Saturday, May 22, 2010
The month is slipping away so fast and I feel an urge to hold on to every moment. We have been busy around the garden and with trips out and about. Nothing special, but still very special. I have been deliberately leaving the camera in the house, so that I can be in the moment. Nothing spoils that feeling more than the thought that 'this would be a good one for the blog!' So this week I did not take pictures of the salt dough volcano we made and painted, the new worms we introduced to the wormery, James creating a garden of his very own, our very long and much enjoyed visit to the soft play centre, or lunch in my daughter's lovely garden, playing with my grandson, or any of the hundred and one ordinary things we have done. These images, however, will ripen in my memory, but unlike that strawberry, which James is checking regularly as to it's ripeness, I can enjoy them time and again.
I did have a run round - well, a gentle amble round, the top garden to see what was blooming, and these I will share.
The heady scent of lilac wafts up the garden path - so sweet and delicious. I always think of Walt Whitman's elegy to Abraham Lincoln - When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom'd. But not too much, as it is a very sad poem. Maybe why it is considered unlucky to bring lilacs inside the house.
Apple blossom, delicately scented petals, scattered like confetti on the grass in the slightest breeze. The macro effect here was an accident, but I quite like the misty ethereal feeling.
Bluebells along the path by the door. What can you say about spring and bluebells? Magnificent.
Aquilegia - a rampant self-seeder in this garden. To think I used to carefully divide the clumps when I first moved here - now they grow everywhere. Herbally, they used to be used to ease labour pains - and as a plant sacred to Venus, they were said to arouse the affections of a lover. I think I can see why.
And bed linen drying on the line - washed and now back on the bed, sun warmed and smelling so fresh and clean - no chemical 'softener' can ever compete with that.
Heading for a busy time right now - writing to do, a move in the offing (more at a later date), and preparations for The Mother camp next week. Take care and enjoy these days. xx