While watering the garden last night I finally found that pumpkin I took a picture of a month ago! It’s the size of a tennis ball now. And there are cucumbers growing (which will be made into dill pickles)! Lots of corn in my two wee corn rows ~
Here in the country’s heart
Where the grass is green
Life is the same sweet life
As it e’er hath been
Trust in a God still lives,
And the bell at morn
Floats with a thought of God
O’er the rising corn.
God comes down in the rain
And the crop grows tall –
This is the country faith,
And the best of all!
~ Norman Gale ~
Thought I’d share with you a book I have on a great British artist and teacher ~
1905 ~ The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden.
Complied by Rowena Stott, Edith’s great-niece. This is the predecessor to the best-seller The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. It’s full of her personal observations of nature and wildlife in her native Midlands and on her visits to Devon. I just love her watercolours and the poetry she added to her diary.
July 15th. Gathered some pure white Heath on Yannadon Down, -of both species, -the Cross-leaved Heath and the purple Bell-heather. Bog Pimpernel and Bog Asphodel in blossom in the marshes on the banks of Burrator; Saw a stoat coming up Lowry Lane, it ran up the hill between the walls for a quite a long way in front of me. A beg of nettles I passed today was quite black with caterpillars of the Pea-cock Butterfly.
August 3rd. Three species of Thistle in bloom. Wasps plentiful.
June 4th. Picked Yellow-Rattle, Pink and Scarlet Clover and saw some Moon Daisies in a field. Gathered Foxgloves.
November 7th. Yesterday I erected a short pole in the garden with a small, flat board on the top, to serve as a breakfast table for the birds; I strewed it with crumbs and bits of meat; but all day yesterday the birds left it severely alone. This morning a Starling summoned up the courage to alight on it; the Sparrows followed and by and bye came two Tom-tits. After that there was a constant succession of vistors all through the day. Blue-tits, Great-tits and Robins as well as Starlings & Sparrows.