Walking, Robert Browning and A Cornish Bouquet

01 Apr

1   Grand-baby B took five independent steps on Sunday! I’m  working hard to finish the cardigan for her first birthday in ten days’ time. I’ve just completed the buttonholes so now it’s the sewing up – always the hardest bit.

2   The arrival of April always reminds me of a delightful Robert Browning poem, Home Thoughts From Abroad, another poem we learned by heart when we were youngsters!

Oh, to be in England
Now that April’s there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England – now!

And after April, when May follows,
And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
Hark, where my blossomed pear-tree in the hedge
Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
Blossoms and dewdrops – at the bent
spray’s edge –
That’s the wise thrush; he sings each song
twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!
And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups, the little children’s dower
– Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!

3   These beautiful flowers arrived for me this morning, gorgeous, scented and Cornish – of course!

Cornish bouquet

Cornish bouquet


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5 responses to “Walking, Robert Browning and A Cornish Bouquet

  1. Choc Chip Uru

    April 2, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    WOO go grand baby B 😀 How absolutely adorable that must have been!

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. Colline

    April 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Those flowers are so beautiful. They would brighten up any day.

  3. Hudson Howl

    April 1, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    The hard parts of anything, seem to come at the end of it all -dag dabbit.

    Here, it looks and feels like spring but am not putting the snow blower away just yet, but at least there is hope. We still have some snow banks and a fair bit in the woods. That said, I am thinking about driving 8 hours north to my Brother’s home this weekend. He still has almost 2 meters of snow pack and not able to see the roof of a garden shed on his property..

    Fantastic bouquet! You should own the domain to allthingscornish

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 1, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      Love your final idea!
      Glad it is looking and feeling like Spring for you. The East side of the country is having a warm spell, here we have fog and wind!
      Take care going North into the snow-lands. Eight hours drive would take us from Cornwall all the way up North to Newcastle (with no stops). Where does 8 hours driving take you, apart from to your Brother’s place?

      • Hudson Howl

        April 1, 2014 at 8:26 pm

        Well, if you were trying to get out of Ontario by car to the next province west, Manitoba, then you’d be not quite a quarter the way there. New Liskeard would be the one of the dots on the map, more or less. This area is referred to as ‘the Near North’ (defined as ‘near’ as it is not 100% coniferous forest, though to me if the primary landscape is rock, trees lakes, moose and bear then your in the North). It is the point at which all water eventually flows to Hudson Bay and the Arctic Ocean, where before that all water flows eventually to the Atlantic via the Great Lakes/ Niagara Falls then down the St Lawrence River.


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