Saturday, March 1, 2014

Springing To Life

I found myself running an unexpected errand today to the big city of Nashville.
It's a bustling, noisy city, full of all that cities have to offer, and the ever present feel of Country Music.

The antebellum-style mansion of President Andrew Jackson lies within view along my route, the fields are green with new growth, and the surrounding farms are home to flocks of new Spring lambs.
Is there anything sweeter, than a field of Spring lambs prancing about their mothers.

Young Lambs

The spring is coming by a many signs;
The trays are up, the hedges broken down
That fenced the haystack, and the remnant shines
Like some old antique fragment weathered brown.
And where suns peep, in every sheltered place,
The little early buttercups unfold
A glittering star or two - till many trace
The edges of the blackthorn clumps in gold.
And then a little lamb bolts up behind
The hill, and wags his tail to meet the yoe;
And then another, sheltered from the wind,
Lies all his length as dead - and lets me go
Close by, and never stirs, but basking lies,
With legs stretched out as though he could not rise.

~John Clare


Susie said...

Jo, I know you will have beautiful green things growing before we do here in Indiana....So I am waiting to see them. I am beyond ready for Spring. Hope you have a safe weekend, xoxo,Susie

Nellie said...

I really love touring historical places and am due another visit to the Hermitage! Not many signs of spring where we are, just a few green shoots trying to come through the ground.

Nancy's Notes said...

Your post today is just awesome! What beautiful words. I have to say, each one of your photographs, from your header and the ones featured on your side bar are all just gorgeous!
Hope you are having a great weekend!

Country Gal said...

How wonderful . Lots of our farm girl bloggers ewes have had their spring lambs and oh the little faces they are soo cute . Hoping spring shows up here soon . Thanks for sharing ! Have a good day !

Steven Cain said...

Lambs, baby goats... absolutely adorable.

DJan said...

Beautiful, as usual! Such a nice way to start my day, with your post. :-)

Janneke said...

Spring with new growth and lambing time is the best time of the year. The poem is wonderful I enjoyed it reading and fell in love with the beautiful painting.

Patsy said...

We have plants popping up out of the ground and here comes more ice and deep cold. I am sure it will set spring back some.
But I try to be of good cheer, sooner then we know it will be to hot. LOL

Willow said...

Such sweetest little lambs prancing ~
and definitely speaks of Spring .