Five Smiles…

Here are Five things from this last week that made and make me smile. I’m sharing at Five on Friday with Amy and Friday’s Fave Five with Susanne.

On Saturday Dear and I worked for several hours in our yard with chores that needed to be done. Things like pressure washing, cleaning out gutters, weeding, and washing my car.

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Smile #1 is our very clean deck after being pressure washed that is ready for the covers to go up on our patio structures soon.

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Smile #2 Our pear tree in full blossom with a closeup of it’s blossoms.


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Smile #3 Beautiful apple blossoms on our apple tree.

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Apple Blossoms

Of all the months that fill the year,
Give April’s month to me,
For earth and sky are then so filled
With sweet variety.

The apple-blossoms’ shower of pearl
Though bent with rosier hue,
As beautiful as woman’s blush,
As evanescent too.

On every bough there is a bud,
In every bud a flower;
But scarcely bud or flower will last
Beyond the present hour.

Now comes a shower-cloud o’er the sky,
Then all again sunshine;
Then clouds again, but brightened with
The rainbow’s coloured line.

Ay, this, this is the month for me:
I could not love a scene
Where the blue sky was always blue,
The green earth always green.

(Letitia E. Landon, 1802-1838)

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Smile #4 Lilac Bush getting ready to show all it’s glory.

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Smile #5 Camellia’s blooming away with Azaleas getting ready.

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I love Spring and I’m always renewed in my attitude and outlook during this beautiful season. More plants in the yard are waiting to show their color and I’ll share those after they are in full form.

I have to say that our hard work on Saturday gave Dear and me the groans and moans every time we had to get up or sit down or climb the stairs. Thankfully our muscles aren’t screaming at us anymore but we still know they weren’t happy with our efforts. Never the less I’ve finally been able to get back to walking most every day this week. It’s time for me to shed some of my fluff!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

34 thoughts on “Five Smiles…

  1. The pictures are wonderful. Nothing like getting ready for spring. The poem was especially nice. Glad your muscles aren’t complaining any more. Thank you for a lovely post.

  2. I loved seeing your beautiful photo collage of spring flowers. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a prettier place that the Pacific Northwest in the springtime. All the flowers and flowering trees are so lovely this time of year. We’ve have a little rain here in southern California and it’s heavenly! Enjoy your weekend and don’t work too hard. Pat xx

  3. Your April is indeed full of beauty! Apples blossom here at the end of May…

    That poem is amazing. I have to copy that to myself ♥ Have a sunny weekend!

  4. A lovely five and nice to see the spring flowers. We are heading for winter so at the other end of the scale to you, a different sort of attractive.


  5. Such a satisfying feeling when that hard work is done and you can sit and enjoy it for a bit. Fruit tree blossoms are the prettiest things. Enjoy your weekend.

  6. Blissful blossoms! I love apple & pear tree blossoms & you should have a super harvest of their fruit by the looks of things!
    I have to say your hard work paid off as the deck looks like new!
    Enjoy a restful weekend!

  7. Oh I love your lilacs, they’re my favorite flower and they will not grow here. Well, they’ll grow here, but they will not bloom.

  8. Every thing looks amazing there….so nice and clean and pretty. Things are beginning to bloom a bit here but we have such strong winds in the spring, things don’t start getting really pretty until summer.
    I love all your smiles…xoxo

  9. Your garden is full of the joys of Spring Ellen!
    I love Camellias and Azaleas, the Pear tree blossom is so delicate.
    Lilacs don’t grow in our zone but I’m imagining them in my daughters garden in France – the perfume is divine.

  10. What beautiful blossoms all around! Thanks for that poem about April – I had never seen it before. I know what you mean about a day of work like that causing aches and pains later.

  11. Hi Ellen, You have a good start on the season! Your yard is lovely with all its blooming tree’s and bushes to come. Have a good weekend….I see the clouds are back….at least they are here. What a week we had!!

  12. Just stunning, Ellen! The garden has truly wakened to its full spring delights. I won’t share what my pitiful garden looks like because it will just sound like whining. (We’ve another snowstorm to survive before any return to spring in our corner.) I must say that seeing your yard made me grin.

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