Thursday, 8 November 2007

Flowering shrubs

Before the wet weather set in we went for a drive along Narrow Neck Road and walked for a kilometre or two on the fire-trail beyond the gate. I was flower hunting as usual. I saw many that are now familiar to me but also these shrubs that were in full flower. I think they are hakeas.


I don't think I have ever enjoyed Spring quite so much as this year. Every day seems to deliver new discoveries in the environment around me.

Words to walk with:
A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost
"Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil."

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