Quite suddenly, almost overnight we could feel a change in the air. Although temperatures aren’t that high, there’s a palpable joy and lightness. The daffodils are flowering and 1000 glowing suns greet me in the garden and the woods. Today’s vase title was inspired by the French and their great love for food. At noon everyone drops whatever he or she is doing and heads to lunch, a most social and amicable affaire. I always say it’s their appreciation of food and the good life that makes the French such a happy lot. The expression ‚A la soupe!‘ translates ‚To the soup‘ and means ‚let’s go and attack‘ (the food that is ; ), so I’ve chosen a soup terrine for my display of Narcissus ‚Paperwhite‘. It’s a most charming daffodil but so heavily scented that we had to evict it into the garden. 🙂 Let’s celebrate daffodil time with William Wordsworth‘ beautiful poem:

I wandered lonely as a cloud

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Thanks to Cathy for this inspirational meme – make sure you visit her to see what others have come up with for today’s vase!

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