Here and gone

The brief beauty of the Poppy

The brief beauty of the Poppy

I love poppies and we have some in our garden as you can see.  I look forward to their brief splash of brilliance each year around mid summer.

Two things are striking about poppies.  They are brilliantly coloured, and are very fleeting.  Whenever I see poppies I am reminded of Robert Burns’ verse in Tam O’ Shanter which I recall my father quoting often. Of course, he would have called him Rabbie Burns.

“But pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flower, it’s bloom is shed;
Or, like the snow-fall in the river,
A moment white, then melts forever.”

I guess that’s how our visitors feel sometimes too:  it seems they are no sooner here and they are gone.  However, you can pack a lot into a holiday as our visitors book confirms, and like the poppy you can always come back next year and if you time it right you’ll see our beautiful poppies too!


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