Ode to a Nightingale

Tweet A friend of mine (you know who you are ;)) just posted a part of this poem on facebook and that reminded me of it and got me to read it again. It is such a sad but beautiful poem, I decided I’d post it here. Enjoy! Ode to a Nightingale My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk, Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk: ‘Tis not through envy of thy happy lot, But being too happy in thine happiness, That … Continue reading

Hot weather and strawberries

Tweet “Strawberries, and only strawberries, could now be thought or spoken of. “The best fruit in England – every body’s favourite – always wholesome. These the finest beds and finest sorts. Delightful to gather for one’s self – the only way of really enjoying them. Morning decidedly the best time – never tired – every sort of good – hautboys infinitely superior – no comparison – the others hardly eatable – hautboys very scarce – Chili preferred – white wood finest flavor of all – price of strawberries in London – abundance about Bristol – Maple Grove – cultivation – … Continue reading


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This Delightful Habit of Journalising

Tweet “I see what you think of me,’ said he gravely – ‘I shall make but a poor figure in your journal tomorrow.’ ‘My journal!’ ‘Yes, I know exactly what you will say: Friday, went to the Lower Rooms; wore my sprigged muslin robe with blue trimmings – plain black shoes – appeared to much advantage, but was strangely harassed by a queer, half-witted man, who would make me dance with him, and distressed me by his nonsense,’ ‘Indeed I shall say no such thing.’ ‘Shall I tell you what you ought to say?’ ‘If you please.’ ‘I danced with … Continue reading

Lark Rise to Candleford season 2

Tweet I wrote about Lark Rise to Candleford before, this summer when we had just finished watching season one of this series. We all loved it, and for a long time I have impatiently been waiting for the opportunity to see season two. And finally that opportunity came! I was delighted when I found out that this season was not 10 episodes like the last one was, but 12! So for the past week we have been working our way through it. And for some reasons we have to watch it on the computer, which means that every night we’ve … Continue reading

I long for a ball!

Tweet It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively, without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind; But when a beginning is made—when felicities of rapid motion have once been, though slightly, felt—it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more. ~Emma I long for dancing! I really do! And by dancing of course I don’t mean just any dancing, but the kind of dancing that they are referring to in the quote … Continue reading

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