Only last week, while buying some perfectly tree-ripened apples from a road side stall I looked up to see the late afternoon light glowing through this ornamental grape growing on the fence.
It was Queen's Birthday weekend
& other tender things.
Yesterday I picked it up..
What a lovely little spot!
Would you like to join me here for a wee picnic? I love the pretty lupins & the box of pastels right beside the chair.
This week when I needed to find a new story to read for our local phone news service for the blind, I came across this sparkler. It's so much fun, I just had to share it with you. This is how life ought to be! Fun & happy & full of generosity of spirit.
The Sock garden
"Some people grow corn.
Some people grow roses.
But whoever heard of growing socks?
I guess you have to be a special kind of gardener-and a special kind of dad!
One day last fall, Dad said, "Go get your oldest, rattiest wool socks!"
My sister, my brother & I thought this sounded weird. But it was better than sitting around until mum got back from the store.
When we all met outside with our socks, I asked, "What are we doing?" We're making a sock garden of course!" Dad said with a smile.
We carried our socks & hiked down the road. I wondered where we were going. But then we stopped at an old field. Dad looked out at the dead, gray weeds. "Remember how this field was full of flowers this summer?" asked Dad?. We all nodded. "Good, he said. "Pull your socks over your shoes & follow me."
So we did, feeling silly.
Dad walked. We walked.
Then my sister Sara hopped. Dad hopped too.
I liked that. So I stomped. We all stomped & giggled.
Dad pulled a seed pod off a plant. It snapped just like a bean. He touched a pod of another. It exploded with a noise-tssk!- & flung out seeds. Soon we were all touching the popping plants.
We found a plant with tiny cups. We tilted them sideways & out poured seeds. They fell with a hiss like cereal pouring from a box.
Then we got really wild. Dad taught us a kooky dance, the Woodchuck Waddle. He said his aunt had taught it to him as a kid. I made up another: the Squirrel Skip. Sara invented the Deer Dance. David twirled around until he was so dizzy he fell over. We danced & laughed some more. By this time we were sagging in our socks. Then, "All done ", said Dad. "All done?" I wondered out loud. Dancing is never all done. Then I realised Dad was looking at our socks, but I was still clueless. On the way out of the field we played follow-the-leader. I was in charge. I pulled the white stuff from some milk pod seeds. "Whoosh!" I yelled as I let it go free. We watched the seeds on downy parachutes, float & fly away in the wind. Then we took off our socks & carried them all the way home. Back at the house Dad plopped down on the ground in the backyard. He held up his socks for us to see. They were covered with dirt & plant bits. But there was more...there were prickly seeds: little ones & big ones in all kinds of shapes. Finally I understood. While we'd been playing with seeds, our socks had been collecting them. Dad told us that animals caught seeds in their fur, just like we caught them in our socks. When the seeds fall off the fur, they grow in a new place. And that's what our seeds would do too.
That afternoon, we buried our seedy socks in the yard. "Let's make it a secret!"said Sara. We didn't say a word to Mum. But when the next summer came , we had flowers growing in funny, sock-shaped clumps. The flowers were pretty. Mum bought in jars full of them, & even put some in her hair. "Where did they come from?" she asked Dad. We all stayed quiet. "The rain & the wind must have brought them," said Dad, trying not to grin. David & Sara hid their faces behind pillows but I couldn't keep quiet. I giggled. Soon we were all laughing....& our sock garden secret was out for good.!
Some people grow corn. Some people grow roses but my dad grows socks- & a whole lot of fun!
April Pulley Sayre
It's freezing & raining & wintery here now, only a week after my pictures were taken. Poor Lucy!
I've been making lots of chicken soup & Rob says it smells so good you don't even have to drink/eat it to feel all warm & loved.
Thank you so much for visiting.
Have a heart-warming week.
I hope that you bump into kindness wherever you go...all week long (she's very nice kindness).