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Queen Anne’s Lace, A Poem and Our House

Our walk ‘around the back’ along a short stretch of the Flat Lode Trail was rain free today. It was wild and windy and quite hard work but very satisfying. I was delighted to find Cow Parsley as our niece-in-law, a brilliant poet, recently shared the following poem about Queen Anne’s Lace, the much prettier name used by Americans.

 

Queen Anne’s lace grows quiet
by the roadside in spring.
With brilliant purity, leaves of chartreuse
and flowers champagne.
With edible bitter roots,
wild carrots you could call out by name.

Queen Anne’s lace grows dark
and brittle as a backdrop by fall.
She stays the night just as quiet as before,
with a heart hard as timber by sunrise
still delicate and breakable and
by some fortune still ignored
by the creatures with limbs that might call
out her name and

snap her by the stem for a memorial.

She will not break beneath the endless rains
the frost of the morning or
the bleak quiet of the cul-de-sac,
the shades of grey you could call out by name,
the warm bodies which brush blithe
against the lines of her form.

Queen Anne’s lace sleeps with
her fingers to the sky
and her body deformed in glory,
patient for the warm rains of late winter
and the sun like a cold flashlight
in the hazy sky which will beckon her
to wake once more and
glimmer by the highway
in hindsight
restored.

By Kari Bijou

We call this walk ’round the back’ as it goes up behind our house which can be seen, just, in the next zoomed in photo. Ours is the yellow painted one (the paint is called Cornish Cream) with a window in the attic, on the right of the two Victorian semis.

Our house

 

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Walk Around the Back

After another wild and very wet night, the sun shone by about midday and we went for a walk up along the Great Flat Lode trail that is right behind our house. It’s a good stomp for finding beautiful things!

Reflection in a puddle

Cow parsley

Mossy tree trunks

 

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Cornish Hedgerows, Bee and Sweet Williams

Our hedgerows are just glorious at this time of year – filled with Bluebells, Pink campions, Cow parsley, Dandelions and Buttercups but all rather hard to catch from a moving car.

Lane near Kehelland

Lane near Kehelland

Happily, we are seeing lots of bees around. This one was flitting around the Libertia Grandiflora in the front garden.

Bee

Bee

A lovely friend brought me some beautiful deep red Sweet Williams the other day. Sadly, the camera seems unable to catch the depth of colour properly but here is a hint of how lovely they are. Thank you L.

Sweet Williams

Sweet Williams

 

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Exeter, Cow Parsley and A Surprise

1   We had a delightful sunny day out in Exeter today. There are some very beautiful buildings,  interesting alleyways, poems on the pavements, paintings by Year 1 pupils from a local school in the car-park and a  intriguing mural. Click on any photo in the gallery to see more detail.

2    Swapping drivers on the way home, I just had time to catch some Cow Parsley seed heads against the  lowering sky before jumping into the driving seat.

Cow parsley against a darkening sky

Cow parsley against a darkening sky

3   A lovely surprise was waiting for me when I picked up today’s post – a card picturing a pair of our favourite birds thanking me for mybeautifulthings! A perfect end to a very enjoyable day.

Beautiful surprise

Beautiful surprise – thank you Ti

 

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Sea View, First Beans and Iris Siberica

1   A new beach for us today, Praa Sands, an enormous stretch of lovely soft sand. It looks like a good place to bring the Grandchildren.

Praa Sands through Cow Parsley

Praa Sands through Cow Parsley

2    We have harvested our first Broad Beans and Pak Choi and ate them within twenty minutes of picking! I love that feeling of satisfaction with growing , picking and then eating your own veggies that I share with Heidi of Lightly Crunchy

Trug with Broad Beans and Pak Choi

Trug with Broad Beans and Pak Choi

3   Our Iris Siberica is in flower. The patterns of the veining are so very beautiful.

Iris Siberica

Iris Siberica

 

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