Don't Go Away


Sunday, 18 May 2014

Thank you for all your comments on my last post, they were very much appreciated and have helped me see where I want to go with this blog. I will be back, refreshed, reinvigorated and full of ideas on the 1st of June.

In the meantime I'm posting pictures on Instagram  and wasting time on  Pinterest, you are more than welcome to join me. Don't go away.

Sue x

Peonies and columbines

Going With The Flow


Monday, 12 May 2014

 Planned wilderness is how I like to think of my garden, but there's really nothing planned about it. It's just doing its own thing. Forget-me-nots are growing up through the bench, Welsh poppies have seeded in the gravel around the drainpipe, columbines of all hues are popping up everywhere and the mint is rampant.

I used to worry about it, that is, I used to worry about my lack of enthusiasm for gardening and how to reconcile it with my need for a pleasant, leafy outdoor space . I've long since stopped worrying about it. I'm just going with the garden's flow, it seems to know what it's doing. It's a pleasant place to be, there is a quince tree after all.

I've been worrying about this blog too. I've been worrying that I don't feel as inclined to blog as much as I once did. Why? I have no idea. I haven't run out of things to say or to photograph. I'm not overwhelmed by work, domestic crises, worry, ill health or any other valid reason for not blogging. Maybe the novelty of being a blogger has worn off, maybe I just can't be bothered.

Blogging should not be a chore and just at the moment it feels like a chore, just like the garden once did. So as with the garden, I'm going with the flow. I have no intention of abandoning this blog, I like it, like my garden it is a pleasant place to be even if I'm not there as often as I once was. Maybe I'll be back full of enthusiasm tomorrow, or maybe I won't blog again until next month, I'll just have to see where the flow takes me.

Blogging Without Obligation

The Darling Buds of May


Sunday, 4 May 2014

After an enchanting April read (and 'watch' -thank you to all who recommended the film, it was lovely) I have chosen another month appropriate book for May. I'm familiar with the story of course having watched the tv adaptation in the early 90s. I'm looking forward to an undemanding and undisturbing read perfick for the month which heralds summer.
A Year in Books.

Vintage copy of The Darling Buds of May by H.E Bates

I was thrilled to bag a vintage set of Larkin books from Milly and Dottie's Emporium . Aren't they fab?

Darling Buds of May

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st.
     So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
     So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18

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