Saturday, February 1, 2014

Down The Garden Path

It is February already.What happened to January?
It seems that with each passing year the months go by faster,while at the same time some days seem to drag on forever.
As I contemplated what to post on this first day of a new month,the idea of a path came to mind.
As we start a new month,we are at the start of a new path.We do not know what we will see along the path but we must travel it,one day,yes,even,one minute at a time.


Since walking down a path is so much more enjoyable in summer,I picked summer scenes.
Won't you join me as we walk along and enjoy the beauty on either side of the path.


We may need to stop for a while in the refreshing shade of a garden gazebo,but even from here we can see the path along which we want to walk.

A winding path draws us in to see what lies around the bend. You know,it won't be that long before we can actually wander down paths like this,enjoying the beautiful spring weather.


Another side path leads us through the beautiful foliage of the garden.Let's not walk too fast,or we may miss some of the small details in the plants and flowers.


This looks like a wonderful place to sit down and rest for a few minutes.Perhaps as we sit here we may be treated  to the songs of the birds or even the sight of a beautiful butterfly,sipping nectar from the flowers.

What will be seeing this month? I don't know and for that I am thankful. I do know that as I walk along,I want to strive to do so in the wisdom of the Lord.He knows the way,so all I must do is follow.


Thought for Today:
Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare,
and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit. (or see the flowers)
Anton Chekhov

35 comments:

Debbie said...

The light and color in these images is just amazing!! I like your thought for today!!

Have a happy Sunday!!

Diane said...

Thank you for the lovely walk today,Ruth. How much more pleasant than mincing along on ice. Diane

Arija said...

The older we get, the quicker the years flash by. I suppose one could say that we are over the hill and we are going down the other side on a toboggan ride.
We never can tell what we will be faced with along our path but being mindful and enjoying whatever it is, is so much better than fearing each step forward.
A beautifully put together post.

TexWisGirl said...

summer warmth sounds good right now (as we get ready for another cold front). :)

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

The winding sunlit path through the colorful flowers looks so inviting. January is behind us. We're that much closer to seeing those scenes again. And, no doubt, we'll be glad for the shade of the gazebo.

jeanlivingsimple said...

Such a refreshing walk. :)

George said...

I very much enjoyed walking this garden path with you, and I look forward to walking many more such paths in the days ahead.

Neal said...

Thanks Ruth....that made my day on this cold and snowy morning.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear, dear Ruth ~ I needed this lovely post this morning. Not only are your photos wonderful, but you speak words of encouragement.

Thank you ~ FlowerLady

Anni said...

Such a beautiful day you shared!! And beautiful scenery. I'm lovin' it.

Ruth, thanks for the endearing comment you left for me at my bird photo blog. You made my day.

Sandra said...

i like those tall yellow flowers in the next to last and the bench is beautiful. I am always happy to find benches along the paths we follow... and i do love a path to follow...

Kerri Farley said...

Oh, I enjoyed this very much!

Montanagirl said...

These are really nice. So green, sunny and cheerful. Love that little bridge!

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

HI Ruth Thank you for inviting me on your walk today. It was lovely to see such gorgeous flowers and I did have a seat to take in the beautiful colourful views. It is exciting not to know what is round the corner of the garden and in life but to live in the moment. Hope you are having a blessed Sunday.

Appalachian Lady said...

What a wonderful walk, it makes me long for spring. At least as we get older, time goes by faster so spring will be here soon!

Debby Ray said...

Beautiful garden images, Ruth! Isn't it hard to believe that January is already over?! It seems like it was just a few weeks ago when we were posting about Christmas! Have a wonderful week!

Janice K said...

After all this snow, I am definitely "looking forward."

happyone said...

I'd love to be walking there but must admit I like a good walk along a snow covered trail too. : )

Dorothy said...

Beautiful pictures, Ruth! So refreshing after looking at our drab winter scenes here. Thanks!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Lovely ... Now I'm really wanting spring to get here!

Gail Dixon said...

Ruth, you are so full of wisdom and have a great way of sharing it through your beautiful photography. I'm looking forward to the path the Lord has set before me, and also for the colors and life of spring!

Unknown said...

Ruth, lovely images and thoughts! I'm looking forward to my trails!

Naturegirl said...

Ruth a lovely walk down memory lane with you. It is amazing how quickly we move through this near yr. This has bee an usually cold snowy winter here in my woods but I appreciate each day and the gifts it brings me. There were some days when I woke up that were breathtaking beautiful although causing many hardships for some such as a recent ice storm when branches became heavy with frozen ice to the point that trees came down from the weight of it all. I take every thing as a gift and try to look at the beauty of it all. As you do Ruth we count our blessings. Hugs and a belated Happy New Yr.

Shug said...

Great stage! Cute header....

Such hope displayed in each of these photos. Each season of a year is beautiful in it's own way, but just knowing that there is new life just ahead, brings excitement and newness to look forward to...
Thanks for posting
Hugs to you
shug

Anonymous said...

Thought for the day is welcome! 'When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you." No mention of snow! But I think it is implied, yes?

Nell at njschout said...

What lovely gardens!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful place to sit and reflect.

Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening said...

I loved your summer scenes Ruth. With all this snow it makes me want spring even more!

Journeyin' Lady... said...

Your photos were wonderful but even more was the narration as we walked along the paths.
My life seems to be constantly a story of moving onto a different path with very little warning! Not all bad though!

EG CameraGirl said...

Beautiful photos of a lovely time of year!

John's Island said...

Hi Ruth, These are some great pics and, for a moment, I felt like it was summer again! :-) Thanks for sharing and also thanks for your comments on my blog. It was interesting to hear that you had 8 years in a one room school. Wish I could share a cup of coffee and listen to you tell me all about it. Have a great day! John

forgetmenot said...

Ruth, Your posts are always so lovely-both the photos and the thoughts. Your pictures show us what we have to look forward to, but I am definitely enjoying the beautiful snow as it comes down here in Kansas (9 inches so far). Too bad it is going to be below 0 several days too-I could pass on that!!
Take care, my friend. Mickie

Cheryl @ TFD said...

The walk down the garden path was just beautiful, Ruth! Just what I needed to see after a long snowy day. Take care!

Esther Joy said...

I will be so glad to see flowers blooming here again after this long winter! You certainly have an eye for beauty, and bring it out beautifully.

Anita Johnson said...

Perfect! You know what I miss the most in winter? The color green! So restful for the eyes.