Wednesday, July 06, 2011

A Day in the Life....

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:
" 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



  1. I need some time to think today - good reminder!

  2. I really enjoyed this post today Brenda!

  3. Charlotte's Web was the first book that made me cry...I was about 12. So, be prepared!

  4. So glad that you're enjoying the book. You'll come to adore it.

  5. sounds like a lovely summer day spent relaxing and reading

  6. I love this book! And the advice is perfect for all of us, isn't it?? Enjoy!

  7. E.B.White was very wise. And a wonderful wordsmith too!

  8. I love birds too but we have some new ones that come out about midnight and make the loudest racket until about 3am. Can't even sleep :)
    I've never read Charlotte's Web!

  9. I hadn't thought to look to Fern for advice, but there you have it.

    Blessings, Debbie

  10. Hi Brenda, loved your post today! I have loved Charlotte's Web since I was a girl, it is such a special and meaningful little book. Peonies are also one of my most favorite flowers. I have a painting of ivory colored peonies in my kitchen. Looking at it makes me happy every day, I can only imagine what the wonderful fragrance would be like! Have a lovely evening! Delisa :)

  11. I'm taking your advice and heading out the door to my backyard.
    I might read or I might SIT!

    Love, love, LOVE your pink peonies.

  12. Hi Brenda, thanks for popping by. We love Charlottes Web and as well as the book, we have it on audio CD and listen to it in the night sometimes.. we love Charlotte and have learnt a lot from her... Mrs H is ALWAYS kind to spiders. Love Darcy, Bingley and Helen xx

  13. I smiled as I remember my childhood moments of being read this book. Sounds to me like the best way to spend a summer day. Enjoy!

  14. Hi Brenda: I just thought I would pop over tonight and say hello! I hope you are having a good week and staying cool. Boy has it been hot down here in Georgia. Have a restful evening and a wonderful day tomorrow. Delisa :)


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