Monday, October 16, 2017

The Edge of Wildness

I know a place on the edge of wildness, where brambles twist up from the ground, green and alive, welded to the barbed wire. Just beyond the old fence, you'll find a world untouched by developers.


Autumn is my favorite time to walk in the woods, looking for vines and moss. I found a level spot for a simple, laid-back table--acrylic wine glasses, disposable wooden cutlery, wildlife plates, pumpkins, and mixed blooms in a bucket.

This small patch of land won't stay wild forever. Roads will be carved through pastures, and houses will pop up, squeezing out every wild thing. Knowing this adds a certain poignancy. 

We nature lovers will always find ways to celebrate the world around us, no matter how large or small.








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23 comments:

  1. Oh what a beautiful spot. I could sit there for a long time and glaze at the beautiful landscape. I long to go home to Virginia, where there are country roads, old barns, corn stacked in the fields and rolls of hay. Life is much simpler there than in this fast paced rat race.

    Your tablescape is beautiful and the setting is perfect. Thank you so much for sharing this terrific spot with us. I love it!

    Have a get week and give Jasper a hug from us.

    Mary

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  2. From a fellow nature lover, let me count the ways I love this:
    1) Your little pumpkin on the fence post.
    2) Your woodland creatures and pumpkin patch table
    3) Beautiful dappled sunlight and setting
    4) Wonderful pasture view
    5) Cheery bucket of blooms!
    6) Your ribbon/fabric strip swag
    ♥♥♥

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    1. You are a shining example to us all, Mary. I hope to make little suet cakes this winter for the birds via your recipe.

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  3. What a beautiful spot to stop and appreciate the beauty of nature. Love the fabric tie banner.

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    1. I am always finding branches in the yard. An old friend used to refinish them as walking canes, but I forgot how she did it. Need to Google the process.

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  4. I don't know which is prettier, the view, the setting or your table, it's all fabulous! LOVE the plates!

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  5. I just hate to see developers take over wildlife's home! So sad for the animals. I so envy your wide open spaces!
    Brenda

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    1. Not too far from this spot is a humongous subdivision, and one house was built very near the property line. In the distance, I hear hammering, too. For a while now, the deer travel along the power lines--a narrow strip of tall grass that runs through the county. I often see wild turkeys come down the hill and forage in subdivisions.

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  6. I'd love to meander out there and sit a spell, just sit and listen. So peaceful.

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  7. I wish I had more spaces like that, but thank goodness there are still those spaces to find. Beautiful.

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    1. For that reason, I always love to drive through Cades Cove to imagine a time without telephone poles and subdivisions.

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  8. So sweet, I have those dishes and adore them too~

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  9. I love your dishes and the sunflowers are so pretty!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  10. What a perfect spot to enjoy some hot cider or mulled wine and a snack!!

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  11. Fantastic! I would love that view from my home (and for it to never change). Love the pumpkins on the ground, dishes and tablecloth. Your creativity is very alive!

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  12. What an absolutely beautiful post!! I love everything about this!! It reminds me of where I grew up and it is now all housing developments. I think it's the fabric ties on the branch -that just sets it over the edge!! - so pretty!!!

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