‘Jocund company’

Earlier this week, I introduced my students to Wordsworth’s poem ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’. I had been introduced to it myself during the week of an English ‘A’ Level I did before transferring to French. I’d had a shocking French teacher at school, which put me off studying the language further. Fortunately, I wasn’t cut out to pour over literature for a profession and thus woke up to my need to follow a linguistic path.

However, the poem stuck in my mind and I now appreciate the sentiment. Daffodils, for me, signify the start of new life and, even though we have slipped into another cold snap, the miniatures in my front garden are in bud now.

The snowdrops are on the wane, so it is great there are other flowers to bring cheer as I walk out the door or on my way home.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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13 Responses to ‘Jocund company’

  1. Ours are out too. May they all survive the freeze that’s coming

  2. Clare Pooley says:

    My miniature daffodils are just coming into flower too. They all have snowy hats on today!

    • Helen says:

      How much snow have you had? Here we’ve just had a few flakes?

      • Clare Pooley says:

        I’ve just been speaking to my daughter in Sheffield and she has only had a few flakes too. My husband went to Norwich earlier (30 miles to the north of us) and there was none there at all. We’ve had showers all day today and the temperature hasn’t got above 0 degrees. The snow melted on the drive and paths when the sun came out and reduced the snow elsewhere but we have about 3 cms of snow left; the wind was blowing hard this morning so it gathered in corners then. More showers overnight are forecast and tomorrow too.

  3. jeffpermie says:

    Wow! London was pretty much covered in places! the snow settled for a good few hours even close to central.

    Regarding Spring and the first flowers, it is said that the real original New Year actually was the beginning of Spring, this makes sense when you consider life is re-starting, young birds are hatching, buds are popping etc. hence the true meaning of ‘April Fools’ is to make fun of the people who still respect Spring as the true new year, this is how the Romans / Gregorian conformists insult them…

  4. atkokosplace says:

    Ahhh the first signs of spring! I have a few blooming here. It’s been raining non stop for almost three days. I love the rain, but this constant barrage of wetness is keeping everything, well, wet! The dogs yard is so sopping, I think they are done with it! Ha! I hope your Thursday is joyful and the weekend to come spectacular! 😀

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