‘…sometimes on a sunny day it began even to be pleasant and genial, and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which freshening daily, suggested that Hope traversed them at night and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.’
from Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre’
I love May Day. Gardening, Spring Flowers, going outside after a long wet winter. This is only the second year our family has really celebrated May Day, but I can only see the tradition getting stronger.
This year we did everything we did last year. From the flower crowns, to taking around May baskets to our neighbors.
You know to thank them for putting up with us, the screaming kids, and our messy yard for yet another year.
Who cares if they were delivered barefoot. It was a gorgeous day.
I really wanted a May Pole but I wasn’t willing to cut a live tree down. I’m still waiting for one to fall naturally that I can save and decorate. Next year – maybe.
This year I added a bit of whimsy that I found in this fun book.
The writer talks about knowing two old ladies that collected the first morning dew of may and used it to keep their skin flawless.
Yeah, I know it’s a bit Looney, but I’ve found the best way to encourage my darlings to do something drab and boring, like washing with soap, is to add a bit of the fantastical to the chore.
So bright and early this morning I set out to collect some May dew.
Just got a tiny bit.
Found my sweeties some bud vases at Target, bought some cork tops at the local craft store. I let the girls decorate the tops with glue, gems and flowers. Each vase held a couple of drops of May dew to which I added some body wash.
What better way to get them to wash often than to add some whimsical magic to their routine.
I Love Spring! and cherry blossoms, and flowery scents.
I have to admit it’s finally here. I even got some peas finally planted in my garden. I know I’m a couple of weeks late but considering spring was a few months late I’m hoping I’ll be o.k.