We were lucky enough to be invited up for the weekend to our friends' home on
Smith Lake in North Alabama near Cullman
C. is retired now and she loves to garden...in fact after her
retirement, she attended classes and is now a Master Gardener.
Her husband, M., is semi-retired but he also likes to tend their gardens.
Although their whole yard is beautiful,
the real gem is the garden shed complete with a porch.
The twig rockers and hammock overlook the lake below.
The inside of the shed is cozy and organized.
They used translucent panels on the roof so that the light of the sun provides most of the illumination they ever need in the shed.
They collect glass balls to suspend from the beams and catch and reflect the sunlight.
The vegetable/flower garden is in full swing this summer.
It is enclosed to keep as many critters out as possible.
The first thing you notice when you enter the gate is the sunflower stand. Most of them are about 10 feet tall. C. and M. said they did not even replant the sunflowers this year so these are a result of seeds from last year planting themselves and coming back.
There are also lovely dahlias in the enclosure.
The pride and joy of the garden for the owners are the vegetables.
They have a bountiful harvest all summer to enjoy, share, can and freeze.
There are several types of tomatoes in the garden.
Here are some waiting to ripen before being picked.
The bean arbor is just beautiful and shady too.
This is one day's harvest from the bean arbor.
The garden has cucumbers and dill growing...
you know what those turn into...homemade pickles.
Queen Anne's Lace
Even six weeks after the tornadoes,
there was so much devastation
and destruction in the downtown area. Whole buildings
completely caved in...major damage to so many roofs
...a transmission tower crumpled on the ground...
trunks and roots of 100 year old trees still laying on the ground...
homes near downtown destroyed.
Although C. and M. were without power for several days
after the tornadoes, their property did not get much damage.
This little picture at their home just about sums it up...
It says, "If you are lucky enough to live by the water...you're lucky enough".
And we were lucky to have spent a wonderful weekend by the water too.