Wednesday, 4 February 2015

A Muse For February


"What excitement we feel on looking out on to the garden in snow. It is one of the only sensations of our childhood that is not blunted by maturity. Still we want to leave our mark on any smooth expanse of snow, to ruffle it, to jump about on it. However sedate we may grow, we never emerge from the childish longing to write our names on the whitened lawn with a stick, as though it were sand by the seashore. It is a pity that we have so little snow".

~ an extract from "Four Hedges - A Gardener's Chronicle' by Clare Leighton, 1898 -1989.

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  1. We have had very little snow so far this year and what we have had has been fleeting.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Sue. We had quite a lot of snow on the evening of Boxing Day which was a week or so lying on the ground. Since then we have had a tiny amount which disappeared within a day apart from one stubborn patch by the greenhouse. This morning has bought fog which we've not experienced for some time. Definitely a morning for staying in.

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  2. That's so true. I love to see fresh snow but I'm not all that keen on going out in it.

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    1. Me too Jo - I'd much rather look out on it.

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  3. Not a fan of it in our area and garden but when they do make an appearance we appreciate how pretty it is.

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    1. I imagine that some of your tender tropicals are not so keen on snow either :)

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  4. There hasn't been any snow thick enough to write in here, but every day it feels as if it might snow!

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    1. You do need a reasonable amount for writing in don't you? I wonder if you have seen any snow yet Christina.

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  5. I love these words Anna! I didn't write my name, but I did make a print of a flower in the snow today with my wellies on! :)

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    1. Oh even better Cathy :) Writing, drawing on snow is one of these magical childhood joys that we don't grow out of just like scuffing through autumn leaves on a dry day :)

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  6. At last I have this book which I have coveted since reading your quotes from it.

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    1. Yeeeeeeay Elaine - what good news - I'm sure that you will treasure it!

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  7. Love this quote! After last year's horrible winter, I didn't think I would be eager to see snow again, but I really was excited to have some the last few weeks after waiting so long. There is something so pristine about a ground covered in white.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Rose. We had a horrible winter too last year but in our case it was rain not snow that caused grief. Fresh undisturbed snow on the ground though is so special and I'm sure it touches the child in most of us :)

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  8. Pristine snow is indeed such a magical thing...

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All your comments are much appreciated and treasured. I wil try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment, but it may take me a few days, especially when I start spending more time in the garden and at the lottie. I know that you will understand :) I am sure that I will also visit your blog if I have not already done so. If you have any specific questions I will either reply to them here or you can email me at : thegreentapestry@gmail.com

Namasté

- Anna.