So far this spring is filled with remodeling our old farm-house, and gardening, when it’s not raining, and all the small people in my life, though not as much writing as I would like. The remodeling is at an end, for now–there’s always more to be done in future projects.
Weather wise, we’ve gone from a gradually diminishing drought to flood watches out today. April 2011 is turning into quite a wet month. I’m not sure what ‘normal’ is in the Shenandoah Valley, but I’d prefer less extremes. Still, I seek for the beauty amid the imperfection and this spring is sublime. Thought I’d share a few pics of our farm along with some favorite quotes.
“April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.” ~Christopher Morley, John Mistletoe
“Hoe while it is spring, and enjoy the best anticipations. It is not much matter if things do not turn out well.” ~Charles Dudley Warner
“The year’s at the spring
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hillside’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in His heaven –
All’s right with the world!”
“April is a promise that May is bound to keep.” ~Hal Borland
“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” ~Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat
“To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat. ” ~Beverly Nichols
“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Flowers really do intoxicate me.” ~Vita Sackville-West
“The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.” ~Gertrude S. Wister
“Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning.” ~Lydia M. Child
“Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
“Cares melt when you kneel in your garden.”
“A garden is a friend you can visit any time.”
“Kiss of the sun for pardon. Song of the birds for mirth. You’re closer to God’s heart in a garden than any place else on earth.” — Dorothy Frances Gurney
“But each spring…a gardening instinct, sure as the sap rising in the trees, stirs within us. We look about and decide to tame another little bit of ground.” ~Lewis Gantt
“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” — Henry David Thoreau
“It is a greater act of faith to plant a bulb than to plant a tree.”~Clare Leighton
“To dig one’s own spade into one’s own earth! Has life anything better to offer than this?”~Beverley Nichols
Dogwoods have set new leaves. Johnny-Quills have come and gone. And now we’re on to Azaleas and roses. The yard is coming alive and I’m finding things in the new yard that I didn’t know were there. Working on pot plants for the steps and deck.
Beautiful pictures that remind me of the spring in the North. I don’t miss the yard work and was never good at growing anything, but I miss the colors of the season. tahnk you, Beth.
Thanks Mona. It is a lot of work but worth the effort.
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