Hopalong Hollow....

Hopalong Hollow, where the Blueberries grow sweet, and the moss feels soft beneath your feet.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I just can't believe....

 I just can't believe...

  That I actually grew these flowers... 
 and had enough to spare for the potting shed.

 I just can't believe...
that  I am laying bricks in 90 degree heat..
But I am.

  I just can't believe....
 I am blessed with  a loving husband, who BUILT this pergola...
 IN 90 Degree heat...
(I will show you how he built it next time around)

  I just can't believe..
 The Lord of the manor, captured this great photo! 
(it is not camera trickery)
I just can't believe...
 that the sales from  my first book book, built this beautiful barn, and that I have pumpkins and melons growing with zest right in front of it.
 We call it "the barn that Jack built", Hopalong Jack, that is.

  I can't believe..
I am still working on this illustration..but,

 It will be finished within 2 days.

 Believe it or not! 

 Happy June to you all!
 May it be simply...

( I still can't believe that I grew these flowers... gosh!)


  1. I can't believe how talented you are. Love your posts and look forward to every one. What a fabulous shot with the peacocks. Hugs, Deb

  2. I also love your posts and look forward to each one. Love those pretty flowers and the picture with the peacocks is beautiful. I have always loved peacocks and their feathers. You have a beautiful homeplace, I enjoy seeing pictures of it.

  3. Thank you both! That means a lot to me.
    ( My Peabody boys really outdid themselves this time.)

  4. Dear Jeri, Well, I can believe it, because you and the Lord of the Manor are oh so talented.

    You are crazy though laying brick and building a pergola in that heat. :-)

    Love the two peabodys on the gates.

    Love and hugs to you ~ FlowerLady

  5. Jeri, Everything is lovely. I love the pergola, but the 90 degrees I can do without. Enjoy all your well deserved bounty. Bonnie

  6. OH JERI! I CAN believe it... I have to say that you determination and talents are endless... These photos are BEAUTIFUL! Your flowers my friend are so pretty, and the photo of the peacocks, I can't believe your dear husband got that shot... Amazing... How wonderful that the sales from your book paid for the beautiful barn... and that pergola and brick laying... Good gosh, it took my breath away...
    Please both of you be careful working so very hard in that heat.
    Jeri, your illustration is as beautiful as can be... I often wonder if and when you sleep..
    Have a wonderful day and try to rest a bit. I know you won't, be try anyway... You deserve it.

  7. Your flowers are so lovely! I also watched your garden tour video on youtube and had such a wonderful time. I'm in total agreement...dig up that lawn and turn it into riot of colorful blooms.

    Loved your critters, too!

  8. Yes you can believe it Jeri ! You are wonderful (and your Lord of Manor also) You are two very talented persons who love animals, Nature and Hopalong Hollow. Here you are rewarded well by their beauty. Your artwork is fantastic ! You are a great artist.

    Nice evening Jeri and thank you for comments on my blog.

    Nath. x

  9. I just can't believe I have been fortunate enough to find your blog and you.
    You simply brighten my life.
    Hugs, Amy Jo

  10. Wow, this is such a beautiful post. Your peonies and foxgloves are gorgeous. The pergola and the brick pathway fill me with envy. The peacocks on the gateway are a great photo capture, magnificent. Happy June to you as well.

  11. so beautiful .... every photo is BEAUTIFUL

  12. oooohhhhhh...such a wonderful visit I have had...the photos..flowers...bricks..illustrations..just everything!!
    thank you!!!!!!!

  13. I would never go inside if I had flowers that beautiful growing outside!

  14. and doesn't it make you smile... and feel happy... to see all these things accomplished..
    Jeri, Your flowers are gorgeous!!!

  15. so wonderful to see beautiful you in the photos and your wonderful world. I love that you have made good money on your amazing book and art! wishing you a gorgeous June!

  16. MY DEAREST! I am having computer issues here and having problems leaving a comment. I LOVE YOUR WORLD MY DEAR! UNBELIEVABLE INDEED! AND.....earnings from my Etsy are going towards building a covered deck on our new addition in a couple of weeks! UNBELIEVABLE! Anita

  17. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post. You have a beautiful blog and I've enjoyed my visit. I am your newest follower.

