Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Connections


Our strongest connections to memory are those which are inspired by scent...


Even enabling us to venture as far back as childhood and the scent of early roses in Grandmother's garden...


Strawberry jam cooking in the kitchen...


A beautiful clematis clamoring up the wall of a secret hiding place...


And oh yes Madelaine is trying to get a whiff of that biscuit she buried earlier in the garden...

Hope you're enjoying all the scents of Spring that stir your memory too...

21 comments:

Lori said...

oh, my gracious...your banners are cuter every time you do a new one...Madeline is certainly photogenic...i hope the sweet girl found her biscuit:)

Cottage Garden said...

Such a sweet new banner! Madelaine looks very cute in her crown - she is such a sweetie - I do hope she found her hidden treasure!

You have a beautiful and peaceful garden Susan - it feels very calm ... very zen.

Jeanne
x

Pondside said...

The power of scent to take us back in time - yes, I know it too! For me it's less about nature though - the smell of a coke oven takes me back to Sydney NS when it was a booming steel town - the smell of wet pavement and what I think of as 'worm smell' in the first few minutes of rainfall take me back to childhood in south western Ontario just as quickly as the smell of new mown grass - the smell of coffee/burnt sugar and vanilla takes me straight to the cafes of Germany and my years as a young mother.
Madelaine is just lovely, by the way! I'm showing that picture to Miss Rosie, as inspiration.

Constance said...

You are so right, just a hint of wisteria takes me back to the most wonderful memories. Your banner is just delightful, Madeline is just a princess with her little crown and the kitties look as sweet as can be. Thank you ever so much for sharing.
Take care,
Sallie

Ann Flower said...

Stunning picture of the flowers, will definitely make my day. Keep posting.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Susan I could just smell that strawberry jam coming out of that cooking pot!!! What an absolute delight those clematis' are...we have planted some here for the first time and eagerly awaiting Spring time for the blooms...
I have just gone through lots of your blog back to July 2007...what a very interesting read...Enjoy your beautiful Spring and all the delicious scents that come with it...I hope Madelaine found her biscuit...Dzintra♥x

Creative Carmelina said...

I am here for the first time, but not the last! i love your blog...and today's post is perfect!

i'm now following you!

do come over and see me too sometime!

ciao bella!
creative carmelina

The Victorian Parlor said...

This is such a beautiful post! Madelaine is adorable:)!

Blessings,

Kim

Toni aka irishlas said...

I always do my best to enjoy the scents of spring albeit in between
bouts of sneezing!

It is amazing how a simple scent can bring back some of your fondest memories.

bad penny said...

Yes I believe this is true - scents are so evocative aren't they ?

Ines said...

A wonderful new Outfit for your blog, dear Susan!
Maddie is sooooooo beautiful!

I love your picutres. The flowers... the jam... My mom makes strawberry jam, too... I like it, cooking all fresh!

Enjoy your weekend- Hugs, Ines

Christine LeFever said...

Ah, little Madaleine, did you find your biscuit? No doubt after you left the bower of roses where you posed with simple elegance in your well deserving crown. And that strawberry jam cooking in one's own kitchen. A scent to savor for sure.

June said...

Susan I LOVE your header. So pretty!!!
I love all the photos in your beautiful post. Whenever I smell lilacs it takes me back to my grandmother's garden.
Your darling Madelaine takes the cutest pictures.
hugs

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

Oh Miss Madelaine is just too cute in your new banner! She wears that crown so well too (: I think scent is one of my strongest faculties. Eye sight is adjusting... hearing is a little tougher in a crowded room full of people talking... but scent is something else. Funny how a whiff of something can jerk you right back to a particular place and time... a scene pulled up out of the cobwebs of memory and is suddenly as alive as the day is actually happened. I love those times. Thank you for reminding me~ xxVicki

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

Hello, thank you so much for visiting and your lovely comments!
I know exactly what you mean... umh.. the scent of strawberry jam on the stove, and the wonderful fragrance of peony's.
Your banner with the red roses and Madelaine is wonderful, I'm off to read the rest of your delightful blog!

rochambeau said...

Beautiful Miss Maddie!
Hope all is well for you.
Your pup is so pretty in her crown!
xox
Constance

Mia said...

Lovely! Yes, scent is a powerful reminder of all thing lovely and good. I really enjoyed your lovely post. And I am enjoying the wonderful scent of our old apple tree (with inedible apples) that has an wonderful scent. And the bees love it too!

Julia said...

A biscuit with the strawberry jam, under that rose arbor, would be a lovely treat!

imaginationlane said...

Your site is wonderfully restful and sweet, and your animals are adorable! Miss Madeline's banner shot is just priceless. I have a princess of a dog too, but she's too much of a hooligan to dress up! Thank you for sharing your photos and your thoughts. I'll visit again soon...

Lynette

Suzanne said...

Love the new banner! As I was reading the post I had flashbacks of scents from my growing up years come to mind.
Thanks for the sweet reminders!

Julie said...

Susan, I love your Madelaine, did she ever find that biscuit?
Julie