"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Home Is.........

Home.....the word that brings up every kind of image to everyone in different ways. A cottage nestled in the trees, a fireplace crackling with a warm glow, a cozy armchair by the window......
the farm with flocks of geese and chickens roaming the grounds.
But for some, it's the many sticks and twigs woven together with pieces of string or a long hair from a horse's tail, stuffed with bits of cotton and fluff.

For some, a deep, dark, hole, hardened in the earth, away from any one's sight.

Even a bouquet of wildflowers can offer shelter



to the spider, whose web collects the dew in the early morning hours.




This is Matilda, the bullsnake....





who has decided to call this ......home...... the weathered old well house that supplies my garden and chickens with water. It sits next to the hen house.....a great place to get an egg for breakfast...and it houses the hay for my chicken's nests....






which, Matilda thought was a perfect place for her to sleep. She shyly poked her head out as I grabbed up an armful of hay. You've heard that saying..."if it had been a snake...it would have bit me?" ...thank goodness she was not a rattlesnake..I have to say, this was a very sweet mannered snake. I carefully, pulled the hay along with Matilda out of the well house,







and she quietly slithered away.......much to my relief.








For me, home is far, far away from everything and everyone. No traffic, no noise, no sounds......just the peaceful buzzing of bees in the flowers......









and the image of Sophie in them....".home"........... So......what about you?....What is your "image" of home? Is it somewhere from your childhood? Or is it where you are now? I would love to hear!











20 comments:

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Kathleen,
I love your photos. What a wonderful posting about home. I love it. You have such a beautiful home. To me home is the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, spring flowers, and gardening.
Have a blessed weekend.

smallpines.com said...

Well, I think the old pump house is pretty cool. In fact, I think its awesome. What a neat collection of little homes. And nice pics. Sorry I haven't been able to check in as much with getting ready for the move!

nAncY said...

good post, i enjoyed it very much!

even matilda...as long as she does not come to visit at my house.

Kelley said...

What a wonderful post but have to say that I am a tiny bit afraid I wouldn't be so fond of Matilda...
I am deathly afraid of snakes!
I sent you an e-mail but unsure if you received it because I am having some minor computer flare-ups!
Wishing you a blessed Saturday and Lord's Day tomorrow!

Berte said...

Wow! You have a wonderful way with words and pictures. Hopefully, Matilda will go find a new place to call home.
I have to agree with the old saying "Home is where the heart is". Right now, for me, it's moving into a new house with the freshness of a new spring in the air.

Nancy M. said...

What a cool way to look at different homes! You are much braver than me, Matilda would have scared me to death! For me home is here in SC. I love the country!

Daisy said...

Oh golly, Kathleen. You need to give a girl a warning when you're going to post those snake pictures. I scrolled down through enjoying your post and then that snake popped up and nearly scared me to death!!

I loved the one of Sophie in the yellow flowers though. :D

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

What a great post...and what good pictures you've gotten. Now, I would have been shivering in fear of that SNAKE! EWWW! You're a better photographer than I am, I would have been running away!
XOXO
Joni

Tipper said...

Beautiful photos and a beautiful post! Home-a holler in Appalachia.

the voice of melody said...

Your home is definitely where your heart is and it's wonderful to see all the things you love about it. I'm glad Matilda went on her way. I've never seen a snake in my own backyard, I think I'd run the other way!

How fun for us all to visit your home this way, thanks for the lovely tour. :)

Mildred said...

What a sweet post Kathleen (minus the snake!) Like you, our current home is very quiet and secluded and we feel so blessed to enjoy God's beautiful world with our beloved pets and each other. It is the simplest of things here that bring a smile to my face...flowers, the creek, the birds.

blushing rose said...

I'd have sold the house & moved if I would have seen the snake ... been the end of me, let me tell ya!

Great pics ... enjoying your blog.

Have a beautiful week.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Debbie said...

You have some interesting critters around your place too! Even non-poisonous snakes give me the willies! I've lived in a lot of different places; I think that is why I have never felt at 'home'. I've not reached my home yet.
Someday..........

Tammy said...

Hi~~I'm back from my "home" state of Kentucky...love it and love to visit with family, but I loved driving into my Ohio "home" driveway...sign...

YIKES...Matilda would have scared me silly gal!

KathyB. said...

Home, where my heart wants to be! With my husband, my animals, where there is quiet, and creativity because I am HOME!Home to me is also the rainy section of the Pacific Northwest, and if I am away from rain too long I get a bit depressed. I long for the rain.

BTW, your post 12/13/2008 about your husband's hands still touches me very deep down and was the inspiration for a post of mine..hands are so telling , aren't they? Thank-you, and blessings to you too Kathleen.

Do you think Matilda will be back, after all, it looks like a perfect place for a decent snake like her to live ?

J and J Acres said...

That is ONE BIG snake!! I'm not sure what I would've done if I found her in our hay!!

Linda said...

Home Sweet Home is right where I am. I love our little home and garden, I find much pleasure right here.

Enjoyed all the pictures and this sweet post but the snake gave me a start..I'm happy she is friendly...hugs, Linda

Conni said...

Another wonderful post with lovely photos!

Childers Corner said...

I still always see home as the beautiful cotton fields at Vincent. I used to love to walk around the farm in the evening and watch the sunset.

Princess S said...

My home is a farm back in IA that supplied my childhood with lots of adventures and wonderful memories of the ones I love.