Friday, May 23, 2014

GETTING IN THE get DIRT under my nails...and a GIVE AWAY!!!!

Spring started out
 rather scary here 
in Western N.Y. this year...
(and the Winter was COLD and often pretty grey too)

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I thought 
that the bulb plants
 were DOOMED!

It got me a little down
But then...........

Papa Mousiekin Said 
"Don't MOPE"!
 "Have a little Faith in God,
 He has it ALL under control"!  

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Baahbee helps Mildred gather Violets 

Hawhee helps Missie

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth;
but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
     Isaiah 40:8

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In May get a weed hook, 
a crotch and a glove,
and weed out such weeds, 
as the corn do not love.
For weeding of winter corn, 
now it is best;
but June is the better for 
weeding the rest.

Slack never thy weeding, 
death nor for cheap,
the corn shall reward it,
 ere ever ye reap;
And especially where ye
 do trust for to seed,
let that be well used,
 the better to speed.

..Fine basil desireth
 it may be her lot,
to grow as a gilliflower ,
 trim in a pot;
that ladies a gentles, 
to to whom ye do serve,
may help her, as needeth, 
poor life to preserve.
                                                        Thomas Tusser 1524-1580


Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper
and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
                                     3 John 1:2
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The Secret Garden

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Enjoy some garden videos! 




                                  Good Reads: 

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        I would LOVE to send this "ENGLISH COTTAGE GARDENING" book
                          by Margaret Hensel (forward by Tasha Tudor)  
                             to one of my FRIENDS and FOLLOWERS!
      I have been pretty much an absentee blogger for quite a while. For the most part without Internet, and also at times my faulty computer. But this last year also held many
challenges with some death losses, health issues, and some financial obstacles .
Sometimes I could find myself pretty low and empty of words and thoughts. It was always a lift to visit your blogs from a cell phone though.(which only worked in the car...not me driving) But every now and then someone would pop over and leave a comment or email an encouraging note! These are things that warm the heart and create HOPE! THANK YOU FRIENDS for sticking with me!
  So I thought it would be a great idea to host my first give away! And show gratitude
 for your friendship!!

        All you have to do is show up in the comment box, maybe tell me which version of "The Garden" song you liked, or what you like best in your garden or why you would like this book! On June 6th your names will go into a tumbler and a name pulled!
             Many Blessings Warm Hugs and Lots of Love Linnie

Papa Mousiekin says:
"Press on"


Oh, spring came to my garden 
And caught it unaware 
Wearing just a few old leaves 
And a dejected air.

But when spring left my garden, 
Its work so deftly done, 
Many, many Daffodils
  Were dancing in the sun.
    -Velma D. BATES


  1. Oh hello! What a sweet post-worth waiting for!
    I LOVE cottage gardens, and have tried to make my yard like one. So I would also love to win your give away!!!!
    Thank you for the uplifting words-it helped me this morning-a lot! And I hope things are looking better for you....
    Love, Debra

  2. Such a beautiful post today. I love everything about it, and I whole heartedly agree with papa Mousiekin. God certainly has all things under control.....blessings to you sweet friend I am not much the gardener, but I'm learning as I go. Your give away would be a big help, I'm for certain...should I win :)

  3. I LOVE your little garden friends, adorable little donkey and sheep! I may have to add one to my Fairy Garden Wagon...:)))
    I adore England, and gardening, I even ordered Wallflower seeds this spring (hard to find?!) ~ to make my garden more England! :)))
    The book looks amazing!(that Staddle stone and gate on the cover would look nice in my garden!)
    Sending you all good wishes for all good things!!

  4. Lovely photos of your garden! I love gardening and I'm looking forward to watching the video's you posted. Thanks for sharing! : )

  5. Hello again-don't count me twice for the give away-but I just had to stop in again and tell you how much your comments meant to me...I'm so sorry for your furred and feathered losses-it hurts! We are still concerned about Titus our goose-she limps, but seems perfect otherwise. I won't subject her to antibiotics again-it almost killed her once.
    Sorry for barging in here again-but I just had to say hello! Looking forward to getting to know ya!

