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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring is in the Forest

What's It Wednesday #158

Every year, at the start of Spring, I visit some dear friends who have the luxury of living in a National Park. This is where Spring begins for me.
Spring is when they pull out the Airboat and enjoy an early morning trek through the grasslands and mangroves.

Spring is when they find skulls of animals that may have perished in the winter or years before. They keep them and honor their precious neighbors. Some they may have  personally known

Spring is when they put out new antiques they acquired. Some, like this bear trap, to remind all who visit that these should not be set in the woods at all. 

Spring is when they gather more old bottles that people have discarded in the forest throughout the years, turning them into a great conversation piece in the yard. 

Spring is when the magnificent ferns start to unfurl for all to see.

Spring is when a discarded antique fire wheel, that use to house the fire hose, is found that once belonged to the local firehouse. 

Spring is when the grasshoppers come out to nibble on the fresh vegetation. 

Spring is when you find a place in your forest garden for an old jug.

Spring in the forest means you don't need any fertilizer and you don't use pesticides. Everything grows and blooms beautifully, naturally.

Spring is a perfect time to find the perfect place to put your antique plow and hook up your beautiful red water pump. 

Spring is when your neighbors join you on the porch for a morning snack. In the afternoon you call to the  hawks, deer, and owls, just to name a few, to join you for their daily snack as well.

Spring is when you take all the finds of the forests that should not be there and add them to your piece of paradise. 

Spring is when I take my yearly hour and half drive to visit my dear friends of the forest. This long drive requires an immediate stop to the Loo where a 5 Cent deposit is required. Just kidding! These two well known environmentalists have an amazing sense of humor. They inspire me to do all that I can to take care of our ever changing environment and to pass on this legacy to my children. I am so blessed to have these amazing people in my life.

Enjoy this fabulous Spring!


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Rita C at Panoply said...

What a very cool post, thanks for sharing it. I love spring - Happy Spring, and thank you for having us here together.
Rita C at Panoply

Rita C at Panoply said...

What a very cool post, thanks for sharing it. I love spring - Happy Spring, and thank you for having us here together.
Rita C at Panoply

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Paula, what a great post. I have never seen a grasshopper that looks like that..Thanks for hosting today and I am now officially known as a Linky Post. I couldn't get on any other way..Happy Wednesday..Judy

Meg said...

Thank you Paula for featuring my post this week. I always enjoy your inspiring blog xxxx

Jill Harrison said...

wow! what a truly amazing place to visit and explore. I am sure your children just love it! Enjoy the start of spring. Truly the most wonderful time of year. thank you for the link up.

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

Your friends certainly have some interesting features in their forest. How wonderful that they are environmentally friendly too. Love the little "visitor" who joins you on the porch for a snack! Thanks for hosting this great party!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Thank you for showing all the spring flowers mixed with such vintage and just plain old equipment. Have a great week and thank you for hosting today.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Wow what a great place to visit and kick off spring with! Great pictures- love that fern unfolding!
Thank you for hosting!

Parsimonious Décor Darling said...

Such an interesting and whimsical post. Thank you so much for featuring me this week! Love what you say here about things being so beautiful in the forest, without help, things growing wonderfully on their own. Happy Spring! :)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What an amazing place to different from Minnesota...thanks for sharing and for hosting the party!

JP said...

What a wonderful, spring post and features, Paula...thank you for sharing and hosting!

Leslie Anne Tarabella said...

Wonderful place to live, and I'm sure there's something new to see there every day!

Terra said...

I like your photos of forest and rustic objects, and your friends must be a treat to visit. You have a nice spring ritual visiting them.

Pura Vida said...

Those bottles! Those ferns! Your celebration! Happy!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Thanks so much for the great party. For some reason I can't put my post on any parties. Will have to get my computer guy over to fix it.
What great friends to have such an amazing home and gardens.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Deanies Stash said...

Thank you. I enjoyed all the photos!

Unknown said...

Spring sounds like a grand time for you Paula. Beautiful pictures of your trip! Thank you for hosting & be blessed this week. Patti

Muscetta said...

An amzing place for a wonderful life in touch with nature.
Thanks for hosting. Have great week. Tina

Audrey said...

Hi Paula ... really interesting post. I would love to explore that amazing place. Thanks for hosting such a fun party. So much inspiration. My link is #43 and the picture did not load. Can you let me delete it and re-post?
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Great post... thank you for sharing with us how you begin your spring. They have some really nice vintage "pieces" and since we live in the woods also, I know they have a lot of "peace!"

Love those bottles and that wagon wheel.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Hi Paula!!! That is truly a breath of fresh SPRING air that you shared today...and we LOVED it ~ there was GREEN...PINKS...oh!! Can't wait for some rain and sunshine to bring us the colors of spring ;)
Hope you have a fantastic weekend!!
Karla & Karrie

NanaDiana said...

What wonderful friends to share their place with you. It is fascinating. xo Diana

Poppy said...

Beautiful and serene photos of spring the forest. Simply magical.

Thanks for hosting, Paula.

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Happy Spring!



Fabulous shots Paula...Spring is here for sure!
Love the features.
Thanks so much for having me.

Alessandra said...

What a wonderful place to visit! Happy spring to you, dear friend. Your post is great, lovely and fresh like spring.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

This is such a beautiful photo essay with beautiful meaningful words. Plus your little dining guess (Mr. Squirrel) is just adorable. Happy first day of Spring, we are having the last (fingers crossed) snowfall.


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Dee said...

What a wonderful place to visit. It must be such a joy to visit your friends just in time for Spring. Also, thank you for following me. I'm following you now, too and I look forward to getting to know you better... :)

Burlap Luxe said...

Love the post Paula,
How I would love to snag up those bottles, and a skull or two :)
The skulls make for a great shop of curiosity's... How fun it would be to rummage and take in all the sites they offer.

Wonderful post.

See you soon beautiful.



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