Thursday, 31 May 2012

It is hard to believe . . . but here we are sitting on the last day of May and looking ahead into June . . . and it would seem to have occured over night .   It's been as fitful and unpredictable a month as April was . . . capricious and hard to pin down.  The first of the month was cold . . . cold . . . cold

But these last few days have been warm and lovely.  Today another May slowly slips into memory . . .
not for another year shall we be blessed with the sight of an azure haze beneath the trees . . . of a bluebell wood.

Source: via Marie on Pinterest

Gone too . . . the buttercup meadows . . .

Source: via Marie on Pinterest

Farewell . . . tender green Maytime hedges . . . and Mayflower all a-bloom . . .

The roses in the garden . . . impatient of the calendar, are already peeping at the lattice and opening their folded buds . . . they pray no longer, but shout in riot against the brickwork of the South Wall.

Yes . . . June stands at the gate with her finger upon the latch.  One as ever . . . lives in hope.  June is the month that summer begins in earnest!

With it's long lazy days . . .  the strawberries ripen . . . their tender white blossoms, turning into ruby red fruits, so sweet and so delicious after a day in the warm sun . . .

June is the month of tender young podded peas . . . and early new potatoes . . . baby salad greens . . . and rose petal teas . . .

Source: via Marie on Pinterest

Tis when the garden really comes alive, arriving on the earth's warm breast.  Pansies leap and butter . . . flies . . . peepers arrive and garnish  our evenings with their cheep, cheep, cheeps . . .

Velvet-hearted blooms unfold . . . crimson and apricot . . . ivory and gold.  In stately ground and cottage beds.  Roses lift their lovely heads in park and garden plot.

Can it be . . . the year already near it's prime?

*sniff* *sniff*  I have the sniffles . . . been fighting them for a few days now, with that ughee feeling in the back of my throat . . . I hope it comes on full and I get over it quickly and that it doesn't hang on like my colds seem to have done over the past few years.  A month from today we will be flying to Canada and I really want to be well for that!  Good times!

Working hard today and tomorrow, finishing up a few projects, and getting ready for tonights RS Activity.  I hope it goes well!  It's a girls' night out in any case!

A thought for today . . . it is almost upon us.

"In winter I get up at night 
And dress by yellow candle-light. 
In summer quite the other way, 
I have to go to bed by day. 
I have to go to bed and see 
The birds still hopping on the tree, 
Or hear the grown-up people's feet 
Still going past me in the street. 
And does it not seem hard to you, 
When all the sky is clear and blue, 
And I should like so much to play, 
To have to go to bed by day?" 
- Robert Louis Stevenson, Bed in Summer 

 Cooking in The English Kitchen today . . . Stuffed Baby Sweet Bell Peppers.

Happy Thursday one and all!  Happy last day of May!

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