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And…This little Piggy has a New Home

“You have done so much for me, O Lord.  No wonder I am glad! I sing for JOY. O Lord what miracles you do! And how deep are your thoughts!    Psalm 92:4-5

Hi Friends,

Well, I’ve done it again!  This cute boy was sitting among the dishes at HomeGoods looking very handsome.  I said no to him coming home with me.  At my next visit, he had moved to another location.  Could not believe he was still there.  I checked the price again and he was half price.  A small nick that took me forever to find.  And this little Piggy came home with me……

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The tablecloth is Ralph Lauren that I have had for a few years.   It speaks of summer to me.  All of Piggy’s veggies match well.

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I have used yellow and red plates and everyday silverware.

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The stemware was given to me by a friend.

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Most of the blooms in the vase are from my garden….a small bouquet.

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He has definitely found a home.  From Mother’s little devotion book called Everyday Miracles:

“Keep yourselves fueled and aflame,  Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant.  Don’t quit in hard times: pray all the harder.”  Romans 12:11-12

Thanks for dropping by,

    Dianne

 

 

 

Brookgreen Gardens Part III

“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad.  Then JOY will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.”  Ecclesiastes 8:15

Join me on the last leg of our tour of Brookgreen Gardens….

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Christ Child

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Statues done in marble were spectacular!

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Icarus

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Don Quixote

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Disarmament

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Raphell

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Len Ganeway …reading a newspaper  

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We only toured a small portion of this property.  It is such an amazing and inspiring place of peace and artful statuary.  Thank you for joining me at this special place.

           Dianne

Brookgreen Gardens Part II

We continue our journey at Brookgreen Gardens.

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Phryne Before the Judges

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The Guardian

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The Penquins

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Cares for her Brothers

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Christ Child

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Reaching

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The End of the Trail

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Dionysus

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Simply Breathtaking!

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Thank you, sweet man.  The Joy is multiplied with you by my side.

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And the journey continues….thank you for coming along.

         Dianne

Brookgreen Gardens Part I

Good morning friends,

Bob and I took a few days this past week just to get away.  We stayed at the Marina Inn on the Inlet Waterway as we enjoy the yachts and other boats around the marina.

I heard bout Brookgreen Gardens and I had to make a visit.  Brookgreen is like no other park that I have ever visited.  Beautiful, amazing, lovely….I could go on and on but you get the picture. The gardens, the statuary and live oaks were amazing and inspiring.  This is a 9,100 acre property.  Bob and I only saw a tiny portion of these gardens. There is so much history that I will try to include as we go along. It is the country’s first public sculpture garden and has the largest collection of figurative sculpture by American artists in the world.  This will be done in three parts.  I am joining the very talented Pam Richardson at Gardens Galore today.  Put on your walking shoes…..

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About 1445 works of American figurative sculpture are displayed at the Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington Sculpture Garden.  Other artists are also featured. 

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Brookgreen Gardens was founded by Archer Milton Huntington, stepson of railroad magnate Collis Potter Huntington, and his wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington to feature sculptures by Anna and her sister Harriet Randolph Hyatt Mayor along with other American sculptures.

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Cowboy and Bucking Bronc

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The live oaks were unbelievable.  Originally what is now Brookgreen Gardens was four rice plantations.

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Fighting Stallions by Anna Hyatt Huntington

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This maze made of twisted vine went on and on.  Had never seen anything quite like this.

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Another view of the Fighting Stallions.

 

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Flower gardens everywhere.  These colors were so cheerful against this beautiful wall.

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Black eyed susans everywhere!

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I am not going to try and name all these sculptures.  The fact is I cannot but I hope you will enjoy this pictorial journey.

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The Visionaries shown in several different ways.

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Chinese Tree

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Caladium in all colors everywhere.

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Diana of the Chase

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This is called High Tide depicting boys and gulls.

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The Saint James Triad

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The Park Bench Statesman.   Bob asks him “How are you doing today?” If you answer, I will make a new exit at Brookgreen Gardens!

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Heron, Grouse and Loon

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Gazelle Fountain

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This was new and I believe not yet named. Bob and I called it “Resting in the hand of God.”

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                                    Circle of Life

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Joy of Motherhood

Bob commented: This is you and Jennifer, my beloved daughter.  

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Look for Part II coming soon.

      Dianne

 

Garden Love

“I look behind me and You are there, then up ahead and You are there too–Your reassuring presence, coming and going.  This is too much, too wonderful—I can’t take it all in!       from Psalm 139:5-6  paraphrased by me

Hi friends,

Last evening I enjoyed a most beautiful view of the mountains sitting on my front porch.  Our neighbor, Rob,  always has the most amazing display of fireworks for all of us to enjoy.  I am able to enjoy these from my front porch.  I had to forgo the homemade ice cream this year as I started a “little diet plan” recently. I have 10-12 pounds to lose.

Now that we have celebrated the birthday of our country, I am looking toward things blooming in my garden and Bob and I are going to take a few days away next week.  Come see what I have been playing around with…just a little short visit in the garden.

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These blue hydrangeas just gives my heart joy!

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The tablecloth belonged to Mother…a little elegance with this beautiful hydrangea.

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I was called away and did not finish my table.  It began to rain so Bob brought everything in for me.

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Instead of protecting the garden, this little angel sleeps all the time. Love his sweet features.

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“Grant me,  Oh God,  the power to see in every rose, eternity;  In every bud, the coming day; In every snow, the promised May;  In every storm the legacy of rainbows smiling down at me.” -Virginia Wuerfel

Thanks for stopping by.

  Dianne