  6. Debra my Dear,
    You may "barge" anytime!! ;-D
    (but it is not a barge at all and welcomed always)!!!
    blessings, Linnie

  7. Oh, wow! Look at all these beautiful flowers! Spring has definitely come to your part of the world! Its all so lush and lovely!
    Looks like you've been busy too, hope all is well! thanks for coming by to visit me! And what a fantastic giveaway, that is a beautiful book!~

  8. What beautiful flowers! And Victorian Kitchen Garden is a favorite of mine to watch. This is my very first year planting a garden and I am having fun learning all about it! Thank you for the chance to win this great giveaway!

  9. Give me Mahalia Jackson ANY TIME!!!! And Miss Aretha Franklin singing OLD that will get you jumpin' onto your feet in the garden! Oh Linnie my dear, IT IS SO GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN!!!!!!!! There is so much to tell here, but first of all, we too here in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we had the worse winter we have ever seen. But the long awaited spring is finally here, giving us so much joy and I can't help but think of JESUS who makes all things come back to life. AND I love your Mouseikin family, especially papa who is at the tractor! HE has much to do!!!!

    Your lovely musings and give away are fabulous. May I enter?

    Thank you again for connecting once again. Please stay with us and let's have some summer magic! XOXOX ANITA

  10. What gorgeous spring flowers - really very pretty, indeed. I think crocus look the most courageous and beautiful when frosted by snow and ice. Isn't it wonderful how bulbs bounce back?

    My favorite photo is of your toy creatures on the worn garden path. Hawhee seems to belong.
    But I like the secret garden as well because it looks inviting and secluded.

    I will pass on the giveaway although thank you for thinking of your readers. I just stopped by to say hello.

    Sorry about the death, computer difficulty and health concerns. We've experience, these too, in the past months and so I can sympathize.

    It is warm and lush here in Pennsylvania with the heat well on its way for growing things.

  11. Oh, You ARE such a tease! Good to see you again my friend. I think your garden is coming to life in an extraordinary way, gorgeous! I love the garden vids by Alan T. HE IS GREAT!. I will excuse myself from the giveaway, because I already own this book. Whoever wins it is getting a fabulous book.

  12. First of all, I want to thank you for visiting my blog and becoming a follower.

    I am glad to have visited here as your blooms and uplifting post and music are wonderful.

    I love Alan's videos too and have watched them all, and sometimes twice.

    I live in sub-tropical s.e. FL but that doesn't stop me from having a cottage garden, it's just different from northern ones as a lot of the normal c.g. flowers will not grow down here in our heat and humidity.

    All three 'in the garden' renditions were nice.

    I look forward to visiting you again.


  13. I forgot to say, I agree with Anita on the song, no contest, it's Mahilia J! WOW. Oh, we are such garden twins, I actually have ALL of those books and have all those vids marked on my youtube as favs!

  14. All the videos you have shared are ones that I watch quite often throughout the year :) English gardening is something that I have learned here in my little spot of land. The English have an amazing way of taking a bit of land and transforming without too much fuss :)

    Here in Northeastern PA, the Spring has been quite warm, but cold nights prevail :( ... I am slowly changing my flower beds and adding a more simple design. This way, I am able to enjoy the garden all year round without the stress :)

    btw... Johnny Cash is the one that I tend to listen a great deal :)

    I did not know that we were this in New York State and I just south of your borders. Delightful!


  15. Dear Linnie,

    I'm so glad you came by to visit! You surely have a lot of beautiful flowers around your place. I'm sure that Jesus would feel very comfortable there. I hope that things will be looking up for you the rest of this year.

    Love and hugs,


  16. Your post was uplifting to My soul:)I do love Your "Good reads",My kind of reading.Your give away is so generous,yes pleas do include Me.Thank You for Your more than kind words on My post.Blessings Denise

  17. I do check your site from time to time to see if you have come back to posting again...thank you for letting me know!

    Just last night while I was washing a load of dishes after company had left, I sang "In the Garden", over and over. It created such a time of worship and allowed me to practice His presence; washing dishes has never been so delightful.

  18. teehee....Papa Mousekin looks like he is ready to blow down anything in his WAY! tehehehe...Linnie, it is marvelous to see you back in the blogging saddle. I had always enjoyed our bright humor and vision,your mouse folk and YOU! Thank you so much for coming by to visit! I do hope you are going to post regularly? PLEASE! Wishing you a marvelous weekend, and for me, next week is the last week of school PRAISE GOD. I need to stay home and just enjoy the quiet of the garden.
    PEACE and beauty to you! Anita