New Patio, Clematis and Summer Solstice Poem

21 Jun

1   Our Lady Betty Balfour Clematis, which is supposed to flower in September, has given us two beautiful blooms already.

Lady Betty Balfour

Lady Betty Balfour

2    We have had a beautiful new slate terrace laid very expertly and are delighted with it. Now we just have to re-plant up the wall and the border.

New terrace

New terrace

3   We are going out this evening to celebrate the Summer Solstice with our friends, N,G&T, who have the new woodland. I found this beautiful poem by Roselle Angwin which I really like and which suits tonight just perfectly.  Tonight we will be singing and raising hope, friendship and love.

poem for the summer solstice

Lanes on the cusp of honeysuckle and dog-rose,
ash and oak in their full clothes.

Here where this damselfly alights
on the solar globe of the ox-eye daisy,
where the spells that make rain and wind
and bird-tracks pleach the air –

again and again we sing the sun back up,
spin summer-short moonlight into our hair;
again and again in this circle of days and nights
against loss, decay, death, we raise hope, friendship, love.

Brief lives; but the stuff of which we’re made
is starfire and water – everything holds our trace.

~ Roselle Angwin © 2012



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3 responses to “New Patio, Clematis and Summer Solstice Poem

  1. Letizia

    June 21, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    What a wonderful poem – I especially love the last line. Your clematis is lovely as is your new patio. It seems to be a great year for clematis as mine are in rare form this year too. Wishing you a wonderful summer solstice!

  2. Hil

    June 21, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I love the new patio….it is beautiful.xx

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you! It’ll be even better when the plants are in and settled. We are very pleased with it as it catches the sun most of the day and hopefully will be where we can sit! xx


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