It was the beautifulest day for a hike at the arboretum. Finally, a totally Spring day!
She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne, ‘When We Were Very Young’
“When we were little,” the Mock Turtle went on at last, more calmly, though still sobbing a little now and then, “we went to school in the sea. The master was an old Turtle – we used to call him Tortoise -“
“Why did you call him Tortoise, if he wasn’t one?” Alice asked.
“We called him Tortoise because he taught us,” said the Mock Turtle angrily: “really you are very dull!”
― Lewis Carroll,
‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass’
Gingko Salad……..greens, cranberries, cukes, walnuts, tomatoes, local goat cheese…….& I always add poppyseed dressing & shrimps.
We took in lunch at the arboretum’s Gingko Cafe, & then took a walk around the other side of the lake. Can’t leave without paying homage to the Paperbark Maples.
Paperbark Maple bark
When we got back home, Spring had popped up in the driveway.
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
— Henry David Thoreau
A few years back, I planted violas in a couple of containers alongside the gravel driveway. A few seeds decided to do a Thoreau & jump ship. And ever since, little violas have bloomed in the Spring along the drive.