Looking forward, some hopes and dreams

Happy New Year!

I am starting as I mean to go on – with an entry in my blog.

I may not write every day because that’s just not me, but I hope to do a little something here on a fairly regular basis. And I’m also hoping that some of my friends/readers will make the attempt to do the same (and you know who you are) just so we can keep tabs on each other and keep in touch!

(BTW, Reenie! Where are you? How are you?)

(And Michael, you popped in here last entry and that just made my day! Thanks and keep up the good work!)

So, as far as hopes and dreams for the New Year are concerned, I give you a picture of a wonderful back garden area that belongs to a very special lady friend of ours, “SP,” who lives in the Yorkshire Dales (lucky duck!).


She sent me this photograph that she’d taken of her back patio and garden area a long time ago, way before we had blogs, etc. I’ve always thought it looked like it should be in a magazine in some article written about how your little back garden can explode with loveliness like this.

Another view:


We spent time with our friend, SP, at her home on a few occasions in our travels to Yorkshire, England, and those flowering gardens were just too wonderful for words – better in real life than in photographs.


The photo above always reminded me of an Alice-in-Wonderland setting… all lush and blooming and mysteriously leading to some far away land.

Here she is, SP, on the day she arrived at Crow Cottage all the way from across the pond, her first trip to the U.S., being greeted by the two collie dogs currently sharing the house with us back then, Jazz and Muff, and of course Paul.


My hopes and dreams come down to this. I am basically stuck here so I should do as the saying goes – “bloom where you are planted.” I hope to bloom right here, at Crow Cottage, this year, somehow, after the cold winter months have drained away and the new birth of spring warms us up again. I want to plant flowers out on my deck this year. I don’t have any delusions of being the kind of green-thumb gardener my friend SP is, but I must try. I said I would try last spring and I never did; this year I must try.

Having blooming things all around you does wonders for the psyche, I know that is true. I hope some of you will take up the spade and try your hand at flowering plants also, in your neck of the world… and maybe share some photos of the same.

So for now, happy new year, good luck, good health, and good evening until the next time…



(My deck in better times…all a-bloom)


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13 Responses to Looking forward, some hopes and dreams

  1. Sadly, because of my back problems, I have to give up on gardening. I just can’t keep up with all the work that is involved. Wishing you all the best! 🙂


  2. Bex! I LOVE this post for so many reasons. It’s blooming with hope and sometimes that’s all we have… or need. Please, please, please do some planting this year. Like you, I can no longer crawl around and work for hours in my yard and return to the house with muddied knees. Those days are gone, but the flowers aren’t. BTW, I think Crow Cottage’s grounds are as lovely as any property I’ve ever seen. Seriously. xoxo


  3. Sandy From Iowa says:

    I will try harder this coming year to do better flower beds…
    Thanks for the wonderful photos


  4. Bex says:

    I have to tell you that I emailed Reenie a week or two ago and she responded that she was just inundated with stuff and would do a blog soon… so not to worry overly about her.


  5. Happy New Year, Bex! I’ve been goofing off too much to blog, but will get back to it pretty soon. Yea, where is Reenie?


  6. Michael says:

    Out where I am, things grow wild without any input from me, and I’ve learned to appreciate that almost as much as a carefully attended garden. Or maybe that’s just my excuse for not trying to get anything to bloom. But maybe come spring I’ll see what I can do with a little patch of ground.


  7. Eric Mayer says:

    Gorgeous gardens. Your own doesn’t take a back seat. I too have wondered about Reenie. Hope your comment winkles her out. Sorry to hear about all that snow on the way. At least the days are getting longer.


  8. Annanotbob3 says:

    That Yorkshire garden is beautiful! I would recommend spending this part of the year browsing seed catalogues and the American equivalent of the RHS to find out what you would like to grow, that will grow in your climate and requires no more effort than you have to give. Mine is in a real mess now, due to neglect and endless gales, but I’ll take a pic tomorrow. Hugs, xxx


  9. TopsyTurvy says:

    Yes, a blooming garden has been a haven for me in many tough times. I love having beautiful plants around me. I hope this year we’ll be able to put up a fence so we can get more plants into the backyard.

    You obviously do well with plants, Bex. I think you’ll do just fine with your garden this spring/summer.


  10. mz.em says:

    Love the crow in your entry photo. This is a great photo.

    I loved your entry today. May I pay more attention to gardening this year. If nothing else, keep alive what I do have.


  11. Nina Camic says:

    Bex, your deck from years past is beautiful! I hope for you that you get enough energy and motivation to do that again. I agree with you — there are not enough casual flower growers on this side of the ocean. We must fill those ranks!
    Happy New Year lobster dinner!


  12. Bex says:

    Although our snow is gone right now, a new storm is around the corner, by tomorrow night we will be getting another 12-16 inches of it – but “fluffy” snow this time, not the heavy wet stuff. It comes, it goes, but spring will come no matter what…


  13. What a lovely picture of the cottage in winter! We will be seeing -27C tonight, so thinking of future gardens is a great idea!


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