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As a child, it was one of my greatest delights to visit my grandparents in the spring when the whip-poor-wills began to call. Grandma and Grandpa lived in a remote valley of the Ozark Mountains where there were trees a plenty, and, seemingly, a whip-poor-will, or two, in each one.
My grandmother insisted that a whip-poor-will's call was not "whip-poor-will," but instead, "chip-butter-white-oak." I would listen really hard trying to hear it exactly as she said it was, but all I could hear was "whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will,..." But, I never let on to her.
I remember my grandpa watching and listening, with an amused look on his face, to one of these listening sessions. Shortly after that he began to call me, just for fun, "Chip Butter." It is a name I am proud to wear for I still love to hear that long, lonesome call on a warm summer's eve. And, sometimes, when I listen really, really hard, it seems I can hear quite clearly, "chip-butter-white-oak, chip-butter-white-oak..."


Monday, July 16, 2018

Summer Sun...

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Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven without repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

~Robert Louis Stevenson



I have been sprucing things up just in case the weather cools off enough for our little garden party.  But it seems "Summer Sun" has other plans and "bares to all the garden ground, and sheds a warm (hot) and glittering look among the ivy's inmost nook."



















Five little dolls will decorate the table, along with flowers from the garden.  When the party is over, the dolls will go home with the youngest girls, and the flowers will stay on my table for a few more days. (I can hardly stand to cut a flower from my garden.  None of the flowers stand up and say, "Here, cut me!"  And, just as surely as I choose one to cut, a bee or butterfly will fly to its rescue.  Really, they do!)











14 comments:

  1. Chip Butter, I am in love with your lovely dolls! They are dressed for a party and I'm sure they will enjoy themselves. I always pick my flowers and you have some beauties there to pick. I always say to myself it encourages more blossoms. Beautiful shots of the swallowtails! ♥

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  2. I'm just sitting here, drooling over all the beauty! I love the dolls!

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  3. I love what your doing with your Shanty. It is blending right in with your yard and garden. It looks like a very welcoming space. Flowers, Butterflies and all the other things you have added for the eye to see. I could comment on everything; but let's just say I like it all. What a great Garden Party you are describing! The dollies are wonderful. The flowers are beautiful. What a great day it will be.

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  4. What a beautiful post, it was a joy to visit your blog today. The dolls are wonderful and will make such a great display and gift at your amazing garden party.

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  5. Lovely post-the photos are so beautiful and you are a poet-hugs
    No relief with the heat here either-Your dolls are gorgeous-enjoy the garden party.
    I want to share a site with you that keeps everything simple-I am going to try it soon http://handeyemagazine.com/handeyemagazine.com/content/autumn-leaves

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  6. I do love your photos-and the dolls are beautiful! We just had a lovely much needed rain-but before that, the sun was relentless! It's been hot! I have never seen the white butterfly-is it a kind of swallow-tail? I don't cut my flowers either, unless I have a lunch for friends...I hope you take pictures of your party.

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  7. The Shanty is adorable!! and keeps getting prettier and prettier! You are so talented...an artist, a writer, a poet! Your dolls are amazing. All of them are beautiful! I feel the same way about cutting the flowers in the garden. The zinnias are blooming but I can't bare to break them off. I did take a few pictures yesterday. :)

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  8. Breathtaking photos. Such beauty and charm. The decor, the flowers, the butterflies, the cute dollies, the guest at your little garden party are going to have a wonderful time. How sweet to have the adorable dolls for them to carry home and remember the day.

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  9. Flowers are beautiful outside! The butterflys and bees are lucky that you leave them to serve a higher purpose.

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  10. What a beautiful post. Love your chickens, your zinnias and your little dolls. Everything is perfection:) Zinnias are my favorite summertime flower, all the colors and their strong stems they just seems to smile at you and strike a happy pose. The happiest little flowers in the garden :)

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  11. Love the Stevenson quote! Same sun is keeping us well scorched for a few days, but rain in the forecast, thank goodness. Summer is lovely, but need a little break now and then.

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  12. How pretty your home is. The colourful flowers do indeed, look too good to cut, so you must be glad when the butterflies get to them first. Those dolls are just beautiful and I am sure the little girls who got one each must have been over the moon with them. Keep cool.

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  13. I love your garden decor...I am in love with the zinnias, too! I always plan to grow more of them than I do! The colors are so vibrant and make such a wonderful statement. Love the pictures of the butterflies and also the dolls. Have a wonderful day!

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  14. Lovely flowers and sweet little dolls. Everything around you looks fresh and pretty even in the hot sun!

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