Sunday, 9 September 2007

The Things You See When You Haven't Got A Camera

Sparrow on tanalised, wooden fence-post. Taken at my brother's farm in June.

At the moment I am without a camera. It is hard not to be able to take photos of spring - such as the abundance of plum blossom around our house. However, I would rather K. has it just now so that she can try out for a photo comp.
Meanwhile, I am having to commit to memory such sights as the one I see each morning in the Botanical Gardens, of purple crocuses covering a patch of lawn. Every day they open up a little wider. And then back in our own garden, the emerging kowhai flowers. The blue matchheads. The new-green koro of unfurling ferns.


I have spent the day pottering. I did a little sweeping - spider webs from walls, leaves from gutters and paths. And in the garden, I did a little 'scratching' - I can't in all good conscience call it actual weeding.


I also took some time today to sit outside and finish reading 'Mr Pip' by Lloyd Jones. This book has been short-listed for the Booker Prize. I prefer his earlier book, 'The Book of Fame.' 'Mr Pip' wasn't as riveting as I thought it was going to be.


A. called round with a bunch of daffodils from her garden. The scent of them immediately transports me back to being a kid on a Saturday, out rambling the paddocks around our home and spotting a yellow sea of wild daffodils. As we make for them, an annoyed flock of geese we've disturbed, waddle and yell ahead of us. We pick huge bunches and bury our noses into the cool, astringent scent. We feel the run of cold, sticky sap trickle down our thumbs, under our cuffs and all the way to our elbows.


carole said...

It seems strange that you are talking about crocuses and daffodils and we are getting the butt end of summer. I've been too busy reading course books to read any of those short listed for the Booker.

Unknown said...

I loved your posts last year about spring coming, I feel the same up here when it's our turn: takes me back and takes me forward too! All nature becomes intensely interesting when everything's been hidden away all winter.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this post and also enjoying Spring Springing!

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

Oh, Chief, your post is like reading a lovely storybook.... a world too beautiful to be true.

mapiprincesa! said...

I rejoice in our changing colors of autumn--but remain very much a Spring girl. Aside from my birthday being in Spring, I have great appreciation for the light, the longer days--perhaps stemming from my previous life as Incan Sun Goddess! ;) Our summer here is holding fast and hard--I hear that in Perú the winter is holding hard and they are experiencing weather that is more like July/mid winter than the changes to which they are accustomed at this time of year. Interesting note, that's all. Have a wonderful Sunday, Chief!

Carmen said...

Yay! I am glad to hear it is Spring somewhere. We have the most amazing daffodils, too. Yellow oceans of them in March. Now the hills are brown and everyone is hoping for rain.

McDinzie said...

So you were out doing good things in the garden and reading your book while I was melting in Bali sitting here trying to reach out!!

Kay Cooke said...

carole - The mirror image of seasons ... intrigues.

cailleach - I like ot hear about autumn too - perverse!

anon - So you're on my side of the hemisphere?

pepek- It's true - and good - but not perfection.

mapi - Interesting ... I've actually always had a soft spot for autumn.

camille - Brown hills are cool!

mcd - Will we ever connect?! ;)

January said...

I have enjoyed catching up with your blog. Always enjoy reading your take on ... well ... everything!

Happy spring.

VeloCC said...

Kay, I live in the middle of the US and we are getting ready for fall. I am avid gardener and enjoy everything blooming and growing (beside my weeds)
Your blog is beautiful and even though I like fall, it is wonderful to read about spring.
I am getting ready to order some bulbs for a new flower bed and you have them already blooming:)
I love the bird picture and that one reminds me that I should take more pictures of my birds.
I had an oriole at the feeder yesterday after putting out some grape jelly (again). I hadn't realized they are still here:)

Tammy Brierly said...

My camera is broken so I too feel like a piece of me is missing. Enjoy your spring CB! XXOO

herhimnbryn said...

I think it was Tall Girl at Smoke and Ash blog who coined the term 'word camera'. YOu have done that in this post cb. Pointed your word camera for us all to see the glories around you.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

You and your son both write so well that I wind up in daydreams somewhere else.
I LOVE the daffodil memories, I could almost be there.
And, I wish you had a camera too, as I'd love to see what spring looks like there; as you know, it's fall here.
I'll trade you photos when you get your camera back!

And... your title.
It nearly kills me every time I am out and about without my camera - never fails, I see something that would have made a great photo... so I've gotten good at remembering to grab it on my way out the door... but not every time.

Thanks for the walk through spring.

Scarlett & V.

rel said...

The smells and sights that assault our senses during earths rebirth are enchanting. A camera buff myself, I can appreciate the frustration of being amongst so my capturable images and not to be able to record them. You, however, have tha devine ability to draw expressive images with your words...and that is truly a gift.
As Autumn falls around us here we are preparing to fly to Paris this Friday and revel in the Autmn of France.

apprentice said...

Even without the camera you're still painting wonderful pictures.

I'm with Barbara about the opposite season thing, it makes me a bit green because we're sliding into winter and increasingly I find our long, dark winters hard to take, more and more they feel a mini death, but equally I know what Spring has and will mean.

Becky Willis Motew said...

Of course I envy your approaching springtime. Enjoy, CB. Hope you get your camera back soon, girl.


Jan said...

CB, HELLO! Coming back soon so looking forward to catching up with you.

kj said...

that childhood memory of yours carried me right into it, chief. you are a fine writer and storyteller.

spring for you. autumn for me. i'm readying for hot soups and snuggle nights.

hope all is well.


Kay Cooke said...

january - Thanks Poet Mum - ditto!

velocc - I look forward to seeing some of your bird piccies.

tammy - Tell me about it.

herhimnbryn - I guess not having a camera is making me work that bit harder at my writing - which is a good thing.

wanderlust scarlett - I am dying to get my camera back - especially as the spring blossom only lasts for a little while - until the wind or age takes it all away ... it is killing me too!

rel - Ooooh You lucky thing - hope you both enjoy the city of Paris!!!

apprentice - I must say this is one of the most enjoyable springs i've known for quite some time as we had a very long winter - or so it seems.

becky - Thanks Becks. :)

jan - Yay!

kj - You have the right attitude. Autumn has its merits. Enjoy the soups and snuggles.

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