Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What's on the Back Porch and Growing in Our Yard Now and Friends for 42 Years

It's Outdoor Wednesday so we get to enjoy the outdoors. Susan at http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/ is hosting this fun event. Make sure you go visit her outdoor post today and visit everyone on her list of participants.

I already put my post together last night and then I saw these birds in one of our neighbors front yard, on my way home this morning. I just had to add it.
Sorry for the blurred photos but I was driving while taking them.
Now, to show you what's on our porch......does anybody know what kind of plant this is? John's stepmom gave it to me when we visited them in Pensacola. She told me what it is but I forgot. It has the prettiest flower.

I bought this plant in a long bag and I just hung it on one of the porch posts.
I love this cone shaped planter. Isn't it pretty?
The fountain is right outside the home office so I like to keep the sliding door open to hear the rythmn of the trickling water while surfing and typing away. I get to see the birds chirping and feeding too. It is so relaxing!
This Rosemarie smells sooooo good!
Do you see the peach trees over there? They just started blooming. The red azaleas just started blooming too. The pinks have lots of buds in them and should open anytime soon. The whites are always the late bloomers. This is my view from the office,
Yesterday morning, I heard a lot of birds chirping and singing. I looked out and there must have been hundreds of birds that were flying above me. It almost looked like the backyard had a ceiling of birds. I quickly grabbed my camera but they all flew away and I did not catch the big flock but there were still a lot perched on the oak trees, which I noticed are starting to grow leaves on them. Do you see the birds? You can click to see a bigger view.
I was also amazed at all the pine cones covering the pine trees. They are so pretty!

Thanks, Susan, for giving us a chance to show off our outdoor pictures. I will be visiting every one else's posts now.
And now, for Wordless Wednesday. The theme for today is "Friends".
Wordless Wednesday is sponsored by Dixie at http://frenchlique.blogspot.com/. I am very excited to show you my friends from College. There are 8 of us who have kept in touch (thanks to the internet and emails!) We have always been very close since our first year of College. We often had sleep overs in our home in the Philippines. We all graduated from the Philippines with a Bachelors degree in Medical Technology so we are all Clinical Laboratory Scientists. Three of them continued to take up Medicine so we have 3 doctors in the group and there is no need to worry about getting sick during our reunions. We are from all over US and one from Canada and we meet every year now, no other family members are allowed because this is when we act silly and do not care what anybody else says. We just have fun, fun, fun! Our reunions are always a blast that's why we always look forward to the next one.

Thanks to Dixie for hosting this event and for picking a great subject! Now I am off to check out the other participants. Care to join me?


KBeau said...

Looks like you and your girlfriends have had lots of fun over the years.

About those pine trees--I'm not looking forward to the pine pollen.

Susan said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Christine.. wow, all the birds..someone must have put some grass seed out...gone now...lol....beautiful flower (no idea what it is)..and I want your fountain!!!! Thanks for sharing your photos.


Cynthia said...

Hi Christine,
What a lovely garden you have the flowers are just breathtaking and the friends pics are all mega cute! cindy

mbkatc230 said...

It looks like you and your friends always have a great time together, how special that you've kept in contact over the years. And your flowers are beautiful. I have no idea what the one on your porch is, but if you find out let everyone know - it's a knockout! Kathy

Dixie said...

Christine... Now while I generally like birds... THOSE BIRDS will clean out a very large birdfeeder in no time flat... I hate when they show up at our house... you keep them in Mississippi... ok!

Your pretty unknown flower... I have no idea... but it does remind me a lot of an orchid...

Thanks for sharing all the wonderful photos of your friends... what beautiful ladies!

have a wonderful week... blessings. Dixie

prof en retraite said...

Wow Christine...You have some beautiful floweres on your porch! And it's so nice that you and your friends have kept your friendships going for so many years!! Hope you are having a good week! hugs...Debbie

marty39 said...

The flowers on your porch are just gorgeous. I don't know what the one your got as a gift is but it is really spectacular. Isn't it wonderful to have so many life long friends. I've had some for over 30 yrs. and they are always the dearest. You all look like you are having such a good time. What a real treat. Hugs, Marty

Lisa Shatzer said...

Love the tree photos!

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

How can you ha have friends for so long...you look 20 years old!!!!

m ^..^

dana said...

What a great looking bunch of friends you guys are--and it looks like you have fun where ever you meet! Keep it up!!! Dana

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

You have a lovely patio. I adore the fountain.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine, looks like you all had a great timeA! It's fun to go places with friends, isn't it?

And I love all of your plants. Your patio is lovely! And those birds! I love how they migrate in flocks like that. One day, I looked out the kitchen window last year and saw tons of little finches. I loved it!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday...


Sheila :-)

Shelia said...

Evening, Christine! OH, what a wonderful post! How awesome to see all of these beautiful birds! Your outdoors is gorgeous too! I'm sorry I don't know what kind of flower that is, but it's beautiful. I remember your fountain from RMS - it's so lovely!
Now your college friends! How awesome is that? You are the prettiest one!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Linda C said...

