SPRING OF HOPE
Standing proud yet somewhat sombre, a single bloom of a daffodil signifies for me the start of Spring, the time when the daylight lingers longer. It is a symbol of brighter things to come.
There seem to be a number of different meanings attributed to the daffodil – from these I choose Hope, Rebirth and Rejuvenation. Perhaps this is because I associate Spring with when my mum used to spring clean our whole home from top to bottom. I don’t know how she managed it being a working mum with three children to look after but our home was always spotless and tidy yet at the same time a comfortable home with an array of ornaments.
I was fortunate to grow up with hope for the future. I had positive experiences at school that instilled in me a desire to seek out opportunities in the world of work. I wonder how much that good experience has led to my enjoying a lifetime of learning which has enriched my life.
I never realised before today that there is a Daffodil Society set up originally in 1898 as The Midland Daffodil Society in Birmingham to promote the breeding of daffodils and they usually hold an annual show in Warwick. For me, I have always loved the simplicity of a bunch of daffodils and the golden joyfulness they bring when a jug of water brings them to life, standing proud together.
When I decided to take a photo of the single daffodil in bloom outside my back door, I didn’t realise it was going to take me on this path to a famous poem by William Wordsworth written in 1804 and inspired by a walk with his sister Dorothy around Glencoyne Bay, Ullswater in the Lake District. This painting by J M W Turner in 1819 is of the same area.
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
By William Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
At a time when we may not all be able to walk with the daffodils, I felt the need to search out a virtual walk. I was not disappointed. I found a beautiful and peaceful visit to the daffodils at Gunby Hall and Gardens set in the midst of the Lincolnshire countryside. (You will find Gunby Hall and Gardens on Facebook where there are a number of different videos of their gardens which I am looking forward to enjoying.)
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Dear Kay I love the optimistic message in your posts and appreciate reading your blog posts. Over the last 12 months Medway Mermaids Women’s Writers Group have been meeting monthly on Zoom, and via daily chatter on WhatsApp. In this way, we have kept the group active, inspired and supported. I wondered if you would like to be our guest at a future Zoom meeting? We hold them at our normal time of 7.30pm – 9.30pm on the 2nd Monday of every month.Our next dates are 8th March and 12th April. Let me know if one of these is convenient to you. If you can talk to the group about finding inspiration in Nature and daily life, this is exactly what we have tried to do during the lockdowns. Speaking with the group on the topics highlighted in your work would be perfect. … I look forward to hearing from you when you are able to reply. Kindest regards, Susan Pope. (Some personal information has been removed from this post before approving to be made public)
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Dear Susan. Thank you so much for your kind words and it is lovely to reconnect with you in this way. I would feel very privileged to be a guest at one of your group meetings and will make direct contact with you about this. I aim to post more regularly as I myself find it beneficial in challenging times, as it did when I first started this blog, and I hope that there is something within my posts that inspires others in some way or that they may find of interest. I often seem to find myself saying this but it is time that I really did give my blog the priority it deserves as I love this way of connecting with people, whether it be people I already know such as yourself, and people from across the world. With best wishes. Kay 😊💐