Friday, May 23

Show and Tell Friday

It's time for Show and Tell Friday. If you would like to participate, drop over to Kelli's at There's No Place Like Home.
This week for Show and Tell Friday I'd like all of my friends and readers to join Meeko and I on the evening walk we took on Thursday.
We left the house and walked across the street into the park. From there we turned east and walked down the trail.
We hadn't gone far until I noticed the most beautiful fragrance being carried along on the breeze. I knew what it was before we rounded the bend. This is what I saw. A beautiful lilac bush. In the above photo, the lilacs look pink.
In this one they look to be more purple. This is their true color and they are beautiful and oh, so fragrant. Though they are in the park I believe my neighbor planted the bush. She plants many plants on the park side of her fence. She likes to beautify the neighborhood.
As we continued on, the sun was beginning to set. You can see a bit of the glow in the top of the tree in this photo. If you look hard, you will be able to see a park bench. Sometimes Meeko and I stop here just to watch the birds.

Here is another area where there is a bench where we stop to view nature. Just beyond is the canal and mallard ducks sometimes congregate here. I was a little disappointed that there were none. I enjoy watching their antics as they splash in the water.

As we made our way toward home, I noticed that one of my neighbors near the trail has planted a new clematis. It is going to be lovely once it takes root. She's even put a little fence around, which looks really cute.

As Meeko and I walked, we were givien the honor of being entertained with the songs of sparrows, robins, cardinals and red-winged blackbirds. I really enjoy getting out into nature during the spring and though there was a chill in the air, it was warmer than it's been for a few days.

What gifts of nature have you enjoyed lately? I'd love to hear what type of birds and other critters can be found in your neighborhood. Enjoy the weekend. ~Blessings, Mary~

To my friends and readers in the US, enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. If you are traveling, use caution on the roads. Stay alert, stay safe!

Please be sure to drop by and check out my Friday Flea Market post. This week I have some vintage sundress patterns and a vintage headvase up for sale.


  1. Beautiful photos. Our lilacs are not quite fully open yet. I just love that scent. It takes me back to my childhood because we had a huge bush outside out kitchen.

  2. I love lilacs. The scent is just intoxicating to me. Ours are not blooming here in Saskatchewan yet, but hopefully soon.

    God bless.

  3. Thanks for letting us go along on your walk - I really enjoyed our visit around your neighborhood. Wish we could really do it!

  4. Such lovely photos, really enjoyed them. Wish I could go on a walk with you and meeko.

  5. What a glorious walk!!! As you know, I love to go walking...even in the city. There is a certain peacefulness that goes with it! And your walk was perfect! Love the clematis. A friend of mine, on her blog last week had a photo of a pinkish clematis that was used for ground-cover. It was perfect. They ARE gorgeous flowers.

    Too bad the mallard ducks were no where to be seen. Maybe next time.

    Thanks for the stroll Mary.

  6. What a beautiful post, and blog. I found you on Bevery's comments and I followed your bluebird home. I love lilacs and I enjoy painting them too. What a lovely place you have here. Karen

  7. I love lilacs.......Just planted a Texas lilac in my yard... Cant wait for it to grow... My sweet husband has taken up bird watching and has seen so many different types that we did not know we had... We have a lot of blue birds and so he is buying roasted meal worms to lure them into our yard......... We are finally seeing more deer here.. Construction of new house had scared them off for a while... but we have 10 acres and they are wondering back in.......

    I love your pictures of your walk with Meeko.......... you make me want to get out and walk... I need to do that anyway....


  8. love the walk this morning, has been raining here in arizona for the past two days....a wonderful respite from the over 100 degree temperatures we were the plants have been nourished and will get another wonderful boost!
    have a wonderful friday!

  9. Dear Mary,
    I so enjoyed this walk with you and could almost smell those gorgeous lilac. Wish they had a longer bloom season as mine finished some time ago.
    You live in such a beautiful area. Thanks for this wonderful glimpse of it!
    Have a great weekend!

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  11. Mary, you have changed things on your is really pretty!! I just wanted to stop by to tell you that I wish I had a bush of lilacs. I really miss them. We had them in Illinois but not here in the South. it is too hot for them. They are so gorgeous..I can actually smell them...Sandy

  12. Lilacs are my favorite spring flower because of their scent. I LOVE them. We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful world. Thanks for commenting on my blog. Come visit again. Have a great day. Julie

  13. Thank you for sharing your space with us. It is nice to see where you live and I do not believe that I have seen a lilac bush before.
    We will not be doing any traveling unless it is to storage.....this would be a good thing. :)

  14. Mary,

    I enjoyed reading about your walk with Meeko. He is beautiful as is your area. Our lilacs bloomed last month. Right now, the roses are blooming.

    I have lots of birs around here. Indigo buntings, gold finches, cardinals, blue jays, phoebe's, hummingbirds, lots of mourning doves, and the usual chickadee's, woodpeckers, nuthatches, etc. I feed the birds around here year round, so they are quite numerous. I could go on and on, but I'd better not. lol.

    Loved your poem, below as well. Take care and have a lovely weekend.



  15. Lilacs are my favorite!! I wish I could have them year around.
    Have a great Holiday weekend!!

  16. Mary,

    Looks like you and Meeko have wonderful walks together - the area looks charming. I love lilacs, my grandmother use to have one in her yard.

    Everything is starting to bloom out now, mainly roses, honeysuckle, !and my asian lillies. You can stop by my blog to get a look at them and the neighborhood.

    Meeko should know that he is so lucky!

  17. I loved your lilacs pictures so much!! The scent is lovely!You have such a good time on your walks and I feel like I have been with you!! Love and hugs Grams

  18. That was a very nice walk indeed ! For the moment we don't have many birds here around, it's too noisy because houses are built. I hope they will come back when it's finished !

  19. Oh Mary I just love it when you take us along with you. Thanks so much for sharing. Peace

  20. delightful nature pics. love them have a safe Memorial as well. Thanks for stopping in my place as well and hope to see you another time here. Take care, Mica

  21. What a lovely walk! Thank you for sharing!

  22. Mary,

    What gorgeous photos and a lovely show and tell Friday! Lilacs are my very favorite flower. I have always loved them, even as a child.

    Saturday a pileated woodpecker landed in one of the trees in the yard. I didn't have the camera with me. I wish I had because he was a beauty!

    Thank you for your Memorial Day wishes. :-)


  23. Happy Memorial Day, Mary! What a lovely walk you had around your neighborhood, I wish I could come smell those lilacs!

  24. Well, I think I"ve about caught up on your posts. I enjoyed sharing the walk with you and Meeko. How far is this from your house and how long is the walk? My Clematis has about stopped blooming. I notice they are really pretty for a couple of weeks then it begins to get too hot for them.
    We saw an Oriole on our canoe trip and two types of Turtles. Most of the time when I spotted something and tried to focus on it, I'd be by it too soon to photograph. Yesterday in an area where the rain had formed small ponds, we saw numerous Great White Heron. I wished I hadn't packed my camera in the trunk but on the interstate highway it is hard to slow down and photograph things. Going up, we drove on the rural roads. They were so curvy and hilly that it was like being on a roller coaster. I get motion sick and I was pretty miserable so Jim said we'd take the highway home. These were the Ozarks after all.
    Mama Bear