We've had a lot of rain the past couple of days - not just showers either.
Heavy rain, saturating the garden, running in a river down the driveway,
filling the bird baths and causing fountain effects as the rain toppled over
the edges, bring down dead branches and the remaining crumpled
brown leaves from aging oaks around us.
If it had been cold it would have been a massive snowfall.
Despite the conditions, yesterday morning early, when the downpour
had let up for a while, I hurried out into the garden, still in my night clothes
(older people do things like that), to scatter fertilizer on the many green tips of
Spring bulbs now appearing everywhere. With rain expected all day I needed
to get going with feeding what hopefully will be a glorious display of blooms
come March and April.
1975 publication of the enlarged version of Scottish poet
Robert Louis Stevenson's 1896 edition of
A Child's Garden of Verses
Magnificent illustrations by Charles Robinson ~ 1870-1937
This was the first full book he illustrated with over 100 pages of pen and ink
drawings where a distinct beautiful Art Nouveau flavor is evident.
I found my lovely copy in a used book shop several years back and
look at it often. Old people in pajamas reading awesome books for children -
what is the world coming to?
By the way, the sun is shining brightly this morning and there
will be some drying out - but colder days and nights are
coming with a tiny chance of snowflakes next week.
Keeping those warm pajamas handy. . . .along with more special books!