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"Gardenlady" started out with its own domain name and website in July of 2003. The page started out as a way of sharing pictures of home updates, then evolved to nature photographs as well. It has been a fun journey...and I felt that adding a WordPress blog would make entering updates SO much easier. It is a beautiful world out there and I've been honored to share it with you for all these years.

It’s April!

It really is.  But March could not leave without leaving another snowy gift.  It is still damp, rain and occasional wet snow but the warmer days are coming.

Things are busy at the bird feeders as well.  You can hear the spring bird song and activity picks up in anticipation of new life all around.  Of course all that activity means the feathered ones have to burn more fuel and the feeders empty out very fast.  What they don’t eat, the squirrels do.

This time of transition is always one of the hardest to be patient in.  It is like the earth holds her breath before exhaling blooms and babies.  It teaches us patience and hope.  As much as it feels like Winter will never leave, it always does eventually.

Something you can count on.

They weren’t kidding.

The March superstorm arrived around 3:30 with some light snow that picked up around 5:30-6AM.  It was upgraded to a blizzard by last night and is living up to the hype.

We have around a foot that has fallen in the past 6 hours, winds are something to be reckoned with and everything is closed.  We’re maybe a third of the way through the storm.

It has been a while since we saw something like this…we have had a few blizzards but the snowfall amount coming out of this one reminds me of 1993.  It’s a good day (or two) to stay indoors and putter around.  I’ll have to get a photo up of the final snowfall amount.  Until then, have a great day!

It IS still winter…

Here in the Northeast, we are gearing up for a major snow storm.

It seems like the days around St. Patrick’s Day can be a ripe time for late winter-early spring storms and blizzards.  After breaking record high temperatures for 3-4 days at the end of February…now we have been locked in the freezer for a bit and the storm looms. But that’s winter for you.

This was our yard after the blizzard of 1993…we had another good one in 2007…and now we may get 12-18 inches of snow beginning in the wee hours Tuesday.  This morning was relatively calm and sunny but the clouds are moving in.  We have plenty of supplies and I just hope our power stays on.  It’s not anything unusual for the area but you would think so by the reaction of so many people. Winter will be winter and March is wild and unpredictable.

I will post a couple of shots as we go along.  Presently there is no snow cover,  That’s going to change in a big way.  Or will it fizzle out?  Stay tuned…for that has happened as well in the past.  Be safe.



Had a bit of a time getting web site problems worked out but it looks like things are OK now.  Next step is getting the email address associated with the account to work again.  It has been an issue as far as updated security checks so can’t get TOO angry,

But if I “disappear”…it is technical details 🙂

A Brand New Year

stones3You would think my resolution would be to keep up the web page.  All good intentions but sometimes life just keeps getting in the way.

Since I moved to Word Press it actually IS easier than “writing” everything in HTML, uploading a ton of photos, checking to see if things display correctly.  And to be honest, these eyes can be challenged as I (ahem) mature.  But there is always hope and in the spring, once the snow threats are gone, I will have these pesky cataracts removed and maybe be able to see clearly again!

In spite of the lack of posts, life DOES go on.  We have a new great niece who came to us just before Christmas.  Little projects await just around the corner and life is never dull or boring.  As we begin 2017, may we all find peace, may we work past the general chaos that seems to have permeated our culture and knw that even though I have not been on as much as I would have hoped…you are always present in my mind and heart!

Happy New Year!

Where does the time go?

plc-for-glI mean, seriously?

I had this photo all ready to upload when I got back from leading the 2 retreats at the end of August.  With apologies for being late as usual.  Then, as it seems to be the case a lot lately – life happens and you get all goofed up.  For some of us, it doesn’t take much!

Back on a relatively even keel however.  The retreats went well, the weather was about as good as you can get at the end of August in the mountains.  And now…Autumn is here and some of the trees are starting to turn.  It was a dry summer and the famous “they” say that the trees were stressed and color may not be as good.  We will see. All I know is that I am happy that the heat and humidity have gone.

Otherwise, I have been keeping busy and have another retreat coming up soon, a day presentation on Contemplative Creativity. Hopefully I can get back to making rocksmy mandalas once again.  Plus a few more painted mandala rocks.  They sure do come out colorful!

Until next time….be happy.


Once again…I catch up!

P1350121-1I can’t believe how summer is flying by.

