Monday, April 14, 2014

Dogwood Winter

Wearing white crosses,
dogwoods wash the mountains
with snow; a cold snap.

The bluebirds give a cantata,
trillium dance in pink slippers
among the fern; a cold snap.

Lambs frolic in verdant pastures,
jonquils dot the banks
of Hyatt Mill Creek; a cold snap.

Butterflies sip nectar
from blankets of purple phlox,
fragrance wafts on a chilled breeze.
                    --Brenda Kay Ledford

Granny Trese Shook Lee said when the dogwood trees bloom and we have a cold snap, that it's "Dogwood Winter."

The old-timers had names for these cold spells that came in spring.  "Blackberry Winter" will come when the blackberries bloom.

I wish my blogger friends a very Happy Easter!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fields of the Wood

Fields of the Wood is a Biblical Theme Park at 10000 NC 294, Murphy, NC (828-494-7855).  It's an awesome place to visit especially during Easter.  A live Passion Play will be held in the Park at 6:00 p.m. on April 19, 2014 by the Bethlehem Baptist Church from Madisonville, TN.  This group is outstanding!

Other  Easter activities include an Easter egg hunt with 5,000 eggs at l:00 p.m. and Great Gospel music from 2-6 p.m. by the BABBS, The Jamersons, GoodNews Revival, The Land Family, The Lighthouse Church (Charleston, TN), drama team and more.

Fields of the Wood is the place to visit on Saturday, April 19, 2014 to celebrate Easter.

The Ten Commandments are displayed on a hillside at Fields of the Wood.

This chapel overlooks the Biblical Theme Park at Fields of the Wood.

These crosses remind us of the real meaning of Easter that Jesus Christ died to save us from our sins and that He Lives forevermore!

Here's the Psalm Wall at Fields of the Wood.

Here's the Empty Tomb!  Jesus Christ is the resurrection and life!

I hope all of my blogger friends have a blessed Easter! 

Let us celebrate the living Lord during this Holy Season!


Friday, March 21, 2014

Blue Ridge Mountain Spring

On the first day of spring,
the ghost-print of a Full Sap Moon
shimmies over Shewbird Mountain,
the yellowbell bush ringing a tune.

The ghost-print of a Full Sap Moon,
a carpet of purple thrift,
the yellowbell bush ringing a tune,
willow trees spread lacy fingers.

A carpet of purple thrift,
daffodis dot the creek banks,
willow trees spread lacy fingers,
the bluebirds lifting melodies.

The promise of hope
shimmies over Shewbird Mountain,
life rising from earth's tomb;
on the first day of spring!
            --Brenda Kay Ledford

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

St. Patrick's Day

An Irish Prayer

May God give you...
for every storm, a rainbow,
for every tear, a smile,
for every care, a promise,
and a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
a faithful friend to share,
for every sigh, a sweet song,
and an answer for each prayer.

When my sister and I took a trip to Ireland in the late 1980's, lovely thatched-roof cottages like this dotted the Emerald Isle. Because it rains almost every day, the grass is verdant in Ireland.  We often saw double rainbows after a rainshower in this country.

When our bus driver drove on the left side of the road, I almost screamed, but soon got used to the Irish driving on this side of the highway.  Here's a photo where cattle crossed in front of the tour coach as we traveled through the country.

It was common for horses to pull "traps" loaded with milk and cream in the country.  My sister and I had ice creams that were pure, rich cream.  Oh, my strawberry ice cream was so good!

My mother thinks the reason I talk so much is because I kissed the Blarney Stone!

Saturday, March 1, 2014


The season's first jonquils
pulsed on an icy breeze,
and sprinkled churned butter
beside the split-railed fence.

Pulsed on an icy breeze,
frogs echoed on Hyatt Mill Creek.
Beside the split-railed fence,
calves frolicked in the pasture.

Frogs echoed on Hyatt Mill Creek,
robins spread a bronze blanket,
calves frolicked in the pasture;
pink skies kissed the mountains.

Light ricocheted across the country
and sprinkled churned butter.
My heart filled with joy--
the seasons' first jonquils!
          --Brenda Kay Ledford

Monday, February 24, 2014

Planting Potatoes

This is my Granddaddy John Lee and Granny Trese Lee.  Granddaddy Lee always planted his Irish potatoes in February.  He and his brother would compete to see who could get his garden planted first.  It has been reported that early one morning Granddaddy Lee even got out in his housecoat to work in his garden. He would check with the "Farmer's Almanac" to see what the signs were in before he planted his vegetables. The reason he's holding the Bible is because he was a Baptist preacher.

Planting Potatoes

It's tater planting time
in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Get them out in February,
they'll pop up early spring.

In the Blue Ridge Mountains,
plant taters in the signs--
they'll pop up early spring.
The rain crow is cooing on Joe Knob.

Plant taters in the signs.
Granddaddy Lee set the example.
The rain crow's cooing on Joe Knob.
Work the garden before it rains.

When the Full Snow Moon wanes,
get root crops out in February.
The earth's calling the farmers,
it's tater planting time.
--Brenda Kay Ledford

Friday, February 14, 2014

Blue Ridge Mountains' Snow

Confetti twirls to the ground,
a mid-winter celebration,
my boots crunching the snow.

The crisp scent of cedar trees,
a mourning dove trilling on Jo Knob,
confetti twirls to the ground.

Five deer bound over a fence,
disappear into the laurel thicket,
my boots crunching the snow.

Children bobsled in the pasture,
my hot breath blows steam,
confetti twirls to the ground.

North wind bites the nose,
the pond glitters with ice,
my boots crunching the snow.

Walking the woodland trail,
cotton balls cling to pines,
confetti twirls to the ground;
my boots crunching the snow.
          --Brenda Kay Ledford

I hope all of my blogger friends are well and made it fine through the snow the Southeast had this week.  Most of the snow has melted now.  Locally, we did not have any power outage, but many did lose power across the region.  It was a beautiful snow, but it's great to see sunshine today.  I am looking forward to spring.