Friday 25 June 2021

On Midsummer Day

Hello, thank you for calling in.  Is all well?  Yesterday was the first day this month that I failed to get outside to commune with nature but while I was indoors I read some of A Midsummer Night's Dream - after all, it was Midsummer Day - and I reckon that counts because of all its references to plants.  Here's a rather lovely quote:

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough briar,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire,
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moone’s sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green:
The cowslip tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats, spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours,
In those freckles live their savours:
I must go seek some dew-drops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.

It's rather lovely, isn't it?  The next time you see a cowslip, have a look inside the yellow flowers and you will find those rubies, and while I'm on the subject, if you look inside the flowers of a white deadnettle you will find the golden dancing slippers which the fairies wear to balls.  Honestly, you will.  Please don't say that you don't believe in fairies because if you do...well, if you are familiar with Peter Pan, you know what will happen!

See you soon.

Love, Mrs Tiggywinkle x


  1. Lovely post, Mrs T! Been meaning to ask for ages - where was your header photo taken?

    1. Thank you. The Best Beloved took that photo of Ironbridge while he stood on the Iron Bridge in December 2018. I really ought to change it now for something more seasonal but I just like it so much. x

  2. A lovely start to my morning. Thank you. B x

    1. You're very welcome, Barbara. I think there's always room for a bit of the Bard. x