Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Fare thee well to our neighbors

Just found out that our neighbors in nearby Kingston Springs, the Twists, are moving out West. This makes me feel so sad!

Ronnie Lee Twist is a rockabilly singer and musician and his wife, Nikki Danby Twist, is a local artist. They own the fabulous Outdoor Stuff statuary and Milo Art Gallery on Highway 70. The statues are a feast for the eyes, ranging from tiny to giant, in every conceivable style and variety you can imagine. I own several which are placed all around our property.

The magical walkway leading to Outdoor Stuff and the Milo Art Gallery

The Twists are the nicest folks ever. They welcome you in and treat you like you're family. My hubby and I have never once stayed less than an hour each time we've gone to walk around and pick up a new statue for our garden. The ease and magic that abounds in the very air brings us back again and again.
The Twist's kitty dares to dream on a warm autumn day

Ronnie has not had the musical success he envisioned here in Nashville, which is sadly ironic, it being the so-called 'Music City' capital of the free world. He and Nikki are relocating to Las Vegas, where he has a lot of prospects, plus will be geographically closer to his family on the West coast. We will miss them so very much, and while we wish the couple all the luck in the world, somehow, deep inside, we not-so-secretly hope that their fortune turns around for the better, and keeps them here...
 Rest in the shady peace of Stump Henge

(L) Red-bellied woodpecker and (R) Blue jay aren't phased by this kitty!
You can read more about the Twist's beautiful and very historic property by clicking here:

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Joys of Composting

First of all, hello to everyone! Yeah, I know, I've created yet another new blog (now totaling four). But, you see, I had to, as my regular artsy-life blog (The Quirk Shop) was fast turning into a landscaping/gardening/outdoor blog! Funny to realize how I myself have morphed from the die-hard, rock 'n' roller City Girl in all her Goth glory into the one who remembers her original roots from long ago: that who loves the outdoors and nature and animals, which is what this new blog will be dedicated to.

Early spring in Stump Henge

Well, we did it.... we bought a big barrel composter! You know, the kind you rotate with a handle, and it mixes up all the organic slop (leaves, vegetable leftovers, grass clippings, coffee grinds, pine needles etc.) and cooks it in the sun, turning it into glorious, pristine black compost for planting and gardening. 
The source of my bliss!

I can't believe how excited I was over this... I was nearly dancing a jig as Mark (Poopy) was assembling it. 

      Fresh, dark, smelly compost. Yay!

If my life has been reduced to such simple pleasures, then so be it! I'm content to be a happy idiot.
Some of our first spring flowers

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Welcome, Dearies!

To the first blog!

The first clumps of daffodils are bloomin' everywhere!