdy
    oh my gosh what an adventurous walk.
    The grounds are so amazing.
    Thank you so much for sharing all this with us today.
    So many beautiful photos.
    Blessings to you sweetie.
    I have no clue as to what caused the little lights.
    Maybe someone will know.
    Have a wonderful rest of the week.
    Happy Trails

  28. Your daughter's home and grounds are something right out of a movie. Just beautiful!! Thanks for taking us along..as for your "sighting"...I do wonder what it was, too...perhaps light playing thru the branches of trees and bushes.?
    xo bj

  29. Oh YAHOO!! another great tour of Maryalice's home...wow girl what a beautiful place she has there...I would hate the up keep I bet she and her Hubby stay busy all the time...What do you think the light was Mona?? spooky...Thanks for this great tour and thank your daughter again for letting us take a peak into Emile Old home...May you have a great week my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  30. My, but you had an adventure. How very strange. Your photos are really terrific and I enjoyed walking with you through your daughters grounds.

  31. Would love to live on and enjoy that property.... but of course I would want to hire a groundskeeper since I am so lazy.

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  32. Wow! Your daughter has beautiful grounds! I would love to stroll through those pathways often. I'll agree with Marty, I bet you had a visit from an angel. ;) ~ Robyn

  33. What a magical place!

  34. Wow! I noticed what you saw before I even read what you wrote. I have a few ideas but I won't post here. I'll tell you about it later. We MUST get together as soon as you feeling better. For sure this time!


  35. this is the most beautiful walkway - yard - landscape! how lucky your daughter is!!!!!! i love this! i would never get spooked at anything here = I would be in heaven!!!!!!!!!!! I am green with envy, I have to be honest!

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