Friday, July 24, 2009

Jonquils at Cair Paravel

Jonquils on this field of old
from a tiny bulb unfold
that some poor hard working wife
planted here to ease her life

Cair Paravel we call it now
to us a ruined castle bold
yet held it in some bygone time
a woman's love of place untold

She tried her best in barren waste
to make a homely garden grow
survivours of her toil stil cling
upon this little rise of saline soil

The Jonquils, Garlic, Periwinkle blue
have struggled here an hundred years
and fifty more and still
as they did long ago
gladden us and swell our hearts
with thanks to this starved soul
for these few links at hand
she had of comfort and remembrance
of her native land.


  1. What a wonderful post, Arija! Gorgeous photos, beautiful flowers and sad but lovely words!

  2. I always find it fascinating when plants from a long ago garden continue to survive by themselves. Where is this place, please?

  3. Magic, pure magic.
    This reminds me of the rock where Heathcliff and Cathy used to meet.

  4. Beautiful post and fitting verse with the stunning photos. Thanks! Hugs Jo

  5. Very nice area you show today.
    Bubble Narcisses.
    The stones are Ale Stenar in the south of Sweden, MB

    Try to translate this page,

  6. That post makes me sigh a deep breath.
    The pics and the poem.
    I've read about Cair Paravel in a book a while back.
    I think it was "Children of the grail"

  7. I really like this post Arija, beautiful pictures so nicely displayed amongst the words...
    Have a great week end... and thank you for share visits and comments with me again this week.

  8. Photos are right out of a story book, with prose to match.

  9. I love jonquils, these are gorgeous. You have a way with words also.

  10. Aaaaah! cair Paravel is perfect! What a beautiful field of jonquils. I always love that name! Hello my dearest Arija! Good morning my dearest friend!

  11. Arija, this is beautiful and so moving. I love this place and your verse. How delightful to see the spring flowers and know the love and labor.

  12. Hi
    Greetings from Coimbatore,India. This is my first visit. You have a nice blog.Great pictures beautiful poetry. Enjoyed this.You are welcome to my blog.
    Have a great day. Ram

  13. Perhaps her life was hard, but now just the joyful flowers remain!

  14. A great series of captures and words to go with. Beautiful

  15. Beautiful post with great verse and photos to accompany. Very special. Well done!

  16. Hello Arija! Strength and Wisdom, I hope so! I used to not carry handbags and purses even though I have a collection that matches my shoes and outfits. Too much but I got rid of most of them and only kept my favorites. You do great wonders with your garden and surroundings and yes, your poetry is just a captivating and wonderful as your photography. Wait! I recall something. I remember thinking of you as a wise and refined European woman who loves to drink tea, during my early acquaintance with you! I was right!

  17. This is wonderful, time gone by, the flowers are still here. Beautiful post, Arija. I have the same Earlicheers growing in my garden and they are increasing nicely. They are also flowering now.

  18. What a sweet poem, and what amazing pictures!

  19. I very much enjoyed this. I had so much fun to read the words along with the beautiful photos.

    Hugs and kisses♥

  20. It was nice to have you visit my blog. I have looked into yours and find it interesting and colourful.

    You may be living in Australia but you are not from there with the wolf being your favourite animal and you liking lakes and forests.
    You should live here. Lakes and forests surround us here and we have a wolf pack that lives nearby.

    You asked about a variety of mushroom associated with the pinus
    radiata. This tree is native to Northern California, close to the ocean. Are your from the Monterey Peninsula? Ironically, while there are several mushrooms which can be found near this tree it us currently under attack by a fungus which threaten it existence.

    I would be loathe to identify any mushroom and suggest it is edible without actually seeing it. Proper identification is crucial. If you eat a poisonous one and get sick right away you are lucky. If you get sick two weeks later you are in big trouble with you internal organs under attack.

    Quite a few of the bolete family of mushroom are edible and associated with pine trees. We have one here always found with White Pine and another found with the Jack Pine.

    There is one mushroom that comes to mind from your brief description and is found in Northern California.

    There are lots of Internet sights on Mushrooms. I spend a while searching some of them. Very interesting.

    I am sorry I am not more informative.

    Be careful what you eat.

  21. Those wonderful photos followed by your beautiful poetry make this post really special.


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