When I first open my eyes...and look out
upon the beautiful world, I thank God I am alive.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
It's the start of a new week and still in my jammies, I pop out to the garden for a quick peek around. With the sun shining and the birds singing, it's hard to keep a huge smile from my face. These beauties greet me on this gorgeous May morning. Had to share them with you.
I have a busy day ahead so I won't stop to chat. Except I have to tell you one thing not flower related. Yesterday afternoon I went with friends to the new Downton Abbey movie. It just came out here on May 20th. If you are a fan, you do not want to miss this latest episode of the Crawley family where Julian Fellowes once again keeps us in our seats with lots of twists and turns, both funny and poignant, happy and, yes, sad. I laughed. I had tears down my cheeks. I was deliciously satisfied as the credits rolled by.
" Now and then, in this workaday world,
things do happen in the delightful storybook fashion,
and what a comfort that is. "
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
" Flowers seem intended for the solace
of ordinary humanity. "
Yes, this is a tulip, double petalled in red,
and it's wowing us these days.
" In all things of nature there is
something of the marvelous. "
The Clematis is about to bloom. Can't wait. Rick overwintered her in a pot
in our garage and so she's ahead of the game—the clematis plants out
in the garden are just now coming up.
" In every moment, everywhere, we are not
even inches away from the divine presence. "
JOHN O'DONOHUE, Beauty, p.227
I must dash - wishing you a beautiful week ahead.