Saturday, May 15, 2010

such lovely days

old rail fence along the new garden and orchard~

Our Creator would never have made such lovely days, and have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal.

~ Nathaniel Hawthorne ~

heirloom Delaware chicks

heirloom tomato plants

with names like Mr Stripey, Pink Ox Heart,

Black Krim, Crimson Currant, red and yellow Brandywine

and

Cherokee Purple

it seems to me, at least in my experience,

that early breeds of chicks are much livelier,

bright eyed and bushy tailed...

or these little women were just so pleased

to be out of their mailing box.

It was all I could do to keep them in the basket to have

their likeness taken.

~We're ready for warm days in the gardens

and soft evenings on the porch ~

I hope this finds you all enjoying the same

13 comments:

Dixie Sargent Redmond said...

I love heirloom tomato plants! I was once obsessed with them. I have grown Pink Ox Heart, Black Krim, Crimson Currant, red and yellow Brandywine, Sophie's Choice, Pink Brandywine, Eva Purple Ball, Stupice, and Aunt Ginny's, Red Brandywine and many more. There is poetry in the names of these plants. It's hard to get tomatoes to full term here in Maine - growing them in a raised bed is good and keeping them watered well is very good. I was even mentioned in a featured in the New York Times in an article about home growers and heirloom tomatoes.

http://www.nytimes.com/1997/08/20/garden/the-tomato-singing-its-siren-song.html

A cyberfriend of mine from the time wrote a book on heirloom tomatoes - Her name is Carolyn J. Male and the book is called 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden. Great book!

You stirred up a tomato longing, Christe'. :-)

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

The little chicks are darling and just think of the gifts they shall come to bestow upon you...
The days are warming here and the air is filled with the heavenly scents of the flowering bushes.
Enjoy your week and all the beauty that Nature has gifted to your Deerfield farmhouse.
Susan x

Finegan Antiques said...

Christine,

What a magical and lovely setting. The chicks are adorable. Cute balls of yellow fluff.
I too love heirloom tomatoes and especially their names. Just brought home some:Black Prince, Caspian Pink, Lemon Boy and Green Zebra. The names belong in Alice In Wonderland. I also purchased some lettuce so if Mother Nature ever decides to behave maybe I will get to plant my treasures. Just think, soon you will have heirloom eggs and tomatoes. The mixins for a good omelette. Sounds good to me.

Donna

katiebird said...

I love this mom - your little chicks looked like they all hopped right outta the basket as soon as your camera clicked! Lively is right!

Mrs. Staggs said...

This post has done my heart good. Thank you for sharing it.

Those babies are the sweetest things.

Bright eyed and bushy tailed is a phrase my mom used to use. I haven't heard that in a long time.

xo
Lena

Doreen said...

We are finally enjoying warm sunny days with soft breezes here in VT...it is so very lovely.

Such sweet little chicks!!!!

I grew heirloom tomato's last year and just loved them.

Wishing you a lovely day,
Doreen

Laura said...

The old rail fence has found a perfect home . . just wonderful, Christine. I'm sure that was no small task. Those are the sweetest little chicks I've ever seen. And so many!

I look forward to updates on your new garden with all the wonderful heirloom plants and maybe recipes?????

Laura

Heather said...

ooooh, those chicks are so SWEET! And love the heirloom tomato names. I hope you're having a lovely spring at the dollhouse~

Debbie said...

The old rail fence looks like it has been sitting beneath the apple trees for years. I has a wonderful history to tell. Your chicks are fuzzy and darling. Each will grow to be charmers with individual personalities. I hope you will soon enjoy your warm evenings, relaxing on you porch, listening to the night songs.
Debbie

QUAINT AND PLAIN said...

IT DOES SEEM TO ME THAT SPRING HAS ARRIVED IN BEAUTIFUL OREGON... LIFE IS BUT A DREAM~~!! HOW LOVELY IT IS WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE... XXX ~ B

Storybook Woods said...

Sighhh, you lead such a Tasha Tudor life xoxox Clarice

Sea Angels said...

Just beautiful...
Lynn xxxx

Lesley Austin said...

Dear Christine,
I had to come here to see your Delaware chicks after you came to my Bower to see our one little Delaware.

How are yours faring? They must be so grown up. Our "Cally" (because my son said she was the perfect little calendar chick when she first arrived) has lovely grey and white wing feathers and is the only one to be found on top of the water jar again and again. Very lively, as you said.

I love the feeling I have found here at your blog and will return again and again.

Happy Summer,

Lesley