Spring Reminds Us That Life Goes On

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Just living is not enough.
One must have sunshine, freedom,
and a little flower.
Hans Christian Andersen

This week’s six word Friday uses the word “flowers” and it perfectly describes my Friday at Colonial Williamsburg:

Flowers bloom ~ bees comes ~ life continues.

I took the day off from work to chase the light.  The weather showed overcast and / or rainy for the whole next week except last Friday.  I was eager to see the gardens, so off I went, leaving the office and all the tax audits behind.

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I love April – on the days the weather is nice.  So much of April seems to be rainy, windy, overcast, hot, cold or humid.  Each day is a guessing game – do we run the furnace or the air conditioning today?  And there are only a few days to leave the windows open.  Once the pollen comes, everything stays closed up.

The carpenter bees were having a good old time in this esplanade from a camellia tree.  They weren’t just rolling around in the pollen – they were head butting it, doing fast and furious circles in it, and greedily capturing as much as they.  Then they flew off, their rear legs looking like fat orange pantaloons.  I was surprised they could fly with as heavily laden as they’d become!

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The artist is the confidant of nature,
flowers carry on dialogues with him through
the graceful bending of their stems
and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms.
Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.
Auguste Rodin

I’m doing better at taking red flowers and it’s a good thing – there were red and pink tulips all over!  I don’t know if that’s normal or if that was this year’s color.  I didn’t visit Colonial Williamsburg last April and by the time I went in May, the tulips were done.  Here’s how the tulips and flowers looked at the botanical gardens last April.

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October is my favorite month, but each month brings its own beauty and April is no exception.  The days are finally warming up, everything is getting green and leafy, and the flowers have come back for another year.  Each month has different flowers, of course, and April’s seem to be rather delicate, showing for a few weeks and then dying back.

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I know it’s a bit of a jumbled mess, but I like these as well as the more formal and polished gardens.  It’s an apt metaphor for my own life.  I admire people whose lives are organized and orderly.  They know what they’re doing and when, things are planned out and thought out.

That is SO not me.  My life isn’t a total mess – we can find important receipts and instruction manuals.  Our vacation planning tends to be only a week or so in advance, although chasing the light influences that.  I have no intentions of planning a photo trip just to sit in a hotel room and wait for the rain to stop.  Likewise, I’d have been really unhappy to skip Williamsburg, then have crummy skies for photography on Saturday & Sunday.  This worked out much better to take a vacation day and have a great time.

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The Capital Building

Instead, our weekend (with the overcast skies) was spent in cleaning out the garden and planting it.  I’ve given up on vegetables so we’ve turned it over to flowers.  We’ll see if that grows better.  I already know I can attract bees, butterflies, and birds to it.  So with flowers, there should be more.  In fact, after I cleaned out and raked the garden, I was visited by a robin who enjoyed scratching around the dirt and finding some food.

Later this week, I’m leaving on a road trip.  I’ll be visiting my daughter the next two weekends, and off on a business trip in-between (a several hour drive from where she lives).  I’ll be visiting one of our manufacturing plants, seeing legislators, and in meetings with our tax counsel.  My favorite boy toy will stay home with da’ boyz.  I have no doubts he will enjoy having the house to himself and not having any regular meal times.

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Have a good week!  Pet a dog if you can, kiss a sweetie (two legged or four – but not on the mouth!), and enjoy the flowers.  It’s a good day every day, even if some days you have to look harder for it.

I believe in pink.
I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.
I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.
I believe that tomorrow is another day and
I believe in miracles.
Audrey Hepburn

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29 Comments Leave a comment

  1. If I were ever organized… NAH! Never gonna happen. ;)

    Beautiful photographs, Nancy. Your work is better by leaps and bounds!

  2. Had to come back to visit Williamsburg. You’re making me a bit homesick – we kids felt like we owned and lived in the entire town. (and I couldn’t remember that entire quote by Andersen – it’s a good one)
    Always love your pix – Hope you have a great week, too..(.dog waves sent!)

    • If you come back, let me know. I’d love to meet you for lunch (or breakfast, whatever). I can understand how it makes you homesick – I follow a blogger who lives near where I grew up and I just drool over her pictures of where the hubby and I used to go when we were dating.

      You have a good week too. The beagle waves back at Molly! Note however that he is not offering to share treats (but he’d be happy to help her eat hers).

  3. Your post is so beautifully written. April did not bring us showers, instead it brought us torrents of rain. But now the sun is shining and lifting our spirits as we witness flowers blooming and songbirds singing. Travel safely and be well.

    • April is bringing us a lot of rain here too. We finally had sun this afternoon for the first time since Friday.

      Thanks for the travel wishes and for stopping by.

  4. This was absolutely beautiful! i just spent a few days with my daughter, and we went on a couple of walks, admiring Spring in all its glory! I think it is probably one of my favorite times of the year! i’m so glad you were able to take a day off and enjoy the beauty of it all, and capture these lovely photos! Good for you! :)

    • I’ve learned the hard way to not wait to enjoy myself. In this case, I won’t be back to Williamsburg until the end of May due to my trip and other commitments. When I saw the weekend weather, I just had to go.

      Thanks for the encouragement to keep on doing that too!

  5. You’re a month ahead of us for blooms, but thhe leaves are opening on the trees, and Spring does heal us all Your photos are beautiful, and the poem you quoted, extraordinary! Thanks.

    • Thanks Judith for the lovely compliments! I imagine we are a month ahead. When I lived in the Midwest (and upstate New York), the south was a month or more ahead with spring. I envied that my Dad had green grass in April while I was still having snow.

  6. What wonderful pictures. They made me feel so happy. LOVE the Audrey Hepburn quote too. How clever of you to take a sunny day off to get some great pictures! Have a wonderful time visiting your daughter. Hubby and I are off to Spain in ten days.

    • Enjoy your trip to Spain – how fun! And yes, I will enjoy visiting my daughter. It’s nice when I can get more than a few days with her.

      I’m glad you liked the pictures and they made you happy. That Audrey Hepburn quote was a surprise find. I especially liked where she says that happy girls are the prettiest girls. And if you think about it, she often did look happy, which made her prettier yet even as she got older. She had such a serenity about her. I’m doing better with it and I think it makes for a better me.

    • That’s why I took Friday off from work – I could see the overcast / rainy skies for the weekend and I really wanted to see Willliamsburg. And I keep reminding myself that Aprils showers bring May flowers and we better have a LOT of May flowers too after so much rain!

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