There are fields of lavender in England

gathered into bottles, bags, pillows

to inspire with calmness.


Japanese come with cameraphones

to record the novelty -

news for a small island.


"There, there! they say in Japanese

and worship colour in nature.

They have Mount Fuji, bullet trains

and problems of their own


to do with factories and yields.

Lavender is muted,

unconsecrated, unapologetic

and curious.

◄ IN NORWAY 1976



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Mon 17th Dec 2018 10:41

Ghazala, thanks for looking back to this - it is quite a sight to see a field of lavender, spectacular! All the best to you.


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Sun 16th Dec 2018 15:51

It's my favourite colour. Very soothing....your poem is beautiful!! 💗

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Fri 30th Nov 2018 22:36

Nice one, Jennifer. You're up on me there, but I saved some heads in September to dry as pot pourri and they've sort of gone a bit grey! Thanks for liking it.


jennifer Malden

Fri 30th Nov 2018 17:17

Lovely Ray - as usual. Found out recently that there is purple, blue and grey lavender, as well as French - the tassled stuff.

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Wed 28th Nov 2018 21:19

Thanks you Hannah. I don't know why I thought of this at all; it was based on a trip to the Cotswolds a few years ago. A young Japanese couple took a picture of my wife and I with my German camera, truly a global event. Please get a couple of pots of lavender for your front of house. So beautiful and easy to grow.


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Hannah Collins

Wed 28th Nov 2018 19:50

Lavender is unique.
It is beautiful.
Enjoyed this very much.


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Wed 21st Nov 2018 21:35

Jon Anya and Kate very welcome likes, thanks!

Big Sal, The smell of the fields was pervasive. Over here we get lavender in pots and whack 'em in where they can thrive, but seeds sound interesting! Enjoy what you have.

Martin, Maybe a recording can help to convey a slant on a poem; I don't have a plan, though I think this had a tinge of Richard Burton, dare I say it. Only half cocked though. The Cotswolds this year brought a swathe of our oriental friends. I hope they were allowed in to York Minster.

Great to hear from you Stu. I'm glad you're watching and listening too!

A lovely picture you paint David, almost a poem in itself. We tend to keep the heads and make pot pouri which you stick your nose right in. Thanks too for your encouragement, one I take seriously.

Thanks for the warm comment Darren, appreciated.

Greetings all. Ray

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Darren J Beaney

Wed 21st Nov 2018 16:23

Splendid Ray - and as ever superbly recited!



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Wolfgar Miere

Wed 21st Nov 2018 06:26

Hello Ray,

it's that time of year when serious gardens are getting proper tidy ups. I saw yesterday a bonfire burning with the remnants of spent lavander culled from verges and troughs, it burned beautifully smokily sending messages to the neighbouring hills, letting them know winter is properly here.

No doubt the Japanese will be back next season, just like the Lavender with their perfumed stereotypical ideas of respectable old England, forever burning the rampant weeds of her past.

How poetic, you are inspiring some wonderful images lately Ray... thankyou.


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Stu Buck

Wed 21st Nov 2018 02:37

how lovely ray and i agree with martin you have a lovely rolling tongue when it comes to delivery.

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Martin Elder

Tue 20th Nov 2018 22:45

hearing you read this Ray makes all the difference. This is a wry observation of the strangeness of life. Mind you Japanese tourists get everywhere. I remember seeing some outside York minister one boxing day.

Big Sal

Tue 20th Nov 2018 22:45

Lavender and Tyrian are my two favorite colors of all time. So beautiful. It smells wonderful too.

I have seeds of white lavender I have yet to plant here. Maybe one day.👍

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