Mother’s Day Triangle Tour

“Every day was Mother’s day
When we were little things
When you eased with tender hands
The little hurts and stings
Every day should now be yours
In honor of those hours
We should strew your path
with love,
And gentle words and flowers.
Every day is Mothers day
As long as she shall live
For mothers never do forget
Though gladly they forgive”
This poem is framed with a drawing of a bonnet wearing mother and daughter. It is very old, and hung in my grandmother’s house in the guest bedroom. There is no name anywhere on it, but it now sits on a shelf in our guest bedroom. It seems at home there.
Another magical triangle tour visit to the offspring occurred last weekend. The route taken was reversed from our usual path in order to include a non offspring stop off. More on that to come in a future post, but here’s a hint, the location was on the side of a mountain.
Shown above, a pair of three day old ducklings being held by offspring mother extraordinaire, Chickenpoet.
Surrogate mother and setting hen extraordinaire, Hermoine, scratch that, Minerva, hatching some duck eggs. She will fluff herself on any and all eggs that show up in the chicken/rabbit/guinea pig/duck pen.

Chicken Macy, telling Chickenpoet that she is hungry, so put those silly ducklings back in the coop and fed me.

Onward to Asheville, Casa Brokenbeat is looking good with expanded flower beds. Expansion is the name of the game, isn’t it?

The anniversary gift coral bark maple, acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’ has retained the coral color on the trunk even after leafing out. You can read more about this gift in an earlier post

Heuchera ‘Georgia Peach’ was among the gifts received for the Faire Garden.

Back home again, the Gardoctor’s handiwork in the form of this very sturdy compost bin, complete with sliding boards across the front that can be stacked as the compost rises with the frequent additions of kitchen scraps and garden debris. Leftover six by sixes from the construction of the arbor form the sides, perhaps another case of over building that happens here all the time.

Another gift for the garden, this is hydrangea macrophylla ‘Hanobi’. This is a lacecap that has double flowers.

The wind plus the light color prevented a crisp shot of these lovely flowers, but you get the idea.

The weekend involved some little league baseball watching, home run cheering, great fielding cheering, and the GA, MA and LTB comedy hour. Out of twenty five photos taken of these three offspring of offspring, with and without mothers and grandmother, every single snapshot had some sort of facial funniness going on. This one gives the flavor of the day. Showing these boys’ faces goes against the no face rule, but we sometimes bend the rules by allowing a non looking into the camera shot.
In case you couldn’t decipher these words and pictures, we had a fantastic Mother’s Day. Thanks and lots o’ love to all!

This entry was posted in Musings. Bookmark the permalink.

16 Responses to Mother’s Day Triangle Tour

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think the pictures define how wonderful the Mother’s Day weekend turned out to be. The day was beautiful and full of laughs. I am glad that we all have that gardening gene; although some was slower to express themselves than others. I love you.


  2. Gail says:


    You big tease! On the side of the mountain, hmm? You know I will be here!

    The offspring of the offspring are delightful….and would it be ok to put the darling ducklings and their surrogate mother in the same paragraph? They are delightful, too.

    See you later!

    We have got to get together soon.


  3. tina says:

    Expansion is definitely the name of the game! Don’t I know it too well.

  4. Frances, says:

    Chickenpoet, it was an all around wonderful weekend, wasn’t it? All of you are better gardeners than I was at your age, I am so proud of you all. love.

    Gail, The ducklings were the cutest, softest things ever. Their down coverings were softer than the finest silk. All the little ones, human and non are very photogenic. HA Yes, let’s plan a rendevous, but I would love to show you the garden in person.

    Hi Tina, I was thinking of you when I wrote that!

  5. Karen Hall says:

    Bless – what a lovely post, particularly the ducklings and the offspring of offspring.

  6. Frances, says:

    Hi Karen, thanks, how very sweet of you.

  7. Christopher C. NC says:

    It was a Mothers Day to remember, packed full of activities.

  8. Frances, says:

    Hi Christopher, yes, it was one for the books. Many thanks.

  9. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Frances, I can tell you are mightly blessed.

  10. Frances, says:

    Hi Lisa, we are very lucky with our wonderful family, blessed for sure.

  11. chuck b. says:

    You were somewhere outside Clyde!

  12. Cinj says:

    It looks like you had a wonderful day. I like the birds in the beginning. Funny how being around animals long enough we can tell what they’re thinking, isn’t it?

  13. Ewa says:

    Ducklings and the mom are sooooo sweet… I love it.
    Entire post is very lovely.
    Kids look very happy 🙂

    I am very tempted lately to get 2 chickens, but I am not so brave yet and not prepared to give them proper shelter in the winter 😦
    but after exploring how amazing some kinds are, I feel on eday they will arrive here to Ewa in the Garden 🙂

  14. Frances, says:

    Hi Chuck, right you are, the post is up about our super fun trip there to visit Christopher and his parents, all delightful.

    Hi Cinj, those chickens were raising such a ruckus we could barely hear each other speak above the clucking and crowing.

    Ewa, thanks. I know what you mean, I would love to have just a couple of chicken too, especially after visiting with Chickenpoet. She raises the fancy kinds, hatches eggs for some local people, sells some and keeps some. She has a heat lamp in the covered part of the coop and offers warm spots for them to sleep. But if you travel, someone has to feed and take care of them every day in your absence. That is wha is keeping us from getting some. But they are so beautiful and the eggs are so good.

  15. Linda Lunda says:

    SO beutiful! The Acer is just great! I love Acer!!! It´s a werry nice tree and there are som many veraites(?).

  16. Frances, says:

    Hi Linda, thanks. We love all the varieties of acer, and most of all the Japanese ones. Glad to see you.

Comments are closed.