Sign, Poppies and A Poem

13 Jul

We pass this gateway on our walk and I wonder what the sign at the bottom of the left hand post means. Does anyone know?

I love the golden sunny faces of these Poppies – Eschscholzia californica, the California poppy, golden poppy, California sunlight or cup of gold – what lovely names!


I was reminded by a dear friend of this thoughtful poem this morning and thought I would share it again. I last shared it in 2014 – it’s kind of the rationale for my blog.

Leisure by William Henry Davies

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.


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9 responses to “Sign, Poppies and A Poem

  1. anotherday2paradise

    July 14, 2020 at 1:19 am

    A very thoughtful poem. Love those sunny poppies. 😍

  2. unexpectedincommonhours

    July 13, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    I do love that poem! My aunt in Paris sent me an e-card today with that poem as the message! I think the universe is trying to tell us something…

    • mybeautfulthings

      July 14, 2020 at 8:38 am

      That’s how the poem came to me too, yesterday morning from a friend. πŸ™‚

  3. snoakes7001

    July 13, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    The symbol is an Ordnance Survey benchmark.

    • mybeautfulthings

      July 14, 2020 at 8:38 am

      Thank you! Good to know such things. πŸ™‚

  4. Sandra

    July 13, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    I love this poem too and was also reminded of it this morning 😊 I also love the California poppies. I grow them every year and love how they open to the sun

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 6, 2020 at 1:27 pm

      We really want to get some of these poppies, they flower on and on and are so cheery. Local nurseries don’t seem to have them. πŸ™‚

      • Sandra

        August 6, 2020 at 1:48 pm

        I order mine from Sarah Raven; I’ve bought seedlings and seeds and had success with both. Once planted, they self seed too!

        • mybeautfulthings

          August 6, 2020 at 4:49 pm

          Thank you! When lockdown happened, I ordered lots of plants from Sarah Raven and they have all been very successful so I will try her for the poppies too. πŸ™‚


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