April

We came back home yesterday from another visit to our son in Scotland where the weather was beautiful – blue skies and sunshine. So different from here in the south-east of England, where apparently it rained all weekend. Scotland has its own particular beauty but for me April in England is the place to be. As we travelled home the scenery changed becoming softer and greener and then on coming into home territory the hedgerows were full of blossom and it reminded me of Robert Browning’s poem Home Thoughts From Abroad  ( he wrote it in Italy):

Oh to be in England
Now that April’s there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England – now!
 
And after April, when May follows,
And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
Hark, where my blossomed pear-tree in the hedge
Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
Blossoms and dewdrops – at the bent spray’s edge-
That’s the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!
And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups, the little children’s dower
– Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!

8 thoughts on “April

  1. Happy Easter. Hope you enjoyed your weekend, we had beautiful weather all weekend here in Co. Durham, however my daughters in East Anglia had a miserable time.

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  2. Since I have a split personality over the Scottish/English question, living only a couple of miles from the Border is ideal, and we enjoyed a beautiful weekend. We don’t have the soft greenness of the southern counties, of course, but I love it anyway.

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  3. Mog, we had a lovely weekend! Our son is moving house and we were helping him with the move – tiring but enjoyable.
    GeraniumCat I think we’ll be having a split personality too – we’re thinking of moving either to the Scottish Borders or to the English side – both have lovely countryside.

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  4. At long last, my computer is letting me post on your site!
    I’ve always loved that Browning poem–my father used to read it to me when I was a kid, and I’ve done the same for my kids.

    Best phrase- “The first fine careless rapture”

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    • Jane it’s great to hear from you on my blog! I’ve always loved this poem too and I’ve known it since I was a child. My father had a tiny little book of Browning’s poems, including this one.

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