Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Refreshing Rains

For the past 3 days we have some very badly needed rain here in North Carolina and it caused most of the dogwood blossoms to fall leaving our deck covered with white petals. They sort of look like giant snowflakes!

Here is a thought for the day from Mark Twain:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Rhondi xo


  1. Rhondi, Your deck is fabulous! I love how you built it around the trees. We are also enjoying the rain in NJ. The garden just being planted will not need watering for a few days. Lovely post. Susan

  2. wonderful quote and oh so true..
    Love your pics sweetie!!
    God bless..Deena

    What WONDERFUL world

  3. Rhondi, that quote is oh so true!

    Your deck is to die for girl! That space is for dreaming and playing......WOW!

  4. You captured such a lovely scene with the dogwood petals on the dark deck!

    We had a deck with holes cut for our tree but the tree outgrew the
    deck and pushed it up off the piers. I so miss it.

  5. What lovely photos of your garden. But even beter were the previous ones of your sitting room. How I love the quilt.

  6. Can I come sit on your deck? I don't care if it rains or if the Dogwood blossoms fall all over me. What a peaceful, serene setting for your home. We are 'enjoying' rains here in Oregon. And they are messing with the Spring blossoms on the trees here, too. ~Adrienne~

  7. Excellent quote!

    Your deck looks so inviting...I'd sit out there in the warm rain...might even dance a bit a la Gene Kelly (only not nearly that skillful!)

  8. What beautiful pictures! The blossoms DO look like big snowflakes! I love your deck, BTW. We got drenched too with rains and I'm so glad the sun is out today.
    Have a great day!
    Love the thought for the day by Mark Twain.

  9. My first time visiting your lovely blog. I found you on Suzanne's side bar and I'm glad I did.

    Your home and deck are so pretty, I just love all the woods surrounding your place, and those dogwood trees, oh my, beautiful!!!

    I'll be back to read more about you in North Carolina-- :)

  10. Rhondi,

    I stumbled upon your blog from Marie's Year From Oak Cottage Blog. What a wonderful magical little world you love here. It seems very comforting and sweet. Very inspirational!

    The Blonde Duck

  11. That Mark Twain was a smart man. I love this quote Rhondi. There is a similar one by the late President of my church, Gordon B Hinckley . . . I think he said that when he looked back on his life (he was 92) he was not so much disappointed in the thing he had done, but in the things he had failed to do. I guess it is the same thing actually! DOH! I loved your deck. The air is full of the petals of the hawthorne and may blossom over here right now. Breathtakingly beautiful.

  12. A very beautiful, tranquil deck you have..I would love to be there now just listening to the birds.
    Carol xx

  13. What a beautiful view you have from your deck. It looks like a haven for birds & birdwatchers.

  14. We got a little rain but not enough to bring our may flowers I don't think. We will have to wait and see.Great pictures!

  15. Hi Rhondi:-).
    I could get lost in thoughts, dreams and books on that deck:-).
    Have a fun day!

  16. Great photos and great quote. I love the trees being incorporated into the deck construction...looks so inviting.

  17. Rhondi,
    Now watch nature green green up.
    We have had almost too rain. Several surrounding towns are still damp and flooded. That I don't like....But I love a spring rain, YES I do! And your speckled deck is just a shower gift from above!!!!

  18. The rain has been wonderful, hasn't it?!

    I love the quote and the song.

  19. What a gorgeous deck, and the woods are stunning. This quote is wonderful too. It rained very hard today, but it was cold enough to make you want to sit by the fire. I can't wait for the warmer weather but I so appreciate the rain. Trees are blooming overnight. Blessings, karen

  20. The rains have been most welcome! But here in the mountains of NC we are suppose to be getting frost tonight! So out I went to cover my peonies and lilac....I haven't planted my tomatoes or basil yet thank goodness!

    Great quote!

  21. They do look like snow flakes. So pretty! I love the quote.

  22. Hi Rhondi,
    I love that way those look. So pretty.
    Thanks for sharing, and I love the quote too.

  23. Oh Rhondi, your deck is SO beautiful! Glad to hear you got some much-needed rain. We got over 2 inches! Gotta love a rainy day once in awhile.

    Love the Twain quote, too. :)

  24. Those photos are all so pretty!

    I love that quote!


  25. I absolutely love your deck. What a beautiful, inspiring retreat.

  26. I love the pictures of the rain and your deck, You have a beautiful blog! Terrie

  27. What a beautiful deck and the dogwood blossoms look lovely falling there..
    Where is NC are you?
    I was born and grew up in NC, just moved to Florida in '04...my kids and other family are still in NC..
    just north of Greensboro...

  28. It looks like a fairy tale: blossom like snow!

    Bye, Carolien

  29. Lovely deck and great photos...do you take them? We have good friends in Beauford, NC....


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