Well, unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate, and our Anniversary hike to LeConte had to be cancelled the morning we planned to go. So instead of hiking, we stayed home and painted. However, for some strange reason, our peanut butter and raisin sandwiches didn’t taste quite the same on the back porch as they would’ve atop Mt. LeConte. But alas the plans are to hike to LeConte this fall, which I’m sure will result in seeing breath taking beauty, with the colors of fall being displayed across the mountains. The above miniature painting of the Flamingos was completed this past week. Carrying on with my present fascination with chiaroscuro, this piece was a lot of fun to do and is done on ivorine.
July 7th of this past week, marked our nineteenth Wedding Anniversary. It doesn’t seem possible that it has been this long, which I am led to believe would mean that the years have been filled with a lot of cherished and wonderful times and memories! We will have known each other for twenty years this next month after being introduced by my Mom . . . Thanks Mom 🙂 Wes and I were very blessed with a wonderful wedding. Our family and a large group of very dear church friends helped to make our day a perfect one for us! From making our beautiful four-tier cake (and even an artist themed grooms cake) , taking the photos, a buffet-style assortment of delicious food, and the decorating for everything, even down to one friend adjusting my gown on my way down the aisle, our family and friends made it the amazing occasion that it was!
Amazingly enough, we’ve lived here in Townsend now for eight years, as of yesterday the 11th of July. Both the house and yard have seen many changes, but the yard has certainly seen the most. Since we love trees and there were only a few small ones remaining on the property when we purchased it, we have planted numerous ones to date, and have watched as nature is recovering what belonged to it, and we are becoming surrounded by beautiful woods. Birds and critters now fill the yard, where they were once too afraid to come. It has been a labor of love and we continue to enjoy daily, the fruits of our efforts.
It has been a true to delight to watch as our Carolina Wrens , affectionately called Peedeepeeps, together and carefully built their nest with every piece being placed into the precisely correct position to form a beautiful nest on our back porch. Then, to watch as another egg would be laid daily, until a total of five eggs were in the nest. Waiting for the first egg to hatch seemed to take forever, but the day finally came and the other four followed pursuit. Watching how the young chicks grew and changed daily was most interesting. When the chirps started, the back porch sprang to life and remained that way until one day, when they fledged. Four babies have made it successfully to adulthood and are now enjoying eating the peanut crunchies on their own, that were one of the staples of their diet as young, growing chicks.
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