Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Garden View

This summer, our friends hosted an outdoor movie night at their house, and I took some photos of their beautiful backyard. I've been meaning to share them with you but we've been pretty busy with our homeschool schedule after getting back from our beach trip.
It doesn't really look like the desert, does it?
 Although it can get pretty hot here in the high desert during the daytime, our nights are generally pretty cool.  Bugs aren't much of a problem here either, so a movie night outdoors was a wonderful idea. Everyone had a great time.
 Sid and Angela live on a couple of acres, and have several outdoor areas to enjoy.
 The stumps of old trees have become torsos to hold vintage baskets and garden odds and ends.
ferret fun

They also have a few critters here on their property :-)



Roses seem to grow well in the desert.
  Thanks so much to Jo over at the beautiful blog Secret Garden Cottage, for telling me about the ease of photo editing with Picnik. I'm very much an amateur, but it's been so much fun learning :-) 
~White Wednesday
I'm joining Kathleen over at Faded Charm for her White Wednesday blog party. If you get a chance, stop by and visit.
Blessings,
Marcia

41 comments:

Julie Harward said...

That sounds like fun with fun people and perfect weather! Cool how they put the TV outside! ;D

jAne said...

what a beautiful yard! love the creative torsos and the grapevine and the grass and the yard size and the ... i could go on. :o)

no bugs? sigh. up here in the sacramento area you'd do battle with mosquitos. yech.

picnik is awesome. that's what i use to spiff up my photos on my blog.

blessings,
jAne

Thelma Louise said...

Hi.:-) so nice garden pic.:-) fun way to watch movies :-))

Tummetott said...

Hello Marcia!
Great pictures! I never thought, that a desert can look like this ;O)
Bleesings
Michaela

Lori Lynn said...

Picnik IS fun! Love the old white iron chair and the white roses!
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Tete said...

What a fun idea! Love all the little things about the garden.
Movie night seems like a lot of fun.
Our town has them here on the square, but it would be cool to have one at home!

It's me said...

So beautiful.....new banner.......nice!!!.....happy day darling..........love love Ria...

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

~*Such a lovely outdoor space they have! :) Love your blog..Im your newest follower~*Rachel

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

That's a great idea and I love that backyard.

Auntie Bliss said...

We used to borrow a huge inflatable screen and do this! It is really special :) I know you guys had fun!

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the tour-it's always nice to see someone else's paradise!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

How beautiful!!! Now that is a great desert!

BECKY said...

No it sure doesn't look like the desert!! I love ideas like this! So much fun to do something different!
A lovely place! Thanks for sharing!
HUGS,
Becky

NanaDiana said...

Marcia- What a lovely place. Thanks for sharing it with us and NO it doesn't look like the desert at all. Hard to believe it is desert! Looks like the kids had a ball with all those critters- Hugs- Diana

The Swedish Room said...

Hi, That is a beautiful yard, and no I wouldn't believe its the desert. I also love the idea of movie night outside. Here in the south we couldn't do that, you would be eaten alive. Thanks for stopping by, have a great week.
The Swedish Room

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Oh WOW Marcia!! That sounds like sooo much FUN! Your friend's yard is amazing!! I LOVE the pergola with the grape vine growing over the top... gorgeous! And those stump "legs" are adorable... what a fun idea! Thanks for sharing this inspirational garden with us! Now I want to have movie night in my backyard. ;o)
Happy Wednesday!
Hugs ~ Jo

Marie said...

Holy cow! Your friends backyard looks like a park. It's huge and gorgeous, especially the pergola with grapevines. Saying 'hi' from White Wednesday.
-marie

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

What a fun and creative looking backyard!
I love seeing other parts of the country, thanks for sharing Marsha!
Hugs,
Cindy

Susan B said...

What a gorgeous backyard! It sure doesn't look like the desert at all. It looks like you had an enjoyable time! :)

My name is PJ. said...

Gosh, that evening would have been a mini-vacation for me! How lovely their property is!! I'm a sucker for tree stumps. LOVE them!

Debra@Common Ground said...

What a gorgeous setting, LOVE that arbor with the lucious grapes! How nice, no bugs. we have an abundance of all things yucky here...too much humidity. Hope you're having a great week!
xo,
Debra

Sandrine said...

