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Quote of the Day: Charles Dickens

May 31st, 2015

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which everyone has many.”

~Charles Dickens

Yesterday, Mr Chiots and I celebrated our 17 year wedding anniversary – crazy, I know. It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. We usually aren’t big on celebrating events, so we spent our day working outside and had a dinner harvested from the garden.
pig statue 1
Mr Chiots did surprise me with a pig statue for the garden. I admired this particular statue at Fieldstone Gardens when we were there last Sunday. He left work early yesterday and picked it up for me.
pig statue 2
After a little though we decided it should sit right by the front door. It’s a lovely piece and it’s quite perfect since we’re not getting real pigs this year. I do miss having them around, so this beauty makes me smile every time I see it.

Do you have any statues in the garden?

One More Chicken

July 29th, 2014

I’ve been collecting little statues to hide around the garden for quite a while. I have a few cats, a face and now I just got this sweet little chicken.
chicken statue
I simply love it and am actually thinking it might be perfect atop a large trellis. The best part about this chicken is that it requires no feed. There’s definite value in having art in your garden, whether it be a small statue, or something else. There’s a winery nearby that has wonderful wind powered art and I’d love to add one to my garden someday. I’ll have to try to get photos of it next time I’m in town. I’d also love to find a few pieces made by local potters, there’s always room to tuck in a special piece somewhere.

Do you have any statues in your garden? What kind of garden art do you like most?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.