  18. Yay for you and all the beauty you create!!! :)
    Happy June ~ Zuzu

  19. Yay for you and all the beauty you create!!! :)
    Happy June ~ Zuzu

  20. Oh well done, Jeri! The illustration is looking so good already - love the photos. Lesley x

  21. Jeri,

    I love my visits to your farm. It is unbelievably beautiful...actually it really is quite believable!! Love that barn that Jack built. I would love if the Lord and Lady of the Manor could pay me a visit and work some of their magic on my farm!!!

  22. Oh yes I do believe you could do all of this Jeri! What joy your blog brings to so many. In a world of hustle bustle with so many people working 8-5 you bring us all such wonderful relaxation by just looking at your blog. It truly is a treat you know. Maybe you should give tours! You could build another barn with that money too! :)

  23. Dear Jeri,

    So wonderful is all of it! The flowers are just so beautiful, and your place is just growing into a perfect oasis of peace and creativity.

    Thanks for sharing your "unbelief". :)



  24. And those flowers ARE beautiful! Love the pergola and will be delighted to hear how it all went. Have a great weekend.


  25. Lovely flowers! And I love that barn. Beautiful artwork. Hope you are enjoying summer and all the wonderful things around you. Have fun!

  26. Can't imagine how you got the girls' to pose. And the boys too (on the gate). My peacock won't do anything we want except for honking his head off on the roof at sunrise each morning.

  27. Wow, what a great post. You are always amazing, as is your garden. I have been away and love what I see now that I am back! I must admit your 90 degree heat is also impressive. 56 and raining here today. Don't we wish it were in between?!?!?

    You've been so busy as always, and the photo of you between the peacocks is truly wonderful. Love your barn, and the way you integrate your life and your work. I am thrilled for you.

    Did you do anything with the tree that blew down?

  28. What a fabulous post, dear Jeri!
    You have heaven on earth here, you really do...which you and your love helped create, making it that much sweeter.
    Many many blessings to you!
    Gorgeous work...
    - Irina

  29. Jeri I totally can't believe that incredible photo of you and the Peabody boys! Oh my gosh is that just soooooooooooo fabulous!
    As for all your talent...yep, I believe every single bit of your magic. I love it!

  30. Hi Jeri
    Thank you! I am truly honored to receive such encouraging words from an artist such as yourself. I picked up my sketch book and have not put it down.. I guess I was just...in the mood.. I am out of practice with my portraits so it is good to put some time in.. I did so much rework on Liz to even come close... Thank you for the compliment on my eyes... No where near the quality of my grandaughters talent.
    She is such an inspiration to me and my best critic. Thank you so much for coming over..
    I hope if you get an itch to draw an elf or fairy you will share with all of us.. I would LOVE to see. I can only imagine...

    See you in Paris next week.. Bebe is all ready and waiting to take her first summer adventure to see the lights of Paris... Then we are off and running to who knows where.
    Have a wonderful week my friend

  31. Hello Jeri,
    Thank you for your visit! Your comment means a lot for me!!! I feel verry honered that you like my characters.
    I'm a big fan of your paintings.
    Greetings from Belgium,

  32. Oh Jeri,

    THAT LAVENDER, HUH????? I wish I could grow it here in Minneapolis, but it would not take our winters! Ohhhh, it has to be difficult to try to grow it as it looks in the French countryside! I know that in California it grows well, but these regions where it grows in both locations, the soil must be just so.....HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A PERFECT LAVENDER FIELD????? I have, in France. Ooooo dear, what a heavenly sight and scent!

    KEEP ON doing what you are doing in YOURU GARDEN; it is blissful and spreads joy!

    Have a grand day my dear! Anita

  33. Dear Cousin Jeri,

    Your peacocks look so majestic on your garden gates, truly like the gates to an enchanted land! Your homegrown blooms are beautiful!

    Your cousins,
    Diane and daughter Sarah at the Corgyncombe Courant

  34. Jeri your flowers are just beautiful. Girl I cannot believe you are laying bricks in 90 degree weather either. LOL! That is such a great shot with the Peacocks on the gates. It looks like they are posing just for you. Lovely.

  35. Message for Dimity Doormouse....
    Dear Dimity,
    Please come take a ride with me to visit Paris..

  36. Hi Jeri,

    Like Deb, I can't believe how talented you are with your beautiful writing and gorgeous illustrations.
    Well done for the pretty flowers, the brick laying and the pergola.
    Everything looks so beautiful at Hopalong Hollow.

    Happy weekend


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