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Plant of the day and H.E Bates

Anyone like to have a go and name it? No prizes I’m afraid  – just the glory of getting it right….

evening primrose

If you just click on ” comment” you can put the answer.

Finished  sermon for tomorrow on ” The Parable of the Mustard Seed” A bit like seeds growing quietly in the ground, what I wanted to say kind of cooked over night. Im still not sure about the efficacy of preaching as an aid to learning, for research tells us that most people cannot retain more than a few minutes of text – I know I am included in that. Stories and images do better when it comes to being remembered – which is why I like to do the odd joke – trouble is with those, humour is a very personal thing, and what one person find funny, another doesnt.

Reading ” Down The River”  by H.E Bates   first published in 1937 – just before the second world war – beautiful  illustrations by someone called Peter Partington.

Anyone living near to these Ouse villages take a deep breath and have a read:

” But on the Ouse things are exactly reversed ( in comparison to the Nene) For some reason, not because the river does not overflow its banks, the Ouse folk took no notice at all of the lessons of Nature; and their towns and villages are built on the stream.

The result is a long chain of charming towns and villages whose names are exactly appropriate to such a soft-spoken and in a way soft-thinking people: Pavenham, Turvey, Olney, Stevington, Harrold, Odell, Ely, Earith, Huntingdon, St Neots, St Ives. They are milky, dreamy names, names that sound like the evolutions of a people who were not properly awake – which, as I shall show in a moment, is still one of their prime characteristics. They are a people not only half asleep – but still in servitude”

Well, Mr Bates, as one half-asleep and in servitude to hunger, I shall go and have a doze in the garden and some toast.

June 13, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

2 Comments »

  1. Looks like Oenothera fruticosa to me; or Evening Primrose if you would rather. (not too good a picture)

    Comment by Wingy | June 15, 2009 | Reply

    • yo wingy – it is indeed evening primrose – take a bow – yes, i reduce pictures so that they arent too big to download, but in doing so loose definiation… you obviously are a plantsman!

      Comment by paxtonvic | June 15, 2009 | Reply


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