Friday, 1 May 2009
"Quick, quick" said the bird,
"the white candles are lit
on the great chestnut tree"
The above is a Haiku from "Through the letter box", by George Bruce, illustrated by Elizabeth Blackadder.
I love Elizabeth Blackadder's paintings and illustrations. Especially her flowers
and her cats.
Tree flowers do not last very long: they bloom, do their job of getting fertilized and then go. And throughout the summer their fruits ripen slowly, until we are sweeping up little winged seeds from the Sycamore, and boys are bashing the Horse Chestnut trees for the conkers!
Like English summer days, and life generally, we must make the most of it while it, whatever 'it' is, lasts!