How has the weather been where you live?  Have you had a chance to get out a bit to enjoy Spring?

Thankfully, the weather around here has been quite beautiful lately. A good amount of rain, and lots of blue skies and sunshine in the mix!  Everything has turned to a lush green, and flowers are blooming.

The other evening, a couple of birds were singing the most beautiful melody in the backyard. I couldn’t see them, but their enchanting song seemed to joyfully echo through the trees. It was a rare kind of sound, and made me drop everything I was doing to stop and listen.

We have been making the most of the nice weather. Even on weeknights, we’ve often opted to eat in the backyard, enjoying the longer hours of sunshine and the blissful fragrance of the nearby lilac blossoms.

We have been so busy lately that our backyard is definitely sporting a very ‘natural’ kind of beauty.  😉  If the weather cooperates, I am hoping to spend some time working in the yard next weekend. Over time, I hope to create a yard that grows plenty of native plants and provides some habitat for butterflies and bees, so I will be doing a bit more research, too.

In the meantime, I hope you have a great week!  I’ll leave you with some famous reflections on “the backyard” and outdoors.  Do any of these resonate with you?

“People’s backyards are much more interesting than their front gardens, and houses that back on to railways are public benefactors.”

~ John Betjeman

“Nature is impersonal, awe-inspiring, elegant, eternal. It’s geometrically perfect. It’s tiny and gigantic. You can travel far to be in a beautiful setting, or you can observe it in your own backyard – or, in my case, in the trees lining New York City sidewalks, or in the clouds above the skyscrapers.”

~ Gretchen Rubin

“The really best acting is children in a playground or in a backyard. They’re just lost in their imagination…”

~ Nolan North

“I like to sit in my backyard. I go out on the hammock and sit in silence and kind of meditate. Nature is calming, and it’s nice to go out there and clear my head.”

~ Devon Werkheiser

“I feel a responsibility to my backyard. I want it to be taken care of and protected. “

~ Annie Leiboritz



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Carina Spring

Hi! So glad you stopped by my little blog, where I joyfully embrace creativity. Here, at Home... hurrah!, I celebrate the beauty and depth of everyday moments, explore what life has to teach us, and share some of the interesting things I see and learn along the way. Thanks for the visit!

6 thoughts on “Backyards”

  1. Thanks for the article.

    The magical thing about backyards is that they are protected from the busyness outside 🙂

    I will open my window now and listen to the birds for a while 🙂

    1. I agree, Robert, there is something so wonderful about being in a little oasis of urban nature, away from the busyness…and listening to birds.

      I used to live in a 10th floor apartment for 5 years and enjoyed my balcony in much the same way – maybe that is another post. 🙂 Great to hear from you- thanks for the comment.

  2. Loved hearing about your back yard, Carina. Backyards are so magical. It’s not necessarily what they look like, but what happens in them. We especially love our times around the fire pit at dusk. Your pink bleeding heart is so gorgeous. We have several, ours are not such a pretty, deep pink though! And don’t you love lilacs? Nothing better than that smell…we picked some in Maine yesterday and they were heavenly, scented our hotel room so beautifully. Have a wonderful week! 🙂

    1. Sitting around a fire at dusk is such a wonderful way to end a day! (In fact, on our last visit to the lake, I took some snap shots of the fire pit and might post about it in a while.)

      Good for you for beautifying your hotel room with blossoms from a lilac! What a fun way to transform the space for yourselves! That fragrance is heavenly, and I enjoy bringing the flowers inside my house, too.

      So true – it’s not how they look, but rather what happens in the backyards that makes them special!
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing, Allie.:-)

  3. Great to hear you’ve been enjoying good weather and your garden is benefiting. We’ve been unseasonably cold for ages and today we have rain and gale force winds. So much for it being the first day of summer!

    1. That’s too bad, I am sorry to hear that. After enduring the winter, it’s tough when the weather doesn’t start to feel summery. Hopefully it improves soon for you guys! Thanks for the visit and comment, Bekki, and take care.

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