Thursday, 13 March 2014
And so it goes . . .
There is nothing that brings a song into my heart more than the sight of one of the first harbinger’s of spring, the pussy willow. I can remember as a child, gathering bunches of them to grace our family home and being very excited to do so. Even now when I happen upon them I like to do the same.
Their long slender twigs and soft grey buds make the finest of Easter trees. I'm quite sure that the trees don't mind me borrowing just a few. They're my one weakness . . . as Dorcas Lane would say.
There is a legend about how they came about that I think is very sweet and lovely. A cat once gave birth to several unwanted kittens. It’s owner, the dastardly person, threw them into a river. As they floated off, the mother cat ran along the banks of the river mewing so plaintively that the willow trees bending down near the water took pity and leaned down their branches even lower so that the kittens could climb out to safety. Ever since then, we have had beautiful pussy willows every spring.
Somewhat of a tall story to be sure, but how wonderful a thought, and something to bring a smile to your face the next time you stroke one of those soft grey buds on a pussy willow branch. There are sure signs of spring in abundance here at the moment, and not just the wonderful increase of birdsong and myriad of daffodils that are blooming profusely at every corner. The fields are full of prancing lambs.
The camelia bush by the front door is filled with a thousand blooms, and all of our bushes are greening up . . . with tender green buds. Many trees in the neighborhood are covered with May Blossom, which is quite soon and I saw some cherry trees in bloom. All around me the earth is coming alive again and it is so wonderful to see . . . a real breath of fresh air after what seems like a very long and wet winter. It's come a month early, but we won't quibble about that! We are just happy to see it.
I am late posting today as I have been doing a favor for someone. I hate to cut this short, but am now out of time. My day is about to begin in earnest and so I will leave you with a thought to carry with you as you meander through your day . . .
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At times our own light goes out
and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude
of those who have lighted the flame within us.
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⋯ ◯ ⋯Love
⋰ ⋮ ⋱ ƸӜƷ Blessings
ʚįɞ .' ه `' ه ` ه `' ه Integrity
.ه `' ه ` ه `' ه' ه `' ه ` ه `happiness
ه .̆ . ه ʚįɞ ه `' ه ` ه `' ه ` ه Faith`
Baking in The English Kitchen today . . . a delicious Lemon Curd and Blueberry Loaf.
Have a wonderful Thursday. May you be blessed in countless ways!
Psst! I am guest posting over on Not Quite June Cleaver today. She's in the midst of moving home and I told her I would help her out. If you would like to read it click HERE.