‘Why, then the world’s mine oyster.’ William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor
The tourists come for royal weddings and Legoland, but for me the best thing about living in Windsor is The Great Park. I’m a relative newcomer to this town; we’ve lived here for two years now - nothing compared with a millennium of history, acres of rare wildlife and ancient forests dating back to pre-Saxon times. This park was William the Conqueror’s hunting ground, Queen Victoria’s party place and now my sanctuary when I need to feel grounded, inspired and connected to the land and its seasons.
Photo with thanks to @kingschurchinternational @unsplash
A week ago I was feeling particularly sorry for myself so after work I popped into the supermarket and bought a pizza (GF) and flowers. I almost never buy myself flowers and carnations have never been my first choice, but I picked these because I liked the colour, they were in bud and most importantly they were mega cheap. A week on and they’re just coming into full bloom and how beautiful they are! And they smell nice too!
Photo taken with flash as it was dark but I rather like the effect.
And, of course, there’s always a quote from Willy Shakes.
“Sir, the year growing ancient,
Not yet on summer’s death, nor on the birth
Of trembling winter, the fairest
flowers o’ the season
Are our carnations and streak’d gillyvors,
Which some call nature’s bastards: of that kind
Our rustic garden’s barren; and I care not
To get slips of them.” Act 4, Scene 4, The Winter’s Tale.
Do you love or hate Shakespeare? 🎭 I love him and loved that I could study him at university. I wrote about The Tempest for my dissertation but I don’t really have a favourite play (probably all the tragedies are my favourite 😂) that said, I do get while people don’t like Shakespeare because it is certainty not something I read to sit back and relax ✨📚
"Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and buds it break." -William Shakespeare, Macbeth
Thank you to so many friends and anonymous donors gifting miscarriage and stillbirth gifts lately. A small keepsake can keep the conversation going beyween parents and friends and loosen the tightness of loss. And because the simple act of giving says, "Your loss is significant."
#inktoberday16 Whew. Halfway done. The plot of Love’s Labors Lost is the King of Navarre decides he and his men will get more stuff done without women at court, so he bans them. Except he forgot the Princess of France was supposed to visit. Hilarity ensues.
That was so much fun and so many suggestions came forward that I thought beat what was already on the card! Here are our animal Shakespeare answers to yesterdays guessing game! Our joint winners both guessing 6 as they are on the cards are *drum roll please* @carrieyead and @lydia.longman ! Please message us your address and a drawing and card will be sent on it’s way to you. We will also be sending a copy of the card to @sarah_hannis_illustration who came out with such slammers as King Pilchard the 3rd and Hamlet Prince of Danish Bacon! Thank you everyone who guessed! Will be doing it again in the future for sure 😂👏👌 .