Car Boot Sale, Potting On and Today’s Poem

26 Apr

This morning we went off to the car-boot sale to see if we could find plants we are looking for – some Verbena Bonariensis and some Lupins. We found both. I am always on the hunt for fine bone china beakers and today I found a very pretty one for 50p! There is a little ivy leaf inside too.

New beaker

New beaker

I have spent all afternoon potting on some plug plants of Cosmos, all white ones as we love the look of white flowers in evening summer sunlight.

Potted on seedlings

Potted on seedlings

Today’s poem in my book, Poem of the Day, is one I learned by heart as a child and which has a special resonance for me.

Home Thoughts, from Abroad by Robert Browning

O, 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 blossom’d 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!


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9 responses to “Car Boot Sale, Potting On and Today’s Poem

  1. flowerpot

    April 27, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I take it you went to Hayle on Sunday? We were there the previous week – a very good car boot!

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 27, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Yes, it is. It’s good to be able to do such stuff again! 🙂

  2. valeriedavies

    April 27, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I know what you mean about the fine bone china… always my goal too !!!

  3. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    April 27, 2015 at 1:39 am

    I like the cup also… blue and white…so pretty…If I bought every cup I liked …I wouldn’t have cabinet space!

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      My favourite was recently broken so I am on a hunt to have a few lined up for the inevitable breakages! 🙂

  4. Grannymar

    April 26, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    I love the beaker. The poem reminds me of my very unhappy school days. 🙁

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 26, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      I am very sorry to hear that. I always hope my choice of poem will be uplifting. It’s interesting though how a poem can take one right back. There is one I love now,
      ‘What is this life, if full of care
      We have no time to stand and stare…..
      which was part of an interview when I was 11! I can see myself there, my hair cut too short and the new dress that I didn’t like wearing…. and failing to explain what the poem was all about.

      Oh, the power of words! 🙂

      • Grannymar

        April 27, 2015 at 5:59 am

        Now, I did like Leisure by William Henry Davies, although I was born three miles from the centre of Dublin, sunday drives took us to country roads of fields with sheep and cows and we did ‘stand and stare’!

        • mybeautfulthings

          April 27, 2015 at 8:20 am

          I’m glad that one brought happier memories. 🙂


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