Girlfriends for life--priceless! Loved all the photos of your reunions!

Linda C

Tealady said...

Christine, what a beautiful view you have created outside your home office. I wouldn't get any work done. LOL I enjoy the bird photos, too. The pictures of the friends are wonderful.

All the best, Lana @ Showers of Blessings

Light and Voices said...

It is so much fun to have friends to travel with that like to do and see the same things. All six of you look like you are having the time of your lives. YEA! Such a peaceful setting you have to look at while working in your office. Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

Chari said...

Hey Girlfriend...

Ohhh what fun it looks like ya'll have when you get together...talking about all of your girlfriends!!! What a blessing that ya'll have stayed in touch!!!

Girl, I just can't believe that beautiful yard of yours...and all of the green!!! And...all of the pretty flowers!!! We just had another storm move through yesterday...we have snow again and very cold temps. Sorry, I can't help you on the name of the flower that John's step-mother gave you...but it sure is beautiful!!!

Love ya, Sweetie!

Candy said...

fun times for sure. And fun places too!
Love the fountain and bloomin' plants.

Deb said...

Be careful taking pictures while driving LOL... I love rosemary, it is my favorite... nice WW photos

Honeycombmama said...

LOL! Your friends look like they always have a great time together:) Loved the wig photo! Have a great day!
Gina jo

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

That's a lot of birds! I wonder what drove them to fly away - a dog, a child running? :-) One can only imagine.

The flower is unique and so beautiful. Hhhmmmm I'm not sure beautiful is the right word. Amazing! I haven't seen one before so thanks for posting!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Your garden is so pretty!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Christine!

Leah said...

What a beautiful group of friends. That is so great that you have all kept in touch over the years. :)

Chandy said...

Your home and land is just beautiful! What an oasis and paradise it must be for you after all of your wonderful travels. Those bird pictures are cool, so many in one place!

You and your friends have such fun and great locations to meet at!

I hope to get the chance to meet you; you're so fun to "read" on your blog! :-)

Have a great Wednesday, Christine!

Chandy said...

Oh, yeah, that flower is gorgeous, but I don't know what that is...

Smilingsal said...

Those birds are not pleasant to your poor neighbor who donated their food (grass seed, I'll bet). I love your porch, with that beautiful flower and plants. It looks like your friends are having a good time.

ann said...

You should come get me.I'll take all those birds home with me,ha.
I love the pics of your flowers,especially the purple.they are gorgeous.
And man you and your buds have had some good times haven't you?...Ann

ellen b said...

Wow-that's a lot of birds! I really enjoyed all your outdoor photos. So many pretty things to look at. The photos of you and your friends are just great, too!!

debbie said...


My Crafty Little Page said...

Wow Christine - I love the pics through the years and places with your friends. Having a history with someone and in this case 7 someones - well that is just priceless. Thanks for sharing :)Nancy

Marie said...

Hi Christine-
Your courtyard looks beautiful! And your adventures with your "barkada" look fantastic! As a fellow filipina, next time can I join your group ;)

Monica said...

Looks like you and your friends have so much fun when you are all together!And the yard is beautiful!

♥ Kathy said...

We have birds like that here too :o craziness lol Happy OW!

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Thank you for sharing these pictures , what beautiful scenery, now how do you get any work done with a view like that? LOL I have never seen a cone planter, very unique.
I think that it is great that you and your college friends have stayed in contact,and that you all have continued to develop those friendships!!!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

c/x, I enjoyed your outdoors photos. I bet they do smell great. I have laughed and laughed about my gridle wall art... I had not noticed that! I thought they were handbags...lol

Linda said...

That Hoover Dam picture is amazing - our daughter & son-in-law were there several years ago and were in awe at the size! Also, love all the beautiful plants on the porch! Come on Spring! Linda

Bo said...

Hi Christine...your plants are thriving & beautiful...I don't know what the exotic plant is called, so let's just call it a "Mother-in-law" plant...LOL
I think you and your friends are all such lovely and accomplished women... ;-) Bo

Blondie's Journal said...


I would have driven off the road had a seen a flock of birds as big as this!! Maybe they are heading back my way now that winter is almost over! :-)

I love your patio and all your pretty plants. It looks so peaceful. And I have never seen Rosemary grow out of a hanging pot like that~I want to give that a try.

You are so lucky to have such a long history with your college friends. It looks like you have so much fun (and traveling) together! :-)


Tootsie said...

your gardens are getting along nicely! that is a lot of birds!
have a great week girl and thanks for the visit

Kathy said...

What a wonderful group of friends! Great pictures of happy times...Kathy

Jill said...

Hi Christine.. I love the pics. you and your friends look like you were having a blast. I love the flower pics. I kill all of mine no matter how hard I try not to.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

good friends are like sugar & spice, they make our life nice!.. have a great day!

Melissa Wertz said...

Christine, I enjoyed your garden pictures. They are lovely. And all those birds!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Your outdoor pictures are so pretty. Love your view from the office. Enjoyed all of the pictures of your friends. That wig is just so "you"!!! laurie

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