Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Aconite Acolyte


And so here we are. All that Christmas jostling and shoving, and that was just to get to the bar. So we arrive in 2008, and those dull, dark days that so often welcome in a new year. But now the nights will start getting longer until spring breezes rustle through the first hawthorn buds in the hedgerows. I once lived in north east Northamptonshire, ten years in a Georgian gamekeeper's cottage, an isolated stone lodge against sombre woods. And once the cards had been taken down from their strings and the tree lights well and truly entangled for next year, it was always a particular joy in the first days of January to wander up the garden path through the 'orchard' as we euphemistically called it, to take a look at a patch of earth under a stubborn old greengage tree. And there, pushing up through the dead autumn leaves, would always be the first tight globes of winter aconite, gathering themselves into a carpet that would very soon burst into these yellow cups. I always took them to be the first sign of hope and renewal, and I share them with you to wish you a Very Happy New Year. (That wasn't too Patience Strong was it?)

30 comments:

Diplomat said...

marvelous, I'm pleased you've reverted to that agricultural prose that seems to make such appropriate caption to your pics. I always thought the blend of copy and image to be the real winner in your books - keep it up !

Philip Wilkinson said...

No, not too Patience Strong at all (although patience, with a small pee, is what we need at this dark time of the year). It's all real, you see – real gamekeeper's lodge, real groping around in "orchard", real flowers. Maybe we even allowed some real hope! Keep it up, indeed.

Ron Combo said...

It would normally be at this point that I would intervene with some suitably shallow, sneering, right-of-centre barb about how the aconite patch could do with a good carpeting of agent orange, but I will refrain and enjoin with diplo and p-w in a most heartful way, urging you to keep it up, in your most excellent Women's Realm way. Oh bugger, I just can't stop, even for one minute.

Diplomat said...

to be honest Ron, I've never been a fan of the Aconite, prefering its partner the Snow Drop. There a couple of bits of woodland 'round these parts with massive carpets of both. Agent Orange is not easily available these days but a 50/50 mix of Roundup and Grazon does a great job of killing everything in its path. Are Phil & Jill back from DownUnder yet ?

Peter Ashley said...

Ooh I'd forgotten about Phil and Jill, as possibly have Ambridge. Diplo reckons that Phil will croak it? Start a book anyone?

Anonymous said...

hello there thanks for your grat post, as usual ((o:

Anonymous said...

Hello, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues.
When I look at your website in Ie, it looks fine but when opening
in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you
a quick heads up! Other then that, fantastic blog!

Visit my page; Nike Air Max

Anonymous said...

Hi there! I know this is kinda off topic however I'd figured I'd ask.

Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest writing a blog post or vice-versa?
My site goes over a lot of the same topics as yours
and I believe we could greatly benefit from each
other. If you happen to be interested feel free
to shoot me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!

Great blog by the way!

my site :: http://wealthwayonline.com/airjordanpascher.html

Anonymous said...

Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the images on this blog loading?
I'm trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it's the blog.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Here is my blog post :: http://wealthwayonline.com/cheap-jerseys.htm

Anonymous said...

Greate pieces. Keep writing such kind of info on your site.

Im really impressed by your blog.
Hi there, You've performed an excellent job. I will definitely digg it and in my view suggest to my friends. I am confident they'll
be benefited from this site.

Look into my site Abercrombie Bruxelles

Anonymous said...

Hello my loved one! I wish to say that this article
is amazing, nice written and come with approximately all important infos.
I'd like to peer more posts like this .

Feel free to surf to my web blog - Abercrombie

Anonymous said...

This post offers clear idea designed for the new people of blogging, that in
fact how to do running a blog.

Feel free to surf to my web-site - www.awebcafe.com

Anonymous said...

This is my first time pay a quick visit at here and i am in
fact impressed to read all at single place.


Also visit my webpage :: Louis Vuitton Outlet

Anonymous said...

Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found
a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear." She put the shell to her ear
and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!


my page; website

Anonymous said...

Hi to all, the contents present at this web site are really amazing for
people experience, well, keep up the good work fellows.


Also visit my weblog - Home Page

Anonymous said...

Great blog you've got here.. It's difficult to find high-quality writing like yours nowadays.
I seriously appreciate people like you! Take care!!

Here is my homepage Air Jordan 2013

Anonymous said...

excellent issues altogether, you simply gained a brand new reader.
What may you suggest about your publish that you simply made a few days ago?

Any positive?

Here is my web page :: Nike Air Jordan

Anonymous said...

You could certainly see your expertise within the article you
write. The sector hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe.
All the time go after your heart.

My webpage ... Gafasč½Oakley

Anonymous said...

This site certainly has all the information I needed about this subject
and didn't know who to ask.

Look into my weblog; Mario Lemieux Authentic Jersey

Anonymous said...

You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I
find this matter to be actually something that I think
I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for
me. I'm looking forward for your next post, I'll try to get
the hang of it!

My homepage Louis Vuitton Outlet

Anonymous said...

I just like the valuable info you supply
for your articles. I'll bookmark your weblog and test once more here regularly. I'm rather sure I'll be informed lots of new stuff right right here! Best of luck for the next!

Stop by my web blog; Christian Louboutin Outlet

Anonymous said...

My spouse and I stumbled over here different website and thought I may as well check things out.

I like what I see so now i'm following you. Look forward to finding out about your web page again.

my website: Nike Air Max

Anonymous said...

Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.
Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
I've been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Many thanks

Also visit my blog :: Visit This Link

Anonymous said...

I am really pleased to read this webpage posts which includes plenty of useful information, thanks for providing these information.

Feel free to visit my web-site; warehouse equipment supply

Anonymous said...

Wow that was odd. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't show up.
Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that over again. Regardless,
just wanted to say great blog!

Also visit my webpage; deer hunter 2014 cheats, ,

Anonymous said...

Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say
that I have truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts.
In any case I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

Here is my web blog - software berkeley

Anonymous said...

It truly is also visible in video clips which existing comprehensive visual details which more boosts the capacity
to get essentially the most out with the guide. The problems on your computer surrounding Family Guy:
The Quest for Stuff Hack 3 game can be caused by outdated graphics device
drivers, little free space available on your hard
drive, Windows settings errors, outdated Windows
and also errors inside the registry. The manager sometimes comes in and takes the guy out.


Feel free to visit my website - Family Guy cheats

Anonymous said...

Hi there, this weekend is good in support of me, as tis moment i am reading this enormous informative article here
at my residence.

Feel free to visit my homepage ... clash of clans hack android apk download

Anonymous said...

I am regular visitor, how are you everybody? This paragraph posted at
this site is really pleasant.

my web site ... sanding and refinishing hardwood floors fredericksburg

Anonymous said...

With fantastically fitting clothes in styles that
allow you to preserve feeling such as you, Vertbaudet is there for you from the beginning of
your pregnancy to the big day - and beyond!

Feel free to visit my web blog maternity clothing