Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

We're on the Move


I'm sorry about being away for awhile.  We've been talking about downsizing for a few years now and finally the decision has been made to sell.


I'm not upset to leave the house, but I am upset to leave the yard and location.


Living against the preserve has been so beautiful and I've absolutely loved every visitor to my garden that has come out of it.


I'm not sure yet where we're moving to or how much space I'll have to garden, but I'll certainly try to work with what I've got.


We do plan to stay in southwest Florida - and I hope we can find a place near the woods.


So, I've been busy inside the house, sorting, throwing, organizing - all the stuff that has to be done to get ready to move.  Unfortunately, I've been neglecting my garden and it shows.


Things are starting to look extra wild and overgrown.


But then, I've always had a raffish sort of garden...it fits my hippie/boho style.


We've also been dealing with a few other things as well.  My husband hasn't been working for almost a year now and is disabled.  This is pretty much what prompted us to decide to get a smaller place.


Then my lovely young doctor referred to me as elderly this week.  Well, that wigged me out - I'm 53 years old.  My profile photo is from when I was 50.  I honestly didn't think of myself as a senior citizen quite yet!


Well, this is now how I feel, hahaha!  I have turned to my art journal to work out my feelings about entering the crone phase of life. 

But you do not want to hear any more about that, so I'll return to the garden.  I will be sad to leave my beautiful Plumeria behind.  This view is taken from underneath as she's so tall now I can't get a good shot of the blooms.  She was just a stick three years ago...


She has graciously allowed me to take a branch or two to begin a new plant for our new place.


Today the Carolina Wrens were all over the backyard.  They wheezed and whistled and chirped and flitted.  There was at least four of them.  


They were so busy, it was hard for me to get a decent shot of them.


Here's an old photo that's slightly better, but not much.  They are the cutest little birds and so sweet as they bobble along and sing so prettily.


This female Cardinal was an easier target to capture.


Oh, Mr. Squirrel - I can tell where you've been!!!


Well, anyway - I've been battling with myself trying to figure out if I should continue to blog or not.  Not knowing what kind of yard or garden I will or won't have.  I'm not quite sure what to do.  I'd hate to bore anyone too much :)


I'm thinking maybe I could morph it into a Florida outdoor and wildlife sort of blog.  


Including lots of flowers of course, but also more of the creatures that are found here in the "swamp".  More about our ecosystem and the native plants and trees.  Maybe kind of an educational sort of blog.


Or maybe I could go out and interview the neighbors and see what's growing in their gardens.  A bit of a roving garden blogger.  Hmmmm - I'm still working on it.  Just thinking out loud here.


Or maybe I'll just head to the beach and share something that's away from the jungle for a change.  We'll see.  I really do like the jungle though.


 Well, I hope you've been enjoying the summer (winter, down under).  I hope we'll be getting settled soon and I look forward to getting back to reading your blogs on a regular basis and enjoying your comments!   Happy July and Peace to all. 



14 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Whatever you do ~ DON'T STOP BLOGGING! I deleted my blog because I knew my posts about the garden were becoming very repetitive and since I was "known" for having a gardening blog, I didn't think anyone would want to read about other stuff . . . but I'm here to tell you that I want to read about your "other stuff". So just blog! Blog about your adventure moving (a bit bossy, huh? LOL) But seriously, don't leave us. :-)

We've thought often about moving since our kids left home - somewhere out and away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I like the idea and wouldn't mind leaving my house . . . but the thought of starting over in the garden is just downright depressing. I'm "old" like you . . . and I don't want to invest all that work in another space (10 years I've spent on my little wildlife garden).

See what happens when I don't blog? I leave essay size comments. Sorry! Love your photos (especially the squirrel - made me laugh out loud literally).

Stink around, won't ya?

daisy gurl said...

I'm with Eli. I hope you keep blogging, no matter what it's about. I've loved getting to know you and your garden. I wish you the best in your relocation. We are looking at that down the road (whenever we can get our house sold). It's a tough transition, but I'm sure it will be filled with rewards.

Sending you and your hubby peace and healing on your way.

Janice said...


Hi Lynn! You know I love your blog...JUST DO IT...anyway, anyhow, you want to. Your photos are always gorgeous! I hope you guys find the perfect place and all goes well with the move.
Wishing you all the best...Janice


Elizabeth said...

Stink around? I meant stick around - just in case you're wondering. Ugh. . . .

Lynn McIntosh said...

Elizabeth you are too funny. I just thought you were being funny kind of like "smell ya later", haha. Thank you for your very kind words and for wanting to read my weird stuff, lol. I wish you hadn't taken your blog down! I never thought you were repetitive and your garden is so charming and interesting! And I love reading and learning about your herbal craft. I hope you'll return soon!!!

Lynn McIntosh said...

Elizabeth you are too funny. I just thought you were being funny kind of like "smell ya later", haha. Thank you for your very kind words and for wanting to read my weird stuff, lol. I wish you hadn't taken your blog down! I never thought you were repetitive and your garden is so charming and interesting! And I love reading and learning about your herbal craft. I hope you'll return soon!!!

Lynn McIntosh said...

Daisy, thank you so much! I appreciate your good vibes and wishes sent and appreciate that you enjoy my blog! As I do yours! I tried to leave a comment on yours, but couldn't find a place to do so. :)

Lynn McIntosh said...

Hi Janice! Thank you!!! Speaking of photos, yours are fantastic! I think you've got a true artists eye and it shows in your garden design and now in your photos. You're so nice and I'm glad we're gardening friends!

Lynn McIntosh said...

Hi Janice! Thank you!!! Speaking of photos, yours are fantastic! I think you've got a true artists eye and it shows in your garden design and now in your photos. You're so nice and I'm glad we're gardening friends!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Once again here is another post chock full of beautiful photos. Please don't stop blogging.

I look forward to reading about and seeing where you move to and your new garden spaces etc.


Hope you find a fantastic place just right for you.

FlowerLady

Lynn McIntosh said...

Lorraine, Hello and thank you for your nice comment! Im sure hoping to have a good place to explore and garden. I'll be taking a few plants with me to get a good start. Everything might be in containers, but I'll do the best I can. Happy week to you! :)

Lynn McIntosh said...

Lorraine, Hello and thank you for your nice comment! Im sure hoping to have a good place to explore and garden. I'll be taking a few plants with me to get a good start. Everything might be in containers, but I'll do the best I can. Happy week to you! :)

Leslie Kimel said...

I agree with everyone--please keep blogging. Your pictures are too awesome not to share. I'm sure you'll find beauty wherever you go ... because that is the kind of person you are. Whatever you choose to write about, I know it will be delightful!

Kate R said...

It's so lovely to see a post from you Lynn! So sorry things have been rough this year. Moving and saying goodbye is never easy but I'm sure that when you are settled in your new place you will love it just as much! I would love your blog no matter what form it took and I will always love to read so definitely don't stop!! Take care of yourself
-xxx