Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Acres and Acres of Green

About twenty years ago, my brother made one of the best decisions of his life. In a stroke of good fortune, brilliant, blinding good luck, he married my best friend from high school. And so for the past two decades, I have also been the luckiest of sisters--to have two of my favorite people in love with each other! If you have been cruising around Willow's Cottage and Blogland very long you might have figured out that Flower is my sister-in-law.
My brother and Flower live on a Christmas tree farm. They grow several acres of trees.

But they have also chosen to leave a portion of their land as forest. Whenever I visit them, we always make time to 'take a walk in the forest'.

There are paths that beckon you to duck under the tree branches and follow where they lead you.

You walk past the hawthorn trees that are in bloom in the spring.

You can peer through the old moss-covered branches and see the forest floor covered with new ferns.

There are little white daisies and johnny jump-ups along the edges of the paths so you need to watch where you step so you won't trample them.

Dandelion globes decorate the damp ground under the forest canopy.

Even snail shells nestled in the moss are beautiful!

During the three days I was visiting the farm, Flower and I took two wonderful rambles through the forest and the Christmas trees.

It was wonderful!

17 comments:

ellen b. said...

What a lovely piece of property! Just beautiful. I bet it's really quiet there :0)

Thom said...

How cool is that to have your own Christmas Tree Farm. It is beautiful. I have never seen one before. It's awesome. What great pictures. I remember as a kid blowing on those dandelions and if the petals all blew off in one blow you would get a wish granted it was magical. Aloha

M.Kate said...

Beautiful. I know Julene grows the prettiest flowers but I had no idea the land is this huge...I can only dream of such..acres & acres of green. Happy day Kak willow :P

Islandsparrow said...

Lovely dark and deep! what a gorgeous woods.

I did the same thing - I married my best friend's brother :) Best decision I ever made!

Flower said...

We are all smiles....and full of gratitude for a life together!!
You know!!

Flower said...

The pictures are sooo nice! You do have an eye for photography!!

Knitting Linguist said...

Oh, wow. I want to go there -- it looks absolutely gorgeous. The hawthorn in particular just says "spring", doesn't it?

Thom said...

I'm so glad I know who Flower is now by the way...forgot to say that :) It's so good when you can put the pieces of the puzzle together when you see the same commentors :)

Lovella said...

and. .your pictures are wonderful too. . it looks so much like our vegetation and lush greeness. . lovely.

Flower said...

I know..the very same Highway!! I wrote that at first but it got a little wordy! :)) When we saw the Willow sign there was no question about turning around!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

How beautiful your brother and Flower's tree farm and property are! So lush and green. It's so nice that they have preserved nature for all to share.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

How enchanting! A wonderful place for meditative walks and sharing good company.

Sara said...

How gorgeous, and I bet it smells divinely of Christmas trees too!

That snail shell truly is lovely.

Melanie said...

That is gorgeous. I bet they are so glad they kept part of their property as natural woodland. It's such a valuable resource for so many species as well as being a delight to walk in. Thank you so much for sharing it Willow.

Mary said...

Your photographs, indeed your entire site, are lovely. I'll stop back often.

Flower said...

No, it is going close to the house and I'll be sure to highlight it!!
Camera is ready!
I love Balboa!

Sharon Lynne said...

It brings on a feeling of calmness just to look at the pictures.

Great writing by the way...you are good at it!