Thistles and Rain


It has been a little wet around here lately. The old saying, “When it rains…it pours” is pretty true in this part of the country lately. After waiting…for what seemed like a long time and wishing for rain…it now seems easy to come by.

I wandered around the other morning with my camera in hand as I couldn’t get in my garden (due to rain) and I couldn’t mow (also due to rain). It seemed a logical choice to go and see if I could capture some of the beauty left by the rain.


It was fun to try get a photo of the raindrops  dripping from the flowers and leaves.

To be very honest it was also a great opportunity for a blog post as the idea well seems a bit drier than the weather for this Chicken Grandma!

Later that afternoon my husband called for me to join him behind the machine shed. There is a patch of thistles growing back there that really should be taken care of as they do tend to spread.

We discovered, however, that those thistles might be weeds, but the butterflies and bees sure seemed to be enjoying them.

Seeing those thistles in a different light made me reflect on the fact that there are definitely two sides to most things in life. Something might seem to be a weed in your field or a weed in your life….when you look closer and really have a chance to study on it…you may just find that “weed” serves a purpose you had never thought of.

It was good to realize that truth. Life has been busy and somewhat stressful lately. There have seemed to be a lot of “weeds” springing up and flourishing, where I would rather not have them.

Maybe I need to be patient….maybe I need to open my eyes, my ears and my heart to really see, hear and know what those “weeds” actually are doing in my life. Maybe I just need to let God have those “weeds” and let Him take care of them in His own time.

That is a hard lesson for me….I love to fix things and I really want to fix things now instead of later. I guess it is a good time to sit back, watch the rain, and enjoy the lessons the thistles are teaching.


“Some of the most beautiful things worth having in your life
come wrapped in a crown of thorns.”

Shannon L. Alder



43 thoughts on “Thistles and Rain

  1. Ame says:

    so beautiful. and so, very true. we just don’t understand a lot of things. our vision is selective, narrow, and sometimes colored by our own experiences. i have a difficult time finding perspective, truth, clarity. i want to know things now. i like everything to be tidy, wrapped with a bow. but … weeds.

    truly a beautiful post … and beautiful pictures 🙂

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  2. cookingwithshy says:

    Such a wonderful post…and love the part about of weeds in ones lives…we all have them don’t we? I too feel the same…best to go with the flow and if things get too stressful then de weed….the garden and our lives too…Take care and have a great day!!

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  3. susieshy45 says:

    Your post resonated with me. I need to do something always. If nothing, just worry about it even if I have prayed and let God take care of it. Second guessing is my habit.
    The thistles, what a story you wove with them- how beautiful the butterfly looks on the thistle flower. I am sure there is some purpose for them there. maybe those butterflies will help the soya.
    I am the thistle in my own life- my habit of thinking over and over over one thing is my bane. Are you going to let those thistles grow or let them be ?
    i am glad you have rains. I am glad to hear of rains anywhere in the world. When one has no water and eternal sunshine one longs for rain.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Oh Susie….I also second guess myself constantly. It is kind of exhausting but so very hard to let go of that habit.
      I think for the now the thistles will stay growing as we seem to be in a very rainy pattern right now. Everything is pretty much mud and puddles. The small river that runs through our farm ground is very nearly out of it’s banks again. We are kind of hoping that doesn’t happen as that would take out our very small bottom field.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      It was good to see the bees and butterflies making use of those weeds. I know the goldfinches around here also love them. At least the thistles are in an out of the way place so you don’t see them or get poked by them. Might also be a life lesson in that thought also! Are our “weeds” in a place that we can deal with them being there LOL?


      • juliascreativeyear says:

        I see à future for motivational posters stating ‘keep your weeds hidden behind your barn’! 😂
        But personally I do think the thistle flowers are really quite beautiful, and anything that means you get to see more goldfinches is a plus in my book 😊

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  4. ruthsoaper says:

    I am happy to hear you are getting the much needed rain. We have been blessed with some but probably could use some more. I just have to trust that God will give us what we need.
    I like the definition of weeds – they are just plants that are growing in the wrong place. Thistles do tend to be a thorn in our side (pun intended) but like you say the bees and butterflies love them. I discovered a few years back that the flowers of the Canadian thistle have a lovely fragrance as well. Wishing you many blessings Faye.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      We are kind of to the point after this many days of moisture that I would love to send it your way! Our small river is nearly out of the banks again which is not a good thing for our bottom field. Soybeans do not seem to like to swim for very long.
      Our big thistle patch is, fortunately, in an out of sight, out of the way place. I am going to have to go and sniff them now!

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      • ruthsoaper says:

        I wouldn’t mind thistle so much if they could be contained but the Canadian thistle sends seeds everywhere and since their roots run horizontally underground if you pull one out several more pop up from the root. They are fine out in the field but a nightmare in the gardens.
        At this point we would happily take any rain you could send our way. Do you think you could send a shut-off valve with it just in case? LOL.

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  5. Al says:

    You’ve done some great macro photography here, Faye.

    As for weeds serving a purpose, I can vouch for that. We do nothing for our lawn in the back. I keep it mowed and Patty has kept beautiful landscaping around it. But for two reasons we don’t seed or fertilize. One, the dogs kind of mess it up anyway and secondly, our yard abuts lake water so we do not want any chemical runoff. As a result, our yard is more weed and crabgrass than regular grass. But guess what? Because of that, we have regular outdoor aviary of dozens of species of birds that we get to watch and enjoy. Our new bluebirds are feeding their young with insects from the yard. We’ve noticed that they have “favorite” patches they visit and then a favorite limb of a tree they light on before returning to the birdhouse. And they used thatch from the lawn to build their nest. I call them “weed whackers on wings!” Here’s a link to a picture to illustrate.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much on your comment about the photos Al. To be honest I am never really sure what I am doing when I take those photos. I just take a bunch and see what happens. Someday I will take a camera class so I actually know what I am doing LOL.
      I am going to venture over to that link. I know exactly what you mean about the wildlife and wild type lawns. A couple years ago we had an amazing crop of dandelions….I was kind of fussing about them but then noticed the two dozen gold finches that were thoroughly enjoying those dandelions.


  6. Timelesslady says:

    I was going to mention goldfinches, but I see you already know about their love for thistles. I actually planted a variety of thistle last year, a blue thistle. I am hoping that it blooms this year. The plants are growing strong, but no buds yet.

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  7. says:

    Faye, this post was very inspiring.I say all the time, if we knew and understood the why of things, we wouldn’t need to use our faith-but oh-what a challenge, that is. I have seen your fb posts and wow! I am praying for your crops.THe birds and thistles are lovely. love always, Michele

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      The water has made life a little crazy over here Michele. The river had gone down pretty much and now with more rain it is back up. I think the corn and beans that were covered are done and will need to be replanted if it dries up soon enough.
      Faith is what keeps us going through the “stuff”. My husband and I have always said we have never been hungry so life is good…no matter what.


    • thechickengrandma says:

      I am with you on the playing catch up game. I am not sure I will ever catch up. Our middle son is getting married in 3 weeks and it seems like we are on a train that is gaining speed every day. Add in the flooding in our area and I am glad to just be treading water some days LOL!

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  8. amakaanozie says:

    Reblogged this on Nijava’s blog and commented:
    Something might seem to be a weed in your field or a weed in your life….when you look closer and really have a chance to study on it…you may just find that “weed” serves a purpose you had never thought of.

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