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Now the bright morning star, day’s harbinger,

Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her

The Flowery May, who from her green lap throws

The yellow cowslip and the pale primrose

- John Milton


Last year I met up with a friend of mine in the May sunshine at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire. During the visit I saw this poem on a blackboard in the gardens and something about it moved me.

I love a good day out with the National Trust, don’t you? I can’t believe I’ve got to the ripe old age of 30 and I’m still not a fully paid up member. I must do something to rectify that and get out more. Both my husband and I have fond memories of National Trust days out as children and we plan to carry that on with our little family. It’s funny how preparing to have a baby can lead to new resolutions isn’t it? Did that happen to you or do you think it might if you have children? Another ambitious plan of mine involves reinstating a weekly Sunday roast, I miss them when we don’t have them and it is too easy to get out of the habit and treat Sunday like any other day of the week when they can become something really special.

We haven’t been lucky with the weather this week where I live, but I look at this photograph and still hold out for the Flowery May that Milton writes about. I hope it will make an appearance this weekend because there are celebrations afoot – a wedding, a birthday, an engagement. And it’s a bank holiday here in the UK.

I hope you all have something lovely planned and remember if you are out and about to stay on Barbara Watch!

Posted in: I must get out more


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