I brought a bouquet of these pink peonies into the house today. The fragrance is so sweet and fills the whole house, I wish I could share it with you. That is, if you like peonies, some people do not.
It's been beautiful here... the birds have been to-ing and fro-ing all day. A huge black crow tried to come into our yard, probably to check out the lunch menu. But, with a flap and a squawk, one red-winged blackbird (small in comparison) persisted in bugging him until the large fellow flapped off over the neighbour's roof.
With the crow gone, the red-wing flew back to our yard... letting go a bird dropping in his wake. I laughed, it seemed he was saying, Good riddance to bad rubbish! (and no, we didn't catch this on video... hehe)
Later I had a courtesy call from Charlotte; I caught sight of her presence in the garden underneath the Hansa Rose Bush! You know who I mean... Charlotte... from E.B. White's book. The light wasn't quite right, so you can only catch a shimmer of her large web.
I'm enjoying my first-time read of this classic--I don't recall reading it as a child. So far, my favourite passage is Charlotte's advice to Wilber and I think it's well worth sharing. The setting is where she says she has to work the plan out alone because she thinks better if she thinks alone. It's her reply to Wilber's offer of help:
"...you must try to build yourself up. I want you to get plenty of sleep, and stop worrying. Never hurry and never worry! Chew your food thoroughly and eat every bit of it, except you must leave just enough for Templeton. Gain weight and stay well -- that's the way you can help. Keep fit, and don't lose your nerve. Do you think you understand?"
On the note, I'm off. Here's wishing you time to think by yourself, because if you're like me and Charlotte, you think best when you think alone.
(c) Photos by Brenda C Leyland