Fantastic News!!!! Today the sky was blue! There were cute little fluffy white clouds! There was actual, real, bonafide sunshine! There was also rain this morning, but after the rain had been and gone we were left with a beautiful gem of a day. Thank goodness! It's been wonderful to go out without a rain coat on, to feel some gentle warmth in the air, to feel light and happy and summery all of a sudden.
To celebrate, I picked flowers. Flowers with no soggy petals, flowers that looked and smelt of the sweetest summer day.
This little jar contains a mix of summer flowers from my back and front garden.
Alchemilla, sweet peas, nasturtiums, honeysuckle, rose and blue marguerite. Oh, and that clumpy green foliage on the right is an unopened hollyhock flowerhead which a mean and nasty slug/snail chewed through. Yes, there was bad language, a whole stream of verbal abuse came forth. I don't expect the flower will open in my jar, but you never know. Pesky molluscs.
Aren't they beautiful? So so so beautiful. I look at this modest arrangement in it's little glass jar and the sight truly moves me. I am such a sucker for simple, vibrant flowers.
Whilst gazing lovingly at my Jar of Summer this afternoon, it suddenly struck me that during the past week or two I've been crocheting those exact same floral shades right into the end of my ripple blanket. Aren't the colours remarkably similar? Funny to think that this blanket is now spanning all four seasons :: it started in Autumn, passed through Winter and Spring, and will end in Summer.
Now do you want to see something funny?
Well not funny as such, but definitely illuminating.
I want to show you the power of macro photography, combined with artistic cropping.
The above photos are all so lovely don't you think? They make my heart sing when I look at them. They are all close-up studies of a small object in a small area. There is, of course, a reason for this.
And that reason is quite simply that my house is in a huge, chaotic mess!
Well, there's a bit of honest reality for you. It's not pretty around here at the moment.
Righty-ho, lets move swiftly back to the subject matter, that Jar of Summer.....where is it in amongst the mess?
Gosh, that's better. The table is now clear(ish) cos I had to sweep everything off in order for us to eat dinner.
Isn't this a delight? It was about 5.45pm and the sun was streaming in through the dining room window lighting up the flowers. I felt like I wanted to stop time and just sit and worship the visual gorgeousness of sunshine, shadow, petal and leaf.
The colours of nature are truly wonderful ♥