We take different paths in life. Sometimes they are straight and sure. Other times they bend, sharply and without warning, to the right or left. Sometimes they take us to the proverbial fork in the road. Often, they just meander, slowly, taking us places we simply could not imagine.
When I started blogging almost two years ago, I wasn’t sure what would happen; if I could write on a regular basis, if anyone would read me, if I would ever learn to upload pictures, or what I would do if someone commented. Then, I fretted over what would I do if someone I didn’t know commented?
I know now that blogging has taken me into the words and wonders of so many good people and that I have wandered down some extraordinary and enlightening paths. I have learned so much more than I have taught, and have grown because of the experience.
Today, I walked the path pictured here, guided by a lovely fellow blogger. Mary Anne writes a beautiful blog called Always, Robins Egg Blue, where she shares her home and her family and her wonderful gifts at decorating, furnishing a home and tending a garden. Through our comments to each other, we discovered we lived in neighboring towns, only a few miles apart, in fact, and that we share a love of family and friend, gardening and antiques and the beauty of life around us.
Mary Anne recently invited me to lunch and a tour of her lush gardens. A gracious hostess, savvy businesswoman, and a blogging friend, I consider myself blessed to have met her and shared a few (okay, more than a few) hours with her this afternoon.
Everything in Mary Anne’s house and garden seemed to have a story. From the summer savory given to her by a friend, to this fountain and an arbor, currently hosting a nest of robins. The abundant beauty was enhanced by her stories of where they were from, how they came to be, and what they meant to her.
All of Mary Anne’s posts are interesting, but a recent one on her varied uses of trays really inspired me to look around for some trays I’ve put away and to find some interesting uses for them. You can see Mary Anne’s post on trays here.
Well, I’ll be quiet now and let you see a bit of Mary Anne’s garden. Who knows? Perhaps it will take you on a different path today as well.
Thank you, Mary Anne, for your graciousness and hospitality. You’re the best!