(Lavender, dill, and cosmos in the garden–image by daughter Elise)
“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.” ~Jane Austen
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” ~John Muir
I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. ~Henry David Thoreau
A tranquil pool of water back in the country–image by Elise
“I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” ~e.e. cummings
“The poetry of the earth is never dead.” ~John Keats
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” ~William Shakespeare
(Kitten in our garden. Image by Elise)
“To one who has been long in city pent,
‘Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of heaven, – to breathe a prayer
Full in the smile of the blue firmament.”
~John Keats, Sonnet XIV
“I know the thrill of the grasses when the rain pours over them.
I know the trembling of the leaves when the winds sweep through them.
I know what the white clover felt as it held a drop of dew pressed close in its beauteousness.
I know the quivering of the fragrant petals at the touch of the pollen-legged bees.
I know what the stream said to the dipping willows, and what the moon said to the sweet lavender.
I know what the stars said when they came stealthily down and crept fondly into the tops of the trees.”
~Muriel Strode, “Creation Songs
“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” ~Rachel Carson
(hyssop in our garden–image by Elise)