Guess what I found on the lawn yesterday a violet, it must have hopped over the church wall and seeded itself. The lawn is in fact the remnants of an old field, so it also has bluebells as well as Hawkweed.
Well today with the early sun shining brightly through the window I write about an old love. No not any romantic recollections but the early wild flowers of spring. I have an unconscious habit of waiting on arrival of spring, not for the common daffodil but the little violet. Most people name them as dog violets, but in my book Margery Blamey, has two pages of these little gems.
Perhaps Heartsease will tempt you, or dwarf pansy, Marsh violet or the yellow wood violet. There they all are lurking on marshes, mountains and woods, their little genes adapting to the world they find themselves in.
Turning to Grigson and he quotes Shakespeare 'the black or purple violets or March Violets of the Garden'. He also mentions the smell of the sweet violet, scent suggesting sex and mentions once more 'The Hunt of the Unicorn tapestry, somewhere in America I believe. I will quote at the end how this tapestry is interpreted and it will introduce to the stories that flowers can tell.
But first, technical joy. My Iphone is starting to reveal its wonders to me. Firstly, after consultation with my son, that I owned an android?? I managed to put Audible on it and can now wander around and listen to stories. It also seems a better camera than my old one, but I have not learnt how to transfer photos from it to my computer, only that I need to use a USB cable - whole drawerful somewhere!
Yesterday a table top magnifying glass arrived, to help with sewing and my knitting so old age here I come well kitted out........... There was a marvellous short video of Sheila Hancock discussing how being alone through this crisis had affected her - madness??
'The captured Unicorn lies within a fence, tethered as a symbol of consummation, to the pomegranate tree of fertility. round the white Unicorn row various plants of sex; Bistort, Lords and Ladies, Early Purple Orcis, Bluebells and Viola Odorata.'
Profile of Pascal Soriot - CEO of AstraZeneca this morning