Friday, March 18, 2011

Desperate for Daffodils

So desperate for spring and the daffodils, I am driven to making paper flowers. I am amazed at the cheer that even that spot of yellow paper brings to the room. In the garden tender shoots here are beginning to poke through the soil. We planted another 50 bulbs last fall, so it will be exciting to see them bloom.

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud
by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Outdid the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but the little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude:
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils

From: A Portable Anthology 2n ed.
Gardner, Lawn, Ridl, and Schakel

Video by my iPod Touch--amazing.

Peep Update: They are a week old now with wing feathers. They all seem to be getting along. Four more come  home tonight, giving us an even dozen. The coop is nearly done. The head Chicken Herder finished the roost and the poop deck yesterday. Now we need to secure the dog run in the ground and make it predator proof. Nesting boxes will come later.  They will remain in the house under the heat lamp for another two or three weeks. I am growing accustomed to their little peeps and cheeps and will miss their soft conversations in the background.
Max inspects the roost and poop deck. He seems to approve

Max is quite comfortable in the coop, for it used to be his dog house.
He much prefers the Lazy Boy Reclined these days.

Spring break is almost over. (Prolonged sigh). I've done a dumb thing, joined a health club, so I am off for a swim this morning and probably some tread mill, if the swim doesn't do me in.   Hope everyone has a good week-end.


  1. Precious, your paper flowers. They go well with easter peeps.

    When you are planting, 50 seems like a lot. When they bloom, I long for 5000 more.

  2. I planted a couple of hundred more and I can't wait for the new ones to appear aswell. Loved your petal flowers - brings back memories of making those when I was younger.

  3. Sounds of drill in the background as well as the chicks - alot of hard work going on! Your easter decorations are nice. I recommend pilates if your gym offers it. :)

  4. Your spot of yellow does give some cheer to the room especially with those colorful eggs.

    The chicks are growing fast. Doesn't Max chase after them?

    Have fun swimming.

  5. Love the poem, the flowers and the chicks - what more do you need?

  6. The paper flowers look great! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Those flowers are so cute! They are cheerful and will last a lot longer than a real daffodil, Lol.
    Have fun at the gym...true tortue. JK

  8. Oh wow the chook set up looks terrific and those chicks are soooooo sweet! I love your paper daffodils, I hope you get some real ones soon. It is Spring after all! :)