Thanks for popping over my blog and your kind words!
Your blog is lovely and the garden looks more like the Oasis than the desert :)Picnik is a great little tool I agree:)
Have a nice day x

Barb J. said...

The roses are beautiful and the grapes look luscious!

Burlap Luxe said...

How fun was movie night! wow real fun I bet. I know you will get out to Antique Station when the timing is right, not to worry girl its not going anywhere yet the great finds are! LOL!!!
Love that yard and did you eat some grapes.

Hey is it raining over there in V.V It is here so I am sure it is there with you. I love that we are getting some much needed rain :)
Its making me smile big time.
Well thanks again for you sweet visit. Ooooh ! was at Carriage house today! had to check up on some of the girlies spaces there and see whats going on :)

see you soon.
xoxo
Blessings
Dore

LLJ said...

I love your pictures, Maria! And what fun to have an outdoor movie night! Your friends have a gorgeous yard too!

Leanne

Secret Garden Cottage said...

P.S. How did I miss your sweet mention about me and my blog... thank you friend! Picnik is a lot of fun to mess with. :)
Have a great weekend, Marcia!
Hugs ~ Jo

BailiwickStudio said...

What fun! I love the fact that there are no fleas up here to bother our pets.

Those grapes look wonderful. What I miss most about our old house is my neighbor who would bring over sackfuls of her champagne grapes!

xo Jill

Tommie Jo said...

What a pretty yard! And a movie night sounds so fun!

Finally White said...

Hi Marcia,

thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog! Unfortunaltely I couldn't answer sooner, because I stayed in a hospital for a few days.... but I'm almost fine now ;-)))

Have a wonderful weekend!
Birgit

Finally White said...

I'm so sorry that you have to use the translator, I know this thing doesn't work properly..... but writing all my posts also in english would definetely take too much time, although i'm pretty sure, that would be very funny for all you americans ;-)))....

I chose the wood and I'm so happy about that, can't wait to finally get it!

Hugs
Birgit

Kellie Collis said...

This garden is in the dessert? Looks like an oasis to me! Have a beautiful week ahead, Kellie xx

outdoor.mom said...

i so admire beautiful yards! every year i wish i had one. i have these ideas of making one but my efforts never amount to the vision. anyway, its an amazing thing to me!
i used my gift certificate today. i ordered some hiking shoes. i am excited for them to arrive so i can post about them. i also emailed csn to tell them i wanted to do a blog give away too!! Thanks again Marcia. Have a wonderful weekend!!

koralee said...

What fun!!! Wishing you a wonderful new week my friend .xoxo

Drawn to The Sea said...

Warm days, cool nights, no bugs... sounds really nice. Love the tree trunks!

Mimi Sue said...

What a beautiful garden! And thanks for sharing about the White Market. I love to visit new blogs. Wish I had more time to do it. You have some wonderful friends, sharing their timeshare with your family. So generous! Glad you were able to make some memories. Mimi

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a great yard for children! My daughter owned a ferret for years...but I think they need companions..and it was nice to see that yours has one... :)
Those...grapes...are real?? :)
YUM!

Beverly said...

What a great idea to host a family movie night in the back yard. Your friends have a beautiful yard.
Looks like fun for all.
I signed on to Picnik some time ago, but couldn't figure it out. Maybe I'll go back and try again. Love your pictures.

Aubrey said...

What a beautiful back yard your friends have. Looks like the perfect place to spend the afternoon and evening enjoying laughter and a beautiful sunset that the desert always has. I love the iron chairs and birdcages. Im sure with all those trees the fall colors radiate from their yard. Beautiful!

Linda said...

What fun! The yard was very pretty and looked like a great place to get together :0)

Mrs.Rabe said...

What a beautiful yard! We have humidity and bugs here in PA but I love that idea of an outdoor movie!

The roses are lovely, I am amazed that they grow so well in the desert!

My daughter likes to use Fotoflexer to edit her photos.

Gloria said...

What a beautiful little haven they have made for themselves! Perfect for outdoor entertaining! Looks like everyone was having fun...:)

Love your edited photos. I tried to spend a little bit of time this week learning my Picasso editing program I have. It is a lot of fun...it just takes some TIME to get in there and figure things out! :) That seems to be what holds most of us back...lack of TIME!