Sunday, 19 February 2012

Spring Song

THE air was full of sun and birds,
The fresh air sparkled clearly.
Remembrance wakened in my heart
And I knew I loved her dearly.
the start of a lovely poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, called Spring Song.


I woke this morning to a beautiful clear cold day, so off for a walk before breakfast! there was a little bit of a protest from the OH but I promised scrambled eggs on our return!! Although it was cold it felt like the sun had some warmth and spring wasn't going to be too far away.
I have been spending the last few days thinking about what to plant in the garden this year, I love the seeds and plants that Sarah Raven sells, and even if I don't order all from her the catalogue is certainly inspirational!

Her garden in Perch Hill in Kent, is only open a few times during the year,

We have spent the morning clearing up the garden, and cleaning the terracotta tiles that we have under the pergola as well as starting to clean the garden furniture, but it has become very cold and I have resorted to the warmth of the house with a cup of tea and the play on the radio, which is one of my favourite books when I was small and that is the Secret Garden by Francis Hodgeson Burnett.  I have found that she based this book on a garden in Kent called Great Maytham Hall in Rolvenden, Kent, don't think it is open to the public all the time but a couple of days a year it is open through the National Garden Scheme, not too sure when.

My mother has been busy again and made these lovely knitted rose brooches to match my hat and scarf, she really is a very clever lady

I have discovered in the last few weeks this candle from True Grace the smell is divine hard to describe but it smells like a lovely old country house, with the smell of polish open fires and leather books, well that's what it says on the box but to be honest it suits the house so well

Hopefully I can be back in the garden tomorrow or else I have so many ideas and projects that I need to start so my sewing room will I think be my domain for next week
I have lately found some great blogs and I am really amazed at how talented you all are, I do try to leave comments as I know that I love to read your thoughts and ideas, so please if you pop by I would love to hear from you. 


  1. Wasn't it lovely to see the sun today,even though it was cold.It really makes you want to get out and potter in the garden and make plans.
    Looks like we're going to get a little touch of Spring later this week.
    Have a good one. ;0)

  2. Hi Jill,

    You photo's look so sunny. It must have been a delight to work in the garden. We planned to do some work yesterday, but had too much rain unfortunately. Did your terracotta pots survive the cold? Some of my pots were broken. I see you have the book Cut Flowers by Sara Raven too. It's a a lovely book! I will have to remember her garden in Kent for when we visit.

    Happy new week!

    Madelief x

  3. Hi Jill,
    It's always a pleasure to read your posts - it's been very cold here today too, but like you said it certainly feels like spring isn't all that far away, thank goodness!
    I've also been thinking about the garden, sadly I'm not at all green fingered but I'm very determined to try my best with it this year!
    I will have to look out for the candle you mentioned, I have 'Woodland' burning at the moment - a lovely fresh scent, not too sweet.
    Many thanks for your kind comments, I adore the pretty heart you made - thank you. It was so nice to meet Joasia and see her lovely shop.
    Have a good week,
    Essie x

  4. you've been busy! we went out on th emotorbike and i wa sso cold! haha i had loads of layers on but my hands were cold, i even stole some gloves from my frind to wear under my leather ones :) Nice the evenings are geting lighter though x

  5. Sound like a nice way to spend a morning, I have been in the garden this morning pulling out weads.

  6. Spring is even showing it's face in the cold windy north, thank goodness. The candle you mention sounds wonderful. I will try and find one on the dear old internet.

  7. Hi Jill, it does seem like the weather is lightening up, and in a few weeks will be much warmer! Seeing the sun shine is deceitful, it was very chilly on Sunday. I don't have green fingers at all, but I do love flowers. Hopefully I might be able to plant some Sarah Raven seeds to attract some bees and insects into my garden this year. Have a lovely day. Sharon

  8. C'est déjà le Printemps chez toi !
    Images lumineuses qui éclairent un ciel bien terne chez moi.

  9. What a beautiful post! I'm getting really excited about Spring, i've got so many ideas & plans in my head. All I need is Spring to arrive. Thank you for a lovely post Jill.

    Lou xxx

  10. Hi, Jill! Cute pictures. I`d make a small garden on my window this year :o) Love the roses by your Mother :O)
    By the way I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award and hope you will accept,although I won't be offended if you don't You can find out more details on my blog.

  11. Hello Jill, I am just loving everything about this post...the early morning walk, the scrambled eggs, the secret garden, the lovely candle and generous, thank you. Love Linda x

  12. I'm reading about your cold weekend having just changed into a t-shirt as it is 17 degrees centigrade here today ... it's February and I'm in North Wales!! My friends in New Zealand meanwhile are complaining about their non-existent summer. The seasons suddenly seem very skewed!


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