Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Enchanted April...

 "Oh!" cried Mrs Wilkins....
The sun poured in on her. The sea lay asleep in it, hardly stirring.
 Across the bay the lovely mountains, exquisitely different in colour, were asleep too in the light; and underneath her window, at the bottom of the flower-starred grass slope from which the wall off the castle rose up, was a great cypress, cutting through the delicate blues and violets and rose-colours of the mountains and the sea like a great black sword...
 She stared. Such beauty; and she there to see it....
Such beauty; and she alive to feel it...Her face was bathed in light. Lovely scents came up to the window and caressed her. A tiny breeze gently lifted her hair.
 How beautiful, how beautiful. Not to have died before this....
 ...to have been allowed to see, breathe, feel this....She stared, her lips parted.
 Happy? Poor, ordinary, everyday word. But what could one say, how could one describe it?
 It was as though she could hardly stay inside herself...
 ...it was as though she were too small to hold so much of joy...
 ..it was as though she were washed through with light."
 These words, paraphrased from Elizabeth von Arnim's wonderful book absolutely sum up my April so far...
 Some of these photos were taken during a recent weekend away in Devon, some at the farm and some around our home...

 ...and garden (the hellebores are one of my absolute favourite flowers...so shy with their bowed heads...so exquisite and muted)

 The snowdrops are long gone now, but they sparkled in the churchyard for a while..
 Camellias and daffodils are fully in bloom...

 And these grape hyacinths were a gift to my Mum at our Easter family lunch on Monday...
Life is so busy at the moment...everything colliding as always....but I'm trying to take the time to really look around and enjoy the beauty around me. It's everywhere.

Mrs Wilkins and I would have been kindred spirits, I think! Dear Lottie.

I hope you are having an enchanted April too....i'll be back soon I promise x