Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hippity hoppety, sweet violets and consider the lilies

- My Saturday morning walk ended up being a solitary one at Lilburn Park.  My walking partners and I got our wires crossed about the walk location, so I walked alone.  You might think that sounds lonely, but it enabled me to listen to music while I walked, as well as take these photos.

- I titled this photo, Sweet Violets, because of the tiny violets growing around this stump.  You would need to click to enlarge to see them better, I think.

 - And after my walk, I met some ladies at the church to place these hothouse lilies around the sanctuary in preparation for the glorious Easter morning worship service. 

There's an article in The New Yorker online, entitled "Barbara Pym and the New Spinster" - you can read the article here.  I liked this quote in the article so much that I have put it on the "about me" section of my blog:   "(In) Pym’s “Less Than Angels” (1955), the protagonist, Catherine Oliphant, reflects that “the smallest things were often so much bigger than the great things … the trivial pleasures like cooking, one’s home, little poems especially sad ones, solitary walks, funny things seen and overheard.”

16 comments:

Joanne said...

sometimes solitary walks are just as rewarding as ones with company!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynn - lovely photos .. and yes sometimes being on one's own can give us time to reflect and adjust to things going on around us. The small things are so important .. and so Catherine Oliphant's quote is very appropriate - cheers Hilary

Elephant's Child said...

I have, and reread, a lot of Barbara Pym's books. That quote is true of me too. The little things are HUGE in my world.

Lee said...

I never feel lonely when alone, which is just as well, I guess...because the majority of the time I'm alone (other than with my two furry rascals)...and I love being alone.

And I love your photos, Lynn. :)

sage said...

Jesus said, "Consider the lilies of the field," but he never said anything about bringing them inside! I have a feeling of lilies and bagpipes, they're to be enjoyed outside (partly because I am very allergic to lilies).

Ileana said...

Beautiful nature shots and the quote is perfect! Have you read "A Place Called Simplicity" by Claire Cloninger? It's an oldie but a goodie I found at the Allentown, PA airport gift shop back in the early 90s. A treasure you'll love!

Sara said...

I loved the quote!! I agree about solitary walks -- they can be very peaceful:~)

Happy day to you, Lynn.

Riot Kitty said...

I love walks on my own. And the little stuff is the best stuff.

Snaggle Tooth said...

What an excellent quote to describe the best things in life! I always walk alone, unless the stores are crowded. Warmer walks would be better- so cold today here.

Leonora said...

I'm glad you still enjoyed your walk. I like that quote : ) I'll need to check Ms. Pym's book out!

blogoratti said...

Those look lovely!

ladyfi said...

Sweet violets!

desk49 said...


walking by oneself
is not always alone
The stump to the violets
they call it their home

ladies and church's
with lilies around
in the New Yorker online
look what I found.

Granny Annie said...

I missed Easter. My hip kept me home through all of Lent and Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. I can't believe it. I tried very hard to get to Maundy Thursday service and a huge storm erupted that made it impossible to use a cane and an umbrella. So many people offer constantly to help me but when the time comes there are conflicts and I can't find a driver.... Pity Party here:-(

Sparkling Red said...

I prefer to walk alone. I think that's as close as I ever come to meditation.

Linda said...

That is a great quote! We had lots of lilies on Easter Sunday, too. Gorgeous!