Storms and Symphonies!

The moss covered path in the front gardens.

Storms . . . . that’s an understatement, as way too many of you know! Fortunately for us in Townsend, we have once again been blessed by escaping the really severe ones. It seems as soon as the storms approach the Foothills, they break apart, splitting in two, and go around to the north and south of Townsend. I don’t know why, but we’re sure thankful each time. Even though we escaped much of the worst parts, we still had our share of interesting weather. Last Wednesday evening, the spring peepers were “singing” in hopes of rain, while we too were hoping and praying for some rain, since it was beginning to dry out once again. There was a nice breeze in the air, but it appeared that most of the rain was going to miss us. As we watched and waited, the gentle breezes turned into winds . . . while the Peepers continued singing. Then the thunder started rumbling in the distance, and the winds continued to pick up with stronger gusts. Before too long it began to sprinkle, and the peepers sang even louder with excitement! The gentle rain quickly became harder, and we were awakened by what sounded like large tree limbs hitting our house. Both of us jumped up, thinking it was an approaching tornado, and quickly realized that it was large sized hail hitting our metal roof! As I stood looking out the living room window exclaiming “Oh . . . my precious Peonies”, I know the little peeper frogs were probably having second thoughts about their pleading songs for rain!

Thankfully, my peonies were unharmed by the hail, and are growing in beauty each day!

Actually, most of our weather recently has simply been wonderful, and we enjoyed it while working out in the yard yesterday. We spend time most evenings out in the gardens as well, and are getting to enjoy eating our meals out on the porches. Willow comes daily now for her special treats, and comes right up to the back door and peers in waiting for her goodies to be handed out. I tell her what a beautiful little girl she is, while she meticulously cleans herself after each treat, making sure to get everything spotless! I have several Doves now that come along with Dovecakes for seed handouts, and Peepdeeps is always ready for some help feeding the babies right now. The beautiful Scarlet Tanager couple has returned several times, and I was able to photograph him, during one of such visits. He is simply stunning to say the least! We also had three Black Snakes in our yard, at one time this past week! At one point I was walking around the path that runs alongside secret garden, and when I rounded the corner . . . there was Vicious, the black snake, rearing up like a cobra and coming slowly toward me as if he were saying, “Just try it lady, I’ll take you on!” He has a very big and bold attitude, thus his name . . . Vicious!

The stunningly beautiful male Scarlet Tanager.

The infamous Vicious!

Sweet little Chippy with stuffed cheeks takes a bath.

The highlight of this past week took place Friday evening.  It started with us meeting our neighbor friends, Beverly and Avery, at a nice shopping village here in Townsend, called Trillium Cove, where they were having an Art Walk and reception that evening.  After enjoying walking about a bit, buying a couple of new flowers and a Jalapeno plant for our garden, and enjoying a nice supper, we then drove down to the Heritage Center.  We arrived early enough to enjoy the delicious hors d’oeuvres, especially the chocolate covered strawberries, and visit for a time, before the much awaited concert began.  The seats filled up quickly as the musicians tuned their instruments in preparation for the wonderful scores to be played.  We couldn’t have asked for more perfectly beautiful weather that evening, as the melodious tunes began to fill the air, with the backdrop of the gorgeous brightly colored green mountains behind. The concert started off with the beautiful “Overture to Le nozze di Figaro”, by Mozart, thus creating for a delightful evening from the beginning. The orchestra gracefully carried us along with two more lovely selections by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. The guest baritone singer, Kevin Richard Doherty, was then introduced and he immediately captivated the audience with his wonderful rendition of the “The Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart, and “The Barber of Seville”, creating wonderful antics and facial expressions that complemented his amazingly strong voice quite nicely. He received a well deserved standing ovation at the conclusion of his two pieces! Then they played beautifully one of my personal favorites, “Three Dances from Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a Valse”, by Tchaikovsky. The conductor’s hands danced deliberately and gracefully through the air as he led them through this wonderful piece of music, creating the effect of a ballet of sort. The relaxing music went on and on, as the sun began to set, making the orchestra glow from the lights from their stands. The breeze was strong at times, and I became tickled as one of the violin players kept gently encouraging a page of his music to stay in place with his bow, as the ingenious clothes pin wasn’t holding it. All too quickly it came to an end, the much anticipated evening was over and they received a standing ovation, which thankfully for us, led into an encore piece!

Me with my delicious chocolate covered strawberry, Beverly and Avery with his yummy treat!

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra at the Heritage Center.

Wes and I have enjoyed grilling over our fire pit in the back yard a couple of evening this past week. We also had a fire pit party with several of the neighbors, which was quite enjoyable as well, and were blessed with perfect cool weather for it!

Fresh off the easel: I finished my miniature of a few Bison in Yellowstone this past week, as well as one other miniature featuring a single Bison. I’m also continuing to work on the commission of the winery and am hoping to finish it tomorrow! Wes finished a miniature of a precious bunny from out West as well as a miniature of a herd of Bison in Yellowstone.  A couple of these miniatures may be sent to Trailside Gallery in Jackson Hole, WY for their upcoming small works show.

"Visiting the Geyser" by Rachelle, 3½ x 4½ inches.
"The Lone Ranger" by Rachelle, 3½ x 3½ inches.
"Colorado Cottontail" by Wes, 1¾ x 1¾ inches.
"Bedded Down in the Valley by Wes, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those of you who have been affected in someway by the terrible storms the past couple of weeks.

until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂


2 thoughts on “Storms and Symphonies!

  1. Karyn Mallett

    Dear Rachelle, (& Wes too)

    Dad sent me the link to your blog on the under the magnifying glass link, and I absolutely loved it. Dad was so proud that you mentioned him. Your yard and flowers and critters are absolutely amazing!!!!! I feed all my critters and watch them from the front porch when time permits (which hasn’t been very often in the past few months). I have JUST my student teaching in the fall to do, and then I will FINALLY graduate…what was I thinking…almost 50 years old and just finishing college. Can’t wait to start teaching ART though, that is my true Love…besides Lane, of course. ANyway, I had to tell you that I so Loved your Blog and reading about everyting going on with the two of you. Take care and keep taking pictures of those backyard critters!!!!

    Love, Karyn

    1. Hi Karyn,
      I’m glad that you enjoyed your visit to my blog so much! I love sharing about all of my critters and our gardens with everyone. I’m sure you enjoy all of your yard visitors as much as I do mine! Your dad’s dessert was amazing!! He should cook more often, I’m sure your mom wouldn’t mind . . . ha! I bet you will be so glad to be done with college, and begin your joy of teaching art! I’m sure Lane is very glad that he is your true love though 🙂 I know you will be a great teacher! Have a great summer!
      Hugs 🙂

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