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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..."


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

If you were a rock...






If you were a rock, would you rather be a rock among hundreds of others, sometimes wildly tossed here and there in the raging waters of an Ozark mountain stream?   Or would you prefer to live a more civilized life, along with a select few (forty-six in this case) arranged in a somewhat organized fashion to form a walkway in a lady's country garden?  (What fun to personify an ordinary creek rock! :~)










Ready for some planting...




The lucky (or unlucky) forty-six...






Looking through the Shanty's window...




Leading right to Millie's barn...






11 comments:

  1. Oh my!! What a lovely pathway!! The area around the shanty just grows more beautiful with every new thing you add. I'm amazed you could find that many flat rocks in the stream.

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  2. That is such a wonderful idea and makes for a stunning walkway.

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  3. Isn't it amazing how a path seizes our imagination? Lovely now, it will be even better as it winds through your plants!

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  4. What wonderful, nice, flat, happy rocks to make a lovely walkway, Chip Butter. This looks to be a very special spot that I'm sure you will enjoy it for years to come. I do love a path that meanders and I bet your plants will be lovely along its border. I love your old black lawn chair. I inherited four of them and they are so comfortable! ♥

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  5. To answer your question - in that gorgeous country garden :} !!

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  6. A very lovely post . . . I really do like your stone walkway . . . it adds so much charm to that area in your garden. I'm happy that my post inspired you to look around your home . . . we all have little things in our homes that are treasures to us and would have no meaning to others. They write the pages of our lives . . . sweet memories :) You stated that you also collect hats. I hope that you also wear them . . . I do have friends that collect hats, but never put them on their heads. What a same . . . they are so fun and they do a good job of keeping the sun off in the summer and keeping us warm in the winter :)
    Here's wishing you a wonderful week.
    Connie :)

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  7. the pathway is very nice. Everything at your house is nice. So much work and a lovely spot to rest and enjoy the outdoors. I love the rocks too. We used to gather sandstone rocks at the old gravel pit and we built a wall and a well house out of them. that was a long time ago. I have also learned to look for tiny rocks on the road when we walk the dogs to use to weight the legs of the dolls. They have to be special smooth ones, but I have always loved to work with the rocks. Still do. Love your little house too.

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  8. beautiful pathway- if I were a rock I would feel privileged to have been chosen

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  9. New England rocks are round... I like your flat rocks, so right for walkways. You have done a great job in making pathways with them. Your garden design is great! Love it!

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  10. I'd probably like the excitement of a river rock but those flat ones can be proud of their purpose. What a lovely area to sit with a warm cup to watch the sun come up or go down.

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  11. Oh my-I do wish I could sit with you in your new garden spot! I think those rocks are lucky to have been chosen-now they will be seen. Perhaps they were weary of water all the time!

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