One minute you are celebrating the disappearance of the last snow ple and next thing you know…everything is in full bloom.  This photo was taken last week on a trip (on a relatively cool day) to Yaddo  for a trip through the gardens.  A few of us got together and had a great time taking pictures.  You can read all about Yaddo via the link. It is a very interesting place,

P1350116-1The mansion pictured here is an artists’ community, and off limits to the general public except for special occasions.  You still get a grand view of it from your vantage point across a vast expanse of lawn.  It was the home of Spencer and Katrina Trask, and the name came from one of the children who could not pronounce “shadow”  And so…it is Yaddo.


The Rose Garden is lovely, although not in full bloom when we were there.  A beautiful pool/fountain with koi and water plants enhance the garden.  Hedges form the dividers to keep visitors on the pathways.  It is beautifully maintained.




Behind a rose pergola is the woodland garden, with pools, streams and fountains.  This provides a delightful spot to cool down if it is a hot and sunny day.

I try to get there at least once a year and happy that I finally did.  It is a gem only about 1/2 hour from home.  Close to the racetracks if you are so inclined or the City of Saratoga which in itself makes for a great day trip.

Then it is back home and I water my own “feral garden” – named thus because I have not been able to keep up with it as I once did but the perennials have a field day.  All in all, it is a wonderful season even if it does get hot and humid.

Carpe Diem!

As the days get longer…

1What could be better than late May/June days?  The days are warmer, things are blooming, the bugs are not as bad as they are going to get.  At least here.  It is the time when the earth fulfills the promise it makes every year…that life goes on, and there is always something beautiful to see if you look hard enough.


2For me, it’s also about the babies.  Eggs are hatching all over, and although the birds are growing rapidly I did get out to catch a few of the goslings and ducklings locally while they were still in the “fuzzy” stage.  Less broods it seems, so I am thinking that many eggs were addled to cut back on the populations…especially the geese. We always seem to have an overabundance if measures are not taken.

3My favorite catch this year was this pair of Wood Ducks in Washington Park in Albany.  They can be terribly elusive and shy, so I was delighted to be able to get quite a few photos in two trips a friend and I made,  We have plenty of geese and mallards..usually up to our butts in them.  But these little creatures..only a little larger than a good sized pigeon…have delightful markings and tend to find quiet areas.

Looking forward to a hermit retreat in a bit…where I will be off to one of the cabins at Still Point.  There, I look forward to a couple of days of intense, up close nature observance.  Time away from the bustle of ordinary life can be a refreshing change of pace.

I can’t wait!

The Merry Month of May (sorta)

P1310576-1Once again, I fell behind in posting 🙁

Not to worry…we may not have snow as we had in the last entry in April, but it is chilly, damp and yesterday with the winds as well it felt more like March.  Today is calmer, still somewhat chilly but the leaves are on the trees, things are blooming and somehow it doesn’t seem so bad after all.

Already had my Spring presentation at the Dominican Retreat and Conference Center. It was a lovely day, we had a nice group and already the wheels in my head are spinning for the next retreat there in the Fall, and two up at Pyramid Life Center
in August.  Always a lot of fun…talking about the beauty around us and seeing the creations the people come up with. I am one blessed person.

Yes, I am 🙂

Dragging Her Heels

1The other day, I posted a shot showing the bit of snow we had, and mentioned that the next day, we would be getting 1-3 inches more of snow.  Well, the second storm came in very early Monday morning and we had about 3.5 here, and some places had up to 6+ inches of the white stuff.  This was followed by cold air, so you had to clear it out.  Things were crunchy for a day or so.

Fast forward to yesterday (Thursday)  The temperature rises to about 60, and around 4PM a sudden storm with heavy rain and straight line winds to 85 MPH in places created havoc.  Also, washed away most of Monday’s snow.  Within a weeks’ time, we had late Spring weather, high winds, snow, more snow, REALLY high winds and now things are calming down but chilly.2

Today was a chilly mix of rain, some sleet up near the place where I do volunteer work, and then a quick, small squall here at home.  The cardinal is not impressed, and looks like one of those “Angry Birds” you see.  Can’t say I blame him!

From what I hear, temperatures are supposed to stay chilly for another week or so, then perhaps we can get back to seasonal.  But not without winter’s last hurrah…one that knocked our record for least snowiest season on its butt.  Oh well, its all good in the end.