There is an emanation from the heart

which cannot be described,

but is immediately felt and puts

the stranger at his ease.

~Washington Irving

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough...

.........and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

~Melody Beattie

Don't be satisfied with stories,

how things have gone with others.

Unfold your own myth.

May my life be like a great

hospitable tree, and may

weary wanderers find in

me a rest.

~John Henry Jowett

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Easter and Daffodils

Awake, thou wintry earth 
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
-Thomas Blackburn, "An Easter Hymn"

Today is also Daffodil Sunday and in Sweden daffodils, or 'paskliljor', are also known as Easter lilies and, like in many countries, they're the harbinger of spring.  These are English daffodils blooming along the river Cherwell at Christ Church meadow.  In Britain snowdrops and crocus are the first harbingers of spring, so daffodils mean spring is well and truly underway here in Oxford.

Happy Easter from our kitchen to yours.
A quiet Easter morning on Holywell Street.

The daffodils and primroses in Holywell Cemetery
seemed to shine a little brighter this morning, 
as we walked through.  Our Easter morning 
hymn was a symphony of birdsong and the
 ringing of college chapel bells.

The grave site of the poet and Inkling,
Charles Walter Stansby Williams, 
buried in Holywell Cemetery.

"For I remember, it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace
are all new born."
-Alice Freeman Palmer

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