Monday, April 27, 2009

Oh to be in England now that April's HERE

As we wandered through an idyllic scene on Sunday these words came to mind.


Oh to be in England
Now that April's there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England - now!

And after April, when May follows,
And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
Hark! where my blossomed pear-tree in the hedge
Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
Blossoms and dewdrops - at the bent spray's edge -
That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!
And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups, the little children's dower
- Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower
Robert Browning (1812 - 1889)
There has been a chaffinch in our apple tree boughs that wakes me up in the morning tapping on the glass. He has the sweetest song.
This is the scene at Wayland woods, a 15 minute drive from here. The air itself seems to have a bluish tinge. There are early purple orchids too.
We took my sister Suez here two years ago, when she came out to celebrate Ricardo's 60th birthday. By the way happy blog readers, it's his birthday tomorrow and I have a strawberry tart in my sites and sticky Thai garlic prawns for dinner.
In the mean time enjoy these pictures & see if you can get just the slightest hint of hyacinth from them.
Happy birthday my beautiful boy.


kelly said...

I'm soooooo jealous.

I need a bluebell wood. In the WORST way.

And Happy Birthday to the mahvelous Ricardo!

JoeyJoJo said...

Consider a bluebell wood winging its way to you my darling & Ricardo says thanks very much xxxx

Anonymous said...

One of my favourite poems Joey. Im so glad you went, balm for the soul! When are we going to the Orchard? Let's fix it up and enjoy some more quintessential Englishness. Happy Birthday to Ricardo the magnificent.
Love Sally

JoeyJoJo said...

Thanks Sally. It was indeed balm for the soul, as is having you as a friend.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

suez said...

what beautiful photos of a magic place.We thought it was hard to photograph but i think you did a perfect job.AND a big happy birthday to Richard...keep an eye on that letterbox ....

JoeyJoJo said...

The letterbox rendered up THE most perect hat you've ever seen. Thanks Thomsey. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx