Hope Springs Eternal

I just tossed everything aside today and went out to greet Spring or should I say that she came to greet me?

First stop was what I’ve christened the ‘Primrose Road’ where the view of the fields was greener than green:

Green Green Grass of Home
Green Green Grass of Home

and there they were:

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Sweet Scented Primroses

Out by Fenor Bog, one word on a magnificent woodcarving in the graveyard of Fenor Church caught my eye:

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Hope is something we all need in life and I guess that each and every one of us has a duty to spread as much hope, in even the tiniest ways, to try and ease the way for those who are caught in a quagmire of hopelessness. That quagmire can seize any of us in the blink of an eye.

Nature was certainly playing her part in singing hope for me today. Is any sight more uplifting than clusters of snowdrops …

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and what about the loving scent of hyacinths:

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Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

37 thoughts on “Hope Springs Eternal”

  1. Beautiful post. Thank you. Our primrose are out and so are the snowdrop. Our Hyacinths are peeking out of the ground at this time. Still a little cool although today was sunny and cool then mild, rain then cool again, and now overcast and cool.

  2. The flowers are full of promise, which gives us hope that it will be a nice year ahead..they made it through the winter. We still have a month and a half to go, I expect that we will have some more snow in this month. They use to say that snow was the poor mans fertilizer. Plus an added benefit it kills the germs that would be abound. So I’m full of hope.

      1. I was out in our back yard and noticed the Jonquil leaves are about 4″ above the dirt ..I was surprised and elated as Spring can’t be too far away..plus it’s staying lighter longer ..

  3. Today was a balmy day in Houston, TX. It was 75 F, breezy with clear blue skies. A lovely day for sitting outside, having my coffee and chatting with my son. I moved from Taos, NM back to Houston because the winters in NM were too cold for too long. Days like today make me glad for that move.

    Sandy Penny, WritingMuse.comFounder, SweetMysteryBooks.com

    Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 21:54:38 +0000 To: sandypenny@live.com

  4. Everything is a little too early over here, not least the grass growing which is making life difficult on the golf course – too wet to take the tractor out – but we live in hope ๐Ÿ™‚ Actually I used to live near Hope – it is in Derbyshire if you ever need to find it – have a good week Jean.

      1. I don’t know it that well – I used to pass through in the car regularly on the way to an office we shared with the NUM and Arthur Scargill – once you get near Sheffield, you abandon Hope ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Ah beautiful spring! It will be quite some time before we see the likes of any springtime things here – we are in the midst of a winter storm with 10 inches expected by tomorrow, so thanks for sharing some of yours ๐Ÿ™‚

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