"Cows are my passion. What I have ever sighed for has been to retreat to a farm and live entirely surrounded by cows–and china." Charles Dickens

March 17, 2011

"Written in March"

The cock is crowing,
the stream is flowing,
The small birds twitter,

The lake doth glitter
The green field sleeps in the sun;

The oldest and youngest 
Are at work with the strongest;

The cattle are grazing,
Their heads never raising;
There are forty feeding like one!

Like an army defeated
The snow hath retreated,
And now doth fare ill
On the top of the bare hill;

The plowboy is whooping––anon-anon:

There's joy in the mountains;
There's life in the fountains;

Small clouds are sailing,
Blue sky prevailing;

The rain is over and gone!

~ by William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

SPRING has arrived on Hickory Nut Ridge!

You come back when you're ready!



  1. Lovely to hear from you again.

  2. What a great poem. Maybe I will use it here in VT in about a month :)

  3. Great poem, great pictures! You do such nice things.


  4. Gorgeous, gorgeous work! You would have done well in television also - very visual (although these shots are now just propaganda since it's freezing at my house today.) My mom would have loved that you quoted Merton - have you been to Gethsemani? I plan to go with my sister when school is out & it is well past some sort of wonderfully named Ky. winter (Joberta, is this Sarvis Winter? Can't be Dogwood - and I don't think it's Chunk) Anyway, beautiful blog, Catherine.

  5. Thank you all -- I do enjoy photography, and have sold some with a few articles, but have a lot to learn in the technical realm. But pointing and shooting and composition go far!

    As for Merton, yes, what a writer, what a soul on earth at the time he must have been. I enjoy all of his writings and have more to read. Kathy, I have been wanting to plan a retreat at Gethsemani since moving here but never seem to be able to fit it in (takes a bit of advanced planning). Did you know they offer silent retreats there? I thought it might be something to do each year for a few days, just to recharge. I have been to the Abbey, briefly, and enjoyed it very much. I always wanted to be a monk not a nun. Don't really know why.

    As for winter's return, yes, it's nuts! And weirder still that the bloom times seem all screwed up! I was hoping the redbud would be blooming when our daughter arrives in a few weeks, like it usually is in mid-April, but it may have passed by then.


  6. Yes, Kathy, this is sarvis winter. Catherine, the sarvis is also known as serviceberry or sarvisberry. It is early this year, too.

    Next we'll have dogwood winter then blackberry winter and maybe one or two others thrown in. I only remember sarvis, dogwood, and blackberry winters.


  7. This is great, BUT I have to harass you (since I haven't done so in a day or two)! Your header says, "Fodder, mayhem and musings..." May I make a request for some mayhem as you've got the other two covered pretty well? Sure you have a story or two up your sleeve about animal related chaos.

    Like I said, "I have to harass you."

    Much love,

  8. Mude--I think I'm in "mayhem denial" -- sure we have plenty of it but it's hard to photograph! I will give this some thought.

    Well, I have a great story from yesterday but no photos...and, it's illegal (and no, we're not starting cannabis).

    Thanks for the prompt, my friend!



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