one day at a time…
Sunday, 26 September 2004

Flowers Of Summer Fading Away
CREDIT: © Charles Winpenny/CornwallCAM.co.uk
WHERE: Helford, Cornwall, England. WHAT: flowery delights of the late season.
MAP: Helford. Thumbnail pops-up larger image.

Helford Japanese Anemones © Charles WinpennyWe joined Charles Winpenny for a virtual walk around the Cornish village of Helford. Visit Charles [content may change before you visit] to see the swans, thatched cottages and pub, and the tidal watersplash, in this charming rural setting. The thumbnail picture is of Japanese anemones growing against an old whitewashed wall. We found it hard to pin down, but we were reminded of an unidentifiable painting. Edward Burn-Jones or William Morris come to mind.

The image also brought back memories of an early October day on the Caux Plateau of Normandy, France. On the higher ground of the plateau it was fully autumn, with plowed fields and shooters with dogs walking among the furrows to cull the male pheasants before the onset of winter. Even that late in the season, as we dipped into the deep river valleys that have cut themselves into the chalk, it was still late summer and surprisingly hot in the sun traps formed at the valley bottoms. The flower blooms in the villages we passed through were rich hued, with that slightly overblown look they have just before they wilt and die. Perhaps if we had known how things were going to turn out, they might have turned out differently.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)