Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Memorials, Flower and Birds~

  Above are the very some moments captured while watching my husband placing new American flags at special graves for Memorial Day this past Monday~

Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slideshow presentation after                                                                you have read the narratives~

                                                     I am joining in the fun with Eileen at:


                                                                     Saturday's Critters

Stewart for:

Some of my perennials in the small gardens we have in our wee gardens, and 8 1/2 year old Meaka on the left and 3 1/2 year old Silveit on the right~

A first year Red-Shouldered Hawk hunting and it caught some kind of large insect~

I LOVE wind chimes.  The first ones below were brand new last month and went rusty right away, but I like them very much~

Bill had a lot more dog walking duties with me laid up following my recent knee surgery~

Red-Tailed Hawk on Covered Bridge Road, Prospect in Oldham County, KY~

Above, I am so happy to finally have Leatherleaf Mahonia growing in the gardens.  Red Honeysuckle below grows at the fence line of my neighbors and my property~

A Great Blue Heron hunting at the Parklands in Jefferson County.  The white fluff is floating down from female Cottonwood trees as well as a few insects flitting around the water~

My Roses are beginning their bloom season~


  1. Dear Mary. I hope you are recovering well after your surgery.

    Lovely to see so much colour around your garden. I'm also a fan of wind chimes.

  2. What wonderful Arial shots of the hawk in your post! And, of course your super sized hawk header too. Nice.

  3. Wow. Great mix of photos. I love the Memorial Day flags at the cemetery. And it's always a pleasure to see your beautiful dogs.

  4. Hope all is well with you - this post seems to sum up both the craziness and beauty of the world.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  5. So many fallen soldiers. So many memories. I very much enjoyed the views around your garden. I like wind chimes too, and I love your rusty ones. I had never seen red honeysuckle before. So pretty. As your roses bloom, mine are are bedding down for winter. I hope you are recovering well from your surgery Mary. take care. hugs.

  6. Thanks most sincerely for the lovely comment you left on ~ My little old world ~ I truly appreciate it so much !

    May your day be blessed with joy

    Xx Daniela

    P.S.: congratulations on your stunning blog !

  7. I love the Red-tailed Hawks, they are superb.

  8. I too love wind chimes!!! I even have them INDOORS by the A/c vents.

    Loved all your bird photos of course, and felt very privileged that you took us along with you and your husband while replacing "Old Glory" with your family members and friends.

    Beautiful flowers too.

  9. Hello Mary. I hope you enjoying Father's Day as much as I am, especially that we now have some quiet after entertaing our 3 kids , their spouses and three grandchildren. Wonderful to see them all together and enjoying each other's company. Soon we will be 5 as our youngest Joanne and hubby Ian are in the throes of adopting 2 kids.

    It was sad but also uplifteing to see those epictures from Memorial Day. Your Bill is to be admired for his commitment. I wish the world would just live in peace for ever.

    Do take care after your knee op. I'm wishing you a speedy and successful recovery. I have been quite lax in my birding and blogging with the continuance of my debilitiating muscular aches meaning thqat any birding I do is car based only, and I'm longing to get out and walk somewhere. My old GP spotted it immediately - "statins" he said "Don't take anymore for now" and sent my bloods for analysis. Hopefully my body will recover from any long term damage.

    Keep up the good work with the blogging and the pictures and take care.

  10. That is such a good thing for you and your husband to do. Spring looks so very beautiful in your area. And it is always bittersweet for me to look at Cave hill Cemetery -- so beautiful and if

    That is such a great thing for you and your husband to do for our Veterans. It was just beautiful around your house back at the end of May (I'm catching up after a very busy month of June). It's always bittersweet for me to see the beautiful Cave Hill Cemetery; I think about the time we got to visit my grandmother's grave (and many other ancestors) buried there..


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