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.
The theme for You Capture over at Beth’s Blog, I Should Be Folding Laundry, is SPRING! I think spring is so much more beautiful because we’ve just drug ourselves through the cold and dreary days of winter. The pictures I’m sharing today are shots I’ve taken in the last 6 weeks. I’m looking forward to the Summer theme in a few weeks so I’ll be able to share pictures of my flowers – after I buy them of course.
This is a beautiful flower that Michael’s girlfriend’s younger sister picked for me at Michael’s soccer game last night. So sweet!
These are beautiful flowers at our resort trip to Phoenix Arizona last month. They were all so vibrant and smelled beautiful!
Reading in the hammock on a Spring afternoon. Perfection!
Faith enjoys the warm sun of spring too.
When she’s not enjoying the hammock with me. Ok – actually she was begging me to go inside.
The best part about Spring for me is a trip to the beach with a good book!
Come visit You Capture to see the other beautiful spring pictures or jump in and add your own spring blog post.
Today’s Sundays In My City entry is of picture of the great outdoors in Nashville in the last week. What a glorious week it has been! Unseasonably warm, sunny and green. It’s been a perfect week for things to grow. It was dry all week. But then Thursday and Friday we got a bit of rain to water everything so it could fill with even more color and vibrancy. Here are just a few examples:
Dad brought me a replacement caboose last week to replace the one that got damaged in the storm a few weeks ago. It took the birds just a few hours to discover this replacement.
My recent flower collection from my sweet man!
I have no idea what this flower is but I bought it for my spring collection. This is what it looks like before the full bloom...
...this is what it looks like after it opens up.
One of my other new spring flowers...again...forgot the name of them.
And the yellow version...
And of course Sunday wouldn't be complete without a nap
A then one of Lauren just because she looked exceptionally beautiful this day!
This week’s theme for You Capture is OUTSIDE. This is probably one of my favorite themes because I love to take pictures outside. The problem lies in which of the 2000 pictures on my phone to post. I will try to refrain from posting them all. I must admit that I am proud to have taken all of these pictures with my cell phone! Even the one of the lighthouse.
A view of Malibu California from Pacific Coast Highway
Outside on the putting green (Michael)
Outside enjoying the flowers
Many years ago in my Mamaw's backyard with some of her many flowers
Outside at the park last Fall (Lauren)
The Nassau LIghthouse with Atlantis in the background - Nassau Bahamas
Mural on the side of a building in Nassau Bahamas
Outside in the hammock enjoying a spring day with my honey
I’m excited to go to Beth’s blog and visit the other OUTSIDE pictures linked up for You Capture.
While letting Faith out this morning I noticed how vibrate and green the grass was – especially after the rain we just had. It was beautiful. And I looked up through my naked trees and noticed how blue the sky was.
It all reminded me of this particular day last spring when Lauren plopped herself in the middle of the front yard and worked on some homework. And it inspired me to put together this little poem as an expression of how I know many of us are probably feeling.