We had a beautiful little snow fall yesterday, just enough to make the world look so fresh and pure and clean. I love to take walks when we have a snow like this......looking for various animal foot prints. And believe you me while the ground is frozen, this is the ONLY time of the year I will venture into the heart of the woods without fear of running into some kind of critter. LOL. And sometimes I am extremely lucky to find white tail deer antlers that are naturally shed every year. We call them 'shed finds'. I see the "fake" ones selling in Anthropologie, Ballards and other stores we all love. But there's nothing like the real thing. These "found sheds", sun bleached by nature itself are so gorgeous in their architectural forms. A friend used hers in an antique dough bowl along with some old books and it's a beautiful display. I am using mine on the front porch, piled in the rusty and worn white cherub urn. I have just a few of these antlers available in the shop.
Won't you join me my latest walk? It was soooooooo cold and windy but I made that New Year's promise to exercise more so here we go. Ben, my dog, adores our walks.
Walking under the arbor.....yep...that's the arbor that leads out from the lower patio to the back yard. And it's covered in clematis. Pretty sad looking right now, isn't it? But just you wait! In about 4 months it will be covered in big purple and white blossoms. :)
First, I want you to meet the newest additions to our family. Punkin', so named because we got her this past Fall and Pepper, so named because of her coloring. They are Brahmas and are beautiful, docile, quiet, and huggable. They are known as gentle giants and have feathery feet and legs and real fluffy feathers and called the 'chic chicks' of the chicken world. :) These Chic Chicks just gave us our first brown eggs yesterday so they are earning their keep. You can see that they are unfazed by Ben. I think they could walk all over him and he wouldn't care.
A walk always entails going to see Bama and Lacy. They love to look in my pockets for treats. Today it was carrots and peppermints.
The woods behind the pasture fence is where I am heading today. That scene looks so cold.
The most beautiful ferns grow in the woods. I have tried to transplant them in the natural areas of the yard but no luck. I guess the man upstairs knows best.
Coming to one of the creeks that lead down to the lake. Can you spot Ben and Bobby G. trying to decide where the best spot to cross is.
I decided to shimmy across this fallen tree to get to the other side of the creek...NOT. :)
This is that Curly Willow tree I was telling you about. I cut some of it's branches, as well as some pretty ones I found in the woods, to bring inside.
Okay....I am really getting cold now so I am heading inside. Follow my shadow and me inside. :) (do you know how hard it is to hold the camera in one hand and take a picture?)
And here are the "shed finds" antlers I was telling you about. I have placed one in with my collection of shabby white vintage candlesticks for the winter white decor. Could easily be in the pages of Jeanne d'Arc Living, don't you think? It's such a serene scene.
I put dinner in the crockpot this morning and man oh man is it smelling good right now and I think it's just about ready. Set the table for me and I'll serve it up. xoxo