Sunday, September 21, 2008

Late Bloomers

Aside

God Almighty first planted a Garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human Pleasures.

Francis Bacon 1561-1626

I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.

Aeschylus

That second quote is more applicable to Naomi (side bar) than me.

MTL emulated Robert the Bruce today spending a happy hour watching the antics of two spiders – balancing betwixt the plants; a battle royal ensued with much twanging of webs and falling of spiders but in the end one ate the other. That’s nature for you.

Our ancient Michaelmas daisies are earning their keep by attracting hundreds of bees.

11 comments:

R. Sherman said...

As for YTL's Bruce emulation, better observing arachnids than beating up the odd Englishman who should happen by.

Cheers, dear.

PI said...

Randall: it's what retirement is all about. You'll love it when you're old enough:)

Nea said...

I was looking forward to retirement; now I'm not quite so sure. I don't mind watching them weave their tangled webs, but eating each other?

Beautiful flowers though.

Crabtree said...

The houses are like people, they have their age, their madnesses .
Or rather not: They are people who are like houses, with their cellar, their attic , their walls and sometimes , of so clear windows looking onto so beautiful gardens .
I notice of display device that there is also to you a corner of paradise, for " MTL "!

Here is a quotation Who for a historic reason a bond with my father...

When it is born by change in the gardens a new pink, here are all gardeners which are touched. The pink is isolated , we facilitate her . But he is not of gardener for the men .
[ Terre des hommes (1938) Saint-Exupéry ]

Janet said...

I love the Aeschylus quote so much. Time to put out the birdfeed and suet again! Hi, Michele sent me :-)

Nea said...

I was looking forward to retirement, but now I'm not so sure. I don't mind watching them weave their tangled webs, but not eating each other!

PI said...

Crabtree, Janet and Nea: I have only just found your comments hiding in Dashboard which I have been unable to access all day. Thank you all;)

apprentice said...

I agree about the blackbirds and cherries, my resident one is scoffing my figs, but his ecstatic cry on finding them is worth the loss.

problemchildbride said...

"a battle royal ensued with much twanging of webs and falling of spiders but in the end one ate the other."

Man, it's way too early here for such gorey horror! Now... where did I put my eyeball sandwich?

PI said...

Sam: blame MTL! He's the one who sat fascinated all morning whilst wifey worked, and then told me about it.

Guyana-Gyal said...

My mum told me, that when one of her grandsons [my 3rd nephew] felt like giving up on something, she told him the story of King Bruce and the spider. [Here's what tickled me - a Guyanese East Indian grandma, from the coast of St. America, telling her little 'Merican grandson a British story].